I've towed 3 ATV's thousands of miles behind a 2006 Honda Odyssey (with tow package) for many years. I speculate the loaded trailer is around 3000 to 3500 lbs. I've leveled out the ruts on logging roads with the under carriage of the vehicle. It's treated me well. Kids are grown up and I think it's time to find something that is AWD, has more clearance, and is safe. I'm thinking of a used XC90; the ones in the 2007 to 2013 are in my price range. The vast majority for sale in my area (Canada) are 3.2 liters. This engine puts out 235 HP (6200 RPM) and 236 ft-lb torque (3200 RPM). This is less than the Odyssey which was rated at 244 HP (5750 RPM) and 240 ft-lb (5000 RPM). Should I expect that the XC90 will not handle a trailer as well as the Odyssey? One gripe with the Odyssey is that I can't select the gear, and the transmission is constantly shifting up and down when I use cruise. That's not quite true. I can select 3rd gear, but with a 5 speed tranny, that's really only good for braking.
Consequently, I end up driving the Ody with my foot (no cruise) the majority of the time when towing. I am towing on the Prairies, so not a lot of significant hills. I think (?) the XC90 allows you to select any gear, so I speculate it would tow better, but with less power available. Perhaps with max torque developed at lower RPM it would make it better than Ody for towing? I'm curious about any thoughts and especially experiences. There are occasional XC90's with v8's (4.4 liter) for sale in my area. They are just harder to find. Maybe I need to hold out. Thoughts?