Unibody or Frame question

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The Ranger is a box on frame and the Maverick a unibody - Touring Canada and the US towing a 3000lbs trailer -Any issue doing it with a unibody, 2.0L engine or will I just shorten the life expectancy of the smaller engine. Thanks.
 

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The 2.0L turbo with AWD with the 4K tow package should handle it ok. The unibody has nothing to do with the life expectancy of the engine.
 

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For me the question mark will be the 2.0 engine. While it certainly has the power, will the turbo be a good bet when towing? I would be tracking down a trusted service manager who will divulge if the engine has any heat related or other issues when equipped with a tow package for the amount of weight you want to tow. As far as unitized construction, IMO, the 3rd gen Dodge Durango which is uni-body, is one of the best tow vehicles made.
*On another note, inclines w/weight added can cause a vehicle to run warmer than normal, take that into consideration before spec'ing & buying.
 
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Good point. I might check some Durango forum.
 

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For me the question mark will be the 2.0 engine. While it certainly has the power, will the turbo be a good bet when towing? I would be tracking down a trusted service manager who will divulge if the engine has any heat related or other issues when equipped with a tow package for the amount of weight you want to tow. As far as unitized construction, IMO, the 3rd gen Dodge Durango which is uni-body, is one of the best tow vehicles made.
*On another note, inclines w/weight added can cause a vehicle to run warmer than normal, take that into consideration before spec'ing & buying.
I can't speak to the 2.0L Turbo, but the 3.5L in my F150 is an absolute beast. Kicks ass compared to the 5.0 V8 NA. (Yes, those are fighting words - especially coming from someone who has been in the V8 fan club all my life).

ETA: It tows my 3K# 20' flatbed plus 4K# L-series tractor almost like nothing is attached. For evidence, take a look at some of the Fast Lane Truck Gauntlet videos of the eco-boost.
 
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