2009 Toyota HighlanderAs the trend moves to smaller lighter cars and SUVs you would expect that towing would no longer be an option. Families wanting to take to the road and go camping seem to be in a dilemma, either camp by tent or use a larger vehicle.

But this is not always the case. With a little research you can find an environmentally friendly vehicle that can pair up with a camp trailer comfortably. A good example is Toyota’s 2009 highlander with a four-cylinder engine, Yes, that’s 4 cylinder. The Toyota Highlander has an estimated 27 MPG highway and 20 MPG city and will be EPA-rated as an Ultra Low Emission (ULEVII) vehicle.

What’s impressive is that this little 2.7 liter inline four-cylinder engine will be able to generate 187 horse power. That’s enough, when equipped with a towing package, to achieve a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.

Combining this with one of the lighter camp rigs like a Chalet Trailer weighing 1,300 pounds or the Chalet XL at about 1500 pounds and you have plenty of room to add the weight of your camping gear without overloading the towing capacity of your SUV.

The stronger, lighter materials available allow you to have the best of both worlds. A fuel-efficient vehicle and the comfort of camping in a trailer are possible with a little research. So what are you waiting for? Lets hit the road!