Can a Subaru Outback Tow a Travel Trailer or Popup Camper?

The Subaru Outback can tow 2700 lbs and 3500 lbs with the turbo engine.

It goes without mentioning that Subaru Outback 2021 version is a one-of-a-kind classic all wheel drive entry into the wagon family that bestrides amid wagon and compact SUV. With great versatility, roughness, trim and engine options, ample cargo space, highly advanced safety mechanisms, superior infotainment features, the family-friendly car has been expertly designed to offer the finest class of driving experience to its users. Compared to the 2020 version, the 2021 Subaru Outback comes with a few remarkable updates including advanced safety features like steering-responsive LED headlights, passenger seatbelt reminders in addition to the rear-seat reminder.


Standard All Wheel Drive

The luxury class vehicle has been designed standard all wheel drive system at every trim level. With 8.7’’ of ground clearance the Outback boasts the prowess to tackle the most ruthless terrain, high-traffic roads in the city, and highways while on the long drive. 

Wide Trim Levels

The 2021 Outback offers seven trim levels including Base, Premium, Onyx Edition XT, Limited, Limited XT, Touring, and Touring XT. Irrespective of the trim option you go for; all 2021 are equipped with a four-cylinder turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive, higher towing capacity, global class safety features, and a constantly variable automatic transmission.

Exclusive Engine Options

With a 182 horsepower four-cylinder engine Subaru Outback offers its users a highly efficient fuel economy driving experience of an estimated 33 miles p/gallon on the highway and 33 miles p/gallon in the City. The fuel tank capacity is 18.5 gallons. The XT trim level turbocharged engine provides 260 horsepower that adds to its efficiency and aggressiveness on the highway. 

Ample Cargo Space

With the folded flat rear seat, the Outback offers more than 75 cubic ft of family-friendly cargo space. It is also equipped with a sufficient under-seat storage unit, hands-free (optional) lift gate, and standardized roof racks with tie downs. Designed with added cargo-hauling competence Outback presents towing capacity (maximum) to 3,500 lbs.

Great Safety Features

All Outback models come standard with an Eyesight safety suite fitted with Sight Driver Assist Technology. Its safety package includes adaptive cruise control incorporated with lane centering, auto emergency braking, rare view camera, and lane-keep assist. Additional optional features consist of a blind-spot monitoring tool with rear cross-traffic alert, reverse automatic braking. Some of the advanced features that make it the driver’s best choice include DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System, a 180-degree front-view camera, blind spot detector aside from its interior sensor detecting in case the driver becomes distracted or fatigued. The sensor instantly alerts the driver to focus on the road ahead.  

Incredible Interior Comfort

The Subaru Outback 2021 comes with a profuse of passenger space, interior cargo and has been featured with the finest class of interior upgrades to make your journey cozy and relaxing. The seats of the rear side are engineered with a manual reclining facility that offers additional rear-seat passengers comfort. In addition, some of Subaru’s interior comfort options consist of dual-zone climate control, ventilated seats, heated front and rare seats, heated steering wheel, leather seating, as well as premium leather seating. 

High-Class Infotainment

The Subaru Outback 2021 is available with a two-screen entertainment system as standard while the upper trim levels come with an oversized touchscreen display. All models are fitted with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay while a few additional infotainment options incorporate navigation with an advanced Rockford Fosgate stereo system. Subaru equally offers a 4G WiFi hotspot (available with all the Outback trim levels). 

Off Road Capability

With 8.6 ‘’ of ground clearance, all wheel drive of the Wagon species is born to efficiently handle the most rugged topography making Outback standards offbeat compared to some of the other wagons. The Subaru Outback all trim levels come with XMode enabling the driver to apply additional caution features while driving especially in slippery road conditions. The Outlook Onyx Edition XT comes with an additional dual-mode ‘XMode’ feature offering added traction while moving on deep muddy or snowy landscapes. 

Upper Trim Level Options

The upper trim levels of Outback can be prepared with premium class options including a 12 speaker Harman Kardon audio system, Nappa leather seating system, and a moonroof in addition to proximity entry.


Missing of Luxury Features 

Although the interior of Outback is highly comfortable and spacious and comes with plenty of advanced features, it lacks top-level amenities like multiple drive modes and a digital instrument cluster available with the more sophisticated class of wagon group. 

Weaker Base Engine

While the uniqueness of Outback takes it in the competition more luxurious brands like Volvo and Audi, it falls short in terms of its base engine horsepower capacity. 

Tips to Improve Gas Mileage 

  • Avoid racing your Subaru engine and accelerate gradually. 

  • Replace worn tire, ensure that tires are properly inflated and aligned.

  • Change oil and oil filter

  • Avoid overusing the AC as it lessens gas mileage.

You can pull a small trailer with this car, get the turbo model for the extra capacity.