2016 Subaru Outback Towing Capacity

If you have a 2016 Subaru Outback and need to know your towing capacity, you have come to the right place.

Here you will find max trailer towing weights and curb weights of the 2016 Outback as well as previous years.. The information is collected from the 2016 Subaru Outback Brochure and 2016 Subaru Outback Owners Manual.

The 2016 Subaru Outback has a max trailer towing capacity of 2,700 lbs for 2.5 L and 3,000 lbs for 3.6 L models.

Subaru says that the tongue weight for any towing should be no more than 11% of the trailer weight and as low as 8%. So this should be taken into account when setting up your trailer.

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2016 Subaru Outback Towing Capacity

The 2016 Subaru Outback has a towing capacity of 2,700 lbs or 3,000 lbs.

TrimTowing Capacity
3.6 L3,000 lbs
2.5 L2,700 lbs
2016 Subaru Outback Towing Capacity Chart

2016 Subaru Outback Tongue Weight

Tongue weight refers to the weight exerted on a trailer hitch/ball mount. Generally speaking the tongue weight should usually be between 10-15% of the total trailer weight.

However, Subaru specifies that for the Outback this should be between 8 and 11% of the total weight. But the max tongue weight for the Outback is 200 lbs.

Towing Features of the Subaru Outback

Since the towing capacity of the Subaru Outback is relatively low and the primary purpose of the Outback is not towing, there are not many extra features designed for towing.

The 2016 Subaru Outback doesn’t come with a trailer hitch, but it is an optional accessory offered by Subaru.

Trims for 2016 Subaru Outback

There are 4 trims in the 2016 Outback. These are:

  • 2.5i
  • 2.5i Premium
  • 2.5i Limited
  • 3.6R Limited

Each of these vehicles has various features available such as interior and exterior design.

Payload Capacity

The best way to check the payload capacity is to find the GVWR listed on the certification sticker inside the driver’s side door and subtract the curb weight from it.

Subaru doesn’t mention the exact payload capacity of the Outback, so you need to determine this value on your own.

However, there is information on the base curb weight for each trim level. Keep in mind that any extra accessories will add to this weight.

The base curb weight of the 2016 Subaru Outback varies between 3,593 – 3,814 lbs.

TrimCurb Weight
2.5i3,593 lbs
2.5i Premium3,596 lbs
2.5i Limited3,638 lbs
3.6R Limited3,814 lbs
2016 Subaru Outback Curb Weight

2016 Subaru Outback Engine Specs

2.5 L D0HC Engine

The 2.5 L D0HC engine is the standard engine on the 2.5i Outback trims.

This engine provides 175 hp @ 5,800 rpm and 174 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm.

3.6L D0HC engine

The 3.6L D0HC engine is equipped in the 3.6R Outback trims.

This engine provides 256 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 247 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm.

Additional Resources


Subaru states that the 2016 Subaru Outback has a max towing capacity of 2,700 lbs and 3,000 lbs for 2.5 L and 3.6 L engines respectively.

Though this guide provides good guidance on how much you can tow with your 2016 Outback, you should always calculate your own towing capacity.

Not sure how? Read: How is Towing Capacity Calculated? Here you will find a helpful calculator as well.

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