Best Cars To Tow Behind RVs

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Towing a vehicle behind your RV allows you to explore and run errands without breaking camp. But not all cars can be towed. Choosing the right vehicle to tow is a big decision, and you want to avoid making an expensive mistake. 

So, where do you even start? We’ve made it easier for you by rounding up more than 20 vehicles of all sizes and types that are worthy of consideration. 

In this post, we focus on what we believe are some of the best cars, trucks – and even sports cars – that you can flat tow behind your RV. That means towing it with all four wheels on the ground.

But you’ll get the most out of this article with some basic towing education first. Follow the advice and recommendations we share, and you’ll soon be on your way to being well-prepared for your RV and towing journey.

By the way, in the RV world, the vehicle you tow behind your RV is often referred to as a TOAD, towed, or even a dinghy. 

1250 x 750 tiffin towing orange mini. text on dusty window says I go where I am towed

What towing options are available?

Flat towing is the most popular way to tow a vehicle behind an RV. That’s because it’s almost always easier and faster. Keep in mind it can also be more expensive to set up. But this is not the only way to tow.

If you already have a car that you love but find it isn’t towable with all four wheels down, you may consider using a car tow dolly. We have experience with both towing four-down and with a dolly. You can even tow your vehicle on or inside a trailer. Learn more about these options in the pros and cons of towing with a dolly vs. 4-down article and our video on loading a car onto a tow dolly.

But in this article, we focus specifically on some of the cars that we think make a great 4-down towing option, as that’s the most popular. We’ll start with what you need to know first, then move on to our top picks.

cc motorhome tows jeep at great sand dunes

Key Considerations for Cars To Tow Behind RVs

There are many important factors to consider when it comes to deciding on what vehicle to tow behind an RV. There is simply no one-size-fits-all answer. You will need to do extensive research in advance of purchasing your vehicle. Or even if you want to tow a vehicle you already have. 

This article is a great place to start, as it covers tons of useful information, tips, and related resources. Just know that your homework won’t end here! 

Buyer Beware!

First up, DO NOT trust what a car salesperson tells you! Their job is to sell you a vehicle, not ensure it’s suitable for you to tow! You need to personally confirm the information in the owner’s manual for that specific vehicle to ensure it can be flat towed. Look for references to ‘recreational towing’ behind another vehicle, not just using the vehicle for towing. Unless, of course, you plan to do both as we have with our Jeep and many people do with trucks.

We have towed our Jeep behind three motorhomes. And we’ve also used it as the towing vehicle for our small travel trailer. You can see all of the different RVs and ways we have towed a car over the years in the photo gallery below. 

Be aware that towing your car behind an RV can potentially impact manufacturer warranties. The ‘tow-ability’ of a vehicle may depend on the model year, as manufacturers may change the transmission. 

Please don’t assume it is OK to tow a car simply because you see someone else towing one. They may have made significant modifications to that vehicle to do so safely. Or they could be damaging a car that was not properly modified. Be especially careful if your car is still under a factory warranty, as towing could void it!

What else do you need to know?

Before we dive into our vehicle selections, you must also understand a bit about vehicle transmissions, towing weight ratings, and towing equipment. All of these play a part in the top vehicles we selected for this article. 

We have ensured the information we share is useful, relevant, and accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, YOU are ultimately responsible for ensuring the vehicle you choose is suitable to tow behind your RV safely. Keep reading to learn more.

black ford maverick hybrid with tow gear

Towed Vehicle Transmissions

Transmissions are one of the most important variables when towing a car behind an RV. Many need to have a transmission with a differential that can be put into neutral or a manual transmission. This is one reason why four-wheel drive units are commonly towed vehicles. But different models and trim levels of the same car or truck can have very different transmissions, even if they are both four-wheel drive.

A great example is our 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk (below). The Trailhawk trim level is one of the few models of Jeep Cherokees with the appropriate transmission to be towed four-down. Another example is the new 2023 Ford Maverick (pictured above). Only the hybrid version of the Maverick is currently towable. Check for restrictions on how fast it can be towed or specific instructions to enable towing. 

