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Old 06-28-2018, 11:35 AM   #1
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Who is excited for a Subaru to tow your Escape?

Every time we tell people about our awesome 17b, the first thing they say is, "Oh, you must be able to tow that with your Subaru."
The answer is sadly not. Our 2011 Forester has a non-turbo charged 2.5 4 cylinder and can barely pull our golf cart up a river hill. I was very excited to see that later this year Subaru will be selling a 260 HP with a 5,000 lbs. towing capacity.
Look, I don't work for these guys, but before we had our Escape, our little Forester got packed to the ceiling with our tent and other camping gear each summer weekend. I thought some others might share in my enthusiasm in this hopeful contender for towing our beloved Escape trailers
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Old 06-28-2018, 11:46 AM   #2
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I am but I hope to hear of your experience before I buy one!

My Forester (2012) tows my 15A fine but I feel every bump. (I'm going to talk to my mechanic about shocks, though, seems like that shouldn't be true anyway.) And more room and more weight capacity would sure be nice, plus if it gives more speed over mountains.

But waiting to hear of some real-life towing to see how it is.
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Old 06-28-2018, 11:57 AM   #3
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Also waiting to hear what the maximum tongue weight is since other Subaru products have notoriously low tongue capacity.
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Old 06-28-2018, 12:23 PM   #4
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I spoke with our Calgary dealership and I should have some more specifics in July. Will post what I find out since the specs on the website are lacking to say the least
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Every time we tell people about our awesome 17b, the first thing they say is, "Oh, you must be able to tow that with your Subaru."
The answer is sadly not. Our 2011 Forester has a non-turbo charged 2.5 4 cylinder and can barely pull our golf cart up a river hill. I was very excited to see that later this year Subaru will be selling a 260 HP with a 5,000 lbs. towing capacity.
Look, I don't work for these guys, but before we had our Escape, our little Forester got packed to the ceiling with our tent and other camping gear each summer weekend. I thought some others might share in my enthusiasm in this hopeful contender for towing our beloved Escape trailers
Even though we have a 2012 Forester , for towing we like a truck . Love our Subie though . Pat
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Old 06-28-2018, 12:45 PM   #6
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I am but I hope to hear of your experience before I buy one!

My Forester (2012) tows my 15A fine but I feel every bump. (I'm going to talk to my mechanic about shocks, though, seems like that shouldn't be true anyway.) And more room and more weight capacity would sure be nice, plus if it gives more speed over mountains.

But waiting to hear of some real-life towing to see how it is.
We also have the 2012 Forester and love it . Pat
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Old 06-28-2018, 12:49 PM   #7
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Every time we tell people about our awesome 17b, the first thing they say is, "Oh, you must be able to tow that with your Subaru."
The answer is sadly not. Our 2011 Forester has a non-turbo charged 2.5 4 cylinder and can barely pull our golf cart up a river hill. I was very excited to see that later this year Subaru will be selling a 260 HP with a 5,000 lbs. towing capacity.
Look, I don't work for these guys, but before we had our Escape, our little Forester got packed to the ceiling with our tent and other camping gear each summer weekend. I thought some others might share in my enthusiasm in this hopeful contender for towing our beloved Escape trailers

I think you are referring to the 2019 Ascent. This is a dealer website that has everything you ever wanted to know about Subaru specs, etc.:


Subaru Research Site- specs, prices, options, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013.... Outback, Legacy, Forester, XV Crosstrek, WRX, STI, Impreza, BRZ, Tribeca


BTW, we own a 2017 Outback and love it!
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Old 06-28-2018, 12:59 PM   #8
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Not very updated- no pictures? There have been pictures of the new Ascent for months. I did hear a 500 lb tongue weight somewhere but don't know if it was official or not.
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Old 06-28-2018, 01:20 PM   #9
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2019 Subaru Ascent 7 passenger research webpage

Found this on the site regarding tongue weight:

5000 lbs trailer capacity
External transmission oil cooler on Premium, Limited, Touring
optional Subaru Class III 2" trailer hitch
500 lb. tongue weight,
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Old 06-28-2018, 01:23 PM   #10
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Not very updated- no pictures? There have been pictures of the new Ascent for months. I did hear a 500 lb tongue weight somewhere but don't know if it was official or not.

Joe usually keeps his site pretty well updated. I'm assuming SOA has not made much available yet. You may need to contact Subaru directly to find out the hitch weight.
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