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Several compact and midsize SUVs can be flat towed (or dinghy-towed) on all four wheels, including the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Edge and Explorer, Honda CR-V, Jeep Liberty and Subaru Forester and Outback, among others.

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We do not have a comprehensive list, but we found one for 2012 vehicles published by Motor Home magazine, which you can read here. We have not verified this information, and some of it may change on 2013 models, so we suggest you use it as a guide, not the final word.

The final word on towing a vehicle behind an RV and what you have to do to allow that (some require shifting into Neutral or removing a fuse, for example) comes from the manufacturer and is explained in the owner’s manual for each vehicle. When you shop, don’t just take a salesperson’s word for it; ask to see the explanation in the owner’s manual and in a towing guide, if one is available. When in doubt, contact the manufacturer.

The rules on flat towing differ by vehicle, not just manufacturer. For example, Honda says you shouldn’t flat tow a Pilot but it’s OK with a CR-V, and Subaru says you can flat tow a Forester or Outback only if it has a manual transmission.

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Answered by Rick Popely on February 6, 2013 in What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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