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How Much Can A Subaru Crosstrek Tow?

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Subarus and adventures go together, but the towing capacity can limit what you take along. If you are wondering how much a Subaru Crosstrek can tow, we can help. We have researched for you and have compiled information to answer your question. 

The most current models of the Subaru Crosstrek can tow between 1000-1500 pounds depending on whether you choose the hybrid or standard model. 

This article will give you valuable information about towing with a Subaru Crosstrek, including answers to frequent questions about the popular vehicle. 

Subaru Crosstrek shown at the international auto show, How Much Can A Subaru Crosstrek Tow?

Towing Capacity 

Subaru began selling the Crosstrek with the 2013 models. The compact crossover SUV is not the ideal vehicle for heavy towing, but it does have the towing capacity for small jobs and lots of fun. 

 A maximum towing capacity of 1500 pounds and even less with the hybrid model gives you a  lower limit on what you can safely tow. However, there are options, and we will cover a few to help you understand the towing capabilities of the Subaru Crosstrek. 

First, one needs to understand towing capacity, so here is a quick lesson. Towing capacity is the maximum weight that a vehicle can safely tow. It is determined by taking a vehicle's Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating and subtracting the curb weight. Fortunately, there's no need to calculate it because manufacturers list this information in their specs. 

It is also important to know about the tongue weight, which is how much force the tow hitch can handle. The maximum tongue weight for the Subaru Crosstrek is 200 pounds which shouldn't be an issue for most items the Crosstrek can tow except for campers or fully loaded Uhaul trailers. If you plan to tow a small camper, check the tongue weight listed on the camper's spec sheet. For Uhuals, check with the dealer.  

Does Crosstrek come with a tow package?

None of the five Crosstrek models have a tow package as standard equipment. However, a tow hitch, ball mount, and hitch ball can be added from the dealer as one of the many Lifestyle options for approximately $650.  

Another option is to add an aftermarket tow hitch to the Subaru Crosstrek. In addition to purchasing a tow hitch, you also need to buy a compatible wiring harness, ball mount, and ball hitch.  

This Curt tow hitch fits select Crosstrek models. 

Find tow hitches on Amazon.

Can you pull a trailer with a Subaru Crosstrek?

Subaru crosstrek in the city street

There are many circumstances in which you might need to tow a trailer. Fortunately,  a Subaru Crosstrek can easily and safely tow many trailers types.  

However, when hauling a trailer, you have to consider more than just the trailer's weight. The cargo weight is also important. As long as you arent' adding more than a few hundred pounds, you shouldn't have any issues. However, remember to stay below 10% of the maximum weight as best practice. 

Here are some examples of trailers and popular items that people haul on them that a Crosstrek can tow:

  • Small Utility Trailer = approximately 700 pounds empty
    • riding lawnmower average weight = between 300-600 pounds
    • ATV average weight = between 400-700 pounds
  • 4x8 Enclosed Uhaul = 850 pounds empty
  • 5x8 Enclosed Uhaul = 900 pounds empty
  • Motorcycle trailer = approximately 500 pounds 
    • motorcycle average weight = between 3oo-500 pounds

Can you pull a boat with a Subaru Crosstrek?

Blue fishing boat

If you drive a Subaru Crosstrek and love the water life, you still have many options for boats and other recreational water toys that you can tow with your beloved SUV.

However, when considering the weight of a boat, you must factor in the boat's weight plus the trailer's weight. The weights given by manufacturers are dry weight, so anything else you put in the boat like tackle, coolers, or even the gas will add additional weight and possibly more than you think. For example, a gallon of gas adds a little more than six pounds which doesn't seem like much, but you probably need more than one gallon so it can add up. 

Boats under 1500 pounds include the following styles:

Jon Boats

Jon boats are small, lightweight aluminum boats designed for fishing. They are flat-bottom boats, so they are great for getting into shallow water. Jon boats are powered by trolling motors or motors with less than 70 horsepower, even if they even have a motor. 

While the smallest Jon boats can fit in the bed of a truck, many people choose to haul them on a trailer. The average Jon boat with a trailer will weigh around 900 pounds, so they are perfect for the Crosstrek. 

