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2020 Subaru Outback Towing Capacity

How much can a 2020 Subaru Outback pull? Compare 7 trim levels.

What will it tow?

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2020 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.

  • 2.4L H-4, 4.11 axle ratio, 260 hp, 277 lb/ft - 2,700 lbs
  • 2.5L H-4, 3.90 axle ratio, 182 hp, 176 lb/ft - 2,700 lbs

Base 4dr All-wheel Drive

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) - 4850 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 - 3634 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 - 1216 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 - 182 hp

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

Torque - 176 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 - 3.90

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

Drive Type - all-wheel drive

It is the same for all trims.

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

Transmission - Lineartronic 8-spd CVT w/OD

It is the same for all trims.

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 - N/A

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

Wheelbase - 108.1

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.

Premium 4dr All-wheel Drive

Limited 4dr All-wheel Drive

Onyx Edition XT 4dr All-wheel Drive

Touring 4dr All-wheel Drive

Limited XT 4dr All-wheel Drive

Touring XT 4dr All-wheel Drive

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 2020 Subaru Outback maximum towing capacity?

When going for family outings outside, you have to remember the 2020 Subaru Outback towing capacity, that is the key quality for such adventure. The towing capacity is a the vehicle's highest amount of weight that it can safely pull. These details can usually be seen on a sticker located within the driver's front door near the door latch. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is the greatest operating weight (including cargo and passengers) and must not be surpassed. Usually, the body weight of a trailer being pulled is suggested to be 10-15 percent of the GVWR.

Beneath, you are invited to see the info about the towing capacity of the 2020 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 towed. If your trailer features its own brakes then its "braked capacity". Or else, it is called unbraked capacity. When choosing the future RV, you have to remember that its weight and rating is coming from the trailer's producer plus all the added payload you are going to put in it must never exceed the 2020 Subaru Outback towing capacity. Violating this essential tip will affect your ability to handle and make a full stop just in time and may someday bring about long lasting problems for your car or truck or even cause accidents on the roads.


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.