Towing Weight Ratings To Consider

Other extremely important factors are the weight of the vehicle being towed and the rated capacity of your towing vehicle (RV). Remember that it is quite common in the RV industry for RV manufacturers to point out that the motorhome has a ‘hitch rated for 5,000 pounds’. That doesn’t always mean that you can tow a 5,000-pound vehicle! The 5,000-pound rating often assumes that you have very little weight inside the RV.

In most cases, RVers are carrying people, pets, and gear in their motorhome. This can bring their RV weight close to – or even exceed – the weight capacity. The weight carried in the towing vehicle will often significantly reduce the available weight for towing. So your RV might have a hitch rated for 5,000 pounds but once loaded, can only tow a 2,500 pound car. Learn more about RV weight issues here.

This is also why, shortly after buying our Jeep in 2017, we switched from towing it with our Class A gas motorhome (pictured above) to a Class A diesel motorhome. This had a much higher weight capacity and was also much safer.

How are you towing?

Another very important factor in towing weight capabilities is whether you are towing a trailer or towing a vehicle with all four wheels down. When using a tow bar instead of a trailer, there is virtually no hitch/tongue weight. A trailer attached to the rear of a towed vehicle usually has a tongue weight of 10-15% of the trailer weight.

This means that a 5,000-pound trailer would have a 500 to 750-pound load on the hitch. This weight would need to be considered in your total cargo capacity for the towing vehicle. So, you can tow a heavier car four-down than you could with the combined weight of a car and trailer while still staying under the RV weight rating.

Aftermarket Towing Equipment Needed

This could be another article, but we’ll keep this high level so you understand the basics. You’ll need a tow bar, plus base plates that must be fitted to the towed vehicle. Make sure that base plates and other equipment are available for your chosen vehicle, especially if it is a newly released model. 

Don’t cheap out on your towing solution. The potential consequences of a runaway car behind your RV are NOT worth the cost savings or risk. Buy your four-down towing equipment from a quality company, such as Roadmaster or Blue Ox. These are two of the most popular brands trusted by RVers. We recommend you strongly consider a ‘non-binding’ tow bar, like the Roadmaster Nighthawk that we use, as it’s easier to connect and disconnect.

Check out this post for more detailed information on all of the towing equipment we chose for towing four-down behind our RV. We also recommend you buy new towing equipment, as you will know the entire history. Tow bars need to be properly maintained and eventually age out. Have your equipment checked regularly. 

Remember that you will also need a supplemental braking system installed in your towed vehicle. There are many different types. Some are portable units that can easily be switched from one towed car to another. Others are more complex permanent installations costing thousands of dollars. There’s a lot more research required to decide which option is best for your needs. But you can read about what we chose for flat towing our car behind our RV in this article.


How we selected our list of cars to tow behind RVs

For over twenty years, FMCA has been publishing a great Vehicle Towing Guide. It lists most of the towable vehicles by manufacturer and also includes some of the restrictions of those models. Though it is a great tool for initial research, you still need to do some deeper research beyond what you find. Their guide is meant to significantly narrow down your list of options and get you started on the path to finding a great car to tow behind your RV.

This article goes a step further by creating a shortlist of towed vehicles that caught our attention. Some because they are very popular with RVers, like SUVs. Others for their versatility and capabilities. We include smaller and full-size trucks. It also calls out towable hybrids and the best small cars to tow behind an RV for people focused on efficiency. There are even some rare towable sports cars. All have been checked against the FMCA Vehicle Towing Guide.

What types of vehicles?

We’ve organized our selection by category, with suggestions for each type: SUVs, Smaller Trucks, Full-size Trucks, Hybrid Vehicles, Small Cars, and Sports Cars. Sorry, there are no fully Electric Vehicles, as we aren’t aware of any that can be flat-towed…. yet!

Of course, this is just a selection that we personally selected to suit a wide range of RVers. And just because a vehicle isn’t included doesn’t mean it would not be a great vehicle to tow. This list is a good place to start and see if you find a vehicle that fits your needs. We’ve done the initial homework for you. But you’ll need to do the final research, as covered above, to be 100% certain it’s the right choice for you.

