Great question lasailing. I have no idea re those types of transmissions. My Tribute isn't a hybrid, so it has a standard 4 speed auto trans. I would say consult your owners manual for info on towing. As I understand it the gas engine in the tribute is a 4 cylinder (is that correct?). I may be reluctant to tow any thing with a hybrid given the cost of repairs and not knowing what the mfg says. My miata is the MX-5 with the sportshift. I suppose I could tow with it. On the other hand, I once owned a Fiat 124 with a 1.4 liter engine and a 5 speed. I towed a heavier sailboat with it and never experienced any problems with the vehicle. So, given the minimal weight of the laser and a kitty hawk, I would think you would be OK with the Miata. That is unless you have a bunch of mods on it! Again, I would consult the owner's manual. Hope that helps.