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Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, Toyota Prius V trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.
Note: All non-trailer loads - bike racks, cargo carriers and so forth - should be supported with stabilizing straps. Failure to properly support these loads will void your hitch warranty from Curt.
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No drilling required for installation , Exhaust must be temporarily lowered for installation
Video of Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"
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Today on this 2014 Toyota Prius V, we're going to install part number C11276 from Curt. This is the Curt class 1 1 1/4 receive hitch. This is wht the hitch looks like once installed on the Prius. Next we'll go ahead and give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 12 inches. From center hitch pinhole to the outside edge of the bumper is about 4 3/8 inches. Now we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. First thing we need to do is get our vehicle ready to install the hitch.
And this case, it means to lower the exhaust. We'll go ahead and remove these 2 bolts here and here, lower out weight 00:00:45, because our hitch will use these 2 threaded holes in the frame. We'll use a 70 mm socket to remove the bolts. We'll go ahead and manipulate the exhaust, to make sure we got plenty of room. We'll go ahead and leave it alone for now. Next we'll go over to the driver's side and remove the tie-down bracket.
At this rate, our vehicle's all ready to install our hitch. We'll go ahead and cur 00:01:19 the hardware to install the hitch. This is a kind of tooth-washer; you can see your teeth on the washer. That will go through the bolt. You want to make sure the teeth on the washer always stays towards the hitch. It's hardware combination will stay on both sides of the hitch. It's also a good idea to go ahead and burn these bolts in, even though we just took some old bolts out, just to make sure and get a feel for the bolts as I thread back in. Sometimes you may ...
because the car gets older . you may have some dirt in your bray 00:01:46 caught up in there, and you may have to clean up the threads. With an extra set of hands, we'll go ahead and put up our hitch. Remember we'll go ahead and set it over the exhaust bracket. We'll put our bolt through the exhaust bracket, and then the hitch, and then thread it to the inaudible 00:02:07 nut. We'll get one bolt on each side to get things started.
One bolt on each side; we'll just go ahead and put it in the remaining hardware. That's a little bit tight area up here, so maybe it's a good idea to use a 19 mm socket, and extension to push the bolt up into place. Also, since everything is loose, we'll go ahead and remove the exhaust out of the way, so we'll get a straight shot. The extension with a little bit of wobble helps a little bit too. Just before inaudible 00:02:48 loose install, we can go ahead and tighten it down, and then torque 00:02:52 the bolts down, as best guided in the instructions. One other note: some of these models do come with a classic route 00:02:58 underneath of it. This one did not have that in place. Everything applies the same, and the hitch will fit to the shroud 00:03:06 where it goes up to the frame. For all the bolts, torque down as best by the instructions. That will finish it for our install of part number C11276 on our 2014 Toyota Prius V. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (101 Customer Reviews)Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.
