2015 Prius Towing capacity and Hitch question

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  1. SaabaTheHutt

    SaabaTheHutt Junior Member

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    Hi everyone,
    I have a 2015 Toyota Prius 2. I’ve ordered a hitch for the car along with the wiring to tow a 5x8 Uhaul trailer.

    I’m pretty sure the equipment I have ordered is compatible, here are the links for reference:

    Hitch: CURT 11276 Class 1 Trailer Hitch, 1-1/4-Inch Receiver, Compatible with Select Toyota Prius , Black


    Wiring: CURT 56147 Vehicle-Side Custom 4-Pin Trailer Wiring Harness, Fits Select Toyota Prius


    my question is what’s the towing capacity on a Prius? I believe the trailers weight alone is about 900 pounds according to uhaul. Besides that, is there anything I should be aware of when using a Prius to tow?

    Any help and guidance would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. ASRDogman

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    Toyota says DO NOT TOW anything.
    You rist your life and others by doing so.
    The Prius is not designed to tow anything.

    Read this in the owners manual.
     
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    i have over 150k miles traveled with a trailer behind one of my 3 prii. Ignore the concerns of others here to read the owners manual and the nay sayer’s comments. In europe the prius is rated to tow but the laws are different and all vehicles while towing have lower speed limits. That uhual trailer at 900 pounds is pushing the limits of what is reasonable and capable to tow with your Prius. My small camping trailer is designed to be towed behind a motorcycle and at 300 pounds is barely noticeable behind any of my prii. Have visited all 48 continental us states and 14 Canadian provinces while towing it with zero issues or problems. My gen3 has 200k miles on it with over 100k of those while towing. Some on this forum warned me that i would kill the cars transmission ,hurt myself or others and basically called me stupid for towing anything behind it. Well they were all wrong. The car consumes zero oil between changes and still has the original hybrid battery. Never had any major mechanical problems of any kind. It even has the original brake pads and rotors. Also use a small utility trailer for light towing without issues.
    That being said, my recommendation is to NOT tow that 900 pound uhaul with your prius. The weight is just too much.
     
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    Just because you've been lucky and haven't hurt anyone, it doesn't mean it's right.

    There are many people who speed, run stop signs and red lights, commit crimes, etc.,
    and "gotten away with it".


     
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