We had a 2000 Mazda Protege, but that had to be towed with a dolly. Did that for a summer and decided it was too much trouble, so we sold the Mazda and bought a manual transmission 2003 Mazda B2300 pickup. Got the all the towing gear for flat towing on craigslist for $250.
Works like a charm, no problem w/braking. Easy to hook-up, just like a trailer.
Planning a trip to Alaska this summer and think I will need to get a "brake buddy" or similar to be legal in Canada - even though I don't need it.
Joe & Barb
2006 Granite Ridge 2900GS
2015 Montana High Country 345RL