I don't know what it takes to do this or how expensive it is, but my understanding is that vehicles with automatic transmissions can be fitted with some sort of disconnect device that lets you tow them.
I believe I just saw an e-mail that this coming months Motorhome Magazine or Trailer Life Magazine will have the annual list of new cars that are towable 4 down approved my the manufacturer.
If your looking used, I like my Saturn Vue.
How many seats do you need in the toad? Are there pets? Are you intending to tow the toad while having it loaded down with supplies?
If there are just 2 of you then a smart car may work very well. It's a 2-seater with plenty of storage behind the rear seats. The engine is between the rear wheels - covered by a thermal pad and carpet, which can get a bit warm - and may not be suitable for pets in a pet carrier. It's a great run-about car for errands and day tripping. The entire roof is a moonroof. New models have a solid roof option. I do not load my car with supplies when I tow it. It stays at the curb weight for towing.
I bought a 2009 Passion w/ 18,000 miles on it for $8,393 (with trade). Here is a document that I post on the dash when I'm staying at an RV park. I found that it saves me from answering the same questions over and over again. Here is a pic of the car:
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2005 Cruise America 28R (Four Winds 28R) on a 2004 Ford E450 SD 6.8L V10 4R100
2009 smart fortwo Passion with Roadmaster "Falcon 2" towbar & tail light kit - pictures
We tow a 2008 Chevy Colorado 4 wheel drive small pickup. Easy to set up to tow. Has a button on the dash to take it "out of gear" to tow. Does not register miles on odometer. No fuses to pull or modifications except tow brackets. We love it.
Lonny & Diane
2004 Country Coach Allure 33' "Big Blue"
Towing 2008 Chev Colorado 4x4
First, what are you planning to do in the toad? Are you an off road buff? As mentioned how many people will be riding in the toad? Pets? these are important questions, the weight of the toad will represent loss of fuel millage! Do you really need 4 down towing? When you answer these questions then you can decide what kind of toad you may need! For general all around toad, a Jeep Wrangler is an excellent choice, an extended version will allow room for additional passengers as well as pets and supplies! It can also be used in off road situations. They can add a lot of weight thou, another option is a tow dolly, and any front wheel drive car! No auxiliary lights, no supplemental braking, no tow bar, and base plate! A good tow dolly $ 950, 4 down with the requirements, $3,500! Just a question as to what do you want??
Why would you ever want to lash down the steering wheel of the Smartcar while towing? It seems to me that’s the last thing you should do (unless, perhaps, you find yourself in a position where you need to back up).
Honda Fit is a good choice - the automatic trans can be towed with 4 wheels down with very little preparatiion - about 2 minutes and you are ready to go. Also nice and light - less than 3,000 LBS This is what we will be using. Got a Demco base plate, a Demco Commander tow bar and RVi brake system.
31' Class C NEXUS Phantom 4/4/12
Pressure Pro TPMS
Progressive Industries EMS/Surge