If you are looking for an older tow car or perhaps want to supplement your daily driver with another cheaper car just for towing, this is where to look.
Please double check any GVW’s quoted here on your specific car as they can alter depending on extra equipment added at the factory.
Subaru Legacy Outback 2.5 SE Auto 4WD (2007 model)
This car has the perfect GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) at 1970kg to be able to tow the Twin Axle Lunar Quasar 674 (2017) (MTPLM 1530kg) and a reassuringly high towing limit of 1800kg. It also has 4 wheel drive, an auto gearbox and a 173PS 2.5 litre petrol engine.
*Note the 2018 Quasar 647 has increased it’s MTPLM to 1560kg but the 2017 model is still available used.
A quick look online gives prices for this 10 year old dream tow car between £3-4,000 for a good example from a dealer (with associated benefits).
I think it would be very difficult to find a better tow car with the constantly increasing weight of newer cars (more equipment, more weight, more GVW = less caravan…). It’s not the most beautiful car ever made (opinion!) but it does exactly what we need to fit under the 3500kg weight limit and has 4WD for muddy campsites.
**Subaru UK hasn’t published GVW’s for it’s current range – I’m waiting for them to get back to me with some figures, although I expect the Forester to be around 2,000kg and so should be a great option.