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Old 03-06-2015, 12:49 PM   #1
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Suggestion for cheap light toad for 4 down

New to towing a toad but looking for a suggestion for a cheap light toad for 4 down. Will any manual work?

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Old 03-06-2015, 01:16 PM   #2
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We just got a Fiat 500 ready to tow. It is light ( just over 2300 lbs ). I have just towed it a time or two. It is small, but I just wanted something to get grocerys and sight see . I drive it around town some, fun to drive ( Manuel ) don't think I would want to drive it across US. I removed the back seat for storage and to carry fire wood , Ice and groceries . I know that a lot of people tow some modles of jeeps.

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Please! You really need to define "cheap" and "light" for us a little better.
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Old 03-06-2015, 08:46 PM   #4
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We have a 2015 Jeep Patriot to be used only as a TOAD. The weight is 3100. The Patriot is cheapest SUV around. I was very surprised with how well it drives and pulls great. I purchased new so that we would have the warranty.
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Old 03-06-2015, 09:05 PM   #6
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Find a 5-speed Honda Civic. Fairly cheap, lot of them around and light. We found one for $5,000 and did some work on it. Gets about 38 MPG easy to drive and since it's a 2002 model I'm not concerned about having rocks chip the paint. It has about 170,000 miles on it and runs great. If it blows up while on a trip we'll just get rid of it and find another one when we get back home.

Yes, most manuals will work. When in doubt check with Remco. They supply a lot of TOAD stuff and know which ones can be towed.

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65 VW Bug? Had one once. Light, tow 4 down
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Old 03-07-2015, 12:14 AM   #9
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not sure if you need one with auto trans... if yes, basically there are only 3 options - 1) jeeps with transfer case; 2) honda crv; 3) honda fit. both honda's are dingy-able up to 2014. if you don't mind driving a standard shift, there are many smaller cars available.
for honda fit, setup is very easy.
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2001 Honda. Never a problem
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Old 03-07-2015, 05:41 AM   #11
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The Saturn Vue auto transmission is towable 4 down and is a "real" suv. Note ours is an '04 that 4 fifty+ pound "girls" fit nicely.
On anything you pick just plan on another $2500 to make it towable.
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Suggestion for cheap light toad for 4 down

We towed a VW bug at one point. It was a diesel. 45+ MPG. probably find a 2003. Or 4. for less than $4000. Ours was a standard shift.

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We've been towing a Honda CR-V for over two years with no problems at all.
You won't be able to tow the 2015 year model four down, due to a change in the transmission for this year.
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Old 03-07-2015, 06:32 AM   #14
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2005-2012 Ford Escape HYBRIDS are automatic and towable 4 down. Note that the hybrid has a completely different transmission than the regular Escape which has a spotty track record of being towable. Escape is a "real" SUV.

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