By Rick Popely on September 28, 2013
Can the 2014 Subaru Forester tow a 2,000-pound trailer?
No, the 2014 Forester can tow up to 1,500 pounds, including the weight of the trailer and all that is on it. Subaru notes that trailer brakes are required when the amount being towed exceeds 1,000 pounds.
Car-based crossovers such as the Forester dominate the SUV market, but one limitation of four-cylinder models is their modest towing capability. The Forester is more modest than some others. Among four-cylinder crossover SUVs that can be equipped to tow 2,000 pounds or more are the Dodge Journey, Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Compass, Kia Sportage and Mazda CX-5. You should check the specifics for each model because the ability to tow that much may be limited to front-wheel drive (the Forester has standard all-wheel drive).
We found those alternatives by using the Cars.com Vehicle Recommender, here, which lets you choose vehicles based on towing capacity, fuel economy, price and major features.
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Contributor Rick Popely has covered the auto industry for decades and hosts a weekly online radio show on TalkZone.com . Email Rick