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2007 XC70 Towing a Large Trailer

I just grabbed this shot in the DU area of Denver yesterday. With a tow rating of 3300 pounds, a 2007 XC70 is a capable hauler. This trailer looks to be about a 1000-lbs trailer which is about as big as you want to go on Volvo passenger cars, and here’s a roughly equivalent trailer I found on the Web to get hard numbers for a proper evaluation.

2007 XC70 towing a 1000-lbs trailer (empty weight)
2007 XC70 towing a 1000-lbs trailer (empty weight)

My initial reaction was this looks a little much for this Volvo, but after examination he looks to be well within spec. The back end is not sagging much at all, and with a 3300-lbs tow rating the XC70 should have no problem.

Surprisingly, the Volvo 850 has the same tow rating. I tested this limit 11 years ago with my trusty old 1997 850.

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