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Has anyone towed with their Kia Forte LX sedans? I have a 2017 Forte LX with 57.6k and was thinking about towing a small trailer probably 4 x 6 or 5 x 7 with lawn equipment, nothing to heavy. Heaviest being 1 or 2 riding mowers. Just wanted to see what everyone's opinion is. I know Kia does not recommend it and it might affect my powertrain warranty as well. Also, what towing kit do you all recommend?
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I'm not sure about towing with the Forte, but I have heard that your insurance will not cover you in an accident if you tow and the car is not rated for it. I have not been able to confirm this, but something to think about.

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I have heard that your insurance will not cover you in an accident if you tow and the car is not rated for it.

Rated? Like it would say the car cannot tow? I wonder what it is based on.
The manual, not sure about 2017, but for 2014-2016 says - "we do not recommend using this vehicle for trailer towing". It says "recommend", it does not mean the car cannot do that.


For comparison, Ceed, the European sibling, is rated 1400/600 kg (braked/non-braked) that translates to 3000/1300 lb towing capacity. And their engines are smaller...


As for insurance - whenever I asked, I was told that the trailer is insured with its cargo once and only when attached to the car. If parked free - no coverage.


From my experience - not a problem to tow 2000 lb in 2016 F5 SX. Yet that was on a short distance - less than 5 miles.

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I never said the car couldn't tow, but just as you stated, the manual does not recommend it (not rated). I have a hitch on my car and it bolts very nicely to the frame, but I only use it for a bike rack. I also said that I have not confirmed that insurance wouldn't cover you, but I wouldn't be surprised if they did not. Insurance companies love to not pay and this would be a good out for them if you were involved in an accident while towing.

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I have a 2010 Forte EX, purchased in 2011. I put on a hitch almost as soon as I bought the car. I often pull a small trailer to haul garbage a mile to our local pickup site. Also pull a 6x8 ft trailer, hauling my ultralight airplane (250 lbs, plus the weight of the trailer. I'm guessing the trailer is around 400 lbs) I've hauled my plane as far as 200 miles with no issues. I've also hauled my Cub Cadet garden tractor with rear mounted tiller on the trailer behind my Forte.
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