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Toyota Yaris: Towing Questions



  • jnantzjnantz Posts: 10
    I purchased a 2007 Yaris Liftback Manual in November. I purchased it with the intent of towing it as a dingy behind my motorhome. I recently had the Toyota dealer install a Roadmaster front towing bracket behind the grill, and a Hidden Hitch 1.25 inch receiver behind the back bumper. the Hidden Hitch is rated at 200/2000 lbs. It will be used, however, for a bike rack. (I have the spoiler on the top edge of the hatch which gets in the way of a strap mounted bike rack.) For dingy taillights I am using magnetic lights. I will be getting a Brake Buddy when the finances recover next month. Then I should be ready for the coming RV season. We are planning a trip to the Rocky Mtns this summer. I have not hooked up the Yaris tail lights for trailer towing, but may wish to in the future.
  • I too wondered why you can tow 700 lbs in canada with a yaris sedan but not in the US. None of the dealers I've talked with could give me an answer. I even emailed Toyota and couldn't get a square answer. When in doubt I wouldn't tow with the car until it's out of warranty then you're on your own.
  • How is the Yaris as a dinghy tow working out? After looking over the models suitable for dinghy towing we are liking the Yaris.

    Tell me more about the difficulties of tail light hookups and brake hookups on the Yaris.
  • I am interested in purchasing a Yaris to use as a 4 wheel on the ground dingy with my RV. I was told the Yaris could only be towed with a dolly which I do not want to do.
    I would appreciate any experience anyone has had with towing a Yaris and help with what hitch to use. I would prefer to use a hidden hitch like blue ox. However they do not make one for the Yaris.
  • I know I have seen Scion Bs on the road with hitches. Anyone have any experience as to tow capacity?
  • If the Yaris has a manual transmission, it can be towed with all 4 wheels on the ground. We just bought a 2009 2 door hatchback manual trans. with the intention of dingy towing. Both the service manual and dealer service manager says this is fine to do.

    I bought a Stowmaster Falcon II hitch and they make a hidden hookup plate for bith the 2 & 4 door Yaris.

    Ken - Surprise AZ
  • dakedake Posts: 131
    Also, the thing to remember is while the door sticker says it's a 5 passenger car, the Yaris is technically limited to no more than 845 lbs (including cargo) - which means 5 169 lb passengers, not 200 pounders.

    I don't know where auto makers get their weight numbers, but pretty much any car on the road is over-loaded when full.
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Thought I'd add my 2 cents worth on towing with the Echo/Yaris/Scion. I just added a Draw-Tite hitch to my 01 Echo. I tow a small teardrop trailer... about 700 lbs and 70 lbs tongue weight. Works great. Echo handles the teardrop with ease. No issues with braking. Have to hold the gears a bit longer. Also tow with a Subaru automatic which has more torque, but isn't as much fun to drive. Wouldn't want to load the trailer or car with too much weight. Main thing is to keep the tongue weight lighter by loading gear towards the back of the trailer.
  • babzmbabzm Posts: 1
    Please tell me more about towing with your Echo.
    I am interested in the teardrop trailer too. Do you have any protection on your tranny - like a cooler? What type of gas mileage do you get? Do you pull long distance, for long days --- like across the country and on an extended vacation? What about wear on the tires?

    do you have an automatic or manual tranny? I have automatic.

    and then about your trailer - where did you get it? do you have any photos?

  • I want to wire up a 5 to 4 conductor converter trailer harness for my
    2008 Liftback.
    But I have no idea what the wire color codes are for a Toyota?
    They certainly are not standard SAE color coded (as usually American
    cars are)!
    I need the wire color codes for the rear:
    Brake/Right Turn/Left Turn/Park-Tail/and Ground.
  • Test drove a Yaris 5 Speed yesterday and I really like it. I'm kicking around the idea of getting one, but am not certain it will tow what I need it to. I need to tow a 950lb Boat + 250?lb Trailer + 30 gallons Fuel in boat & Whatever gear is in boat. About 1300llbs. Boat launch is down the block from me so going far is not an issue. What is, however, is the hill I have to climb when I take the boat ouf of the water. I do have a running start for about a 1/2 block then climb for about 1/8 block that is steep. I can get a runnig start and think stick would be good for this since you can leave it in gear.

    Trailer does not have brakes on it. Reading what the UK has for towing on this car 2,000lbs is max braked or 850 unbraked. Of course in the US they say its not recommened. I'm sure the car will pull it, but if I have to stop to the side on the road (narrow for only 1 1/2 car to fit going by) for someone to pass in the other direction, I'm afraid that if I stall out the trailer is going to drag me down and possible accident. Thus a braking trailer would be ideal. Of course I could try this when I get the car and see how it handles. If I get the 'Oh Sh*t' feeling then trailer would need to be braked. That or I scrap the whole idea of getting a yaris to rack miles on and keep my S10 4.3 for a winter vehicle and carpool in my Wife's Scion TC. Oh yea, she refuses to install a hitch on her vehicle! :D
  • 1of6kids1of6kids Posts: 1
    I am currently living in Colorado and will be moving to Oregon. I have priced renting a Uhaul truck/trailer for my yaris vs. buying a used trailer and adding a hitch. The price is nearly the same, but I like the idea of for my money having a trailer which I can later use for storage. My question is will the yaris make it out to Oregon towing a not too heavy 5x10 box trailer?
  • Hi,
    How did that work out towing through the Rockies?
  • Hello Echo 2001,
    I have one too and just bought a trailer hitch with the hopes of towing a small dingy/sailboat. I was surprised to read at the toyota site that they recommend not to tow with this vehicle.

    I was glad to read about someone else towing. Any more thoughts or advice on towing with an Echo 2001?
  • a more specific question: how did you wire your trailer hook up system. I see online a prefab set up that supposedly plugs in somewhere. Did you find and use such a system or jury rig your own system?

    Any suggestions are well appreciated.
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