by: Jim W07/01/2015
I could not have received a better product or customer support! Not only did Mark suggest a better product than the one I had selected from the (excellent) on-line product listings, but my request to expedite shipping resulted in the trailer hitch arriving a day earlier than promised. The installation instructions were very detailed (included color photos, parts list, torque wrench values, etc.) and the on-line movie was equally excellent. It took me abit longer than I expected (~ 1 hour) to install, but this was my fault for not having all of the right tools laid out and available. The final installed hitch (from Curt) fits like a glove and really looks like OEM. Frankly, the newer design (for my 2014 vehicle) appears to be even stronger ("beefier:) than the hitch (another Curt) which I bought for my same model but earlier 2006 vehicle. Congratulations eTrailer, I will definitely be back for my future trailer hitch requirements. 208720
by: Victor Y08/18/2014
I installed it in 15 minutes with good video and instructions that are provided. Mounting tabs lined up perfectly to OEM holes using their upgraded bolts and washers. Received it in 3 days after they sent me shipping confirmation and tracking number. They should tape foam on the mounting tabs to prevent damage and puncturing through the box. I like how it tucks up and hardly noticeable. 147159
by: Ezekiel A.10/13/2015
I purchase two different products and installed both, back to back. I did not use a jack or a lift, so it took about 45 minutes to finesse this one into/onto my Toyota Prius. I needed a helper (wife) which made it much easier. This is for a bike rack. Ordered Friday and delivered Monday, fast, fast. Thank you. 229876
by: Bob G.05/14/2013
Great product at a reasonable price. Great service, quick delivery. Installation was more difficult than I was led to believe. The hitch is heavy and required two people. It is difficult to hold in position while trying to start the bolts. The instructions estimated the installation time of 15 minutes. It took me 3 hours. 80180
by: John B., not the sloop09/30/2015
First, let's make a comment on etrailer's service. I placed my order at 4:40 am. The item was shipped at 7:30 am. UPS attempted delivery the next day mid-morning. What would expedited service look like?!! The Curt hitch is excellent quality. It took a little longer to install than anticipated, but once in it is great looking and very sturdy. The knuckle of the hitch sticks out about an inch to two inches beyond the bumper of my 2010 Toyota Prius. A couple of pictures are attached. 228581
It took over 2 hours for install for 2 reasons. First, the tools would not fit around the exhaust system and in the access slot. 3/4 drive equipment was too bulky. Second reason, an Important issue, the heat shield on my 2011 prius extends further aft than the video and to fit the rightside bracket correctly, the bracket must be sandwiched between the shield and the frame. It took alot of time bending the shield to get the bracket installed. The video is wrong, they just clamp on top of the shield and squeeze it against the frame. You don't want heat to transfer to the vehicle because the 12-volt battery is located in that area. 47997
by: Amy N.08/16/2013
Very well made, quick shipping. Had my auto guy install it for $85. Haven't attached the bike rack yet but am confident it will work great. Our other car has a Curt trailer hitch and we love it. 95381
by: John S04/15/2015
Excellent product fast shipping well packaged and good price who could ask for more will definitely do business with again 185354
by: Raul Aparicio07/07/2014
I ordered the trailer hitch for my 2013 Toyota Prius. As soon as I received it, I decided to install it. I needed a hitch to hook my 3x4 feet aluminum trailer for my mountain bikes. I was disappointed right away because the bolts from the hitch did not match with those of the car. So I contacted customer service for help. Ricky advise me to flex the ends of the trailer hitch because they could have been bent during shipment. I followed his advice and I installed it in 30 minutes. I am very satisfied with the product and I am very impressed with the customer service provided by e-trailer. I did not waste my money on this product. My wife is very excited since now we can use the trailer to transport our bikes. Thank you Raul Aparicio 139871
Came well packed and mounted in a jiffy. Ok, I didn't mount it but I watched the tech do it on a lift. I could have done the installation myself If I had time. Well designed and good quality hitch. 223771
For a 2010 Prius Very well crafted. It is a bit heavier than the other Hitch Receivers on the site, but looks way better. Everything was packaged nicely and came as promised. Install wasn't bad either. I'm slender and fit underneath the car without car ramps and jacks. Just cut out a side of cardboard from the provided box and slide under. At around 45 lb. it's a bit tricky to hold up on your own. So a few house items to prop it up fixed that. 30min install time. MAKE SURE you have 17mm & 19mm DEEP Sockets and 6" extender. 176047
