Posted by Becko on January 17, 2009, 7:58 am
Hey guys, I'm looking at a 2006 Prius here in Australia with about 58 000 ks
on the clock. Just one question, can the Prius tow?? I am sure this has been
covered before in here, so I do apologise. I know Toyota doesn't 'recommend'
it.... but is it possible?
I currently tow a jet ski (legally) in my corolla... but concerned the ski
may have to go!
Posted by Michael Pardee on January 17, 2009, 1:44 pm
The short answer is yes, the Prius can tow light loads on relatively flat
ground. People have reported towing light trailers over the course of years
with no trouble. I believe the restriction is there (and the attachments not
there) because even putting a weight restriction on a trailer could mean
excessive load by people who figure they can pull their trailer up steep
hills and up grades on highways at full speed. Toyota certainly didn't want
to subject their hybrid system to that potential for abuse. I figure anybody
who has the sense to ask whether it can be done has sense enough to do it
right. The ones who don't have sense just do it, and never mind the
Posted by Peter Granzeau on January 18, 2009, 9:06 pm
It strikes me that the Prius was designed primarily for fuel economy.
Towing loads would seem to put more strain onto drive train and chassis
components than they were designed for. While I understand that the
Prius can be used for light loads in relatively flat country, even that
isn't what the car was designed for, and the owner who tows puts his
warranty into jeopardy.
Posted by Becko on January 19, 2009, 9:52 am
agreed, cheers mate
Posted by Michael Pardee on January 19, 2009, 3:23 pm
Right enough, although if the operator is smart enough he can keep the power
train loads within the range of what it would be if the base car was pushed
as hard as it would normally be. As far as the warranty, you are almost
certainly right, but I have no idea what the rules are in Australia.
One other thing I hope is self-evident: I would not recommend towing
anything behind any vehicle in its break-in period.