Ten most popular vehicles towed behind motorhomes

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By Chuck Woodbury
With so many towed vehicle options, it helps to know what other RVers are choosing. Picking the right vehicle for your needs can be the difference between an “okay” trip and a great one. The customers of RVibrake.com recently told the company their towed vehicle model, which the company then put into a top ten list based on popularity.

It turned out that my “towed vehicle,” a Honda Fit (manual transmission) comes in tenth on the popularity list. Various models of Jeeps were the most popular overall.

Here are the most popular, in order:

• Jeep Wrangler
• Honda CR-V
• Jeep Grand Cherokee
• Jeep Cherokee
• Chevy Equinox
• Chevy Colorado
• Jeep Liberty
• Ford F-150
• Ford Edge
• Honda Fit

The unknowns of towing a car or other vehicle behind your RV and getting the right gear for the adventure can be daunting. RVibrake provides information here about flat towing, plus videos, that will answer some of your concerns and help you choose what’s right for you.

Please leave a comment about your towed vehicle and why you chose it.

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Larry Hayes
4 days ago

I dingy tow a 2009 smart car. Perfect tow vehicle. Only weighs 1800 pounds

rick kanatzar
2 months ago

we have flat towed a 2009 and a 2018 jeep grand cherokee. both are great cars and easy to tow. however, they tip the scales at 4500 lbs. ,which is close to max for most hitches, let alone the gcvw. now we have a 2012 chev colorado- although we did install a remco drive line, even tho the colorado is a manual transmission. remco can make a drive line for almost any vehicle. i have a few friends that have used the remco driveline for many miles with no issues.

Kenneth Fuller
3 months ago

We flat tow a 2006 Jeep Wrangler 4WD with automatic transmission. My wife doesn’t drive a standard, so we gave the Jeep Wrangler a chance. Soooo easy to pull. No pumps needed for transmission lubrication, no stopping to run through gears, no dead batteries, no fuses to pull, no limited speed for towing. Just put the transfer case in neutral while leaving the gear shifter in PARK, turn ignition key to unlock steering wheel, hook up and pull. Tracks like a dream.

Diane Mc
3 months ago

Flat tow a Mini Cooper S. We also have a Jeep Grand Cherokee that we have towed once. We were going from CA to FL for our annual trip in Jan/Feb/Mar and then dropping off motorhome at Newmar for upgrades that would take 3 to 4 month. We didn’t want to drive back from Nappanee in the Cooper. Not enough room and too little for a 5000 mile round trip! Wise decision.

Dave R
3 months ago

We tow a 2015 Kia Soul with a standard transmission. It weighs 2,800 lbs and you just put it into neutral with the key to the off position. Soul’s have a lot of room inside and sit up higher so they are easy to get in and out of unlike some other smaller vehicles. Most of the vehicles on the list are much too heavy for my Sprinter based Isata 3 to tow.

Tom Smythe
3 months ago

We pull our Yukon XL 4WD just fine. Makes for a really comfortable daily driver, very safe for anyone in the vehicle, and can go lots of places off-road. Plus, if we need extra cargo space, it serves nicely as an added “garage”.

Ray Evans
3 months ago

We flat tow our automatic 2014 Ford Fiesta. It’s so light that we don’t know it’s back there. We do not have or need an auxiliary braking system (I realize they are required in certain states). The only drawback is the back seat is a bit cozy for 2 adults!

Vern James
3 months ago

We have a 1995 Suzuki Sidekick with 4WD that we tow behind our 1998 Safari Trek. It’s been a perfect companion to take on our RV adventures. It can go just about anywhere and is very easy to flat tow.

Cinerama
3 months ago

We flat tow a 2012 Cadillac SRX with auto transmission, which we upgraded to from a 1998 Saturn SL2. We chose it because it was designed to be towed with the simple push of a button (located under the shift boot). We upgraded because, as we get older, we want more comfort. The Saturn is a low slung car and getting more difficult to exit. The SRX, up to 2016, can be flat towed and we get about 22 mpg versus 30 for the Saturn.