Are you ready? It’s time to jump into our recommendations for the best towed vehicles! 

Recommended cars to tow behind RVs

Please consider this list as a handy guide to get you started. Then, research the specific vehicle, model year, and trim level to ensure it is suitable to tow. Check the owner’s manual and warranty conditions. And remember, DO NOT trust the salesperson to give you the correct information! Do your own research.

SUVs that can be towed behind an RV

Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

Of course, an obvious choice for our shortlist would be the car we actually chose to tow behind our RV. We bought our “Mango Tango” 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk in 2017 and still totally love it today. It has been the perfect mix of on-road and off-road performance, luxury, and functionality for our RV life and travels. You can learn tons more about our Jeep and why we chose it in this post. In it, we also reference an important mod we had to make to our 2015 model for additional safety, but it is no longer required on later models.


gray jeep rubicon 4 door

Jeep Wrangler

Perhaps the most popular vehicle we have seen towed behind RVs over the years is the Jeep Wrangler. These have been a popular choice among RVers for decades. Many love them for their rugged off-roading capability. They are reasonably lightweight, especially the older two-door versions that weighed only 3,200 pounds. 

Having a higher clearance rugged vehicle as a towed car is extra forgiving of road imperfections, curbs, etc. There are many different models and trim levels of the Jeep Wrangler to choose from, including the new truck version called the Gladiator.

Honda CRV and Class C RV with palm trees

Honda CRV (older models)

Another extremely popular towed vehicle for well over a decade is the Honda CRV. But you need to be very careful of what year it was made as many years are not towable. Most built up to and including the 2014 model year are towable. But then Honda changed the transmission, so the newer models since then are no longer flat towable. 

This is a nice, reliable, and lightweight SUV, weighing about 3,400 pounds. We have met multiple RVers who tow and love these. One retired couple we met towed the same Honda CRV for over 20 years. That same couple also traveled full-time in the same motorhome for 20 years! This is rare and pretty amazing, for sure.

subaru Crosstek with Class A monaco

Subaru Crosstrek (some model years)

While some other Subaru models are also towable, we especially like those built on the Subaru Impreza platform. The Subaru Crosstrek is basically a lifted Impreza, with much higher ground clearance. This makes it less likely to get damaged, and easier to get in and out of. 

Subaru Imprezas are relatively lightweight for their size at around 3,200 pounds, very reliable, and fun to drive. In fact, the Crosstrek was also on our shortlist, when shopping around for our Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. Many models are all-wheel drive and have manual transmission, but beware of changes made to model years after 2016.

gray ford ranger truck with bike rack in rv park

Smaller Trucks that can be towed behind an RV

Personally, I like the idea of towing a truck behind an RV because I love all the functional capabilities of a truck. Smaller trucks like the Chevy Colorado, Nissan Frontier, and Ford Ranger (pictured above) can provide that versatility without being especially heavy. 

Most of these weigh around 4,000–4,500 pounds. One potential advantage of the Chevy Colorado is that it is available with a diesel engine. This might be handy if you already have a diesel motorhome you tow it with, being the same fuel type. Make sure you check the details of which years and models are towable. Usually, only the four-wheel drive models can be towed, but some manual transmission two-wheel drive models are towable, too. 

white 4 door truck with side by side atv in bed

Towable Full-Sized Trucks

If you have an RV with enough towing capacity (like a big diesel motorhome) and want the extra capacities and capabilities of a full-size truck, you CAN go bigger. Four-wheel drive versions from Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, and Ram are towable if properly equipped. And even heavy-duty three-quarter-ton and one-ton versions.

You could have a truck that you can tow behind your RV, but you could also tow a big trailer if you decide to switch to a different style of RV-ing down the road. Many people like towing full-size trucks because they can put their motorcycles, ATVs, or other big toys in the truck while towing. You can see examples of this setup in the photos above and below. This also means they have a truck to transport their toys to recreation areas to use them. But towing a 5,000 to 7,000-pound truck plus toys is not usually an efficient or necessary choice for most RVers.

