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Subaru Forester 2017: How much can this car tow?

Asked by Maryse

I did some research and found that some sites say that the 2017 Subaru Forester could tow a braked trailer of 1500kg. Other sites said that the Forester could only tow 1500lbs on some sites and 1500kg braked on some others. Which is it and why the drop from 2017 to 2018?

Answered by CarsGuide

30 May 2020 David Morley

This is a classic case of the dangers of researching through websites you don’t know and can’t trust. The 1500-pound limit is probably from a North American website and since different markets sometimes have very different vehicle specifications (even though they’re sold under the same badge) taking such info at face value is a risky business.

Many websites simply have no idea of the facts of a particular matter, so it’s important to stick with sites like this one with a proper policy on accuracy and one that employs proper motoring journalists rather than operating as a fan site.

Meantime, here are the facts on towing limits for a Subaru Forester: The 2017 Forester can tow a braked trailer up to 1500kg in weight for all models that use the petrol engine (either 2.0 or 2.5 litres) and require standard ULP. The diesel Forester and versions that use the higher-grade two-litre petrol (which required Premium ULP) can tow 1800kg. That didn’t change for the 2018 model-year, so no reduction in towing capacity exists between the two years.

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