How to Tow With the Mazda 6

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How to Tow With the Mazda 6
Mazda does not recommend you tow a trailer with your Mazda 6. (blue trailer image by Diana Mastepanova from

The Mazda 6 is midsized 4-door sedan. According to the Mazda 6 owner's manual, the manufacturer does not recommend you tow a trailer, citing possible damage to the vehicle's transmission. If you still want to tow a trailer with your vehicle, there are aftermarket hitch options available. Attaching an aftermarket hitch will void your warranty, so do so at your own risk. Connecting the trailer to your Mazda 6 correctly and checking the lights are important for safety.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Calculate the weight of the trailer plus cargo. Since the manufacturer does not recommended you tow a trailer, choose one that is extremely light. A trailer that is less than 454 Kilogram would reduce your odds of damaging the vehicle.

  2. 2

    Connect the trailer's receiver to the trailer hitch's ball and lock it in place with the latching mechanism. Lock the latch with a hitch pin.

  3. 3

    Attach the trailer's chains to the hitch's chain mounts. Cross the chains under the coupler.

  4. 4

    Connect the trailer's 4-way connector to the vehicle's trailer wiring receiver. Test that the trailer brake, signal and marker lights are operational before heading out on the road. These are required by law.

  5. 5

    Inspect the vehicle and trailer for anything that may prevent a safe trip.

Tips and warnings

  • Drive slowly at first until you get an idea for how the vehicle handles the trailer weight. If at any time a dashboard warning light illuminates, pull over immediately.

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