Subaru WRX Forum banner
1 - 11 of 11 Posts

· Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
So I am getting a new car after having vw buy back my Jetta TDI, and the wrx has been what I am really leaning towards. I found a '13 wrx near me on craigslist, and has a hitch on it. First question, are hitches aftermarket, or is it a option strait from Subaru? Also, I have a hobiecat 16' catamaran sail boat, and being to tow it behind this car would be really convenient. The boat and the trailer only weigh at most 300lbs, and from front to back of trailer it is probably 18 or 19 ft long. Is this too much for a WRX? Thanks! Non STI btw.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
768 Posts
Interweb says the cat itself is 320lbs. Add a couple hundred for the trailer. 500-600lbs. You are fine towing that.
Pretty sure factory does not offer wrx hitches and never did.
As far as I know Subaru does not recommend towing anything with the WRX. That said, theoretically any vehicle could tow something really light. There are stresses on the frame and with the cooling system for instance that could be an issue if you were hauling something fairly heavy a long distance or at a significant grade. People always overestimate a) the capacity they can tow and b) their skill at towing. In general you want to be towing quite a bit less than your vehicles tow capacity (20% or so), otherwise you are asking for trouble.

No exactly relevant, but my fiancee got a hitch for her Fiat 500L for a bike rack and they made her sign a waiver she would not TOW anything with it.
 

· ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Joined
·
5,813 Posts
So I am getting a new car after having vw buy back my Jetta TDI, and the wrx has been what I am really leaning towards. I found a '13 wrx near me on craigslist, and has a hitch on it. First question, are hitches aftermarket, or is it a option strait from Subaru? Also, I have a hobiecat 16' catamaran sail boat, and being to tow it behind this car would be really convenient. The boat and the trailer only weigh at most 300lbs, and from front to back of trailer it is probably 18 or 19 ft long. Is this too much for a WRX? Thanks! Non STI btw.
Usually people only install these sorts of hitches on WRXs for the hitch-mount bike racks. Subaru does not recommend towing anything with the WRX, and they haven't since 2008. Before that, they did give a 2000# towing capacity in the owners manual for the WRX, but didn't offer any factory hitch options.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
Do not tow with your WRX.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G935A using Tapatalk
Towing capacity of a WRX is 0.

Sure It'll tow it, but you have to think if you get in a wreck, will insurance cover you or the other party for towing?
The tow capacity of a WRX IS 2,500 braked. It’s not only safe, but your Subaru dealership will NOT suggest against it. It has the torque and CG required to provide optimum towing performance.

stop sharing misinformation because you think you know better
 

· In Æternum
Joined
·
23,706 Posts
The tow capacity of a WRX IS 2,500 braked. It’s not only safe, but your Subaru dealership will NOT suggest against it. It has the torque and CG required to provide optimum towing performance.

stop sharing misinformation because you think you know better
Ah, funny how the ignorant are so arrogant.

Taken from a 2013 Subaru WRX manual (the car the OP was referencing):

Rectangle Font Screenshot Number Circle


I imagine your time here will be quite short.
 

· Not a mod... or is he? Or, is he not?
Joined
·
15,792 Posts
The tow capacity of a WRX IS 2,500 braked. It’s not only safe, but your Subaru dealership will NOT suggest against it. It has the torque and CG required to provide optimum towing performance.

stop sharing misinformation because you think you know better
No it doesn't slammed to the pavement and no torque at all until standing on it is the opposite of optimum.

Where are you guys coming from to make these silly absurd claims.
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top