Main IndexAuto Repair Home Search Posts SEARCH
Who's Online WHO'S
Log in LOG

Search Auto Parts

What cars can tow trailers?

  Email This Post

New User

Mar 22, 2016, 12:37 AM

Post #1 of 5 (844 views)
What cars can tow trailers? Sign In

I need a new vehicle. And the main thing I want a vehicle for is moving stuff. Stand up paddle boards. Lumber. Etc. etc. This is the highest value of a vehicle for me.

But... it would be nice to have a car... the comfort, the low center of gravity, the gas mileage... something that would look nice and be nice to take a date out in...

So for a while, I've been looking for the perfect truck in my price range.

But I realized that cars can tow trailers maybe, right? So I could just get a car, and a trailer.

I'm not a mechanic. I'm just here to ask people who are knowledgeable about this stuff.

Really don't need an SUV -- I'll just get a truck over an SUV.

So what would you recommend? What would be a nice vehicle that I could tow a trailer with? Or should I just forget about that, and just get a truck?

And honestly, my budget is low. 2400. I could save for longer, though...

Thanks everyone, very much. Really appreciate being able to post here and get answers and just be able to learn from people who know! Thank you!

Tom Greenleaf
Ultimate Carjunky / Moderator
Tom Greenleaf profile image

Mar 22, 2016, 1:18 AM

Post #2 of 5 (837 views)
Re: What cars can tow trailers? Sign In

Pick what is most important! Nice riding something or load capacity with excellent MPGs is contrary to designs.
Closest will probably be an SUV.
Cars for towing: Not many so great for heavy towing. Keep in mind you need to also have a trailer, care for it and place for it too but are also rentable cheaper than owning unless needed often. Same with hauling stuff, rent the whole vehicle vs owning can be the bargain.
If tight on bucks I think you'll be very disappointed on what is as capable as what you are asking for is too much on limited means IMO,


New User

Mar 22, 2016, 2:02 PM

Post #3 of 5 (818 views)
Re: What cars can tow trailers? Sign In

As I said in the original post, the most important thing is "load capacity." But it would be nice to have a car that I can tow a trailer with. This would fulfill my highest value in having a vehicle (being able to transport stand-up-paddle-boards and lumber), along with lower values which a truck wouldn't fulfill. At least, if it's possible.

Yes obviously owning a trailer, implies storing it. It's something I thought about, and if I can tow a trailer with a car, I'd rather go that route.

As I said before, I don't want an SUV. I'd rather have a truck than an SUV. So no point in getting an SUV. But I'd rather have a car than a truck, if I can tow a trailer with a car.

So my question is, what cars can tow a trailer? Or what cars can't?

Or maybe I should ask, how can a person install a trailer hitch onto a car? And what cars is this possible (or most convenient) on? And what cars would be it be more difficult or impossible on?

Thanks for your reply. ^^ Cheers.

(This post was edited by jagre on Mar 22, 2016, 2:14 PM)

Tom Greenleaf
Ultimate Carjunky / Moderator
Tom Greenleaf profile image

Mar 22, 2016, 3:32 PM

Post #4 of 5 (807 views)
Re: What cars can tow trailers? Sign In

If you wish to have the highest load ability just narrow it to a truck either by itself or for towing. Cars are rated for how much they can tow one by one and not all will be on the list or recommended my manufacturer.
Easy if you really want a car to haul might be ask U-Haul strong in hitches too for most models I knew at their "HitchWorld" part of biz. They would do proper hitch and wiring for it for the specific vehicle for the load vehicle is allowed to haul. Yes - the trailer can be rated for lots but the tow vehicle might not so have to find out one by one.

I actually don't know a way to look up which vehicle can tow how much backwards meaning pick one then look it up but know the weight of the load you expect for a maximum load. The hitch will also be fit/installed and list a "tongue weight" so if you want to really get wild currents "cars" aren't the right choice - trucks you choose the heavy dustiness of the models like 1/2 ton rated on up.
Yikes - used the OE door jam lists the limits of them clearly.
You are strangling this by wanting comforts, economy and a presentable vehicle for personal use that also isn't going to cost much!
Real trucks you can get "Step and Tow" bumpers when new an order for some. Many trucks will come with wiring ready for reasonable towing already waiting to buy an adaptor for the trailer's wiring you choose.
In short and impossible is to look at some trucks, perhaps nicely packaged with creature comforts AND has work ability also. They are almost all pigs on fuel if you want to haul a heavy load the truck will be heavy duty.

Do know that hard used either truck/van is a truck (most) is harder on the vehicle and options for extra cooling for engine, oils you add or they came with it.
Would you rather check out trailers first then find the vehicle or which way?

You have to give up something, more money and accept less economical fuel has to go either way.

Sounds like you should have two vehicles to me?


Ultimate Carjunky / Moderator
Discretesignals profile image

Mar 22, 2016, 5:08 PM

Post #5 of 5 (801 views)
Re: What cars can tow trailers? Sign In

$2400 budget? You need to look around at what you can get for $2400. That isn't much to work with when it comes to buying something that will tow a trailer, pick up girls/guys, and be reliable. Unless your lucky, $2400 is going to get you a vehicle that is going to have issues that will probably require you to spend more money to fix it. If you do find something you like, have your mechanic check it out to make sure it has the ability to haul your trailer and not have too many problems that could burn a hole through your wallet .

Since we volunteer our time and knowledge, we ask for you to please follow up when a problem is resolved.

(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Mar 22, 2016, 5:14 PM)

  Email This Post

Feed Button

Search for (options) Privacy Sitemap