Move to the head of the class with these cars that are fun to drive and easy on the wallet

Looking for a new car to tow behind your motorhome? There are lots of things to think about when making the decision, but to get you started, here’s our short list of 2018-model-year vehicles that won’t bust the budget. These eight cars are manufacturer-approved for flat-towing and cost less than $20,000.

  • Chevrolet Spark
  • Fiat 500
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Honda FIT LX/Sport/EX
  • Hyundai Accent
  • Kia Rio LX
  • Nissan Versa Sedan S
  • Toyota Yaris Hatchback

For more information, and our entire list of towable vehicles, go to www.motorhome.com/download-dinghy-guides. Happy shopping!


Chevrolet Spark
MSRP $13,050-$17,250

2018 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV
2018 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV

Only manual-transmission models are manufacturer-approved for recreational towing. Never exceed 70 mph while towing.
Base curb weight: 2,246 lbs.
MPG city/highway: 30/38
Special instructions: Shift transmission to Neutral. Ignition key to ACC, then returned to OFF position and left in ignition switch.
www.chevrolet.com/previous-year/spark


Fiat 500
MSRP $16,995-$18,495

2018 Fiat 500
2018 Fiat 500

Only manual-transmission models are manufacturer-approved for recreational towing.
Base curb weight: 2,366 lbs.
MPG city/highway: 31/38
Special instructions: Transmission must be in Neutral.
www.fiatusa.com/2018/500

 


Ford Fiesta (excluding ST trim)
MSRP $14,990-$19,980

2018 Ford Fiesta
2018 Ford Fiesta

For manual-transmission models, release parking brake and place in Neutral.
For automatic-transmission models, see owner’s manual for special instructions.
Never exceed 70 mph while towing.
Base curb weight: 2,537 lbs.
MPG city/highway: 27/35
Special instructions for automatic transmission: See owner’s manual.
www.ford.com/cars/fiesta


Honda FIT LX/Sport/EX
MSRP $16,190-$18,160

2018 Honda FIT
2018 Honda FIT Sport – Orange Fury

The FIT ranked #8 in our Top 10 Most-Popular Dinghy Vehicles and it’s easy on the wallet. Manual-transmission models are manufacturer-approved for flat towing.
Never exceed 65 mph while towing.
Base curb weight: 2,522 lbs.
MPG city/highway: 29/36
Special instructions: Shift into Neutral; release parking brake. Ignition to ACC. (Models with smart entry system have engine START/STOP button, not ignition switch.) Don’t lock steering wheel or use accessory power sockets.
https://automobiles.honda.com/2018/fit


Hyundai Accent SE
MSRP $14,995

2018 Hyundai Accent
2018 Hyundai Accent

Only manual-transmission models are manufacturer-approved for recreational towing.
Base curb weight: 2,502 lbs.
MPG city/highway: 28/37
Special instructions: None.
www.hyundaiusa.com/accent

 


Kia Rio LX
MSRP $13,900

2018 KIA Rio
2018 KIA Rio

Only manual-transmission models are manufacturer-approved for recreational towing.
Base curb weight: 2,648 lbs.
MPG city/highway: 29/37
Special instructions: None.
www.kia.com/us/en/vehicle/rio/2018

 

 


Nissan Versa Sedan S
MSRP: $12,110

2018 Nissan Versa
The 2018 Nissan Versa Sedan offers roominess and mid-size vehicle technology without a mid-size price.

Only manual-transmission models are manufacturer-approved for recreational towing.
Base curb weight: 2,404 lbs.
MPG city/highway: 27/36
Special instructions: Transmission in Neutral. After towing 500 miles, start and idle engine with transmission in Neutral for 2 minutes.
www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/cars/versa-sedan

 


Toyota Yaris Hatchback
MSRP: $15,635-$18,260

2018 Toyota Yaris
2018 Toyota Yaris

Only manual-transmission models are manufacturer-approved for recreational towing.
Base curb weight: 2,315 lbs.
MPG city/highway: 30/36
Special Instructions: Shift to Neutral. Turn engine switch to ACC. Turn off audio system and other powered devices. Release parking brake. After towing, start engine and idle for at least 3 minutes.
www.toyota.com/yaris

 


Reminder: Always check with the manufacturer to verify that the vehicle you’re considering is approved for dinghy towing prior to making a purchase.

For a deeper dive into flat-towable vehicles, check out our Best 2018 Models for Dinghy Towing.

3 COMMENTS

  1. You feature the 2018 Honda Fit in your article on budget friendly dinghy vehicles. However, the Honda Fit is not listed in the MH Magazine 2018 Dinghy Towing Guide. We took this into account when shopping for a new dinghy vehicle this year.

    • Hi Rick, great question. At the time that MotorHome went to press with our annual Guide to Dinghy Towing, there was a discrepancy between the Honda FIT’s owner’s manual, which stated that manual transmission versions are towable, and the Honda FIT “Quick Start” guide, which stated that the vehicle was not towable behind a motorhome. We later confirmed with Honda that the FIT is, indeed, manufacturer-approved for flat-towing.

  2. I have tried to find any articles on Mini Cooper countryman being flat towing approved. I do not see it on your list…….but if a vehicle is manual (stick shift) it is automatically approved for flat towing. I see a lot of mini coopers being towed behind RV’s but am concerned they are approved or not. Thanks

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