If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you should be very well-acquainted with the humble pop up camper. I’ve written about the average dimensions for these vehicles as well as their base weight. I’ve also delved into all the towing abbreviations you can shake a stick at, everything from the GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) to the CCC (cargo carrying capacity).
As you likely recall, most vehicles can pull a smaller, lightweight pop up, including motorcycles, ATVs, and cars. Since I’ve mentioned that so many times, I thought this would be a great opportunity to show you just which cars meet the towing requirements for lightweight pop up campers. Here are seven great picks.
1. 2015 Cadillac CTS
At first glance, the sleek, expensive-looking 2015 Cadillac CTS doesn’t seem like the best choice for towing a pop up camper. You’re about to be surprised. The vehicle boasts a speedy V6 engine for easy driving even when pulling a light pop up behind you. The addition of all-wheel drive allows you to drive on different terrain, such as the dirt paths at parks and campgrounds. That means you can hit the road just about anywhere you want to.
Besides its towing capabilities, the 2015 Cadillac CTS also comes equipped with Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound audio, a stunning interior cabin, LED signature lighting, and its own Wi-Fi hotspot for reliable Internet. Who said roughing it had to be rough?
2. 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
Although an older vehicle, the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour is another great choice for pulling your pop up camper around the country. Its powerful V6 engine runs on 3.5 liters. The car also has a towing capacity rated at 1,500 pounds, so even midweight pop up campers apply.
Inside the vehicle, you’ll find handy features like storage compartments with plastic lids perfect for stowing your essentials. Some models also include all-wheel drive, allowing you to get plenty of ground clearance when driving, a generous six inches. Even on hills, you won’t falter in this vehicle.
Finally, the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour has automatic transmission, but it’s not just any ol’ automatic transmission. As you make a turn, that turn’s G-force will influence which gear the Crosstour stays in. This gives you the freedom to tow with more ease than ever before. So yeah, who cares that this car is a few years older? It’s a dependable choice.
3. 2015 Chevrolet Camaro
With a slightly lesser towing capacity than the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour, the 2015 Chevy Camaro can pull 1,000 pounds. You are indeed limited to lightweight pop up campers only. Still, the Camaro makes up for its towing capacity with a sleek design, curved edges, and a defined chassis.
Its 426-horsepower V8 engine is nothing to sneeze at, either. This is one reliable vehicle that looks good and tows especially well.
4. 2018 Dodge Challenger
The sexy Dodge Challenger has been a good contender to pull a pop up camper since the 2015 models began rolling out. Several years later and that much hasn’t changed. Although the towing capacity is limited to 1,000 pounds, it’s a Dodge Challenger we’re talking about here, for crying out loud. Who wouldn’t want one?
You must choose either the monstrous 5.7-liter V8 engine or the smaller but still tough 3.6-liter V6 engine to make the most of your towing capacity. Having automatic transmission is also recommended by the manufacturer so you can handle hills and other steep driving conditions with your pop up.
5. 2015 Ford Mustang
If a newer car isn’t in the budget, try the 2015 Ford Mustang. It too has a towing capacity of 1,000 pounds, so you’re not missing out on that. What you are missing out on is the often hefty price tag that comes with buying a 2018 or 2019 car.
The 2015 Ford Mustang has an impressive 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that has a good highway and city MPG rating. Said engine can also achieve 320 pounds feet of torque as well as reach 310 horsepower. The Mustang’s six-speed automatic transmission and six-speed manual transmission means you’re ready for whatever driving conditions Mother Nature throws at you.
6. 2015 Volvo S60
I also recommend the 2015 Volvo S60. This rather unassuming car has one of the most impressive tow ratings you could ask for, as it can pull 3,500 gargantuan pounds! That’s more than double the towing capacity of many of the other cars I’ve showcased.
Besides its awe-inspiring towing capacity, the 2015 Volvo S60 has several engine choices. These include a six-cylinder 3.0-liter turbo engine with all-wheel drive, a standard supercharging engine, a five-cylinder 2.5-liter turbo, and a four-cylinder 2.0-liter direct injection and turbocharging engine.
7. 2018 Chevrolet Malibu
The 2018 Chevy Malibu has a standard towing capacity of 1,000 pounds, like most of the cars we’ve covered on this list. There are dual four-cylinder engines, the bigger of which is two liters. You’ll never have to worry then if your car is tough enough to pull your pop up camper if you’re driving the 2018 Malibu.
The roominess of the backseat makes this car ideal to stow all your cargo, gear, and other camping equipment. The rounded design of the chassis and its adept handling make driving the Malibu a joy, whether you’re towing your camper or not.
[box] Are you looking for a car to pull your pop up camper? Any of the seven vehicles I outlined fit the bill. From older yet dependable 2010 models, 2015 cars with hefty towing capacities, and practically brand new 2018 vehicles, there are plenty of options to choose from.The pop up camper life gives you the freedom to explore all those parts of the world you’ve always wanted to see in a comfy, dependable trailer. With one of these equally dependable cars hooked up to your camper, you can focus more on having safe, fun travels than overdoing it on towing.[/box]