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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"

Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"

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This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from Draw-Tite. Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" part number 36601 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch - 36601

  • Draw-Tite
  • Class II
  • 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • 350 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch

This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.


Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your vehicle
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Tested Tough - safety and reliability criteria exceed industry standards
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Drawbar, pin, and clip sold separately


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class II
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.



Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.


In addition, Draw-Tite performs static testing on a simulated automobile, as opposed to the rigid fixture used for SAE testing, resulting in a more true-to-life scenario.


etrailer.com Technical Support

At etrailer.com we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.



36601 Draw-Tite Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver

Replaces 36602

Installation Details 36601 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles



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Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - 36601

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (47 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.

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2016 Mazda CX-5

Perfect fit, easy install. Videos were a great help. 695481



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Great hitch and great customer service. The installation video was very helpful. 696307



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My hitch for my CX5 installed very easy and I was able to do it myself without any issues. the wiring harness also was easy to install and product has my full approval. I have bought hitches from this site before and will continue to do so. thank you 586515



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2016 Mazda CX-5

I ordered 2 hitches 1 2016 early mazda CX5 1 and 2016 mid year I could not determine wich was early and what was mid because boxes weren't labeled, I lucked out they both went well. But I wanted to share that with you. Your products are amazing as well as your web site and vey very well done videos.The wiring kit and 1/2"pin were quality and reasonably priced. I really enjoyed all emails all along keeping me up to speed on all 3 orders in12 hrs. A well earned 5 star I will be back next time I need something. Thanks to the shipping dept for the thank you for the order, Class act company, Joel 688802



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2016 Mazda CX-5

The hitch will be used primarily for a bike rack. As received, one of the side pieces of the hitch that bolts to the car rails was bent inward and needed to be bent out to allow the install. I had dropped the exhaust and then saw that on one side the holes didn’t meet up with those on the car. I called to find out how to proceed and was told the part could be bent into the proper position. I was able to do that with help and then the install was quick and easy as per the instructuctions and video. Result looks very clean. This was my 4th hitch install and the first time I had the hitch arrive bent, but apparently from my phone call it must be a somewhat frequent issue. It would have been quicker if there was a note on that issue with the product. 540376



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2014 Mazda CX-5

2014 Mazda CX-5 - Video shows it goes right in but it did not. It was tuff getting it in with pulling on the bumper, 2 brackets on bumper and the exhaust hanger. But after a little persuasion it went right in. After that it was home free. Installation took a little over an hour. Very happy with it. 587936



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Installation was straight forward and easy, with the exception of inadvertently removing the top isolator from the exhaust and having to remove the hitch to fix the issue. Very tight clearances but no rubbing or contact between parts. Provides a very clean appearance. Looking forward to lots of miles on our bikes this summer. 485497



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2018 Mazda CX-5

5th hitch bought from this company..GREAT service, price, and instructional videos for help if needed..usually, their free shipping gets me the stuff next day.. Customer support always has time for you, and actually listens! lol Highly recommend.. 549478



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2017 Mazda CX-5

Installed pretty easily. Looks and fits nicely. Only suggestion I'd give is to make sure to remove the muffler hangers from the muffler, and not the vehicle. 502456



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2019 Mazda CX-5

Another great product from etrailer. Easy fit to my car took about 40 minutes start to finish to fit the hitch and pack everything up. Haven't fitted the wiring yet as I only really needed for a bike carrier at the moment but will do the wiring next weekend ready for spring trips to get mulch etc from the big box stores with my trailer. Only issue you may face like I did is the exhaust hangers may be interfering with the fit, I used a ratchet strap to apply some pressure and that allowed the hitch to go on. Hardest part of the installation is lowering and returning the exhaust, tip is to use a little WD40 on the hangers to help slide on and off. 595552



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2017 Mazda CX-5

Product is as described, this particular hitch seems to be nicely concealed behind the bumper as compared to pictures I've seen of other brands. I installed this hitch onto my 2017 CX-5 alone and in about an hour. I was slightly worried about fitment because of the redesigned body for 2017. It bolted up fine and as described, i did however have to leave one small trim piece off due to lack of clearance (pictured). It attaches to the lower skirt of the bumper and extends forward, I've included a picture of the space remaining between the bumper skirt and hitch. I'm not sure what the piece's function is intended to be as it is completely unseen and beneath the car when installed. The same hitch was installed on my 2013 CX-5 and this wasnt an issue. Overall I see no problems arising from the issue and I'm pleased with the product as well as etrailer.com. 432313



