How Much Can My Subaru Tow?

At Reincarnation Inc The Subaru Guys, we often get questions about how much can you can tow behind your trusty Subaru. Our answers of course vary, depending on the make and model of your Subaru, as well as knowing your vehicle’s towing capacity before loading up and hitting the road. It is also important to be aware that certain Subaru models, such as the Impreza, Legacy, BRZ, WRX and WRX STI are not recommended for towing purposes. And don't forget that no matter what kind of Subaru you drive, towing too much weight can cause permanent damage to your Subaru.

It is also important to keep the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, Gross Axle Weight Rating, Gross Trailer Weight, and Tongue Weight metrics in mind before you tow anything with your Subaru.

If you are unsure of what these terms mean, be sure to ask The Subaru Guys for clarification before you tow. For example, while your Crosstrek might be able to tow a lightweight aluminum boat, it may not be able to tow the boat, all of your fishing gear, and snacks.

Subaru Outback

Subaru’s well-loved wagon the Outback, has a towing capacity of 2,700 lbs. Subaru Outback can tow most lightweight aluminum or fiberglass boats, motorcycle trailers, lightweight utility trailers, compact/lightweight campers and some lightweight horse trailers. As mentioned above, while the trailer might be light enough for your Subaru to haul, once you load up additional cargo (or horses, for example) you must add the additional weight to the gross trailer weight.

Subaru Crosstrek

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek has a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs, while its hybrid version is able to tow up to 1,000 lb. This means that with the Crosstrek, you should be able to tow some lightweight aluminum or fiberglass boats, a motorcycle trailer, compact/lightweight campers and some lightweight utility trailers.

Subaru Forester

2019 Forester models can tow up to 1,500 lbs. With this kind of towing capability, you can tow a number of things. Hook up the fishing boat or pop-up camper for a weekend away with the family. Or, hitch a flatbed trailer that you can load up with boxes for moving or supplies for you next home improvement project.

Subaru Ascent

Subaru’s newest, and largest vehicle yet – the Subaru Ascent can tow up to 5,000 lb. All trim levels have a towing capacity of 5,000 lb, besides the Ascent base model, which can tow up to 2,000 lb. Ascent really steps up the Subaru towing game, and is able to tow most  aluminum or fiberglass boats, motorcycle trailers, lightweight utility trailers, horse trailers, and some campers or vacation trailers.

Reincarnation Inc. The Subaru Guys is a full service Automotive Repair shop in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our team of ASE Certified Mechanics are available to answer any questions you may have in regard to Subaru Towing. In addition, our Award-winning team can provide you with an estimate for the setup your Subaru would require to suit your needs. We also can install Hitch Mounted Bike Racks, Trailer Wiring Harnesses and related accessories.

Happy Hauling!

The Subaru Guys

Reincarnation Inc.

The Subaru Guys

1300 2nd St NW

Albuquerque NM 87102


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