by: Stu M.07/28/2016
The Curt hitch is an excellent product. The delivery was very fast, the packaging was minimal, yet very effective, and the hitch was light enough to manage by one person. Installation was done on my 2011 Prius with gracious help from my wife. The car was directly on the ground. Aside from getting the 19mm bolt on the muffler side correctly torqued, the install was fairly easy. The bolt toward the front of the vehicle on the muffler side is not an easy one to reach for enough purchase in order to effectively reach with deep 19mm socket. Either a prop or second set of hands was necessary for me to complete the setup. The purpose for the hitch is to connect the Kuat Beta 2.0 bike rack. 277261
by: Rick W07/24/2015
We had one of hitches in our other car. Easy to install (although two people are recommended) and sturdy. 214123
by: Chuck R.05/05/2012
Recieved our new Curt hitch two days after placing the order. I was able to mount the hitch on our 2012 Prius III without jacking it up, or putting it on a set of ramps with no problem. I had it installed in about 20 minutes. The quality of this Curt hitch is top notch. For those that wonder if mounting a hitch on their prius will degrade mpg, even with nothing attached to it, we just got done with a 350 mile highway trip, and still got 51 mpg. I plan on using it to haul our bikes, on our Swagman XTC 2, also purchased from Etrailer. Great product! VERY happy with this purchase! Thanks E-trailer! 39460
by: James F02/18/2015
I have yet to put this on my vehicle due to the current cold in the upper Mid-west. That being said, the unit looks like it will do exactly what I want it to do AND I must say I have had exceptional help and service from etrailer.com. My brother suggested the site. With the installation videos, expert advise with fast response and speedy delivery, what more could you ask for. I have said to several friends, this site is THE BEST site of its type without exception! I could not ask for more. George J and Michael H were a big help for me in making this purchase. Thanks. 175261
by: Stephen H.09/13/2015
I installed the Curt C11276 trailer hitch receiver on my 2015 Toyota Prius, after reviewing the instructions and watching Curt's YouTube video for a similar installation (2010 Toyota Prius). The instructions were helpful; so was the video. The main snag was that the bolt holes in the hitch flanges did not quite line up with the holes in the car's frame. I was obliged to attach a nylon rope to one side of the hitch and apply about 100 lb of pull on the rope to force the holes to line up. Time for installation, including dealing with that snag, was about 1.5 hours. 225342
Went on my 2014 Prius with no problems. Just needed to bend the heat shield back slightly to avoid trapping it under the hitch attachment passenger side. You do need a torque wrench and AV least 6" socket extension. Watch you don't lose the socket inside the plastic under shielding on the drivers side - use a magnet to coax it back if you do! 283501
The trailer hitch receiver appears very well-constructed and fits my car nicely. The bolt holes lined up perfectly! It also looks good under the rear bumper. Installation wasn't too hard - I did it by myself in the driveway without even jacking up the car. The only challenge was caused by a plastic panel under my car kind of being in the way on one side - not really a big deal, and this has nothing to do with the hitch itself. I haven't yet used the hitch but so far I'm very happy with the purchase. 268348
by: Jamie B08/21/2014
The hitch worked out wonderfully. Fit very well and easy to install. Your estimate of 30 minutes is about right. I believe it took me only about 20 to 25 minutes to install. Now my wife can take her bike anywhere she would like. Delivery was very prompt. Thank you again for supplying me this product! 147864
by: Don I09/10/2016
Service - 5 Stars Product - 5 Stars Instructions - "Garbage" 2015 Prius (regular) 1. You not only do not need a deep socket, it makes the job much worse as the bolt sinks into the socket. 2. You CANNOT install the drivers side without cutting part of the plastic under carriage cover. The cutout for the towing bracket is too narrow and not long enough to fir the hitch mount. 3. The original Toyota bolts are slightly tapered at the end to make initial threading about a million times easier. 293231
This is the second hitch that I have bought from these people. They fit perfectly. It only took me half an hour to put this last one on. I do one extra thing though. I use Locktight on the bolts, just for added safety. Their hitches r very good quality & I am very happy with the fast shipping. 271841
by: Paul H.07/21/2015
