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Old 04-07-2019, 11:51 AM   #1
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Flat towing a Veloster

I have a 2019 Veloster with automatic transmission and I was wondering if anyone knows whether or not it can be flat towed. The transmission can be placed in neutral with the key off. I know it can be dolly towed but if I can flat tow it, that would be much easier. I would appreciate any guidance
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Old 04-07-2019, 12:01 PM   #2
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I would appreciate any guidance
I would say that IF you can find a base plate (Roadmaster/Blue Ox) for it, it is probably towable.

I flat tow a Miata that EVERYBODY says will self destroy, but Roadmaster has base plates and I have now towed 3 of them over 100,000 miles with no issues.

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Welcome to the forum, Jdsaun.

Hyundai has in previous years "officially sanctioned" recreational towing (flat towing, 4-down) with some of its FWD manual transmission models. However, I see they are following other manufacturers over the last few years in not allowing it at all. I believe that none of their 2019 models are "sanctioned" or authorized by the manufacturer to be flat towed.

The early Velosters were sanctioned by Hyundai to be flat-towed from 2012 to 2018 but ONLY with a manual transmission.

As you may know, FWD vehicles with manual transmissions generally have the "ability" to be flat-towed. However, Hyundai has never approved their automatic transmission cars to be flat-towed.

I think you're out of luck being able to flat tow your automatic transmission Veloster but we'll see if any Hyundai owners chime in with their opinions. I'd say if it was a manual, there may be a chance even though the manufacturer no longer approves it but an automatic, I almost positive that you'll be out of luck.







eta: I'm going to respectfully disagree with some of what Healeyman is saying but also agree with some of what he says too. I don't think you can generally say with a blanket statement that just because base plates are made for a car, it's flat-towable.

I do agree, however, that many vehicles that are not on the flat-towable list or cars that their manufacturers do not "officially sanction" like the Miata, can be towed 4-down. Examples of this are many. VWs and Minis are ones that come to the top of my mind. VW and Mini have never "officially sanctioned" their vehicles to be flat towed even if they are FWD and have manual transmissions. However, many are flat-towing both those vehicles 4-down (FWD with manual transmission) and base plates are readily available for them.
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I don't think you can generally say with a blanket statement that just because base plates are made for a car, it's flat-towable.
Roc,

I TOTALLY agree with you disagreeing with part of what I said.

I TOTALLY read over the part about the Velostar having an AUTOMATIC transmission.

I would not advise attempting to flat tow ANY AUTOMATIC transmission vehicle unless the manufacturer condones it with specific instructions.

I have towed 3 Miatas and all were manual transmissions. NO Automatic Transmission Mazda product is flat towable.

Thanks for backstopping and correcting me.

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Jdsaun.......

It’s almost guaranteed you CANNOT flat tow your automatic Veloster.

IF IT WERE ABLE TO BE FLAT TOWED.....you would see instructions in the owner’s manual under the heading “ Recreational towing” meaning flat towing vs dolly vs trailer.

“Towing” usually describes the weight limits of what CAN BE TOWED by the vehicle.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

If it can be safely towed 4-down there will be specific instructions in the owners manual for doing it! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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My thanks to everyone who answered my post. I really appreciate your insight and will take to heart what I learned from you. It’s folks like you who make this site a pleasure to be associated with. Thanks again
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