When you live an active lifestyle, you tend to go on adventures, like camping or boating and more. When you invest in all these hobbies, you inevitably end up having to find a way to tow all your equipment. At South Shore Subaru, your local Long Island Subaru dealership, we understand that from campers to boats and more, your cargo needs to come with you as you hit the road. That’s why we wanted to go over some of the factors to consider when choosing a new vehicle for towing.

Before you start towing anything with your Subaru, you need to understand the key terms related to towing capacity. Check out some of the terms below to make sure you fully grasp the major aspects of towing with your Subaru.

Maximum Towing Capacity/Towing Capacity: This is the maximum weight that a vehicle is allowed to tow based on the vehicle manufacturer. The information can be found in your owner’s manual. Make sure you follow the manufacturers advised maximum towing capacity for your vehicle or else you can end up damaging your Subaru.

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR): You can think of this as the weight limit for your specific vehicle. This takes into account the base curb weight of the vehicle as well as all extra weight, including passengers, accessories, and cargo. The manufacturer lists the GVWR so that drivers know to never exceed that number because if they do, they can sacrifice the safety of their Subaru. For example, if you exceed the GVWR, your brakes might not be able to slow down or stop the vehicle as efficiently as they need to, leading to an increase in risk of accidents.

Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW): this is the actual amount that a vehicle weighs, meaning it is the weight that is constantly changing as things get added to your Subaru’s load. It is important not to confuse this with the GVWR because the GVWR remains constant no matter what is in the vehicle.

Tongue Weight: If you’re towing a trailer, this term is important because it is the weight of the part of the trailer that attaches to the trailer hitch.

Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR): This is the amount of weight that the manufacturer deems is the limit for being placed on one axle. Front and rear axles have individual gross axle weight ratings, so it is important to know each GAWR before loading your Subaru with too much cargo.

Gross Axle Weight (GAW): The actual weight each axle is carrying. The relationship between GAW and GAWR is similar to that of GVW and GVWR. While, GAWR doesn’t change, the GAW changes as you load and unload your cargo bed.


What is the Best Subaru for Towing?

There are multiple Subaru models that are ideal for towing. For instance, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek’s towing capacity is 1,500 pounds and the Crosstrek hybrid’s towing capacity is 1,000 pounds. A 2019 Forester can tow up to 1,500 pounds as well. If you’re looking for a vehicle that can tow the bigger cargo, you should consider the Outback or the Ascent. The 2019 Subaru Outback can tow up to 2,700 pounds. The 2019 Ascent is the largest Subaru vehicle and it can tow up to 5,000 pounds, except for the base model which has a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. That’s a lot of cargo! Finally, it’s important to note that certain Subaru models are not meant for towing, specifically the following:

·        Impreza

·        Legacy

·        BRZ

·        WRX

·        WRX STI

South Shore Subaru Will Find You The Right Vehicle for Your Needs

Head down to your Long Island Subaru Dealership, South Shore Subaru to check out the latest Subaru models that are designed with towing in mind. We’ll help you find the perfect vehicle to fit all your towing needs and support your adventurous lifestyle. Whether it’s a new car or a certified pre-owned vehicle, the excellent sales team at South Shore Subaru will help you make the right choice.

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