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8 Affordable Dinghy Vehicles

Originally Published in MotorHome Magazine

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.

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