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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-29-2017, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Towing Capacity

Anyone know what the towing capacity is for the Niro?
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-30-2017, 05:03 PM
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The US manual (page 6-88) says:

TRAILER TOWING
We do not recommend using this
vehicle for trailer towing.

Last year (well before any Niros started showing up) there was some excitement about the possibility: I don't have enough karma to post a link to the "Kia Niro Can Tow" discussion.

it would seem that possibility is no longer officially supported.
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There is a post regarding trailer hitches available and whether you can tow or not without affecting WARRANTY. Might want to look at that post.

Manual states: Towing is not recommended.

Customer Service told me WARRANTY not affected unless diagnosis reveals a problem caused by towing. That weight load for the car is (800 something)that includes in the car and trailer.

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I just put a Curt Class III hitch on mine, and a brake controller.

I will be pulling about #2000, maybe 3 or 4 times. The rest of the time probably never use it.

The engine has more than enough umph to pull it, and pull it quite easily. I think the ladder frame chassis is rather small and obviously not designed for this sort of work.

Kia did design the frame with bolt holes and nuts welded into the frame to have a hitch installed. I do believe their intent though is for bike racks and the like. A Class A or 1 trailer will work absolutely fine (1000# limits). My Class III setup is very unique in that I have a braking axle on my trailer also. I am very experience with trailers. I know and understand how to drive with a trailer more than most. I chose the Class III setup also because the 2" square is the most common and versatile.
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I think I would also choose CLASS III for same reason (most common). My MAX Tow (if I do it) would be trailer weight and less than 500 pounds of Motorcycle for typically less than 400 miles at a time (a couple times a year).

That said, until I need it will not tow (The NEED would be if I get ride of the Dodge VAN or just feel I really really want to take MC when we go visiting children or relatives for a couple days).
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Good to see this thread, we're putting a Class 2 hitch on ours this week, but just for attaching a Thule 2-bike rack. The dealer said it was fine, I'm happy to see others installing hitches as well. Our trailers are all way too big for the poor little Niro, we have a perfectly good F250 diesel for such tasks.

Who will babysit the babysitters?
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As I remember when I called NIRO about this sometime ago, was told WARRANTY not affected by putting Trailer Hitch on vehicle.

Limit would be the load capacity of the car which is rated at like 800 pounds (that includes passengers, inside load, and trailer).

So, how that would work out in a Warranty Situation --- is beyond me. Can't tow hardly anything if you stick to a total 800 pound limit.


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As I remember when I called NIRO about this sometime ago, was told WARRANTY not affected by putting Trailer Hitch on vehicle.

Limit would be the load capacity of the car which is rated at like 800 pounds (that includes passengers, inside load, and trailer).

So, how that would work out in a Warranty Situation --- is beyond me. Can't tow hardly anything if you stick to a total 800 pound limit.
Well, sort of... 850lbs is load capacity. That's how much the car can hold up. The amount it can tow horizontally is significantly more. I have had nearly 1200 lbs of people in it before, and it survived.

This car if it was rated would probably be Class A. If you can buy a Class III made for the car, then the car has the ability to go forward with a Class III trailer loaded. If you put a Class I hitch on it, it has pretty much the same down force on the suspension as you sitting on the bumper. If you get into the Class III realm which is 6000#, now you are getting to the area where you will exceed the limits of the brakes on the car. You should never do that, unless the trailer has brakes also.

Tongue Weight is critical when loading a trailer. Class III is rated for 525 lbs, so imagine 500 lbs sitting on your bumper, bad news in this car.

A trailer should be loaded with pretty much all the weight on the trailer axle(s) for a bumper pull trailer, say 52/48 for weight distribution balanced on the axle. Small things like lawn equipment and bedroom furniture is relatively light, and really doesn't matter. But a 6x12 3500 lb trailer with a 1800 lb mower changes the equation a lot.

The niro will have zero issues pulling a 5x8 or a 4x10 or 4x6 or smaller. Anything larger then you need a brake axle on the trailer and a brake controller. Very few trailers with one axle have brakes, but it's not impossible.

I did it and it works perfectly fine. I only go 35 mph when I pull it, and it is still fine. I would never consider pulling more than 2000 lb in this car faster, or at highway speeds. It's not at all impossible, it's just not safe.
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They don't give a number for pulling horizontally (just say not recommended for pulling a trailer).

Not that I would want to pull what a Class 3 hitch could handle (just seems to be more things available for use with a Class 3 hitch).

Most cars if they say anything, say 1500 lbs.

I had a 1995 Class A Motorhome (Class A is the big front - like a bus), that was Ford Powered (dang I forget -- 480 CI I think) and rated for 25,000 pounds.

Vehicle when we were set up to full time for 2 years (everything in it and water tank full, holding tanks empty) was like 15,000 pounds (weighed on a scale). It was rated to pull 8000 pounds, but only 1500 pounds unles you had a brake system on the towed vehicle or trailer.

I towed an Escort Wagon (no brake system), but would be liable if a wreck and a smart lawyer realized I did not have a brake on the towed vehicle for a year or so.

I did finally install a surge type brake system. (cable type thing that pulled the car brake pedal on when the motor home slowed and the car pushed on the device).

Anyway, towing gets to be a touchy situation -- you may think you can do it, but you may also be legally liable for not being rated properly.

All I know is the NIRO says 'not recommended" and when I called NIRO (not the dealer, but customer service) about the warranty, I was told not to exceed the 850 lb car rated load. Reckon that is a function of brakes, engine, transmission, and suspension, cooling, etc.

Horizontal or not --- engine and transmission has to pull it, brakes have to stop it, and there will be an effect on the suspension.

Certainly true that many folks overload a car (overweight, might as well say fat, folks in this country and the stuff they take along). Easy to have 4 people in there over 200 lbs each.


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Hi all, I see that a class III is available for the niro, which is great. Anyone had any experience towing anything? Any input would be awesome. thanks
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