This 45′ diesel pusher motorhome is towing a Ford F-150 truck with a Harley Davidson motorcycle in the bed, plus another motorcycle on the back of the RV!

white ford Cmax hybrid tow car

Towable Hybrid Vehicles

If you are looking for a highly fuel-efficient towed vehicle, consider a towable hybrid model. Ford has offered a towable hybrid car for many years. They are one of the few manufacturers that has consistently had one. The Ford Escape and Ford Maverick are their two most recent. 

If you look back a couple of years, try a 2014–2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid, which weighs around 3,600 pounds. This is pictured above, charging at a campground. Or even look at a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid. There are a handful of other hybrid cars from other manufacturers that are towable. But since Ford consistently offers them, this gives me extra confidence in the ability to tow many of their hybrid vehicles.

red smart car with floral print stripe

Best Small Cars to Tow Behind an RV (or even inside!)

Probably the smallest and lightest weight four-down towable car is the Smart Car, called a Smart Fortwo. These are currently discontinued but were made for many years. So there are plenty out there on the used market. Usually weighing less than 2,000 pounds, they can be towed very easily, even by some smaller motorhomes. 

Of course, you’ll need to be OK with a tiny two-seat car with limited storage. We borrowed a Smart Car from a friend while visiting the Florida Keys a few years ago. They are fun to drive and amazing for finding parking where it’s very limited. It is hard to find a modern car smaller and lighter than the Smart Fortwo. We have even seen them transported in the rear toy hauler garage of a fifth wheel.

toy hauler rv trailer with smart car inside

A Smart Car loaded in the garage of a fifth wheel toy hauler

green fiat 500 tow car

At only 2,300 pounds, the Fiat 500 (above) is another popular choice for those wanting to tow a lightweight vehicle. This is a more substantial car than the Smart Fortwo, and has a back seat. We’ve seen many in campgrounds and have some RV friends who have towed one for over five years and remain happy with their choice.

white honda fit with bike rack in front of jayco rv

Want an even more functional car while still only around 2,500 pounds? Consider the Honda Fit (above). With a back seat plus additional storage, this is a lot of car packed into a lightweight and relatively inexpensive package. The Honda’s manual transmission version is fun to drive, too. This is a great lightweight towed vehicle.

red nissan 370z stock photo from Kelly blue book

Sports Cars you can Tow Behind an RV

One of the few true sports cars that we have seen listed as towable year after year is the Nissan 370Z (pictured above). It’s a really great sports car weighing just 3,300 pounds. Just be careful towing such a low-profile car. You may need to look into special towing equipment to be at the lower height. Another cool sporty car is the 2012-2014 Dodge Challenger with manual transmission. That is one of the cooler, relatively recent towable muscle cars. 

Other sports cars we have seen being towed four-down include a couple of Mazda Miatas and many MINIs. In fact, the first car we towed (from 2014 to 2017) was a 2006 Mini Cooper Convertible S with a manual transmission. WE LOVED that car as it was so much fun. And while we could have set this up to tow 4-down, for many reasons, we opted to tow it with a dolly instead. Despite changing our towing setup a few years later, we have no regrets about both of our initial choices, which we share more about here in Finding the Ideal TOAD.

As mentioned above, remember that just because you see people towing a vehicle, it doesn’t mean it’s recommended and it could void warranties. Do your research!

We chose to tow a Mini Cooper Convertible with a tow dolly behind our first RV

Final Words of Advice

So there you have it. Our shortlist of cars and trucks we think are worth looking at when choosing a car to tow behind an RV. Of course, everyone is different and has their own priorities when selecting. Your shortlist might differ, especially if you like larger and more luxurious towed vehicles. 

We highly recommend you check out the FMCA Vehicle Towing Guides for even more ideas for vehicles you can tow behind your motorhome! Again, make sure you do your own research and don’t rely on a salesperson! 

Check the owner’s manual for the specific vehicle you’re considering to confirm it IS flat-towable. And if it isn’t? Don’t worry. You can also consider alternative towing options such as a tow dolly or even a trailer – whether flatbed or enclosed. Learn about the pros and cons of these towing options vs four-down here.

Finally, there really is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to tow vehicles. You need to find the best option for YOUR needs. Here are a couple more options.

