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Old 07-23-2015, 12:36 PM   #1
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Mazda CX5 Manual

I see that the base model of the CX5 can have a manual trans. Has anyone tried to tow one 4 wheels down? I did a search on CX5, but didn't find any info. Dave

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Anyone make a baseplate for it? I did a quick check on Demo and BlueOx's sites and didn't see anything. Subaru's Forester is available in a 6 speed and baseplates are available if you are looking for an alternative.

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I don't think I would but have goggled a couple that have, read the past below.

So, can you flat tow a 2014 (or 2013) Mazda CX-5 behind a motor home?

The short answer is, "No."

A slightly longer answer appears on page 3-53 of the 2014 Mazda CX-5 owner's manual under the heading Recreational Towing.
"An example of "recreational towing" is towing your vehicle behind a motor home. The transaxle is not designed for towing this vehicle on all 4 wheels. When doing recreational towing refer to "Towing Description" (page 7-20) and "Tiedown Hooks" (page 7-21) and carefully follow the instructions."

That's it. I've left nothing out. No distinction is made between the six-speed automatic and the six-speed manual transaxles. Likewise it doesn't appear to matter if the CX-5 in question has front-drive or all-wheel drive.

The pages on chapter 7 refer mostly to the sort of recovery towing done by tow trucks, but the text here does make it clear that the front-drive CX-5 is good to go with its front tires on a tow dolly. As for the AWD version, well, bring a trailer.

But tow dollies are just malformed trailers. The front-drive version gains little here.

Let's face it. The Mazda CX-5 is simply not for you if you want a car to flat tow behind your motor home. Pity. It's an otherwise nice machine that ticks many other boxes on an RVers wish list.

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