Jet Skis

Jetski on the Chaweng Noi Beach

Jet skis are personal watercraft designed for one or two passengers. Their small size makes them easy to get loaded and unloaded, so you spend more time on the water. They have the speed of some boats but are much easier to maneuver and provide adventurous fun that most boats can't. 

An average jet ski weighs between 300 - 950 pounds, while the trailer adds 300 pounds. Therefore, most jet skis would not cause any towing capacity issues, but some heavier jet skis might be unsuitable for hauling with a Crosstrek.

Canoes and Kayaks

Colorful kayaks by the lakeside

Canoes and Kayaks are non-motorized boats that are easy to take out on the water for a day of fun. While many people choose to transport on the top of their vehicle using a rack, some will use a trailer, especially when they need to haul multiples for group fun. 

Canoes are very lightweight, with average weights between 50-75 pounds depending on the size and construction material. Kayaks have a wider weight range. While the average kayak weighs less than a canoe, with an average weight between 35-65 pounds depending on if it's for one or two passengers, fishing kayaks are quite a bit heavier at an average weight of 120 pounds.

A trailer for a canoe or kayak weighs approximately 200 pounds. However, considering that both canoes and kayaks are ultra-lightweight, even when hauling several at a time, there should not be any weight issues with the Crosstrek. 

Can you pull a camper with a Subaru Crosstrek?

Teardrop camper trailer in the smoky mountains

The options for campers under 1500 pounds are limited, but they exist. However, you have to choose a camper that weighs at least a few hundred pounds under the towing capacity to allow for cargo and avoid overloading the vehicle. Realistically, try not to tow a camper too much over 1000 pounds. 

Most ultralightweight model campers are a step above tent camping so expect them to be minimal in amenities. However, with their small size and below-average weight, you have the freedom to explore places that most campers cannot go. 

Below is a list of small campers that would easily accompany a Subaru Crosstrek.

Pika

The Pika is the smallest camper offered by Timberleaf. It is a compact teardrop that starts at 1025 pounds, suitable for the Subaru Crosstrek in its basic model without a lot of added weight from extra options or cargo. 

View the stars while you relax before bed through the standard skylight and fix meals using the outside galley kitchen space. This camper is a great option for off-road overnight adventures. 

Sylvan Sport Go

The Sylvan Sport Go is a hybrid between a tent and a camper. The ultimate versatility in a micro trailer gives you work and play in one unit. A utility trailer base with a removable Top Pod living space gives you options. When you aren't camping, you can use the utility trailer to haul up to 810 pounds. 

 The dry weight is 84o pounds with an equipment rack that can hold another 165 pounds so there is no strain on the Crosstrek unless you attempt to use the utility trailer at its maximum carrying capacity. 

Polydrop 

The Polydrop identifies as a portable private space rather than a camping trailer. The Polydrop is a revolutionary sleep area inspired by the space capsule containing unmatched insulation, stellar aerodynamics, and solar energy. 

Features include an outdoor pull-out kitchenette with an induction stove, fridge with freezer, and sink. Some models even feature an outdoor shower with water warmed by the sun's energy. 

The dry weight for the P17 Essential model is between 820-1100 pounds. The P17A1 and P17X have a dry weight of between 1200-1600 pounds, so these models, fully loaded with added cargo, could exceed the towing capacity of the Crosstrek. 

Meerkat Camper

The Meerkat is a mini camper that is great for outdoor adventures. While it has basic amenities, it has everything you need. Standard equipment includes a camp stove, icebox, porta-potty, sink, 12V/110 electric system, roll-out bed, fold-down table with storage, and Fan-Tastic fan. All in a 13' x 5' body that will fit nicely behind your Crosstrek. 

The curb weight is 900 pounds with a 100-pound curb weight. 

In Summary

The towing capacity of the Subaru Crosstrek may be lower than some vehicles, but there is still enough to have many options for work and play. 

If you are interested in more information about Subaru vehicles, consider reading "Where Are Subaru Cars Made?"

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