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Offline Brendin87

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Towing with a Crosstrek
« on: April 11, 2015, 08:09:06 PM »
Curious if any of you know anything about towing with a Crosstrek?

5 spd vs auto (CVT)

It will be used to tow an enclosed trailer:
-5x8
-Aluminum  (roughly 800 lbs)
-motorcycle + gear.

Total weight will be less then 1500 lbs


I know an outback or Forester would be a better option.
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Re: Towing with a Crosstrek
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2015, 08:03:10 PM »
I would say keep it under 1500 lbs and you should be fine  :mrgreen:  Don't think the years have changed any.   
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Re: Towing with a Crosstrek
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2015, 12:02:28 PM »
The older automatics used to come with a built-in transmission cooler and plumbing (attached to the radiator).  While that won't increase actual tow-ability, it may help transmission life.  And in some models, the CVT can 'fake' gears so you can use engine breaking or gear-holding to better control the trailer, like a manual.  My GF's 2015 impreza has the flappypaddle CVT and you wouldn't know it's a CVT in manual mode.
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