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post #1 of 29 Old 06-03-2015, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Towing

Many Americans now days tow bikes and small stuff. I am sad the HRV does not recommend towing. I am sure you can tow but if in an accident lawyers will eat you alive in a court room as you read the non recommendation to the jury.
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I was very excited about the HR-V but the lack of towing killed it for me. I have a 231 pound dirtbike that I tow with a 300 pound utility trailer. A reasonable expectation for this type of vehicle.

Too bad, Honda once had an ad showing an Element trailering two Honda dirtbikes. I suppose they truly view the HR-V as an urban vehicle and not outdoor-oriented.
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I was very excited about the HR-V but the lack of towing killed it for me. I have a 231 pound dirtbike that I tow with a 300 pound utility trailer. A reasonable expectation for this type of vehicle.

Too bad, Honda once had an ad showing an Element trailering two Honda dirtbikes. I suppose they truly view the HR-V as an urban vehicle and not outdoor-oriented.
Killed it for me as well. I do like the HR-V, but a need is a need, and I need to tow with my next car, cuv, suv, hatchback....automobile.
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It would have been especially nice as the HRV is one of the few well-equipped manual vehicles. Like you said, a need is a need.
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If I otherwise loved the car, and only needed it for occasional towing up to 1/2 ton. I would not let the lack of a tow rating stop me from purchase. Honda Australia rates it for 1100 lbs unbraked. You can be assured at least a couple of reputable companies will supply hitches for it over here. I have put hitches on a number of compact cars over the years not rated for towing that have gone in for service or repairs with no hassle . Barring a catastrophic driveline failure, you are not going to have a warranty problem. That won't happen unless you do something not so smart or Honda builds far weaker cars than I thought. If I buy one of these or a Mazda 3 or CX-3, it will get a hitch.

I wonder if the warranty expressly states it will be invalid if the car is used for towing. Can an owner help us out on that?
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Besides warranty, any insurance concerns?
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As far as I was told. Bike Racks are an okay for this vehicle. Anything less than 800 LBS will be capable of "towing". Thus, Yakima Bike rack here I come. The idea of towing a trailer may be out of the question but having a tow hitch just for bikes and cargo is still available as far as I know of.

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I was very excited about the HR-V but the lack of towing killed it for me. I have a 231 pound dirtbike that I tow with a 300 pound utility trailer. A reasonable expectation for this type of vehicle.

Too bad, Honda once had an ad showing an Element trailering two Honda dirtbikes. I suppose they truly view the HR-V as an urban vehicle and not outdoor-oriented.
KIa Soul has a tow rating of 550 lbs, perfect for what you need
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If I otherwise loved the car, and only needed it for occasional towing up to 1/2 ton. I would not let the lack of a tow rating stop me from purchase. Honda Australia rates it for 1100 lbs unbraked. You can be assured at least a couple of reputable companies will supply hitches for it over here. I have put hitches on a number of compact cars over the years not rated for towing that have gone in for service or repairs with no hassle . Barring a catastrophic driveline failure, you are not going to have a warranty problem. That won't happen unless you do something not so smart or Honda builds far weaker cars than I thought. If I buy one of these or a Mazda 3 or CX-3, it will get a hitch.

If wonder if the warranty expressly states it will be invalid if the car is used for towing. Can an owner help us out on that?
I"m getting a hitch on mine once I get it.
I had a hitch on my 96 Civic for 15 years,until the unibody where it was attached to started to rust through.

I have a 300 lb light weight aluminum trailer that I will put maybe 700 lbs of stuff in. Throw bikes`coolers in to go camping, deliver a fridge, so handy!


Make sure you drive extra safe, leave extra room as your braking distance has increased.

Luckily In Canada its less of an issue with law suits.
As the CVT is from the much heavier Accord, you shouldnt need to baby the transmission.
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I was very excited about the HR-V but the lack of towing killed it for me. I have a 231 pound dirtbike that I tow with a 300 pound utility trailer. A reasonable expectation for this type of vehicle.

Too bad, Honda once had an ad showing an Element trailering two Honda dirtbikes. I suppose they truly view the HR-V as an urban vehicle and not outdoor-oriented.
KIa Soul has a tow rating of 550 lbs, perfect for what you need
You are to Kia Souls what HRV4ME is to the Honda HR-V
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