Dean Yoesting
3 months ago

My first toad was a stick shift, 2003 Ford focus. It was a great car. Just put it in neutral and off we went. Our second toad was a 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid. We traded because my wife no longer wanted a stick. The Hybrid was a great car for towing and we towed it for over 60,000 miles. We have sold the RV, but still own the hybrid. We liked it because it was easy to hook up, put it in Neutral and put the key in the ignition and turned the key one notch to release the steering wheel. That was it. Great car, easy to set up and easy to tow.

Ron L
3 months ago

We previously towed a 2011 GMC Terrain (sister to the Chevy Equinox) and it was an excellent toad. We now have a 3-row GMC Acadia that is only slightly larger overall but has much more room inside, twice the horsepower (with almost the same mpg) and is 10 times more comfortable. To tow, I just put the trans in neutral (via a special button) and go. So for those like Sobokea below looking for a replacement for the Grand Cherokee, check out the Acadia (2019 and below).

J Conner
3 months ago

I tow a 2016 chev Malibu lt in neutral that’s it to and from Arizona no problem no fuse pulling.
I wanted to tow my 2015 Honda Crv but Honda changed the transmission Blah!

grc
3 months ago

The Ford Hybrids can all be flat towed – we tow a C-Max.

Sobokea
3 months ago

I would be interested in a comment about the reliability of a Jeep Grand Cherokee newer model year. My 2011 Honda CRV is starting to show its age. A wonderful vehicle I just need a larger one to tote people.

Penny Piazza
3 months ago
Reply to  Sobokea

We tow our 2016 Grand Cherokee without any problems. The instructions for putting it into neutral are laminated and kept in the glovebox.

Dalmom
3 months ago

We tow a 2016 MKX. This is our second Lincoln we have towed. Before we have towed a Jeep, a mini, a Ford truck and a Harley.

Bill Fox
3 months ago

Regarding towed vehicles- it’s amazing that the Honda CR-V is on the list since they areNOT towable after 2014 when Honda changed the transmission to the new constant velocity style. I do tow a 2014 CR-V and it certainly tows well. My previous tow car was a Subaru Forrester andI am surprised that it isn’t on your list – I see many of them being towed behind RVs. Unfortunately Subaru quit making Forresters with standard transmissions so the new ones are not towable.

Doug
3 months ago

I have towed Ford hybrids for 13 years. 1st an early 2008 Mercury Mariner, then a 2012 Ford Fusion, then a 2014 Lincoln MKZ and now a 2019 Ford Fusion Energi. These reason for towing them is that they all have automatic transmissions and get great fuel economy.

The Fusion Energi is a PHEV (Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) and can be driven on the battery for about 26 miles before it goes to regular hybrid mode switching from the ICE to EV. In hybrid mode I average 42 MPG. It’s also very easy to set up for towing. Anytime you put the transmission in Neutral a message is displayed, “for neutral tow press L” (Low). When you press “L” the message “neutral tow engaged” is displayed. Then turn off the car. It’s that simple!

DAVE TELENKO
3 months ago

We tow our 2016 Subaru behind our 2017 Forest river pusher 34QS. So far I’ve not ever seen another Subaru Forester being towed behind a motor home! We wanted a Subaru for its safety record & the space it offered. Its a standard stick shift that we really had a hard time finding one, really wish they would make an automatic that was flat towable! PS: we also have a 2006 Jeep Wrangles that we sometimes flat tow when we go 4 wheeling! FYI, they no longer make the Forester in a manual transmission.
Snoopy

Sam Hogenson
19 days ago
Reply to  DAVE TELENKO

We also tow 2016 Subaru Forester with manual transmission. Works great!

Frank Romary
3 months ago

2013 MINI Cooper, manual transmission. no restrictions, light weight, fun to drive, easy to park and so forth. Tow Mate wireless, magnetic, rechargeable lights. Yup, even an octogenarian can enjoy it.

Bob Heacock
3 months ago

We flat-tow a 1987 Suzuki Samurai. It’s 4 WD, with a 5 speed trans. It only weighs 2200 pounds ( Jeeps are much heavier, as much as 4000) and it’ll go anywhere. It’s been fully restored and reasonably upgraded with better suspension and all-terrain tires. It’s definitely a conversation starter at any campground.