Why can’t I tow with my 2017 Toyota RAV4?

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#1

why is it the Toyota Rav4 SE has zero towing capability


#2

Because it is a small wanna-be SUV based on a small economy car.


#4

From the owners manual page 176: “For vehicles with SE grade: Toyota does not recommend towing a trailer with your vehicle. Your vehicle is not designed for trailer towing.”

page 181: “For vehicles with SE grade Toyota does not recommend towing a trailer with your vehicle. Toyota also does not recommend the installation of a tow hitch or the use of a tow hitch carrier for a wheelchair, scooter, bicycle, etc. Your vehicle is not designed for trailer towing or for the use of tow hitch mounted carriers.”

@JimSimpson if you wanted to tow you should’ve purchased the higher trim level


#5

Do you want to tow a small trailer occasionally?

Or do you just want to install a tow hitch, so that you can install a bike carrier?

If it’s the latter, I wouldn’t hesitate to install an aftermarket hitch


#6

The SE doesn’t come with the Tow-Prep package. The biggest part of this package is the added trans cooler. You can add that yourself or have it done. That’ll bring the towing up to 1500lbs


#7

We have the XLE, manual says 1500 lbs towing capacity. I am not sure if it has a trans fluid cooler. Have to rotate the tires every 5000 miles, Full size spare If we had to use it I am not sure how that affects things, as it will not be as worn as existing tires in use.


#8

Just to clarify…

All the models of the Rav4 that have automatic transmissions come with a trans cooler. But it’s not big enough. So the towing package comes with an added larger trans cooler.