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Performance - Uphill and Loaded Down

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I'd like to get a 2014 to 2016 TC LWB wagon for our family's next vehicle.  But, I'm a little worried about the engine being powerful enough.

 

I've ridden in an early 90's 4-cylinder Ford Ranger on freeways through the mountains of West Virginia, and that thing just could not keep its speed going uphill.  It had a cap on the back and was probably 2/3 full of stuff at the time, and would drop from 65 or 70 down to 45 or 50 on long uphill climbs.  Had to turn the flashers on and we had semi trucks passing us.

 

Does anyone have experience driving a loaded TC uphill at 60 to 70 mph?  Is the 4-cylinder able to keep up its speed when needed?

 

Also, I noticed that the GVWR is only something like 1,000 to 1,200 pounds above the curb weight for the LWB version with rear seats.  Does Ford not realize that 5 American adults can easily get to 1,000 lb?  Am I reading it right that if we had all 7 seats filled with people it really can't handle any other weight?

 

Thanks!

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All vehicles have a gross weight rating. It is one of the specifications you need to consider when deciding, for example, between a small van and a full sized van. Seven fatties might weigh close to 1600 pounds. On the other hand, a petite soccer mom hauling 6 little kids might only weigh 500-600 pounds. Different missions may require different vehicles.

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Four fullsize Americans? Nope. Look at something at least double the engine size.

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I don't have any problem maintaining the speed limit on any hill towing a 1500 pound trailer

 

IMO, the 2.5L mated to the 6 speed automatic is an ideal combination with plenty of power yet it gets me 28+ mpg on the highway

 

Don

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