In a previous thread I posted this about my experience with my Subaru 2012 Forester
Originally Posted by P. Raz
Ours is the manual. The vehicle has adequate power to pull a 13' egg but watch your tongue weight
. There is a 200 lb limit. The automatic should do better than the manual. We gave up towing with ours because of the "hill holder" clutch. It and the gearing make hill starts with the extra weight
difficult without burning the clutch.
Another member posted this response.
Originally Posted by multi-task
I tow with a 2010 manual forester and I've had no real issues with it or the hill holder system. I primarily tow in the mountains and I'd rather use a manual transmission than worry about an automatic transmission over heating. That might be personal preference though as I don't own any automatic vehicles.
However, I do find it somewhat gutless, but for my slow lazy towing it's worked out ok. Just wish it could tow uphill a bit better.
I've never owned an automatic until I bought my first Frontier in 2009. In 40 years I never replaced a clutch or experienced clutch burn until I bought the Subaru. Living in the mountains, starting on steep hills is much more likely. I came to the conclusion that the clutch life would be drastically reduced if I continued to tow with the car. Since we have the truck this was not a big decision. I may be wrong but I believe the Outback employs the same "hill holder" system programed into the ABS system. Raz