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How much can your Toyota/Lexus SUV tow?

When we see a towbar on the back of our SUV, we assume that we can tow just about anything, but each vehicle is actually rated for a legal maximum towing capacity

How much can your Toyota/Lexus SUV tow?

How much can your Toyota/Lexus SUV tow?

 

When we see a towbar on the back of our SUV, we assume that we can tow just about anything, but each vehicle is actually rated for a legal maximum towing capacity. Exceeding this maximum weight is not only illegal, but also dangerous. This towing capacity is determined by the vehicle manufacturer and takes into consideration factors such as the weight of the vehicle, the power and torque of the vehicle’s engine and the vehicle’s braking ability.

According to the law, to tow a trailer that weighs 750kg or less, a vehicle must weigh at least double the weight of the trailer. So for a trailer of 600kg, the car must weigh at least 1200kg. For a trailer of 750kg, the vehicle must weigh at least 1500kg.

Trailers that weigh over 750kg by law need to be fitted with a braking system. Because of this, the weight of a vehicle towing a trailer that weighs over 750kg only needs to be the same or heavier than the trailer/caravan.  That means a vehicle of 1200kg, for example, is allowed to tow a caravan of 1200kg.

NB: These weights all refer to the Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM), which is the fully laden weight. This means that if your empty trailer weighs 500kg, you can only load it with 250kg of luggage before it exceeds the 750kg weight limit.

 

Lexus

 

LX

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

LX 450D V8

750

3500

LX 570 V8

750

3500

 

NX

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

NX300 EX and F SPORT

750

1500

NX300h SE

500

500

 

RX

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

All models

750

2000

 

UX

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

All models

750

750

 

Toyota

C-HR

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

1.2T manual

720

1300

1.2T CVT

720

1100

 

FJ Cruiser

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

4.0 V6

750

1500

 

Fortuner

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

2.4 GD6 4x2 Manual and Auto

750

2500

2.4 GD6 4x4 Auto

750

3300

Fortuner 2.8 GD6 4x2 Auto

750

2500

Fortuner 2.8 GD6 4x4 Auto

750

3300

 

Land Cruiser 76

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

4.5 Diesel V8 SW

750

3500

4.2 Diesel wagon

750

1500

 

Land Cruiser 200

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

All models

750

3500

 

Land Cruiser Prado

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

4.0 V6 all models

750

2500

2.8GD all models

750

3000

 

RAV4

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

All 2.0 models

750

1000

2.5 VX AT AWD

750

1500

 

Urban Cruiser

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

All models

400

1100

 

 

But are YOU licensed to tow?
Also remember that your driver’s license stipulates what size trailer/caravan you are legally allowed to tow. To tow a trailer/caravan of over 750kg requires a particular licence, either a code EB, EC or EC1. A ‘standard’ licence (code B) only allows the driver to legally drive a trailer of 750kg or below.

How much can your Toyota/Lexus SUV tow?

 

When we see a towbar on the back of our SUV, we assume that we can tow just about anything, but each vehicle is actually rated for a legal maximum towing capacity. Exceeding this maximum weight is not only illegal, but also dangerous. This towing capacity is determined by the vehicle manufacturer and takes into consideration factors such as the weight of the vehicle, the power and torque of the vehicle’s engine and the vehicle’s braking ability.

According to the law, to tow a trailer that weighs 750kg or less, a vehicle must weigh at least double the weight of the trailer. So for a trailer of 600kg, the car must weigh at least 1200kg. For a trailer of 750kg, the vehicle must weigh at least 1500kg.

Trailers that weigh over 750kg by law need to be fitted with a braking system. Because of this, the weight of a vehicle towing a trailer that weighs over 750kg only needs to be the same or heavier than the trailer/caravan.  That means a vehicle of 1200kg, for example, is allowed to tow a caravan of 1200kg.

NB: These weights all refer to the Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM), which is the fully laden weight. This means that if your empty trailer weighs 500kg, you can only load it with 250kg of luggage before it exceeds the 750kg weight limit.

 

Lexus

 

LX

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

LX 450D V8

750

3500

LX 570 V8

750

3500

 

NX

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

NX300 EX and F SPORT

750

1500

NX300h SE

500

500

 

RX

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

All models

750

2000

 

UX

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

All models

750

750

 

Toyota

C-HR

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

1.2T manual

720

1300

1.2T CVT

720

1100

 

FJ Cruiser

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

4.0 V6

750

1500

 

Fortuner

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

2.4 GD6 4x2 Manual and Auto

750

2500

2.4 GD6 4x4 Auto

750

3300

Fortuner 2.8 GD6 4x2 Auto

750

2500

Fortuner 2.8 GD6 4x4 Auto

750

3300

 

Land Cruiser 76

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

4.5 Diesel V8 SW

750

3500

4.2 Diesel wagon

750

1500

 

Land Cruiser 200

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

All models

750

3500

 

Land Cruiser Prado

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

4.0 V6 all models

750

2500

2.8GD all models

750

3000

 

RAV4

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

All 2.0 models

750

1000

2.5 VX AT AWD

750

1500

 

Urban Cruiser

Model

Towing capacity (unbraked)

Towing capacity (braked)

All models

400

1100

 

 

But are YOU licensed to tow?
Also remember that your driver’s license stipulates what size trailer/caravan you are legally allowed to tow. To tow a trailer/caravan of over 750kg requires a particular licence, either a code EB, EC or EC1. A ‘standard’ licence (code B) only allows the driver to legally drive a trailer of 750kg or below.