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Old 05-15-2019, 03:44 PM   #1
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Any automatic transmission vehicles still able to flat tow?

We were looking at moving up a few model years from our 2010 Honda Fit, and found out that they went to the constant velocity transmission a few years back. A little further investigation looks like the CVT has become the transmission of choice, and can not be flat towed.

Does anyone know of a newer model car along the lines of the Honda Fit that is still able to be flat towed?
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Old 05-15-2019, 03:53 PM   #2
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Some HR-V's and one model Accord can be towed as they have a manual transmission. Other than those two I don't think any Honda's are towable. Exactly the reason I bought a two yr old 2014 CR-V with 6080 miles on it to replace my '05 Ody that I towed for 10 years.
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We were looking at moving up a few model years from our 2010 Honda Fit, and found out that they went to the constant velocity transmission a few years back. A little further investigation looks like the CVT has become the transmission of choice, and can not be flat towed.

Does anyone know of a newer model car along the lines of the Honda Fit that is still able to be flat towed?
How about a Jeep (any model) 4 x 4 with automatic transmission?
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It has to be one of the 4wd that have a transfer case selector switch that can be put in neutral. Usually the base models ( Cherokee and Grand Cherokee) are fitted with the base awd system which does not have a neutral selection for the transfer case
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Start with the Dinghy Towing Guides (link here), then confirm by reading the owner's manual for each candidate vehicle.
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Ford C-Max is towable and bigger than your Honda Fit, but not too much. The install of the tow plate is a bit complicated, but once it is done, great toad.
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We were looking at moving up a few model years from our 2010 Honda Fit, and found out that they went to the constant velocity transmission a few years back. A little further investigation looks like the CVT has become the transmission of choice, and can not be flat towed.

Does anyone know of a newer model car along the lines of the Honda Fit that is still able to be flat towed?
Our Ford Focus flat towes nicely. Dry clutch packs with no torque converter.
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I can't answer the question but I will share this as an alternative.
We searched long and hard and finally found an 06 jeep liberty limited 4x4. The inside was clean loaded up with leather, moonroof, seat heaters, XM radio, etc. The exterior was flawless but it needed some suspension work.
I put new control arms, ball joints, shocks, struts, tires, tie rod ends, brake pads and rotors.
It's like a new car now. And cost much less than a new vehicle. Love the little Jeep and since it's not an everyday driver, I expect to get many years out of it.
Auto transmission and flat towable. Only 4000 pounds.
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I use a 2018 Chevy Sonic. Great little tow vehicle. Setup so just hook up, turn on brake controller, and go. No pulling any fuses.

Set up or disconnect takes no more than 5 minutes.
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Friends just bought a Spark to tow
Auto Sparks can't be flat towed.
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