Whether you’re towing a Prius behind a RV or having your Prius sent for repairs, its important to understand the correct way to tow. Incorrect towing can lead to serious damage to your transmission. ALWAYS check your owners manual before towing any vehicle.
The Prius is powered by the electronic continuously variable transmission (eCVT) system that blends torque from the engine and the two motor-generators. This type of transmission is not designed to be towed with all four wheels on the ground.
Towing a Prius on a flatbed is always best practice, but not always practical. If you’re towing behind an RV or personal vehicle you can use a dolly as long as you have front wheels up.
If towed from the rear, the front wheels must sit in a rolling dolly or cradle.
Per Toyota’s owners manual– In emergencies, if it’s absolutely necessary to flat-tow a Prius on all four wheels. This should only be done for short distances and at speeds of 18 miles per hour or less.
* Always check local laws when it comes to towing any vehicle.
By taking the necessary precautions when towing a Prius, you can ensure that your vehicle remains safe and runs smoothly during the tow. If you do notice any problems with the vehicle after completing a tow, it is important to have it serviced by a qualified technician before using it again.