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Subaru Baja Towing Capacity: Can It Tow A Trailer, Boat, Or Jet Ski?

Mazda 6 is a multi-choice vehicle that is known for providing a robust towing capacity. But exactly how much towing capacity does this car have to offer? Do we have official stats provided by Subaru? Is the towing capacity enough to tow a heavy-duty trailer? Let’s find out.

All the models/variants of the Subaru Baja have a braked towing capacity of 2,400 pounds and an unbaked towing capacity of 1,000 pounds. Subaru has provided official towing stats for this car and recommends that its users always tow within the towing limits.

Now that we have identified the base figure for this car’s towing capacity let’s find out what you can do with this capacity. In this article, we match it against the weight of several types of trailers and the towing capacities of its competitors.

Maximum Towing Capacity By Year

The following table highlights the towing capacities of several variants of the Subaru Baja. This car was manufactured between 2003 and 2006 and has been discontinued ever since. During all of its four years of production, we have not witnessed any improvement in the towing capacity of this car.

YearEngineTowing Capacity Unbraked (lbs)Towing Capacity Braked (lbs)Note
2006All1,0002,400Always tow within the towing limits.
2005All1,0002,400Always tow within the towing limits.
2004All1,0002,400Always tow within the towing limits.
2003All1,0002,400Always tow within the towing limits.

Can It Tow a Trailer, Boat, or Jet Ski?

Several trailers with varying weights and sizes are available for towing purposes. In this section, we have identified the weighing limits of different types of trailers. We have then matched these weight limits against the towing capacity of the Subaru Baja so that you can hitch the right trailer accordingly.

All new and old generations of the Subaru Baja can tow small and medium-sized trailers with a maximum weight limit of 2,400 pounds. These include Canoe/Kayak, Jet Ski, Teardrop, and Small Open Utility Trailers. The towing capacity of this car is not suitable for towing empty or loaded large-sized trailers.

