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What's Your Subaru's Towing Capacity?

 

Whether you’re planning to purchase a new Subaru, planning an upcoming camping trip, or simply moving many items,  your Subaru’s towing capacity is important piece of information you need to know.

Below are the towing capacities of the most recent Subaru vehicles.

Extra Tip: After finding your Subaru’s towing capacity, scroll to the bottom section for Things to Know Before You Go.

Subaru Ascent Towing Capacity

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With the engine that has the most torque output, the Subaru Ascent has the highest towing capacity of all Subaru models. The base model is able to pull 2,000 pounds while all other trims can pull up to 5000 pounds.

 

Trim Engine 2020 Towing capacity 2021 Towing capacity
Base 2.4L Turbocharged H4 Engine 2,000 lbs 2,000 lbs
Premium 2.4L Turbocharged H4 Engine 5,000 lbs 5,000 lbs
Limited 2.4L Turbocharged H4 Engine 5,000 lbs 5,000 lbs
Touring 2.4L Turbocharged H4 Engine 5,000 lbs 5,000 lbs

 

Extra Ascent Towing Tips

  • Ascent models equipped with BSD (Blind Spot Detection) and RCTA (Rear Cross Traffic Alert) will want to turn these features turned off. These systems operate on radar waves and may not work properly if blocked by a trailer.
  • Maximum towing capacity without trailer brakes is 1,000 pounds.
  • Subaru recommends tongue weight is between 8 and 11 percent of trailer weight.

 

Subaru Crosstrek Towing Capacity

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The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid has a maximum towing capacity of 1,000 pounds.

 

Trim Engine 2020 Towing capacity 2021 Towing capacity
Base 2.0L H4 Engine 1,500 lbs 1,500 lbs
Premium 2.0L H4 Engine 1,500 lbs 1,500 lbs
Sport 2.5L H4 Engine N/A 1,500 lbs
Limited 2.5L H4 Engine 1,500 lbs 1,500 lbs
Hybrid 2.0L Hybrid H4 Engine 1,000 lbs 1,000 lbs

Extra Crosstrek Towing Tips

  • Crosstrek models equipped with BSD (Blind Spot Detection) and RCTA (Rear Cross Traffic Alert) will want to turn these features turned off. These systems operate on radar waves and may not work properly if blocked by a trailer.
  • The 2021 Crosstrek maximum tongue weight of 150 lbs with tongue weight between 8 to 11 percent of total trailer weight.
  • The 2021 Crosstrek maximum towing capacity is reduced to 750 lbs for continuously uphill drives longer than 5 miles.

 

Subaru Forester Towing Capacity

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The 2020 and 2021 Subaru Forester have a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.

 

Trim Engine 2020 Towing capacity 2021 Towing capacity
Base 2.5L H4 Engine 1,500 lbs 1,500 lbs
Premium 2.5L H4 Engine 1,500 lbs 1,500 lbs
Sport 2.5L H4 Engine 1,500 lbs 1,500 lbs
Limited 2.5L H4 Engine 1,500 lbs 1,500 lbs
Touring 2.5L H4 Engine 1,500 lbs 1,500 lbs

Extra Forester Towing Tips

  • Forester models equipped with BSD (Blind Spot Detection) and RCTA (Rear Cross Traffic Alert) will want to turn these features turned off. These systems operate on radar waves and may not work properly if blocked by a trailer.
  • The 2021 Forester has a maximum tongue weight of 150 lbs with tongue weight between 8 to 11 percent of the total trailer weight.
  • The 2021 Forester maximum towing capacity is reduced to 1,000 lbs for continuously uphill drives longer than 5 miles.

 

Subaru Outback Towing Capacity

blue 2021 subaru outback

The Subaru Outback pulling limit comes second only to the Ascent. The Subaru Outback Edition XT can pull up to 3,500 pounds while all other Outback trims have a limit of 2,700 pounds.

 

Trim Engine 2021 Towing capacity 2022 Towing capacity
Base 2.5L H4 Engine 2,700 lbs 2,700 lbs
Premium 2.5L H4 Engine 2,700 lbs 2,700 lbs
Limited 2.5L H4 Engine 2,700 lbs 2,700 lbs
Touring 2.5L H4 Engine 2,700 lbs 2,700 lbs
Onyx Edition XT 2.4L Turbocharged H4 Engine 3,500 lbs 3,500 lbs

Extra Outback Towing Tips

  • Outback models equipped with BSD (Blind Spot Detection) and RCTA (Rear Cross Traffic Alert) will want to turn these features turned off. These systems operate on radar waves and may not work properly if blocked by a trailer.
  • The 2021 Outback has a maximum tongue weight of 270 lbs with tongue weight between 8 to 11 percent of the total trailer weight.
  • The 2021 Outback Onyx Edition has a maximum tongue weight of 350 lbs with tongue weight between 8 to 11 percent of the total trailer weight.

 

Things to Know Before You Go

Knowing your vehicle’s towing capacity isn’t the only piece of info you need before a safe tow. The following items are equally important to know before you go. 

Towing Capacity Defined

The towing capacity of a vehicle is the combined weight of the cargo AND the trailer. Because of this, the trailer’s weight must be considered before you tow.

 

Example: 

Your Subaru Crosstrek can pull up to 1,500 pounds. You also use a trailer that weighs 700 pounds. This means that you can add up to 800 pounds of cargo to the trailer.

 

Trailer Payload Capacity: Don’t Overstuff Your Trailer

Your Subaru might be able to pull the fully loaded trailer, but can the trailer carry all that weight? 

A trailer’s payload capacity is how much weight it can carry. The payload capacity varies with trailer and is generally found through the manufacturer’s website.

Tongue Weight

Knowing the proper tongue weight needed for a safe tow is just as important as knowing the towing capacity. The tongue weight is the amount of force that the trailer exerts on the hitch itself. 

 

  • Too little tongue weight can cause the back end of your Subaru to lift and your trailer to sway.
  • Too much tongue weight can weigh down and sag the back of your Subaru while causing the front of the vehicle to point upward. Handling and braking will be negatively affected as a result.

 

For most trailer applications, a tongue weight of 10%-15% of the towing capacity is recommended. Achieving a proper tongue by:

  • Adding or removing weight
  • Redistributing trailer weight

 

Wrapping It Up

We’re happy to help our readers find the towing capacity for their Subaru vehicles. We also know that sharing payload capacities and proper tongue weights are just as important. With all you’ve learned, we believe that your next tow will be a a safe one.

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