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.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, I am leaving on a 1200 mile trip with the kayak on top. I will report back in a few days.I doubt that coolant temperature would budge (never seems to on mine), but it would be interesting to check what your car does with and without the kayak on top. But at some point, towing needs more cooling capacity. Long hot days, heavy loads, climbing mountain passes.
400 miles down...399 of them in horrible rain.Well, I am leaving on a 1200 mile trip with the kayak on top. I will report back in a few days.