The 2021 Subaru Outback has a towing capacity of 2,700 pounds or 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, depending on your engine. That gives you the strength to pull a small trailer with a jet ski during your next getaway, or a medium-sized hauling trailer during your next move.

If you want to know how to make the most of your Outback in the Norwich, Oneonta, and Sidney, NY, area, we can help. Simply read through our review of this Subaru SUV's towing capacity. When you're ready to test its strength for yourself, reach out to the team at Bill Rapp Subaru of Norwich and schedule your test drive!

Subaru Outback Towing: Engine Specs to Consider

When you're looking at the towing capacity of the Subaru Outback, the engine specs are the biggest player in determining how much you can tow. With the 2021 Outback, you'll have two engines to pick from based on your trim level.

As a standard, the 2021 Subaru Outback comes with a 2.5L SUBARU BOXER® engine. The Outback XT trims, on the other hand, are powered by the 2.4L turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® I-4 engine. Here's how their specs compare:


2.5L engine

2.4L turbocharged engine


182 horsepower

260 horsepower


176 lb-ft

277 lb-ft

Towing Capacity

2,700 pounds

3,500 pounds

As you can see, the turbocharged 2.4L engine gets you to that maximum 3,500-pound towing capacity. The standard 2.5L engine can still tow 2,700 pounds, however, which is a good amount of weight for an SUV in its class.

Otherwise, both powertrains include the highly optimized Lineartronic® CVT and the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system with X-MODE®. Subaru Symmetrical AWD provides maximum traction control by distributing power evenly among all four wheels. This provides an even quicker response to slippery conditions and can help you grip the road and get moving forward when pulling something heavy.

Tech to Help You Tow with the Subaru Outback

In addition to giving you the strength to tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, the 2021 Subaru Outback also has the tech to help you tow even more safely and conveniently. For example, it comes with a standard rear-vision camera.

The rear-vision camera displays a video feed of the area directly behind your vehicle on the infotainment display while in reverse. This video feed provides you with a clearer view and guidelines to follow while backing up and aligning your trailer with your hitch.

As a standard, the infotainment screen where the rear-vision camera displays its video feed is a 7-inch touchscreen as part of the STARLINK® multimedia system. An 11.6-inch touchscreen display is also available if you want an even bigger screen.

When you hit the road with a trailer in tow, standard smart systems can help you reach your destination more safely. This includes standard Lane Departure and Sway Warning, which provides an alert if the weight of your trailer is causing you to drift from your intended lane of travel.

Test Out the Subaru Outback Towing Capacity for Yourself

Do you want to see what the 2021 Subaru Outback towing capacity can do? Then reach out to Bill Rapp Subaru of Norwich! We love helping drivers around Norwich, Sidney, and Oneonta, New York, find the SUV that suits their towing needs best. So, contact us and schedule your test drive today!

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