The Outback can tow up to 3,000 pounds with the 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine and 2,700 pounds with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder when equipped with a proper towing hitch (available from Subaru or aftermarket suppliers). The Legacy can tow up to 1,000 pounds with a properly installed hitch, though Subaru does not offer one for the Legacy.
When towing, bear in mind that those weights are the maximum capacity. With all vehicles, adding weight to the vehicle either through passengers or cargo reduces the towing capacity by an equal amount. If your family of four and their luggage weigh 1,000 pounds, your six-cylinder Outback can now safely tow only 2,000 pounds.
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