Purchased this hitch for our 2013 Prius V. Four bolt install is fairly simple but I found separating the muffler/exhaust from the rubber hanger easier than trying to work with it connected. A little dish soap and it was off in seconds and after the hitch and bracket were secure a little soap on the metal hanger and it pushed through without a problem. Once on this hitch is pretty much invisible. We'll be using it with the Swagman two bike rack on an extended road trip. 213448
by: Randy M.01/22/2013
The hitch fit perfectly and looks great. Installation did require a bit more time than predicted, but most of that additional time involved finding the right tools and positioning the hitch ( it was a one man operation and I used jack stands to hold the hitch in place ). 63802
by: Ed C.08/24/2016
Came with the right hanger bent and won't align to the bolt holes. Luckily, I have a very durable pry bar and was able to mcgyver it until it almost straightened out. Took me 25 minutes because I'm just by myself going back and forth fitting it to the car. Package looked okay though with no discernible tears, so it looks like more careful quality control is needed before shipping out. It's useable now, thanks! 286975
I am not a mechanic, but this product was easy to install. It took me about 15 minutes to install it at my drive way without lift up my car. I used a little stool and some books to jack and hold the hitch to be in the right position then bolted it. The shipping was fast. The video for this installation was really, really helps (thanks etrailer.com). The hitch was perfect fit to my 2014 Prius Plug ins. 281945
by: Keith W.07/11/2016
Great product on the Prius. It's clean looking at it's minimally visible. Sticks out minimally. Only wish it was slightly closer to bumper so it's taller to minimize scrapes. Overll it's great though. 270703
by: Charlie H08/10/2015
I installed the hitch so I could put on my bike rack. I don't like using the racks that lay on the painted surface and/or the rear glass. I have always used the hitch racks. Your directions were right on and it only took between 20 to 25 minutes. Very simple and I am not a mechanic. However. I do my own work whenever possible. Very happy so far and I can't wait to load on the rake and haul. 218211
by: A. Davis08/28/2014
Installation was easy! In my case, only one specialized tool was needed; an 12 year old holding a flashlight. Installation on a 2013 Prius Plug-In was pretty straightforward. A little tricky getting the bolts installed that were directly above the muffler/tail pipe. Fortunately the mounting bracket allows the muffler/tailpipe to be pushed far enough out of the way to complete installation. 149032
A very easy installation on my wife's Prius V. She will use the hitch to carry her bike rack not for towing as that is not a recommended activity for her new car. The installation video and the enclosed instructions were spot on. This is my second Curt trailer hitch install and both units fit as advertised, no fussing with alignment bars. Sorry no pictures, I forgot my camera. 287272
The receiver arrived when they said it would. It was well packaged so there were no scratches, etc. The installation was as simple as the video instructions said it would be. I didn't have to remove the grommet from the exhaust pipe. Just removed the existing bolts to the exhaust bracket, slid the receiver bracket under it, then installed and tightened the new bolts. 189483
by: Fox C.05/21/2014
I installathe Hitch Receiver two day ago on my 2014 Prius. It is solidly welded steel that fastens to the frame. I would say the installation was straightforward and the instructions very good. However it would be nice to be able to "tighten" the rack in the receiver and eliminate the slop that presently exists like I could with my rack on the old Prius.. 131758
Fantastic hitch for my Prius I needed to pull a small trailer with 2 electric wheelchairs on it. It works great. I can go where I want and take my chair with me and at times I take my Mom's chair. It works great. I love my Prius and this hitch made it possible for me to keep driving my Prius and still take my Jazzy wheelchair with me. Thank you etrailer. 3117
by: Larry S.08/06/2014
I havent taken the item out of the box to install on a 2014 Prius V since the car is in the shop for a few days. Will get it installed once I get the car back and write a review and maybe send some photos. I will be using it to put my bicycle hitch on for 2 bikes. I like the way it is designed and the is one of the reasons I purchased it. 144766
by: Mike B08/31/2015
This hitch is supposed to fit the Prius Plug-in model also but it did not. I had to elongate all four mounting holes about a 1/16" to get it lined up. It may be fine on the regular model but if you have a Plug-In be ready to modify. Once installed the fit and finish are nice and it works exactly as it should for my Thule bike rack. 222993