Marc loads an electric moped onto a rear rack behind our Class C motorhome

Many RVers traveling in small motorhomes (like us) travel with e-bikes instead of a car

To tow or not to tow?

After doing all the research, you may even decide not to tow a car at all! Some people use rental cars at their destination.

Or, you may consider carrying a small moped for local transportation. Or even bring along electric bikes. A cargo e-bike or folding e-bike are ideal for exploring and running errands. We’ve traveled and enjoyed both of these options (moped and e-bikes) as they suited our more nimble style of RV travel in a smaller Class C motorhome

Whatever you decide, good luck with your research! Safe travels.

What other vehicles would you have added to this list? Do you already tow a vehicle behind your RV? We would love to hear what you tow, and why you chose it. Please share them below in the comments.

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    • That is awesome. They are great cars (Marc used to own a Subaru WR-X and LOVED IT) In fact a Cross Trek was on our short list when looking to switch from the MINI. So happy you are happy with yours. All the best! – J

  1. We are new to the RV world. Recently purchasing a 2001 Monaco Dynasty. We have a BMW 325i hardtop convertible which is not towable. Due to being new to the RV experience, 4 down is my preferred method. We will be selling the BMW and would like to purchase another small convertible, possibly a VW EOS or beetle with Mini being and option (all have manual transmissions). Any input would be helpful.

    • Hi Dick, Welcome to the RVing world. Nice choice in RVs. That was a good era for diesel pushers. The tow vehicle is a personal choice on which you like better (assuming they are all towable). Just make sure you are thorough in your research before pulling the trigger. Safe travels! -M

  2. We’ve been towing a 2000 Cherokee Sport for the past 6 months and just downsized to a 1995 Suzuki Sidekick saving almost 1000 lbs. Makes a huge difference on grades and still gives us 4×4 capabilities and good gas mileage. Great article!

  3. We have flat towed a 2005 Mini Cooper S convertible, with manual 6-speed transmission, for about 8000 miles, with no troubles at all. BMW, maker of the Mini, recommends against flat towing, but we know several who have done it anyway and recommend it highly. Blue Ox makes a base plate for it, so they also have concluded that it can be flat towed. I believe that BMW is just being risk-averse, like many large corporations, but the Mini is a great toad provided that you stick with the manual transmission. The only downside is that it is very low to the ground, with minimal ground clearance, so we have to use about a 6 inch drop on our trailer hitch to connect it to our 2014 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 31sa. I believe that you also towed a Mini behind a Tiffin, but was there a reason you chose to use a dolly rather than flat towing it?

    • Hi Doug,
      Great that you have loved flat towing your Mini Cooper S convertible manual. They are super fun cars. We definitely loved ours. Fun that you are towing it with such a similar RV to what we had at the time as well. We have known many others who also tow their manual transmission Minis, and considered it as well. Our main concern was the same one that you mentioned… that they have low ground clearance. So, we chose a dolly to get it off the ground a bit more. But we also were not sure enough about the tow car choice when we first started RVing to invest so heavily in a proper 4-down setup for it. We knew setting up the car and braking could cost a few thousand dollars, and we were not sure it would be worth that on a $9k car. We were much more comfortable with the investment after a few years when we chose our second tow vehicle. Enjoy your Mini. I miss ours sometimes.
      Safe travels. -M

  4. 2011 Subaru Forester with 5 speed manual. Great mileage, high clearance, all wheel drive and big back seat leg room. Put in neutral, take off brake, and turn key to release steering (doesn’t affect battery or record mileage). We have over 100,000 miles flat towed with no issues.

    • Wow. Amazing that you have over 100,000 miles flat towed with your Subie. Thanks for sharing. Love Subies. Many in our family over the years, including my WRX. Thanks again and wishing you many more great miles ahead. -M

  5. I would like to have something verified. If you are towing a 5000 lb vehicle, thats 5000 lbs less cargo you can haul. So our current 30 ft gas rv can carry about 2800 lbs. Which would mean towing a car is out of the question. Is that correct?

