Can the 2014 Subaru Forester Tow 2,000 Pounds?


Can the 2014 Subaru Forester tow a 2,000-pound trailer?


No, the 2014 Forester can tow up to 1,500 pounds, including the weight of the trailer and all that is on it. Subaru notes that trailer brakes are required when the amount being towed exceeds 1,000 pounds.

Car-based crossovers such as the Forester dominate the SUV market, but one limitation of four-cylinder models is their modest towing capability. The Forester is more modest than some others. Among four-cylinder crossover SUVs that can be equipped to tow 2,000 pounds or more are the Dodge Journey, Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Compass, Kia Sportage and Mazda CX-5. You should check the specifics for each model because the ability to tow that much may be limited to front-wheel drive (the Forester has standard all-wheel drive).

We found those alternatives by using the Vehicle Recommender, here, which lets you choose vehicles based on towing capacity, fuel economy, price and major features.

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By Rick Popely | September 28, 2013 | Comments (7)


Mike S @ctmeche

You neglected to mention the obvious consideration - the Subaru Outback. With the same 2.5 4-cylinder, it can tow 2700 lbs. When optioned with the 6 cylinder, it'll lug 3000.

And if you buy an Outback without a hitch, it's easy to put one on. Subaru includes a wiring harness pigtail tucked behind the interior plastic, so there's no splicing needed. I installed my own - parts and shipping for a Class II hitch and harness were under $300.

While most people refer to it as a wagon because it's based on the Legacy, the fact that it's jacked up and ruggedized makes an SUV for all intents and purposes.

Mike S @ctmeche

* Forgot to mention that the 1000 limit for trailers without brakes still applies to the Outback.


Yeah watch that cvt self destruct towing anything. Suby has issues!

I'm so glad I found this forum. I am looking to take my wife and kids on a camping trip, and I didn't realize our car wouldn't be able to handle our trailer. We will have to rent a truck or something if we still want to go. It would have been bad, though, if we found out the hard way.


The answer is YES.

You know what US manufacturers aren't required to do? Give you standardized information. US Mfrs don't want to deal with towing stress.

Look at the euro specs for the exact same car. It's rated to tow a MINIMUM (in non-turbo) of 1800kg! That's just shy of 4,000 lbs.

Now, will an OEM hitch handle 4,000 lbs? Who knows, but plenty of aftermarket hitches are rated for that.

Shame on for playing the manufacturer's game.


When discussing the Euro spec, you can't say "exact same car" because it is NOT the same.

The Euro version has a regular automatic transmission. The US version has a CVT, which is nowhere near the same for towing. CVTs are great for gas mileage but they are definitely not great for towing.


hold on there, if u read the 2.0i specs you would see that the lineartronic cvt trans is actually rated for more than the 6mt. 2000kg=4400lbs. same with the Australian subes cvt and all, i confirmed this with subaru canada, they said they dumb the towing numbers down so they can provide the same fuel econ numbers when towing a max of 1500lbs and because of the american way of lawsuits because they crashed when towing 8000lbs and it should be the manufacts fault.....turd muncher.

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