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Old 09-11-2019, 01:29 PM   #1
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Is anyone towing a later model CRV 4 down? My understanding is that 4 down was allowed through 2014 models but getting conflicting information form 2 different dealers. One says 4 down allowed only through 2011, while another says their owner tows a 2019 with no issues? Any help appreciated. Thanks

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My understanding is that once CRV's went to using the CVT (continuously variable transmission) they could no longer be towed 4 down.

I believe that occurred after the 2014 model year.



I tow my 2012 without any problem but then it is also allowed in the Owners Manual. The frequency of transmission fluid changes though when you tow.

Page 644 of the 2019 Honda CRV Owners manual specifically states:
"Improper towing, such as towing behind a
motorhome or other motor vehicle can damage the

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2014 & older CR-V's are 4-down towable. Newer models are not for the reason Kluffinator stated.

Salespeople at dealers rarely know specifics, especially towing, on the vehicles they sell.

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We tow our 2014 CRV 4 down. There are steps in the owners manual to do so.
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I have a 2014 CR-V that I bought Honda Certified Used in 2017 specifically for towing. 2014 was the last year before they changed to the CVT transmission which is why the newer models canít be towed 4 down.
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Everyone in the thread is correct, both of your dealers are wrong.
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Due to the new continuously variable transmission (CVT), it is not possible to tow 4 down. This is of course sad, but there are other ways, alas, we can’t do anything.
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We love our 2013 Honda CRV AWD. We have been towing it 4-down according to the instructions in the owner's manual.
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It's unanimous, model years 2014 FWD or AWD and earlier are the only CRVs that can be towed four down.

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