Can you flat tow a RAV4?

I want to buy a used RV, but I want to make sure I can flat tow my RAV4 if I go on vacation. Is the Toyota RAV4 capable of being flat towed?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Unfortunately, there’s no straightforward answer as to whether you can flat tow a RAV4. It’s a resounding maybe. You can flat tow a RAV4, provided it’s a manual transmission and 2WD— this much is certain. However, you can never flat tow an AWD RAV4, as it can severely damage the drivetrain. The same goes for a 2WD RAV4 with an automatic transmission.
If you have a manual transmission RAV4, go ahead and flat tow it in neutral. Otherwise, you’re going to need a flatbed for the AWD or a two-wheel dolly for an automatic RAV4.
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