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Old 02-26-2021, 03:20 PM   #1
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Subaru flat tow

Bought a 2020 Subaru Crosstrek, manual. Sales person said it could be towed behind RV. I assumed flat towed. Now every person we talk to service managers, etc and read says something different. Looking for experienced answers.
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Old 02-26-2021, 03:34 PM   #2
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According to Roadmaster Towing Systems, you can.
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I heard/read that a couple years ago--Subaru [after the fact] withdrew authorization / approval to 4-down tow all their products. Perhaps this has changed for the newest products????? Better get it in writing!!!!
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Looking for experienced answers.
As an experienced buyer I say never believe what sales folks say. Look it up for yourself first.
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Old 02-26-2021, 04:33 PM   #5
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As an experienced buyer I say never believe what sales folks say. Look it up for yourself first.
Yep, if a salesman's lips are moving, you know he's lying. If you don't see it printed in company printed documents, it never happened, and if he does show you something, get a copy. I've NEVER bought a vehicle without at least reading the owner's manual, cover to cover.
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Check the recreational towing or similar section of the owners manual.
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Check the recreational towing or similar section of the owners manual.

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Subaru rescinded their "you can flat tow any Subaru" statement about 2 years ago. Now, they only say this about a manual transmission. But, I'd still want it in writing before I did it.
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Welcome to the forum.

True, Subaru stopped approving "recreational towing" a few years back (I believe 2015 was the final year). I'm not sure the reason but it seems that it had something to do with electronics and not mechanics. I think there were some threads on it here(?). Only manual transmission Subies could be towed and never the automatics, however.

Therefore, Subarus are no longer listed in the dinghy towing guides and instructions in the owner's manuals no longer are spelled out in the manner they were in the past.

We towed both an Outback and a Forester years ago and really liked them as toads.

With that said, some are towing late-model Crosstreks so let's see if they chime in again here on this thread.

edited to add: Like I say, somebody is towing them as both Blue Ox and Roadmaster have base plates available for both the 2020 and 2021 models.

Here is the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek brackets from Roadmaster:

Obviously, since Subaru no longer sanctions or approves of "recreational towing" (flat-towing, 4-down), you do it at your own risk. But again, some are willing to take that risk, evidently, as it must not be a HUGE risk to tow it.

Let's see if they chime in on this thread.

Second edit: I just looked at the 2020 manual online and it addresses "flat-towing" in terms as if it was an emergency. This is opposed to their pre-2016 manuals where they actually had an entire topic on "Recreational Towing" in the owner's manual with step-by-step instructions from what I can remember. Again, there shouldn't be a mechanical reason for it not being approved for flat-towing.

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Yes, you can tow a manual transmission Crosstrek. We did and liked it, great little car.
Eventually we traded it for a Chevy Colorado 4x4 and have towed that for the past six years, and while it's a very nice car/truck it is heavy, so have bought a new Chevy Spark to tow.

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