For the first time in the model’s 19-year history, the Toyota Prius is now capable to tow a trailer.
Now in its fourth generation, the best-selling full hybrid car in the world is becoming a bit more interesting for outdoorsy people that like to go camping. That’s because the 2016 Toyota Prius now has a maximum towing capacity of 1,598 pounds (725 kilograms) which means it can pull a light caravan or a braked/unbraked trailer.
You’ll be able to do that by paying extra for the towing hitches and wiring systems available through the model’s official range of compatible accessories. It should be a breeze to attach a towing hitch to the Prius as the practical accessory is fitted with clear green and red indicators showing when a secure connection is achieved. When you’re not using the towing arm, you can just unclip it from the car and store it in a bespoke bag sitting in the trunk. It’s worth mentioning the necessary connecting hardware is concealed behind the rear bumper’s lower lip, so the design of the rear end remains the same.
While its predecessors weren’t able to tow a trailer or a light caravan, the new one can thanks to an improved heat management of the hybrid system’s electric motor-generator and differential.
Aside from being more practical than before, the latest Prius is also the safest ever, earning a five-star rating in the latest Euro NCAP crash tests which are stricter than they were a few years ago.