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Car to tow Laser and Trailer
Firstly, I apologize if this has already been discussed, but I didn't see anything too similar when I did a search.
As the title says, I'd like to know what sort of car would be capable of towing a Laser dinghy on a trailer.
The issue is, is that I currently drive a small car (1.5L Mazda Protege 5 speed manual) which the owner's manual says is not rated to tow anything. From reading other forums/web pages, I've gathered that towing with a small car is (obviously) not ideal, but can be done for short/medium distances (say within 2-3 hours), and that people in Europe tow dinghys with small(er) cars quite often (which aren't rated to tow anything in the US but have a tow rating in Europe).
I have the option to upgrade to a larger car, but I would rather stick with my Protege. If I shouldn't tow with my Protege, what other cars would be more capable? It seems as though most of the other cars I've looked at (Subaru Impreza/Outback, Audi A4, Volkswagon Jetta, etc.) tend to either have relatively poor gas mileage (around 20 mpg) for daily use and/or high maintenance costs.
Thanks for time and help.