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Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, Scion xA, Hatchback
#23 of 38 Re: the art of towing? [hillgrass]
Jan 28, 2007 (2:46 pm)
I purchased a 2007 Yaris Liftback Manual in November. I purchased it with the intent of towing it as a dingy behind my motorhome. I recently had the Toyota dealer install a Roadmaster front towing bracket behind the grill, and a Hidden Hitch 1.25 inch receiver behind the back bumper. the Hidden Hitch is rated at 200/2000 lbs. It will be used, however, for a bike rack. (I have the spoiler on the top edge of the hatch which gets in the way of a strap mounted bike rack.) For dingy taillights I am using magnetic lights. I will be getting a Brake Buddy when the finances recover next month. Then I should be ready for the coming RV season. We are planning a trip to the Rocky Mtns this summer. I have not hooked up the Yaris tail lights for trailer towing, but may wish to in the future.
Jul 06, 2007 (10:25 am)
I too wondered why you can tow 700 lbs in canada with a yaris sedan but not in the US. None of the dealers I've talked with could give me an answer. I even emailed Toyota and couldn't get a square answer. When in doubt I wouldn't tow with the car until it's out of warranty then you're on your own.
#26 of 38 Re: the art of towing? [jnantz]
Feb 19, 2008 (4:10 pm)
How is the Yaris as a dinghy tow working out? After looking over the models suitable for dinghy towing we are liking the Yaris.
Tell me more about the difficulties of tail light hookups and brake hookups on the Yaris.
#27 of 38 Re: the art of towing? [jnantz]
Nov 29, 2008 (8:45 am)
I am interested in purchasing a Yaris to use as a 4 wheel on the ground dingy with my RV. I was told the Yaris could only be towed with a dolly which I do not want to do.
I would appreciate any experience anyone has had with towing a Yaris and help with what hitch to use. I would prefer to use a hidden hitch like blue ox. However they do not make one for the Yaris.
Jan 15, 2009 (1:25 pm)
I know I have seen Scion Bs on the road with hitches. Anyone have any experience as to tow capacity?
#29 of 38 Re: the art of towing? [howards]
Feb 04, 2009 (6:38 am)
If the Yaris has a manual transmission, it can be towed with all 4 wheels on the ground. We just bought a 2009 2 door hatchback manual trans. with the intention of dingy towing. Both the service manual and dealer service manager says this is fine to do.
I bought a Stowmaster Falcon II hitch and they make a hidden hookup plate for bith the 2 & 4 door Yaris.
Ken - Surprise AZ
#30 of 38 Re: Yaris, Fit, Scion xA towing? [bobw3]
Feb 07, 2009 (8:03 am)
Also, the thing to remember is while the door sticker says it's a 5 passenger car, the Yaris is technically limited to no more than 845 lbs (including cargo) - which means 5 169 lb passengers, not 200 pounders.
I don't know where auto makers get their weight numbers, but pretty much any car on the road is over-loaded when full.
#31 of 38 toyota echo
Mar 02, 2009 (4:44 pm)
Thought I'd add my 2 cents worth on towing with the Echo/Yaris/Scion. I just added a Draw-Tite hitch to my 01 Echo. I tow a small teardrop trailer... about 700 lbs and 70 lbs tongue weight. Works great. Echo handles the teardrop with ease. No issues with braking. Have to hold the gears a bit longer. Also tow with a Subaru automatic which has more torque, but isn't as much fun to drive. Wouldn't want to load the trailer or car with too much weight. Main thing is to keep the tongue weight lighter by loading gear towards the back of the trailer.
#32 of 38 Re: toyota echo [erics6]
Apr 23, 2009 (9:58 am)
Please tell me more about towing with your Echo.
I am interested in the teardrop trailer too. Do you have any protection on your tranny - like a cooler? What type of gas mileage do you get? Do you pull long distance, for long days --- like across the country and on an extended vacation? What about wear on the tires?
do you have an automatic or manual tranny? I have automatic.
and then about your trailer - where did you get it? do you have any photos?