2013 Subaru BRZ Long Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ: Can You Tow it Behind a Motorhome?

February 13, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

You can tow any car behind a motorhome if you use a trailer. But that's not the preferred method for motorhome aficionados. The ideal scenario is pictured above: a so-called "dinghy" vehicle rolling behind on its own four wheels, ready to be unhooked and driven around on side trips while the motorhome sits parked with its awnings unfurled and its sliders popped out in full relaxation mode.

This towing technique goes by many names: dinghy towing, flat towing and four-down towing to name a few. As you can imagine there are mechanical implications for the car involved.

The strictly pavement-only 2013 Subaru BRZ isn't the first sort of car that comes to mind for this activity but, then again, not everyone who tours the U.S. in a motorhome is looking to explore off road when they stop. You could be planning to tour the racetracks or interesting winding mountain roads of this country in your retirement. Why relegate yourself to something overly pedestrian?

Is the 2013 Subaru BRZ up for it? Can you flat tow it behind a motorhome?

In a word, no. In two words, forget it. In three words, bring a trailer. And it doesn't matter if we're talking about the automatic or the 6-speed manual transmission. Both are similarly prohibited.

2013 Subaru BRZ

Automatic: nope.

2013 Subaru BRZ

Manual: nope.

It's not as if Subaru doesn't know what this is. They use the common term right there in the owner's manual.

No huge loss, I suppose. The BRZ isn't a perfect match for this demographic. It would have always been the outsider's choice. But I am curious why the 6-speed manual can't manage it.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 10,860 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Subaru BRZ in VA is:

$132 per month*
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