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Old 01-31-2019, 07:38 PM   #1
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Subaru Ascent towing

Is anyone towing with the 2019 Ascent? Rated at 5000 capacity and 500 hitch weight. We're considering moving up to an Ascent. Our 2012 Outback seems to be at it's limit with our Escape 15A. We're in the mountains-- Montana and Canadian Rockies.
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Old 01-31-2019, 07:41 PM   #2
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No experience, but I read about someone who said it was great. I'm also looking at the same car. I finally saw one in person but have to get in to test drive and see what the middle bench seat looks like.
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Old 01-31-2019, 08:02 PM   #3
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Specs say the Ascent has 19 cup and bottle holders, what more can one ask for in a tow vehicle.

My question would be is the 2.4 4 cyl engine sufficient for towing a 19? says it makes 277 lbs of torque.
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Old 01-31-2019, 09:39 PM   #4
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My question would be is the 2.4 4 cyl engine sufficient for towing a 19? says it makes 277 lbs of torque.
I would think so. Turbocharged so producing 260hp as well. Not sure at what rpm it makes these numbers, but this is awfully close to my V6 4Runner.
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Note the OP is talking about towing their 15 not a 19, I'm sure that's plenty of power for them, better than their Outback
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Old 01-31-2019, 10:21 PM   #6
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There have been at least two discussions dedicated to the Ascent:
New Subaru SUV- 7 passenger-
Subaru Ascent TV
... but they were too early for anyone to have even driven one, let alone tow with one.

Anyone who is concerned with the suitability of a 2.4 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine in an SUV for towing will presumably be similarly concerned about towing with the new Ford Ranger pickup, which has a 2.3 litre turbocharged four-cylinder as the only available engine.
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Note the OP is talking about towing their 15 not a 19, I'm sure that's plenty of power for them, better than their Outback

Must have had the 19 cup holders stuck in my mind.
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Old 02-01-2019, 06:51 AM   #8
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I had a chance to inspect one very thoroughly while getting my Forester serviced. Big car, the second row of bucket seats slide forward to allow access to rear seat, when 3rd row folded down a lot of space, the second row does not fold down flat. Automatic closing rear and plethora of cup holders all over. It reminds me of a SUV trying to imitate a minivan. The rear end is independent as are all Subaru models due to the all wheel drive. It is a big SUV but not sure the power is there for a dedicated towing vehicle, maybe a couple of time a year, but nothing more, it is too nice inside to load up with "stuff" for the trip. BTW, the seats appeared to be leather. The spare underneath did not appear to be full sized and there is no towing package or brake controller, did not see any wiring either nor a place for a hitch.
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Last time I had our Outback serviced I asked the service manager about factory towing control and hitch. Subaru has a hit h for it but one has to have a brake controller installed buy and outside source .
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. Subaru has a hit h for it but one has to have a brake controller installed buy and outside source .
When I purchased my Grand Cherokee, it did not have a factory brake controller installed. As part of the sales negotiation, I had the dealer pay for, and install, a Tekonsha brake controller. I wanted the dealer to do the work as I figured they knew the wiring the best. Plus this costs them very little compared to retail cost to me.

Also had them include a third chipped key. The key costs them very little but the retail price is obscene.

Also had them include the factory roof rack. Again, a low cost item for them but high cost retail for me.

When you’re buying a car, everything is negotiable.

They readily agreed to all of these low cost items. A few hundred dollars to them, but probably a thousand to me.

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