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#1 Old 05-21-2011, 12:02 PM
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hi everyone,

I'm looking to buy a car in the next few months, and the elantra for the price fuel economy and horse power is a good candidate. i would take an elantra gls auto trans (gls in canada)

however i cant seems to find its towing capacity

i would not tow regurly a trailer just some time. about 2 times a year. and about 1 time a year a tent-trailer.

the trailer in question belongs to my family, (why buy a trailer for each one when we dont need it at the same time)

currently my dad tow the trailer and tent trailer with a 2007 nissan sentra auto trans. for the trailer its really lightweith we can move it around ourself, of course its depend what you load in it.

the tent trailer is also well balanced we can move it around witout problem however before buying a car i would like to know if i will be able to go camping...

i have been checking the sonata if the elantra cant tow but seems the sonata also cant.....

i would like to go with a small/midsize vehicule that can tow since it will be my only vehicule and i have a lot of mileage to do to get to work....

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with all hyundai cars (cars, not the SUV's)... towing is not recomended. so there is no towing weights for the car.

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awww that suck i may have to look at another car, such a shame, the elantra got alot of hp for its class but we cant use it to tow a trailer (1000lbs would have been enought like most compact car)

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well thats just what they recommend lol. if you can find a hitch for it 1000 lbs isnt a big deal
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well thats just what they recommend lol. if you can find a hitch for it 1000 lbs isnt a big deal
Yikes! 1,000 pounds could be a very big deal. The Elantra uses very thin, lightweight sheetmetal in its construction, and could literally be bent out of shape IMO.

I would take Hyundai's no-tow recommendation very seriously. My Santa Fe feels maxed-out towing 1800 pounds, despite a 3500-pound rating and much more robust construction.

The loss of towing capacity is sad; older Elantras used to be rated for over 3,000 pounds believe it or not. But it's all about fuel economy these days. This site might be helpful: http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/t...acity-chart.htm


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i guess there a difference on the weight the trailer put on the hitch and the weight of the trailer itself,

for example the tent trailer of my dad weight more than his last one, but the new one we are able to move it by hand, the other we could not, **** his 11 hp garden tractor can easily tow it, and the motor does not even force.

Im begginning to think auto maker put towing capacity limit to none to cover their **** and force people to buy a SUV/pick up, with small car being more popular than ever they need a reason to continue to sell SUV wich i guess they profit margin is alot highter than a small car.

i found a hitch on the internet for the model wich is rated at 200lb tong weight and 2000lb tow weight of course, i would never tow 2000lb, but i think the tong weight is the weight of the trailer put on the hitch, and i cant imagine the tent trailer of my dad having more that 50lbs even fully loaded...
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_This is only my opinion. However, I believe that; as towing is not recommended, towing with this vehicle would [b]void your Powertrain warranty. I reiterate this is only my opinion.

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It's not so much about the motor, or even the other mechanical components. It's about the robustness of the body structure where the hitch attaches, particularly on a lightweight unibody car like the Elantra. I have created this high-tech computer simulation of what can happen if you tow with a car not specifically designed for the task:

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QUOTE (johngeush @ May 23 2011, 01:59 PM)
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i guess there a difference on the weight the trailer put on the hitch and the weight of the trailer itself,

for example the tent trailer of my dad weight more than his last one, but the new one we are able to move it by hand, the other we could not, **** his 11 hp garden tractor can easily tow it, and the motor does not even force.

Im begginning to think auto maker put towing capacity limit to none to cover their **** and force people to buy a SUV/pick up, with small car being more popular than ever they need a reason to continue to sell SUV wich i guess they profit margin is alot highter than a small car.

i found a hitch on the internet for the model wich is rated at 200lb tong weight and 2000lb tow weight of course, i would never tow 2000lb, but i think the tong weight is the weight of the trailer put on the hitch, and i cant imagine the tent trailer of my dad having more that 50lbs even fully loaded...
John,

Can you supply the link for the hitch you found? I'm interested as well. Not for towing, but for a hitch-mounted bike rack.
Thanks!
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draw tight has a hitch for this car, class 1 which I think is 1000 pounds. I will be ordering this hitch and it comes with a snap inline harness for the lights, but 1 wire must be ran to the battery. Hitch $130 harness about $50. small 4x6 trailers at lowes or tractor supply are $400. It will be good enough to tow a motorcycle or household items.
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