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Mazda

Good hitch, no issues. I got it for a Mazda CX5. I had to hunt around a bit for a shop that would install it for me but overall still saved money by getting it through etrailer. I use the hitch for a 4-cycle bike rack with ski rack add-on during the winter and cargo carrier occasionally. 825621



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2016 Mazda CX-5

Exactly what I was looking for to attach my bike rack to! Installation was simple enough, definitely helpful to have an extra pair of hands to fit it up. Very secure, no doubt it will hold up for as long as the car lasts. Great product, great service! 824307



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Needed a little persuasive action to get it to fit properly 815364



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Honda

This is the second hitch I've purchased from etrailer.com - the first was in 2012 for a Honda Fit (used for a hitch-mounted bike rack). Everything good about the first experience brought me back for the second hitch - put a hitch on my son's Mazda CX-5. This install was as straightforward as the first. I watched the videos the first time and was able to show my son how to use the wires to pull the bolts and washers through the frame. Everything fit perfectly. I recommend etrailer.com to anyone - minimal tools needed, great instructions, great prices and fast service! 809299



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Exactly as described. Good product and easy to install. 793493



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Product fit and function has been as expected for the first year of ownership. Would recommend. I tried to do the install along (1 person only) and it was impossible. You will definitely need two people. 786374



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2019 Mazda CX-5

Everything went well for me with this hitch: the right product at the right price, delivered on time with no damage. The only issue was that the installation instructions should probably include a warning to measure the distance between the two hitch side rails to see if it matches the distance between the two muffler hangers that need to be cleared to install the hitch. The hitch was right at 35 and 3/4 inches, while the distance on my 2019 Mazda was 1/4 inch shorter - and that 1/4 inch mattered a lot. I think every Mazda is slightly different. So, after spending an hour trying to wedge the hitch into place, I finally took it off again, bent the Mazda hooks the required amount, and successfully reinstalled the hitch and muffler in about 10 minutes. Now I'm ready to start towing... 783290



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2015 Mazda CX-5

Great video on the installation, I was able to install the hitch and wiring harness in 1 hour and 45 minutes by myself. This is the 3rd hitch I have installed using etrailer and ever time it has been a perfect fit. 763276



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Excellent quality and relatively easy to install. 727863



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2019 Mazda CX-5

I've installed two hitches on two different Mazda CX-5's, so I can offer a comparison of the Curt and DrawTite products. Both are well built and free of quality issues, but the installation for the DrawTite hitch is more difficult. The side plates of the hitch press against the rear exhaust hangers. These need to be removed and reinstalled so you can get the hitch into position, but there is so little clearance, the hitch has to be forced into place to install the bolts that hold it to the car. Then, once the hitch is installed, the exhaust system needs to be reinserted into the hangers, and that required quite a bit of effort due to the lack of space. If I had it to do over again, I would buy the Curt hitch instead of the DrawTite. 706302



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I use this hitch to mount a bike carrier on my 2013 Mazda CX5. The product performs exactly as advertised - sturdy and secure. I consider the hitch itself a five star product, but the installation video made it look SO much easier to install than it turned out to be. Installation may be easier on other vehicles. Not having access to a lift and not feeling comfortable partially removing my exhaust system, I asked my mechanic to do the job, and even HE had a tough time with it. It probably gets easier if you install hitches for a living, but understand that this hitch is NOT a simple installation on a CX5. 663497



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Decided to get a new bike rack, so I went with the trailer hitch style. The shop installed it easily and using it has been fantastic. There have been no issues, no problems & it is nicely hidden. 657968



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All the products were in good condition when they arrived. The instructions were good and the videos were excellent. 658500



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Install took an hour and 40 minutes due to bolt alignment mishap where bolt went back into frame and had to reacquire. Once acquired and aligned again with all four bolts the installation completed. Second purchase of an etrailer hitch. Very happy with the quality and use of the hitch. The installation videos and advice are useful for any hitch. 646642


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Ask the Experts about this Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch

  • What Underbody Trim Piece Needs to be Removed to Install Trailer Hitch on 2018 Mazda CX-5 GT
    If you take a look at the accompanying photo, which was sent in by a customer, you can see the part that needs to be removed when installing a trailer hitch like the Draw-Tite # 76138 (which has a 2" receiver) or the Draw-Tite # 36601 (which has a 1-1/4" receiver) on your 2018 Mazda CX-5 GT. This is just a strip of plastic that will not impact your CX-5 at all. It can be taken off with just a flathead screwdriver and you'll be set. Otherwise the installation of the trailer hitches...
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  • Trailer Hitch for 2016 or 2016.5 Mid-Year Model Mazda CX-5
    The best way for you to find out what model you have is to call your local Mazda dealer with your VIN and ask, but for the purposes of finding a trailer hitch that fits, you needn't worry. That's because the hitch I recommend, the Draw-Tite # 76138 will fit BOTH 2016 and mid-year model 2016.5 Mazda CX-5's. This is a Class III hitch with a 2" receiver and is a complete bolt-on installation. For wiring which will give you a 4-way connector and allow you to power your trailer's lights...
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  • Towing Package for 2018 Mazda CX-5
    We can help you with setting up your CX-5 for towing your utility trailer. I checked the CX-5 specs in the owner's manual and for a small utility trailer, loaded with mulch for example, you'll be fine. The basic items you'll need are the hitch, a ball mount and hitch ball and a wiring harness if the trailer has built-in lights. If the trailer does not have lights you do not need wiring. You might also want some towing mirrors. Your CX-5 can be fitted with either of two hitch sizes,...
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  • Choosing Between 1-1/4-Inch Class II Hitch and 2-Inch Class III Hitch for 2014 Mazda CX-5
    The actual weight difference between the Class III hitches for your CX-5 and the 1-1/4-inch Class II hitches like # 36601 is the same 2-lb difference as between their shipping weights. The weight of the packaging for both hitch classes is essentially identical. A far more important consideration for your application with a 2-inch bike carrier is the hitch's tongue weight capacity, which is 525-lbs for a 2-inch Class III hitch and 350-lbs for a 1-1/4-inch Class II hitch. For your application...
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  • Hitch-Mount 3-Bike Rack for 2015 Mazda CX-5 With 1-1/4-Inch Class II Hitch
    The 1-1/4-inch hitch we offer for the 2015 Mazda CX-5 is a Class II hitch rated for a maximum tongue weight capacity (downward force) of 350-lbs, part # 36601 from Draw-Tite. If your hitch's safety/warning sticker indicates that it is Class II-rated then you are free to use a compatible Class II bike carrier. You will want to take note of its rated tongue weight to ensure the combined load of your 3 bikes plus the weight of the carrier you choose does not exceed its rated capacity. Often...
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  • Recommended Ball Mount and Wiring For 2014 Mazda CX-5 to Tow Golf Cart on Trailer
    Your 2014 Mazda CX-5 has a towing capacity of 2000 lbs which restrict a trailer hitch like # 36601 to that capacity. For your Club Cart Golf Cart, from what measurements and weights I can find online, the Detail K2 Mighty Multi A-Frame Utility Trailer - 7-1/2' Long - 1,640 lbs # K2MMT5X7 is a great option for you. You will need ramps if you use this trailer like the # 288-07489. This will be a tight fit, but that will help to secure it. You will also need tie downs like the Erickson...
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  • Will the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver # 36601 Fit a 2017 Mazda CX-5
    Yes, the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver # 36601 that you referenced is a confirmed fit for your 2017 Mazda CX-5. I have attached a video of this hitch being installed on a similar 2017 CX-5 that you can use for a reference. If you let me know what you will be using the trailer hitch for I can make some recommendations for you.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendations for a 2016.5 Mazda CX-5
    Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 36602 fits up to but does not include the 2016.5 Mazda CX-5. For your mid-model year 2016.5 you can instead use Draw-Tite hitch # 36601. If you plan on doing any towing the recommended ball mount is # 36061. It comes with a hitch pin and clip. For a 1-7/8 inch ball use # 19257 and for a 2 inch ball use # 19258. For trailer wiring you can use wiring harness # 118563 to add a 4-Way flat connector to the rear of the vehicle.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendations for a 2017 Mazda CX-5