by: Rebecca O10/06/2016
The YouTube Video and the fact the trailer hitch was made in the USA sold me on this item. I ordered over a weekend and received the package on Wednesday! Prompt delivery, great attention to detail and follow up! This hitch will be installed on my 2016 Prius V. A 2000 pound capacity is more than enough for landscaping needs. 303778
Only Issue I had was the packaging of the hitch in the shipping box. Virtually no packing materials to prevent the hitch from busting through the shipping box....which is was upon arrival. Suggestion, wrap some high stretch bubble wrap around the ends of the hitch to help keep the hitch in the box and prevent damage to the hitch. 207158
by: Sam M.08/02/2016
The hitch has a nice appearance and fits through the hole in the bumper. The hitch does not clear muffler well. The muffler rattles against the hitch. I spent extra time to "adjust the hanger to eliminate the rattle. You have to lie down to put in hitch pin, this makes it harder for someone to steal my bike carrier. 278688
by: Glenn D.04/20/2015
Receiver is well constructed and looks great on our Prius V. Installation was not too challenging for this above avg. novice, however one problem did arise. When attempting to reinstall tow bar as instructed, I found that the tow bar had to put back on backwards, in order to have bolt holds in receiver and tow bar to line up. 186496
Great product and installation. The hitch has minimal profile that does not detract from the rear end view. Installation was straightforward and quick at 1 hour from start to finish including prep and minimal clean up. The video on eTrailer website was excellent and went exactly as described. 246712
by: Tim E09/16/2014
The trailer hitch fit perfectly on my 2012 Prius Plug-in and installation by myself took less than an hour, start to finish. All the longer bolts needed were included and I was impressed at how well constructed the hitch was and how easy it was to install. I highly recommend their product. 151280
Hitch arrived as promised. Had some minor scuffs from shipping but they will never be seen once installed. Installation was easy and went quickly. I added some waterproof grease to the new bolts. Using a Kut beta 2 bike raxk and everything fit perfectly. Will report more after a few trips. 270687
by: Dave D.07/04/2016
Product arrived quickly, and as others have noted the hitch need more padding as the box but not the hitch was damaged during shipping. The hitch mounted quickly with no problems due to the product. Instructions were good and the U-tube was even better for explaining the installation. 268111
by: Tim S12/01/2016
The hitch fit just right and the installation was quick and easy. The hardest part was unpacking. They had it secured like they were shipping a flatscreen. Every aspect of this purchase was great - product, price, service, delivery and follow-up. I highly recommend these folks. 321260
by: Mike B03/13/2011
My hitch went on exactly as described. The instructions were very clear. I was disappointed that the hitch arrived with a scratch in the paint, but that was easily fixed with some black paint. Etrailer was awesome. Their customer service was fast and communication was amazing. 9199
I bought the trailer hitch to attach a bike rack to our car. I had Midas install it and it looks great. Minor issue, the end was bent in shipment, but we just put it in a vice and it fit perfectly. It was very easy to install. Took about 30 minutes. I highly recommend etrailer.com. 247848
by: Vince G.01/02/2017
I bought this hitch to use for my bicycle carrier, as my Prius v is not rated for towing. The hitch was easy to install myself in the driveway. I had a similar hitch on an old Civic I previously owned, so this allowed me to continue using the same bike carrier. 329403
by: Ted H07/14/2016
Solid, well made hitch. Relatively easy to install: only 4 bolts and really clear instructions. I didn't have a helper so it was a little tricky holding the hitch up against the car and getting the bolts started. But it can be done solo if need be. 271961
by: Claudia L.12/18/2014
Great product! Ordered this item for my 2012 Prius V. Took it to the shop and paid $50 for installation. Fit perfectly and so easy. It is intended for a bike rack, and though I have not tried to put the bike rack on, I am sure that it will work great. 166017
by: Ted G07/15/2016
Not hard to install. I just used my jack stand in the middle of the bar and was able to install the unit myself. The hardest part of the install was prying off the rubber hangers for the exhaust. Everything else went very smooth. 272321
Great service from eTrrailer - prompt shipping and sturdy packaging. Easy installation - installed hitch without jacking up the vehicle, however did use a bottle jack to bring hitch up agaiinst the screw holes. 58043
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