Subaru Outback Roof Cargo Box Guide

Updated September 2020

If you love the way that your Subaru Outback handles on longer trips, but aren’t happy with the storage space that you and your family has, then it might be time to consider buying a roof cargo box. 

When you buy the right roof cargo box for your Subaru Outback to meet your needs, you won’t ever have to worry about whether or not your family will feel cramped when you are on the road.

Having this extra storage space will allow you to all bring along the important gear or items that you want to have with you and ensure that nobody feels cramped or uncomfortable.

Here’s a few of our favourite Roof Cargo Boxes for the Subaru Outback:

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Thule Pulse Rooftop Cargo Box, Medium
Our Pick
Thule Force XT Rooftop Cargo Box, Large, Black
JEGS Rooftop Cargo Carrier | Hard Car Top Large Luggage Box | Waterproof Storage | Heavy Duty Solid Case | Made in USA | 18 Cubic Ft. | 100 Lb. Capacity | Zero Tool Easy Assembly | Aerodynamic Design
INNO Shadow Cargo Box/Carrier for Skis Snowboards and Winter Gear
Super Compact!
Thule SideKick Rooftop Cargo Box
Product
Thule Pulse, Medium
Thule Force XT, Large
JEGS 90098
INNO Shadow Cargo Box
Thule 682 Sidekick
Volume
14 cu ft
16 cu ft
18 cu ft
13 cu ft
8 cu ft
Opening
Passenger side
Both sides
Both sides
Both sides
Passenger side
Size (external)
67" x 35" x 16"
74.75" x 24.75" x 16.75"
57" x 38.5" x 17.75"
78.7 x 31.9 x 13.4
54" x 25" x 15.5"
Weight
47 lbs
32 lbs
28 lbs
42 lbs
16 lbs
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Thule Pulse Rooftop Cargo Box, Medium
Product
Thule Pulse, Medium
Volume
14 cu ft
Opening
Passenger side
Size (external)
67" x 35" x 16"
Weight
47 lbs
Our Pick
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Thule Force XT Rooftop Cargo Box, Large, Black
Product
Thule Force XT, Large
Volume
16 cu ft
Opening
Both sides
Size (external)
74.75" x 24.75" x 16.75"
Weight
32 lbs
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JEGS Rooftop Cargo Carrier | Hard Car Top Large Luggage Box | Waterproof Storage | Heavy Duty Solid Case | Made in USA | 18 Cubic Ft. | 100 Lb. Capacity | Zero Tool Easy Assembly | Aerodynamic Design
Product
JEGS 90098
Volume
18 cu ft
Opening
Both sides
Size (external)
57" x 38.5" x 17.75"
Weight
28 lbs
Image
INNO Shadow Cargo Box/Carrier for Skis Snowboards and Winter Gear
Product
INNO Shadow Cargo Box
Volume
13 cu ft
Opening
Both sides
Size (external)
78.7 x 31.9 x 13.4
Weight
42 lbs
Super Compact!
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Thule SideKick Rooftop Cargo Box
Product
Thule 682 Sidekick
Volume
8 cu ft
Opening
Passenger side
Size (external)
54" x 25" x 15.5"
Weight
16 lbs

Last update on 2020-10-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Thule Force XT (Large) Rooftop Cargo Carrier

We think this is the best roof cargo box for the Subaru Outback, if you and your family need of a lot of space for your belongings.

Because of its longer length, it can easily accommodate skis and snowboards that are up to 70”. Additionally, it is loaded with safety features that ensure that your roof box doesn’t fail you when you are on the road and that it is easy to operate.

Not only is this box incredibly easy to mount so that you don’t delay when getting on the road, but it is also very easy to access safely when loading and unloading.

The supporting lid lifters work to prevent the lid from collapsing or bending when you are accessing items in the box, which is not only frustrating, but can put you in a dangerous situation.

This box also offers full trunk access, which is perfect for trips. Even though the box sits in a forward position to ensure that you can easily get into the trunk, it is designed so that it doesn’t hang down in front of the car, which can be very dangerous when you’re on the road.

Thule Pulse (medium) Roof Box

The Thule Pulse is a great roof cargo box for the Subaru Outback, particularly if you and your family love to hit the snow and have your own snowboards or skis to bring along with you on the trip.

It can easily hold between three and five snowboards without any problem, which makes it easy to bring your gear with you when headed to the mountains so you don’t have to rent anything. The central locking system helps to keep the box secure and safe, and only allows users to remove the key when all locking points have been securely closed

Made from a textured ABS material, this box is designed to protect all of your contents when you are on the road. This means that you can easily put any expensive gear or equipment in the box without having to worry about its safety or condition upon your arrival.

Additionally, the box opens on the passenger side, which means that you can access your contents when pulled off of the side of the road without being in danger and standing too close to traffic.

JEGS 90098 Rooftop Cargo Carrier

Made from durable, 4-season HDPE black plastic this box is as stable as possible and easy to fit to your car without tools the JEGS 90098 is one of our favourite boxes and an excellent choice for the Subaru Outback.

The JEGS 90098 opens on both sides making it easy to load and unload. Your belongings are kept safe and secure by the JEGS 4 point locking system.

Additionally, this box easily holds up to 110 pounds. With 18 cubic feet of storage space, this box is perfect for longer trips.  Although the box has a slightly higher profile than others on the market, it is still very aerodynamic and ideal for most travel. 

INNO Shadow Rooftop Cargo Box

The INNO Shadow box comes with a memory mount system that makes this box one of the easiest ones to mount on your Subaru Outback. 

This means that even when you are in a hurry to get on the road, you won’t have to worry about the security or safety of your belongings, as they will be correctly secured to your roof in your box. The base construction of this box is unique and makes it much lighter and stronger than conventional boxes, making it one of the best choices of roof cargo box for the Subaru Outback.

The sleek aerodynamics are designed to allow the box to cut easily through air when you’re on the road and the design has been made specifically to ensure that you enjoy great MPG. Additionally, it offers a ton of storage space and can easily hold up to two surfboards, eight skis, or six snowboards, making it the clear option for families on the go. 

With the safety lock system that is designed to keep people out of your box, you never have to worry about the security of your items.

Thule 682 Sidekick (Super Compact Choice)

If you’re looking for a more compact roof box for your Subaru Outback (which can be useful when it comes to storing your roof box) then the Thule 682 is a fantastic choice.

Although it is compact, with 8 cu ft of capacity and capable of carrying 75 lbs it can still help you move plenty of gear. The box has passenger side loading and incorporates 2 strong locks to keep your stuff safe.

The one disadvantage is that it doesn’t use the Thule tool-less mounting system, however, it’s still easy to mount using the supplied U bolts.

Things to keep in mind when choosing your Roof Box

There are a lot of great roof boxes available on the market, and this can make the search for a new roof cargo box for your Subaru Outback feel a little stressful. You can make sure that you choose the right box for your needs by considering:

Conclusion

By considering these features you will find that choosing the right box for you is easier than ever and you won’t have to worry about making the wrong decision for your family. 

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