    • Hi Dave, Glad you are paying attention to weight. Towing weight affects cargo weight, and vice versa, but happy to inform you that it is not as big as your original assumption. Let me share a little more information with you and others reading the post using your vehicle’s capacity. Manufacturers usually base the maximum towing capacity of a truck/RV assuming no cargo and only a driver. Any additional weight added to the towing vehicle itself comes out of the available cargo capacity. So, if you added 2,000 pounds of food, water, fuel, and clothing to your RV, you would then have 800 pounds of cargo capacity left.

      When towing, the only part that affects cargo capacity is the tongue weight. If you are towing a trailer, the tongue weight is usually around 10-15% of the total trailer weight if it is set up properly. If the trailer is not level, the tongue weight can change significantly, which can affect safety and weight ratings. So, if you had a 5,000-pound trailer you would be very near the full cargo capacity rating since 15% of 5,000 is 750 pounds (remembering you had 2,000 pounds of cargo already in this example). Side note…Fifth-wheel trailers often have 25% of their weight on the hitch. But since the hitch for the fifth wheel rests on the axle of the towing truck it is less impactful than the weight on the rear bumper hitch.

      If you are towing a car four-down, as you would most likely be doing with any of the cars mentioned in this post, the tongue weight is very low because the towed vehicle fully supports its own weight. So, if you were wanting to tow a 4,000-pound vehicle and were towing it four-down, you would likely still be fine to tow it with your 5,000-pound towing rating, including up to 2,500 pounds of cargo. BUT… there is one more caveat. The assumption for the information above is not taking into account the difference between your GVWR and GCVWR. That is your Gross vehicle weight rating and Gross Combined vehicle weight rating. GVWR is the number you were looking at to determine your cargo weight because your cargo weight is equal to your GVWR minus the vehicle’s actual weight. The GCVWR is the combined weight of the towing vehicle and whatever it is towing.

      If you look closely, many RV manufacturers say that they have a 5,000-pound HITCH. Which is not necessarily a 5,000-pound towing capacity when you consider cargo weight. For example, using round numbers for simplicity. Your RV might have an actual weight of 18,000 pounds, a GVWR of 20,000 pounds, and a GCVWR of 24,000 pounds. If you were only carrying a few hundred pounds of cargo, keeping your total weight down to around 19,000, you would still have up to 5,000 pounds available towing capacity, staying under the GCVWR. However, if you had the full 2,000 pounds of cargo maxing out your GVWR, you would now only have 4,000 pounds available to tow. This is hitting the max on all weight ratings.

      Hopefully, that all makes sense for you now. Double-check your GVWR/GCVWR and try to stay well under all your weight ratings for safety and efficiency. But you will likely find many vehicles you can tow, especially when towing four down. And please remember to also install a braking system in your towing vehicle so you don’t overload the brakes on your RV. Check out our article about driving steep grades, and our braking system for our towed Jeep in these articles. Also an article we shared about weight with our first RV.

      Safe travels

  6. What do I need to expect by towing a 2003 Kia Rio (manual transmission) w/transport Dolly behind my 2006 Class-C Four Winds?

    • Hi Jay, I don’t really understand what you are asking. Front-wheel drives being towed with the front tires on the dolly doesn’t really matter what the transmission is. If your RV has the weight and towing capacity for that car you will probably be fine. Hopefully your dolly has brakes to help you manage the extra weight. Dollies usually require extra effort to get ready for the road, but we were fine with our dolly for three years. Hope that helps. -M

    • Thanks for sharing. That is the tow vehicle the previous owners of our first RV used. They were really happy with it and offered to sell it to us with the RV. But we had already bought our MINI. Good choice.

  7. We tow a Subaru WRX with Manual Transmission, approved by Subaru with the following note: “the ignition needs to be on the entire time due to the EPS (Electronic Power Steering)”

    • Thanks for pointing out that the owners manual points out that the ignition needs to be on the entire time. That electronic power steering is the issue for our Jeep too, which is why they created that extra wiring harness upgrade aftermarket. Hope you have a good battery charging system for your WRX. Great car! I loved my WRX so much. I have had some great cars over the years, but still think it was my favorite to this day. -M

  8. We flat tow a 2019 Honda Civic hatchback, manual shift behind our Winnebago Navion. With the back seats down we have extra storage space for beach and gravity chairs and our portable grill. Excellent second car and fun to drive although it is not a car for off roading.

