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Hello community,

I have a big doubt. Why the new Outback onyx XT has more towing capacity (around double) than the Forester XT SJ if in theory both have the same HTCVT gearbox and the same AWD system?
What are the differences between those powertrains besides the FA20 and FA24 engine?

Thanks for your help!
 

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@Leonm2 On what basis are you asking this question - are you trying to decide which car to buy?
I have a Forester XT SJ and I want to know the difference in gearbox and AWD Systems between this two SUVs because I consider in the future to upgrade and also I want to understand why the Outback has more towing capacity if the limitations of the Forester XT were the HTCVT gearbox and torque converter.
 

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The issue is more than just the engine and transmission. It also has to due with suspension and the framework of the unibody as well. It's a combination of driveline and suspension.
 

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Hi @Leonm2,

My research indicates that Outback frame and size, driveline or engine has little or nothing to do with different towing capacity for Outback compared to Forester. Difference is due to transmission oil cooler in Outback that is not in the American Forester. I Don't know about Columbia OEM Foresters.

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