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Boats, bikes, cars, campers: What is the average weight of things you tow?

The Nissan Titan, like other full-size trucks, is capable of towing most things families are looking to move from Point A to Point B.

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How much does the average trailered dirtbike weigh? A jet ski? A car? Thankfully, someone crunched the numbers. That someone is Nissan.

The weight your vehicle can tow is determined by a number of factors, including the strength of the chassis. A manufacturer will tell you the capability of your vehicle. You can find it in the owner's manual, usually accompanied by a laundry list of how-to's and notes. Even if you think you're an expert, take the time to read over the instructions in the manual if it's the first time you're towing with a vehicle.

2020 Nissan Titan PRO-4X Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Remember, when you're trying to determine if your vehicle is capable of towing what you want to, you'll need to take into consideration the weight of the trailer. Also keep in mind that weighing your vehicle down with a full trunk/cargo area/bed and passengers can impact its ability to tow with ease.

Here are the average weights of the items you might tow.

Dirtbike with a trailer

The average dirt bike with a trailer weighs 800 pounds. Some trailers are capable of carrying multiple dirt bikes. You'll want to add together the individual weight of each dirtbike to the trailer weight to ensure your vehicle is still capable.

2020 GMC Sierra 1500

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Some full-size trucks are able to fit dirtbikes in their bed. The 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 with a Carbon Pro bed has specialized indentations in its bed just for such a task.

Jet ski with a trailer

A jet ski with a trailer weights about 1,100 pounds, on average. Like with dirt bikes, you'll want to check the weight of the jet skis individually if you intent to pull two on one trailer. Also, consider that at trailer that you can haul two jet skis with may be wider than your vehicle. If it is, be sure to practice basic maneuvering with it before you hit the open road.

Four-wheeler with trailer

2020 Honda Ridgeline

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A four-wheeler is slightly heavier than a jet ski. Towing one on a trailer is a 1,200-pound task. Some trailers allow you to pull two four-wheelers at a time. You'll want to consider the weight of the larger trailer plus the weight of each four-wheeler on it, combined, before determining if your vehicle is capable enough to tow the load.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country

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18-foot bass boat with trailer

An 18-foot bass boat is good for a day in the sun with family or an early morning on the open water. A bass boat-trailer combination weights 3,300 pounds, on average.

Pop-up camper

2020 Nissan Rogue

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If social distancing is right up your alley but pitching a tent is not, consider towing a pop-up camper to the woods. Nissan has calculated that a typical pop-up camper weighs 3,500 pounds.

In the market for a new pop-up camper? See our list of the best ones here.

Pontoon boat with trailer

If you're ready to hook up your pontoon boat to a trailer and head to the water to live your best life in Little Big Town style, you'll want to take into consideration that the average pontoon boat and trailer weigh 3,700 pounds combined.

Car with trailer

The typical car weighs upwards of 2,500 pounds. If you're looking to tow a vintage model on a trailer, or just pull your daily driver behind your motorhome, plan to be towing at least 5,500 pounds.

24-foot travel trailer

2020 Nissan Armada

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A 24-foot travel trailer may be able to fit your whole family for a night near a lake, but the average two-row SUV isn't strong enough to pull it. Plan on the travel trailer weighing around 6,000 pounds. Of note, some three-row SUVs that aren't full-size can handle this weight.


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The Nissan Pathfinder is just at home on the trial as it is on the road.

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One of my favorite poems is Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken". The message is about making choices and, how the road taken made all the difference. Often in life and on the road, we have to make one choice. Take one road. No turning back. I thought of this poem on my recent test drive in the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder in the hinterlands of Montana, when I could take two different roads—paved and dirt—and that made all the difference!

Nissan has redesigned and retooled its fifth-generation Pathfinder instilling greater latitude for buyers who want to travel both types of roads and expand their adventure footprint. After seven decades of off-road development, 35 years in the business of selling Pathfinders, and with more than 1.8 million sold in the U.S., this Japanese automaker has moved the needle with a ground-up revision of the previous-gen model.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is a capable off-roader.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The full-sized sport utility is available in four trims (S, SV, SL and Platinum) and two- and four-wheel drive versions; Nissan expects that nearly 60 percent of buyers will choose four-wheel drive. The Pathfinder is in a segment that has grown larger each year as more families want a vehicle for around-town, school and playdate runs and for weekend getaways with traction technology that allows travel in the backcountry and good towing capability. Direct competitors are the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Ford Explorer.

A day-long drive of approximately 150 miles on tarmac and over a variety of dirt roads and tracks provided the opportunity to assess the Pathfinder's updates. A late-spring snowstorm added slickness to all the road surfaces in the region and allowed the Pathfinder to show off its traction capabilities at both slow and higher speeds and with lane change and emergency-braking maneuvers, when towing. I concentrated my evaluation on the augmented hardware and software designed to enhance the crossover's capabilities for backcountry travel and towing.