Trailer TypeAverage Empty Weight (lbs.)Average Total Loaded Weight (lbs.)Can A Subaru Baja Tow It?
Canoe / Kayak Trailer200400Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Jet Ski Trailer3001,800Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Motorcycle Trailer5002,400Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Teardrop Trailer1,7002,400Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Small Open Utility Trailer7002,500Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
A-Frame Camper1,7002,900It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Small Enclosed Utility Trailer1,0003,200It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Fishing Boat Trailer6003,300It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Pop Up Camper2,3003,400It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Small Travel Trailer2,8003,600No.
Tow Dolly6004,000It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Large Enclosed Utility Trailer2,7007,100No.
Small Horse Trailer2,9007,200No.
Large Travel Trailer6,7008,300No.
Car Trailer1,9009,000It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Large Flatbed Trailer3,00010,400No.
Large Boat Trailer2,20013,600It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Dump Trailer4,50016,900No.
Toy Hauler7,60017,900No.
Large Livestock Trailer7,30018,700No.
5th Wheel Camper12,70018,700No.
Gooseneck Flatbed Trailer7,20023,200No.
  • Kayak: All Subaru Baja models will be able to tow a kayak trailer. On average, an empty kayak trailer will weigh 200 pounds. A loaded kayak trailer will weigh an average of 400 pounds with a maximum of 800 pounds which is well within the range of the Subaru Baja.
  • Jet Ski Trailer: All Subaru Baja models will be able to tow an empty jet ski trailer. On average, an empty jet ski trailer will weigh 300 pounds. A loaded jet ski trailer will weigh an average of 1,800 pounds with a maximum of 3,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Subaru Baja.
  • Motorcycle Trailer: All Subaru Baja models will be able to tow an empty motorcycle trailer. On average, an empty motorcycle trailer will weigh 500 pounds. A loaded motorcycle trailer will weigh an average of 2,400 pounds with a maximum of 3,500, outside of the range of the Subaru Baja.
  • Teardrop Trailer: All Subaru Baja models will be able to tow a teardrop trailer. On average, an empty teardrop trailer will weigh 1,700 pounds. A loaded teardrop trailer will weigh an average of 2,400 pounds which is within the range of the  Subaru Baja. Some teardrop trailers will weigh a maximum of 6,000 pounds, outside of the limits of the  Subaru Baja.
  • Small Open Utility Trailer: All Subaru Baja models will be able to tow an empty small open utility trailer. On average, an empty small open utility trailer will weigh 700 pounds. A loaded small open utility trailer will weigh an average of 2,500 pounds with a maximum of 3,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Subaru Baja.
  • A-Frame Camper: All Subaru Baja models will be able to tow an empty A-frame camper. On average, an empty a-frame camper weighs 1,700 pounds. A loaded a-frame camper will weigh an average of 2,900 pounds with a maximum of 3,600 pounds, outside of the range of the Subaru Baja.
  • Small Enclosed Utility Trailer: All Subaru Baja models will be able to tow an empty small enclosed utility trailer. On average, an empty small enclosed utility trailer weighs 1,000 pounds. A loaded small enclosed utility trailer will weigh an average of 3,200 pounds with a maximum of 7,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Subaru Baja.
  • Fishing Boat Trailer: All Subaru Baja models will be able to tow an empty fishing boat trailer. On average, an empty fishing boat trailer weighs 600 pounds. A loaded fishing boat trailer will weigh an average of 3,300 pounds with a maximum of 6,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Subaru Baja.
  • Pop-Up Camper: All Subaru Baja models will be able to tow an empty pop-up camper. On average, an empty pop-up camper weighs 2,300 pounds. A loaded pop-up camper will weigh an average of 3,400 pounds with a maximum of 4,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Subaru Baja.
  • Small Travel Trailer: No Subaru Baja model will be able to tow a small travel trailer. On average, an empty small travel trailer weighs 2,800 pounds. A loaded small travel trailer will weigh an average of 3,600 pounds with a maximum of 4,500 pounds, outside of the range of the  Subaru Baja.
  • Tow Dolly: All Subaru Baja models will be able to tow an empty tow dolly. On average, an empty tow dolly weighs 600 pounds. A loaded tow dolly will weigh an average of 4,000 pounds with a maximum of 5,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Subaru Baja.
  • Large Enclosed Utility Trailer: No Subaru Baja model will be able to tow a large enclosed utility trailer. On average, an empty large enclosed utility trailer weighs 2,700 pounds. A loaded large enclosed utility trailer weighs an average of 7,100 pounds with a maximum of 10,000 pounds, outside of the range of the  Subaru Baja.
  • Small Horse Trailer: No Subaru Baja model will be able to tow a small horse trailer. On average, an empty small horse trailer weighs 2,900 pounds. A loaded small horse trailer weighs an average of 7,200 pounds with a maximum of 8,000 pounds, outside of the range of the  Subaru Baja.
  • Car Trailer: All Subaru Baja models will be able to tow an empty car trailer. On average, an empty car trailer weighs 1,900 pounds. A loaded car trailer weighs an average of 9,000 pounds with a maximum of 15,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Subaru Baja.
  • Large Flatbed Trailer: No Subaru Baja model will be able to tow a large flatbed trailer. On average, an empty large flatbed trailer weighs 3,000 pounds. A loaded large flatbed trailer weighs an average of 10,400 pounds with a maximum of 26,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Subaru Baja.
  • Large Boat Trailer: All Subaru Baja models will be able to tow an empty large boat trailer. On average, an empty large boat trailer weighs 2,200 pounds. A loaded large boat trailer weighs an average of 13,600 pounds with a maximum of 34,000 pounds, outside of the range of the Subaru Baja.

How Well Can It Tow Compared to its Competitors?

The following table defines the towing capacities of several cars that fall in the same category as the Subaru Baja. We can realize that this car has a “meager” towing capacity compared to its rivals. The 2006 Nissan Frontier LE, the 2006 Toyota Tacoma SR5, and the 2006 Dodge Dakota SLT provide a towing capacity of at least 6,500 pounds which is nearly 4,000 pounds more than the towing capacity Subaru WRX. Similarly, the 2006 Chevrolet Colorado LS and the 2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS have higher towing capacities.

Year / Make / ModelMin. Towing Capacity (lbs.)Max. Towing Capacity (lbs.)
2006 Chevrolet Colorado LS4,0004,000
2006 Dodge Dakota SLT6,8006,800
2006 Toyota Tacoma SR56,5006,500
2006 Nissan Frontier LE6,5006,500
2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS5,0005,000

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