Tow capacity for 2014 Outback


Asked by Mar 05, 2017 at 10:10 AM about the 2014 Subaru Outback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Looking at a trailer that weighs 1575#, a T@B. Guy says it has a tong weight of 300lbs? Though rated to tow 2700#, with all gear and people in the car it would be closer to 2000#. May be traveling from Mass to Calif and back. Bad idea? Thoughts? Thanks.

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Bad idea in my opinion. CVT's don't like loads and when they fail it will cost you a bundle. The Subaru cheerleader on this site will tell you otherwise but I would recommend a truck based SUV instead.


Journeytogether-- Hello, I'm the "CZ" ( Chief Zealot) for Subaru Outbacks here. LOL.. Actually, I'm just a pleased owner... I don't work for Subaru like some of the people think on this forum... It's probably true to some degree that CVTs are not as good as conventional transmissions, but, that's like saying that gas engines are not as good as diesel engines for pulling power, it's all relative, if you know what I mean.... The biggest challenge is what your overall weight will be with the TAB trailer. I recently looked at one of these to pull with my Outback, there's many different models and I determined that the base weight plus all the gear and fully loaded items would tip the scales closer to the 2,700 pounds limit. You NEVER want to be close to the limit when pulling a trailer...My fiberglass composite teardrop trailer weighs 1,000 pounds fully loaded and it is no PROBLEM at all for me. Even with the H6 engine, it can only tow 3,000 pounds or 300 more than the H4 engine. Here's some advice from someone I know about transmissions and acceleration below. Also, I'm including a picture of my rig for you. If I were you I would be VERY CAREFUL about checking the maximum tongue weight, usually 10 percent of the tow capacity.. that would be 270 pounds if you have the H4... Remember, you always want to have the tow vehicle be the heaviest part of the equation. IF you stay within the guidelines for weight and don't abuse your vehicle, it should tow just fine. IF my answer was helpful for you, please mark this as "best answer"... Good luck. Some expert advice on acceleration- On accelerating slowly: Inertial loads are the heaviest loads against which vehicles typically struggle (albeit briefly - acceleration capability, and therefore inertial load, halves every time speed doubles). Getting off the mark gently, generally, reduces driveling loads and therefore wear and tear considerably. Be extremely careful about backing up slowly with the trailer.

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Journeytogether--. If you really want a TAB trailer, I'd recommend a larger more robust tow capacity.


A Toyota Highlander with the V6 engine would be great.


Any of these would work beautifully, they are all turbo diesel cars, of-the-best-diesel-suvs-116007/


Ignore all of Grasshopper's comments above. Simply, 300 lbs tongue weight is MUCH too high for the suspension of the OBs. Total mass isn't the issue here. Mark, PLEASE go away...!

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