    • That is a great car too. Hondas are very popular. As you mentioned, Civics definitely are not off-roaders. But they are fun to drive, great fuel economy and reliability. Thanks for sharing.

  9. We have owned a ton of Hondas over the years due to their reliability and high Re-sale values. I highly recommend them.
    As a result two of these have been CRV’s. A 2011 and now a 2014. I wish it had a bit more ground clearance as we like to go off road in Arizona a bit. One can buy an aftermarket lift kit but we haven’t gone there yet.
    The last year with a towable CRV is 2014 because in 2015 they sadly went to a CVT transmission. So beware of the dreaded CVT! They are becoming more popular with the manufacturers.
    I’d like a Jeep Wrangler. But maybe it was just us, sadly the wind noise on the highways turned us off. We couldn’t entertain it as it would be our primary vehicle when at home too. We only travel in the winters (Snowbirds).
    Thanks for the great article!

    • Hi Jim,
      Thanks for sharing your experience with the CRVs. Yes, they are excellent vehicles, but not super off road capable, both because of their clearance and because they don’t have low range. We are in the same camp on the Wranglers. Their ride quality and wind noise are really lacking if you are doing any big highway miles. That is part of why we chose the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. The on-road ride quality is vastly superior, but still has some good off-road capability. It was the right balance for us. But we know others who value the off-road capability more. Glad you enjoyed the article. It has been a very popular one so far. -Marc

  10. 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT. Recommended by Motorhome magazine towing guide. Weight 3000lb, 29mpg highway, 4-door, larger internal capacity than closest competitor Kia Soul. Manual trans, just shift out of gear, release parking brake, unlock steering wheel & go. No circuit breakers, fuses, speed limits, mileage limits between starts. Tradeoff is low ground clearance but it’s a normal car, not built for off-roading. Trouble-free, except we have arrived after long drives with a dead car battery, but that’s a separate issue

      • We recommend the GMC Acadia! We have a 2017 Acadia Denali and I’m super happy with it. As far as I know, it is the ONLY flat towable 3-row SUV under 5k lbs. My previous vehicle was a 3 row (not flat towable) and that was something we really wanted for our family but every other one is over 5k. We have an F53 so 5k is our upper limit. And the only reason I even knew about it was I went to a used car lot to see a GC Trailhawk (4990 lbs or so) and while talking to the salesperson about what I wanted to do, he goes, you know, we have something with one of those baseplates already installed. It was a 2017 GMC Acadia Denali! It was less expensive than the Trailhawk, had that 3rd row, and all the extras. Super easy flat tow process, takes 1 gear shift plus 3 min of idling. Also we saved about 400 lbs, which was big for us because our GVCR-GVWR is only 4k lbs. So every lb over that cuts into our cargo. They also come cheaper and substantially lighter in non-Denali versions, and I believe from 2017 to present is flat tow. I wish it had been mentioned in flat tow blogs, etc when I was looking. Everybody mentions Wranglers of course but if you need a family car, this is it!

        Thanks for all you do, keep it up!

        • Hi David,
          Thank you so much for sharing that one. That is a great tip for somebody looking for 3-row seating. Since we don’t have kids, that wasn’t a consideration for us, but would definitely be one for others. Also, love to see that you are being so mindful of your weight limits. Something I wish more people gave the attention it deserves. Thanks again for sharing and staying safe out there! -Marc

  11. We flat tow a Lincoln MKS ECO BOOST all wheel drive and it is so simple to tow. Hook up is a breeze. Ford and Lincoln gave us more choices for flat towing. We used to use Chevy until choices became few.

  12. Omgosh! Imagine our surprise when we were reading your article and saw a picture of our gray Ford Ranger and our rig in it! So sorry we didn’t meet you both in person! Next time stop by!

    • That is super cool that you recognized your Ford Ranger in the post. We were at Thousand Trails Palm Springs for over 6 weeks this winter, so we met a lot of great people. Sorry we didn’t get to meet you both. Safe travels!


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