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2012 Subaru Outback Towing Capacity

How much can a 2012 Subaru Outback pull? Compare 6 trim levels.

What will it tow?

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2012 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.

  • 3.6R 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon - 3,000 lbs
  • 3.6R Premium 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon - 3,000 lbs
  • 3.6R Limited 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon - 3,000 lbs
  • 2.5i 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon - 2,700 lbs
  • 2.5i Premium 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon - 2,700 lbs
  • 2.5i 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) - 4585 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 - 3389 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 - 1196 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 - 4.44

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 - 107.9

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 Premium 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon

2.5i Limited 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon

3.6R 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon

3.6R Premium 4dr All-wheel Drive Wagon

3.6R 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 2012 Subaru Outback maximum towing capacity?

When planning exciting excursions outside, you definitely ought to keep in mind the 2012 Subaru Outback towing capacity, which is the important quality for such adventure. The towing capacity is really the vehicle's maximum volume of weight that it can safely tow. This information can frequently be discovered on a sticker located within the driver's door next to the door latch. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is definitely the greatest operating weight (such as cargo and passengers) and should not be surpassed. Usually, the mass of the trailer being towed is advised to stay within 10-15 per cent of the GVWR.

Down the page, you are invited to see the information about the towing capacity of the 2012 Subaru Outback with all trims and generations. You should be aware the maximum towing weight can vary greatly depending on the braking system of what is being pulled. When a trailer features its own brakes then it is "braked capacity". If not, it is actually unbraked capacity. When buying the future RV, you should keep in mind that its weight and rating is taken from the trailer's maker plus all of the extra payload you are going to take in it should never go beyond the 2012 Subaru Outback towing capacity. Violating this crucial tip will have an impact on what you can do to handle and stop in time and may in the end cause permanent damage to your car or truck or even lead to accidents on the streets.


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.