I tow a 1600 pound T@b camper, tongue weight 155 lbs. I am looking at a 2014 Outback with a 4 cylinder, 2.5L. Will the Outback tow this? Is this a good idea?
You are fine The towing capacity is 2700lbs. Happy traveling!
I must add there is an ** by the 2700lb rating. ** When adequately equipped, which may require engine and/or other drivetrain upgrades. But he 3.6l engine is only 300lbs more. They are likely talking about an aux. transmission cooler, which is a good thing to have anyway
JVTP - be very careful here; I contacted Subaru of America and my local dealership about a transmission cooler which I thought about as well. Apparently, the CVT transmission on this car already has a transmission cooler built in and adding another one will create another single point of failure. If your cooler hose breaks or leaks, you're going to have a major problem on your hands. My advice is, just drive and enjoy your car and know that the engineers at Subaru have figured this out. I have a teardrop trailer and have towed it to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and to Sequoia with no problems and temperatures were near 95 plus.
JVTP - One more thing, the 2.5 Four cylinder will definitely be OK for your TAB, I've seen and talked with other people that have your trailer, but, with the extra weight it might slow you down a bit on mountain roads or steep climbs. Not to worry though , the Boxer engine is strong enough to pull this off. The main difference between the Four and Six in this case is acceleration. Of course, the H6 engine has 70 more horsepower and will more easily takeoff, but, it takes a few beats to get going. The really big difference is the fuel mileage. I'm getting 21 to 22 mpg towing with my rig overall and I just came back from Sequoia Kings Canyon. My trailer is only 900 pounds fully loaded, so, even if you get 18 mpg , you should be fine. And for 2014, only the Four is offered with the CVT transmission. In 2015, all Outbacks Four cylinder and Six cylinder engines have the CVT transmission. As far as I'm concerned, the Four is adequate for this car. I'm sure that you're not towing all the time anyway and you can only drive 55 towing in California, so, why would you need fast acceleration. I imagine that you do have electric brakes on your trailer coordinated with the car? Even so, you can downshift with the CVT paddle shifters on the steering column. You do have the CVT transmission, correct or do you have the manual?
Have 2015 6 cylander subaru outback , tows the t@b really well. One problem with the outback subaru it has a donut tire. Can not tow a t@ b with a donut tire so looking now where to put the full size spare. Will not fit in /or on the car....
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