    Even though the video shows a 2016 I can confirm that Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" Item # 36601 fits the 2017 Mazda CX-5. If you plan on doing some towing you can use Draw-Tite Drawbar for 1-1/4" Hitches - 3-1/8" Rise - 9-3/4" Long - 3,500 lbs Item # 36061. For a 2 inch ball use # 19258 and for a 1-7/8 inch ball use # 19257. And for a trailer wiring harness you can use # 118746 to add a 4-Way flat connector to the rear of the vehicle.
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  • Difference Between Draw Tite Hitches for 2016 Mazda CX5 36601 and 36602
    The 36602 is a now discontinued trailer hitch similar to the part # 36601 that you also referenced. The # 36601 is actually the replacement for the 36602 and fits both the older and newer versions of the 2016 Mazda CX-5. I attached an install video for the hitch for you to check out as well.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver for 2017 Mazda CX-5 Touring
    You're smart to want the flexibility of a 2 inch hitch receiver; that will offer you many more options in terms of accessories than the smaller 1-1/4 inch receiver. With that in mind, I recommend the Draw-Tite Max-Frame # 76138 for your 2017 Mazda CX-5, which is a Class III hitch with a 2 inch receiver. There are no drawbacks to installing this hitch over its Class II counterpart, the Draw-Tite # 36601, as the Class III offers the flexibility you mentioned and is actually three pounds lighter...
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  • Which Receiver Has Best Height and Bumper Clearance for 2016.5 Mazda CX-5
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Item # C12170 is the hitch recommended to tow your small lightweight boat. It has a 1 1/4" receiver opening and is a confirmed fit for your 2016.5 Mazda CX-5. it has a maximum gross trailer weight of up to 3,500 lbs and a maximum tongue weight of up to 350 lbs. (Be sure to check your owners manual for vehicle towing specs) Both the available hitches have around the same inside top edge of the receiver tube opening clearance. But the Curt Trailer Hitch...
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  • Advantages of 2-Inch Hitch Over 1-1/4-Inch Hitch for 2019 Mazda CX-5
    We almost always recommend a 2-inch hitch option over a 1-1/4-inch when there is a choice. This is for 2 reasons: the higher weight capacity of the larger size and its broader compatibility with the available range of hitch-mount accessories, more of which are made to fit 2-inches hitches than 1-1/4-inch hitches. In terms of stability in the hitch your Thule Helium Pro 2 rack # TH9042PRO may be very slightly more stable when used in a 1-1/4-inch hitch like Draw-Tite Class II # 36601...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2016 Mazda CX-5
    For your 2016 Mazda CX-5 or even the 2016.5 mid-year refresh model then you can use the following trailer hitches: # 76138 (I recommend this hitch) # C13315 # 36601 # C12170 I have linked a video showing an example installation of hitch # 76138. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation to Install Swagman XC-2 on 2017 Mazda CX-5
    For carrying the Swagman XC bike rack part # S64650 on your 2017 Mazda CX-5 I recommend the Draw Tite hitch part # 36601 because it is the correct size for the rack, installs easily, is mostly hidden, and because it's priced great. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Trailer Wiring Harness for 2016 Mazda CX-5
    Since you mentioned that you already have 1-1/4 inch hitch receiver accessories, if you'd like to stick with a trailer hitch that has a 1-1/4 inch receiver, I recommend the Draw-Tite Class II Frame Receiver Hitch # 76138 after 2016.5 and # 36601 before 2016.5. I recommend this hitch because it will meet the 2,000 pound towing capacity of your 2016 Mazda CX-5, work well with your existing ball mount, and it will not require an additional stabilization strap (as the Curt hitches for your...
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  • Will Rola Enclosed Cargo Carrier Fit a 2015 Mazda CX-5
    The Rola Enclosed Cargo Carrier # 59108 is designed to fit in Class II, 1-1/4 inch trailer hitch receivers. The trailer hitches available for your 2015 Mazda CX-5 are either going to be Class II or Class III hitches so the carrier will fit one of the Class II hitches such as # 36601. The Rola carrier sticks out 10-3/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole so it will clear the back of your CX-5! The interior of the carrier isn't uniform meaning that at different heights it has...
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  • Wiring Harness for 2013 Mazda CX-5 Pulling Trailer With LED Lights
    There are two wiring harnesses for your 2013 Mazda CX-5 and the correct one will actually depend on if your Mazda has LED taillights as opposed to the trailer you are pulling. So you can use the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector # C56011 on your '13 Mazda CX-5 so long as the vehicle does not have LED taillights. If your Mazda does have LED taillights you will need the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector # 118563,...
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