Subaru Crosstrek Towing Capacity (2013-2019)

​The Subaru Crosstrek is a pretty popular compact SUV and it does have the ability to tow a little weight behind it but you need to look at the charts in order to know what to expect, regarding maximum towing capacity.

​The towing capacity for the Subaru Crosstrek's was pretty straightforward and really didn't differ from 2013-2019, which made the research easy to compile. I did notice listed capacities online that were not specific though and thought clarification was in order, so here it is...

Overview of the Data For the ​Subaru Crosstrek:

Engine Choices: ​The engine choices for the Subaru Crosstrek did not directly impact the overall towing ratings or capacities. The statistics were basically the same, across the board.

Towing Capacity: ​The basic breakdown for the Subaru Crosstrek's towing capacity was based on whether or not the trailer you will be towing had an independent braking system, what the temperature is (hot outside) and what type of grades you plan on towing on.


The towing capacity for the Subaru Crosstrek's made from 2013-2019 ranged from 750 lbs. to 1,500 lbs.


The 750 lb towing capacity was for the most extreme conditions you might encounter on the road and reduces the maximum towing capacity substantially. Other than that, the towing capacity for a trailer without an independent braking system was listed at 1,000 lbs. and 1,500 lbs. for a trailer that had a braking system installed.


Note: The Hybrid models are not recommended for towing and do not specify a weight rating, so any towing ratings or specs listed for the Subaru Crosstrek does not apply to the Hybrid models.

2013-2019 Subaru Crosstrek Towing Capacity:

​​​The towing capacity for all of the model years that the Subaru Crosstrek was made was basically the same for all models.

The towing capacity ranged from 750 lbs. to 1,500 lbs. and was more dependent on the trailer setup (with or without braking system) and how aggressive the road is.

Crosstrek Image

​Flat and downhill towing was substantially higher than up long grades on hot days and the numbers differed by 500 lbs. depending on if your trailer had a braking system installed vs one that had none.

Subaru Crosstrek Towing Chart

Resources That Might Interest You:

I was able to find all of the Subaru Crosstrek's towing charts via the owners manuals for the Crosstrek. I did not find all of them on Subaru's official website, only the newer years but instead used a third party website that had the manuals I needed.

2019 Crosstrek Owner's Manual
2018 Crosstrek Owner's Manual
2017 Crosstrek Owner's Manual
2016 Crosstrek Owner's Manual
2016 Crosstrek XV Owner's Manual
2016 Crosstrek XV Hybrid Owner's Manual
2015 Crosstrek XV Owner's Manual
2014 Crosstrek XV Owner's Manual
2013 Crosstrek XV Owner's Manual

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