2020 Subaru Outback going up a hill

The 2020 Subaru Outback has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, though the capacity will vary depending on which trim level you choose. Learn more about the Outback towing specs, engine options, and towing-friendly features that can help improve your Capitola or Scotts Valley drives, and contact Santa Cruz Subaru to schedule a test drive and experience the capability in person!

2020 Outback Towing Capacity by Engine

There are two SUBARU BOXER® engine options for the 2020 Subaru Outback, which will affect this model's towing capacity--although no matter which configuration you choose you'll get standard all-wheel drive, Lineartronic® CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), traction control, and more.

2.5L SUBARU BOXER® 4-Cylinder Engine: 2,700-Pound Towing Capacity

  • Standard on the Outback base trim, Outback Premium, Outback Limited, and Outback Touring
  • 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque
  • 33/26 city/highway mpg EPA-estimated fuel economy

2.4L Turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® 4-cylinder Engine: 3,500 Pounds Towing Capacity

  • Standard on the Outback Onyx Edition XT, Outback Limited XT, Outback Touring XT
  • 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque
  • 30/23 city/highway mpg  EPA-estimated fuel economy

2020 Outback Towing Accessories

Make sure you get these genuine Subaru accessories for towing in your 2020 Outback:

  • Trailer Hitch: 270-pound tongue weight/2,700-pound towing capacity for the 2.5L engine, 350-pound tongue weight/3,500-pound towing capacity for the 2.4L turbocharged engine.
  • Ball Mount: When the mount needs to be replaced but the hitch casing is still working
  • Trailer Hitch Cap: Rubberized exterior-grade plastic with a UV-resistance polyurethane Subaru logo
2020 Outback with bicycles on the roof rack

The 2020 Outback's Features for Better Towing

The 2020 Subaru Outback is equipped with plenty of performance and safety features to make towing easier on Aptos and Watsonville roads:

  • Ring-shaped reinforcement frame: The Outback frame helps provide strength when towing heavy loads.
  • Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive: Provides even distribution of power for improved traction, stability, and adaptability to driving conditions.
  • Standard X-MODE®: Incorporates Hill Descent Control and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive for better stability on rough roads or off-road terrain.
  • Standard Control Systems: Vehicle Dynamics Control, Traction Control System, and Brake Override System can help when road surfaces are slippery, or when wheel slippage occurs.
  • Standard Subaru EyeSight®: This suite of driver-assistance tech includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Departure, and Sway Warning
  • Available Driver-Assistance: Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Reverse Automatic Braking are all available for upgrade. 

You can also use the 75.5 cubic feet maximum cargo volume (32.5 cubic feet with the seats upright), roof racks, cargo boxes, and more to supplement your hauling capabilities.

Find Your 2020 Subaru Outback in Santa Cruz

Browse our inventory in the Monterey area to find a new Subaru Outback for sale that has all the features and capabilities you want, and then you can apply for financing online to get the process started before visiting Santa Cruz Subaru! In the meantime, feel free to check out the 2020 Forester's towing capacity.

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