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2009 Subaru Outback Towing Capacity

How much can a 2009 Subaru Outback pull? Compare 4 trim levels.

What will it tow?

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2009 Subaru Outback Trims
Towing capacity by engine

Choose a towing vehicle wisely. Make sure the engine has enough power, the gearbox is capable of withstanding heavy loads, and the axle ratio is optimal for hauling.

  • 3.0R Limited 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon - 3,000 lbs
  • 2.5i 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon - 2,700 lbs
  • 2.5i Limited 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon - 2,700 lbs
  • 2.5XT Limited 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon - 2,700 lbs

2.5i 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon

Maximum Towing Capacity - 2700 lb

The maximum weight that Subaru Outback is allowed to tow. The maximum trailer weights listed are only applicable for altitudes up to 3280 ft (1,000 m) above sea level. With increasing altitude the engine power and therefore the car's climbing ability are impaired because of the reduced air density, so the maximum trailer weight has to be reduced accordingly. The weight of the car and trailer must be reduced by 10% for every further 3280 ft (1,000 m) (or part thereof).

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) - 4435 lb

This is the maximum amount of weight Subaru Outback is rated to carry (engine, chassis, fluids, passengers, cargo, load - everything). It is often determined by the manufacturer and is indicated in the owner's manual or on the inside of the drive's door panel.

Curb Weight - 3357 lb

This is how much Subaru Outback weighs sitting on the curb with no driver, passengers, no cargo and no load with all standard options.

Payload Capacity - 1078 lb

Payload is considered all the extra stuff you put inside your vehicle, whether it be passengers or a pile of rocks, that weight is all considered payload. You can increase it by:

  1. Upgrading the Rear Springs.
  2. Adding Coil-Over Shock Absorbers.
  3. Installing a Longer Truck Bed.
  4. Attaching a Trailer.
  5. Adding Bed Racks.

Horsepower - 170 hp

The higher the power of your engine, the more weight your car can pull.

Torque - 170 Lb-Ft

High torque is essential for towing because it allows you to pull the trailer at a lower RPM, reducing the strain on the engine.

Axle Ratio - 4.11

The higher the axle ratio, the more power your vehicle produces, and as a result, the more weight this car can tow.

Drive Type - no data

All-wheel or rear-wheel drive vehicles are best suited for towing, while front-wheel drive vehicles can haul much less weight.

Transmission - no data

Do not overload your vehicle while towing, as this can cause the transmission to overheat and fail. If your transmission has "Towing mode" - be sure to turn it on.

Turbocharger - no data

Turbocharged engines produce more power, so if you need a vehicle for towing, choose the one equipped with a turbo.

Wheelbase - 105.1

It is the same for all trims.

The longer your vehicle's wheelbase, the less likely the trailer you tow will push down on the rear axle and lift the front end.

Front Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) - no data

It is the maximum allowable weight that can be placed on a front axle of your Subaru Outback.

Rear Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) - no data

It is the maximum allowable weight that can be placed on a rear axle of your Subaru Outback.

2.5i Limited 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon

2.5XT Limited 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon

3.0R Limited 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon

Trailers that Your Vehicle Can Tow



Inside the RV, you will find everything you need for a comfortable stay, even away from civilization.

Car Trailers

If you need to transport your car over a long distance - use a car trailer - this method is much safer and more reliable than towing with a rope.

Choose the car you want to haul:


Boat Trailers

If you need to transport a boat, make sure you choose the right size trailer.

Boat trailer

Typical Trailers

Whatever your needs, you can find a trailer that's perfect for you.

Boat trailer

What is a 2009 Subaru Outback maximum towing capacity?

When preparing exhilarating outings into the great outdoors, you definitely ought to keep in mind the 2009 Subaru Outback towing capacity, that is the crucial attribute for such adventure. The towing capacity is really the vehicle's greatest volume of weight that it will safely pull. This information can often be seen on a sticker located within the driver's door near the door latch. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is definitely the optimum operating weight (which includes cargo and passengers) and should not be violated. As a rule, the weight of a trailer being towed is usually recommended to be kept within 10-15 percent of the GVWR.

In this section, we offer the data about the towing capacity of the 2009 Subaru Outback with all trims and generations. Please note that the maximum towing weight can vary based on the braking system of what is being towed. In case a trailer is equipped with its own brakes then it is "braked capacity". If not, it would be unbraked capacity. When choosing the future trailer, you have to consider its weight and score is coming from the trailer's making company plus all the additional payload you will place into it should never go beyond the 2009 Subaru Outback towing capacity. Violating this significant guideline will affect what you can do to handle and stop in time and might eventually lead to long-lasting injury to your car or truck or even lead to accidents on the roadways.


Drivers must not exceed the Subaru Outback towing capacity as it can have serious consequences such as interfering with your car's braking ability

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The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has developed the J2807 set of recommended practices. The tow test procedures designed by the big brains at the SAE consist of a series of rigorous real-world challenges to determine the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of a vehicle and trailer combination.