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Just found your site! I've been a Mazda person since 1979 when I got a 1980 Mazda 626. Got an '84 626 and then a '94 GT turbo. Needed a new car in 2003 and Mazda did not have a car that worked with my bad back, so I ended up with a 2004 Subaru WRX Sport Wagon. Wore that out in the canyons and on the track and discovered the Mazda3 hatchback Grand Touring at the annual LA car show. Fell in love! Got the big motor and all the bells and whistles. Been thinking about a trailer hitch for transporting my Ducati, otherwise I'm happy with everything!


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From the Mazda 3 Owners Manual, Section 3-51:
Your Mazda is not designed for towing.
Never tow a trailer with your Mazda.
Trailer hitches such as the one shown in the link above are for attaching bike carriers and the like.
I think it would be best to talk to Mazda about towing a trailer. Those videos are advertising. Anyone will sell or rent something to you if there is profit involved regardless of actual manufacturer recommendations.

As for the Explorer and not being able to rent a trailer, that started when the exploding tires / rolling over thing was happening some years ago. Huge liability exposure so no trailers for 2010 or older Explorer owners.
U-Hauls statement-
U-Haul has chosen not to rent behind this tow vehicle based on our history of excessive costs in defending lawsuits involving Ford Explorer towing combinations.
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