What I found most notable over every road surface was the comfortable ride and responsive handling that come from a collection of upgrades—and, in particular, as a result of the following: the gearing on the new nine-speed transmission, with paddle shifters for personal and more precise shifting for sport driving and slowing over rough terrain; the new terrain mode system that's engineered for different driving conditions; the four-wheel drive system that moves torque more quickly to avoid wheel slip; the improved suspension system; and new tires with a larger contact patch and more aggressive tread pattern, among other changes.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Pathfinder's drive modes are designed to inspire confidence. Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The Pathfinder provided sure-footed motoring and comfort over uneven surfaces. Its 7.1 inches of ground clearance easily maneuvered over the small obstacles on the trail and hill descent control took the reigns without hesitation for steeper and longer downhills on traction-compromised surfaces.

I was also impressed with the Pathfinder's towing competence and appreciated the standard trailer sway control onboard all trims. It offered notably strong, mannered acceleration from a standing start and excellent straight-line braking without porpoising for either exercise.

The new 2022 Pathfinder brings off-road and towing attributes that are important to families who are seeking to spend time in the backcountry for days trips and longer and for overlanding in terrain that doesn't require a true off-road vehicle with a low range. It's will appeal to buyers who want don't want to have to choose only one road.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder arrives on dealer lots this summer.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder doesn't have to be capable of rock crawling or deep water fording. What it has to do is service the needs of families in their daily life and give them the opportunity to competently go off-roading on rocky trails should they desire. The new, fifth-generation models does just that and adds in enough nifty features to make it among the most compelling choices for three-row SUV buyers.

The 2022 Pathfinder is thoroughly modern though not the boxy off-roader it once was. The SUV's styling harkens back to that time with a tilted, darkened C-pillar and a return to a more muscular body style. That styling makes straightforward visibility good but for shorter drivers seeing what is immediately in front of the grille is a challenge that necessitates using surround view camera technology (available only in upper trim levels) when navigating challenging terrain.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can easily handle the roads less traveled.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 that offers up 291 horsepower and torque - plenty to do the job without complaint. The SUV's nine-speed automatic transmission replaces the continuously variable transmission (CVT) from the previous generation and delivers smooth shifts. Though low-end torque isn't as robust as I like it to be, once up over 35 mph, the Pathfinder's powertrain delivers smooth, powerful sailing.

The redesigned architecture and components underpinning the Pathfinder make it stable on the road and don't allow it to wallow on winding roads. Even off-road, the suspension provides the right blend of stability while the drive dynamics allowing the driver to feel engaged with their surroundings whether on freshly paved roads, city streets, or muddy trails.

Nissan has given the Pathfinder a 6,000-pound towing capacity and even when maxed out the engine's functionality is strong as ever. The transmission can get held up in a gear mid-range when performing this function, however, with 5,000-6,000 rpms registering on the tachometer but a quick release of the gas pedal recalibrates the offering bringing it down to a more traditional 2,000 rpm range.

The eight-seater Pathfinder clearly has the Toyota Highlander in its sights, with good reason. It's the top-selling three-row SUV in the country. Nissan boasts that three adults can fit across the rear bench seat of the Pathfinder and, as long as they're average size or smaller, the marketing talking point holds up. There is gobs more room back there than there is in the Highlander.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Nissan has given the Pathfinder ample cargo space.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Getting in and out of the third row is easy thanks to one-touch buttons on the outboard side of the second-row chairs that move the SUV's captain's seats forward creating enough room to get through to the back. Smartly, Nissan's engineers have put duplicates of these buttons on the back side of the same seats allowing third-row passengers to simply press the button to move the seat up.

The third row can also be accessed via a split between the captain's chairs as well, a space traditionally occupied by a center stowage bin/cup holders/arm rest. Owners can quickly remove the center console by opening a panel on the front and pulling the release mechanism. The one-handed operation takes seconds and the console can be easily stored in the under-floor trunk space behind the third row seat for ease.

Speaking of cargo space... The Pathfinder is one of the most spacious midsize SUVs on the market today for both passengers and cargo. There is a substantial amount of room behind the third-row seat and the under-floor storage area is nearly twice the size of the one in the Highlander. Plus, it has a feature that allows the area cover to be automatically propped up when pushed up by a user. This is especially help when carrying groceries or plants home and keeps them from being crushed.

The first- and second-row seats are suitably comfortable, even for extended periods of time and standard trig-zone climate control makes finding the right in-cabin mix easy. Bottle holders in the pockets of the front doors are exceptionally large, fitting even bulky water bottles.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder's front row seats are comfortable.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

In front of the driver is a standard tachometer, speedometer, and 7.0-inch driver information display. Buyers can upgrade to a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster and head-up display but they're not reason enough to upgrade to the top-tier Pathfinder Platinum on their own.

Nissan packs the new Pathfinder with a host of desirable features that make living with the Pathfinder easier including one-touch auto up/down windows, a wireless phone charger, grocery hooks in the rear cargo area, USB ports in all three rows, second-row sunshades, rear door keyless entry, wireless Apple CarPlay, and a motion-activated lift gate.

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is priced to start at $33,410 for the two-wheel drive S base model and $35,310 for the four-wheel drive S base model. The model tops out around $50,000 with destination and delivery included, which seems fair when comparing the Pathfinder to other vehicles in the market.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

If you're thinking of purchasing a Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, or Highlander, do yourself a favor and schedule a test drive of the new Pathfinder when it arrives at a dealer lot near you. You may just be surprised how seamlessly it fits into your daily life compared to the competition.

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