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Question 2017 RAV4 Hybrid SE towing? Hitch bike rack OK?

New to the forums so please excuse me if this question is a bit naive.

So I just picked up a 2017 Magnetic Grey RAV4 Hybrid SE. Curiously, it seems Toyota does not recommend towing with the SE trim (although XLE and Limited trims do have a towing capacity listed) and there is no towing capacity listed for the SE. As the powertrains for all trims are the same, I can only assume this limitation arises from the "sport-tuned suspension", does it ride lower?

In any case all I need to do is install a hitch to carry our Yakima bike rack. Dealer said this would be OK, but did not recommend towing. Anyone else have experience with this?

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A recent discussion of the (IMO far-fetched) reason for not towing with the SE is here: No Towing with 2016 SE???

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Ok thanks for that. I can stretch to understand the reasons for not towing a trailer but I fail to see how using a hitch mounted bike rack is an issue.
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Ok thanks for that. I can stretch to understand the reasons for not towing a trailer but I fail to see how using a hitch mounted bike rack is an issue.
Exactly...lawyers. Once the hitch is on, and 10 years down the road someone tows and finds you do not have the sway control the other Ravs come with (and wreck your car)....lawsuit time in their eyes. So just say NO is their idea on how to resolve.

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OK well, I am going to assume a bike rack will be fine. I assume others have this setup on their SEs.
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Yes, I plan a bike rack myself come springtime.

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