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etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2"

etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2"

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Kathleen M says:

Yes, if you:

  • Like that the matte finish blends in with your bumper and offers better protection from scratches and rust
  • Prefer that the cross tube hides nicely behind the bumper so it doesn't distract from the overall look of your Crosstrek

No, if you:

  • Would feel safer getting a hitch with the highest weight ratings available for your Crosstrek
  • Are new to DIY projects or have limited tools to enlarge the holes in the frame to get the hardware in place
This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from etrailer. etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" part number e98912 can be ordered online at or call 1-636-306-4830 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e98912

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • etrailer
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • 525 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look.


  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your vehicle
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer
  • Matte black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately
  • Made in the USA
    • Mounting hardware may be imported


  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 525 lbs
    • Not rated for use with weight distribution systems
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Rugged, Matte Black Finish

The sturdy steel construction is protected with a matte black finish for added durability. This unique powder coating gives etrailer hitches a carbide-like appearance and a rugged look that sets them apart from traditional glossy hitches. In addition to being rust and corrosion resistant, the tough matte coating hides dirt, scuffs, and dings better than a glossy finish.

Matte Carbide Finish vs Glossy Finish

Matte Carbide Finish vs Glossy Finish

etrailer Technical Support

At etrailer 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.

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etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" - e98912

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (587 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look.


For a Subaru Crosstrek with rear bumper cover this is best available. Does not require trimming, like some (OEM) and is super sturdy. Read of other hitches having mounting bolt failure and the recommended torque is XX ft-lbs. Torqued this up to XX ft-lbs.
A huge plus for us is the 2” receiver size. Seeing some are 1 1/4” it makes me wonder what they use it for.


Amazing fit with my 2022 Subaru Crosstrek. The entire hitch is concealed except the actual receiver. Love the thick matte black finish. Only thing that would have made it better would be a 2nd hole for a Drawtite anti-rattle pin. I ended up drilling one myself.


The trailer hitch was installed on my 2022 Subaru Crosstrek and it was a perfect fit! The installation was pretty simple when following basic instructions. I installed it alone and was able to fit it in without dropping the exhaust. Just take your time and do not rush it


Perfect. Easy install and looks great. I am glad I spent the few extra dollars to get the matte finish. The most difficult part is probably the exhaust hangers. I just used pliers and a screwdriver after a shot of silicone. My wife helped me get it up into place.

Great! Very happy with the hitch. Glad we added the lights. Very happy with the whole setup. It gets used often for a big bike rack and occasionally for a cargo carrier or a trailer.
Bill - 07/26/2022


The hitch is great. Perfect fit with the car. (2022 Crosstrek) The most valuable part is the installation video. Everything in the video corresponded exactly to the real parts and car geometry. One variation on the install procedure: I was installing it alone without a lift, so I installed this by sliding under it and pushing it up on my chest. I didn't drop the exhaust because the hitch easily rotates up past the exhaust and that keeps the muffler out of the way while you work under there. Total time was 60 mins as predicted including gathering tools and cleaning up.

2023 Subaru Crosstrek

2023 Subaru Crosstrek Sport. Ordered on Sunday arrived on Thursday.
The longest part of the install was slotting the frame holes. Watched the install videos beforehand which helped out a lot. I took off the muffler which made slotting the frame holes and installation a lot easier. Fit and matte black finish is perfect. It can be done with 1 person but it’s definitely easier with an extra set of hands to help hold and line it up. Total install time is about an hour.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

The hitch itself is excellent quality. Came quick. Box had a couple holes in it but product was undamaged. Very easy to install by myself with the help of my floor jack. For my 21 Crosstrek you do not need to remove the 6 frame plugs just 4 of them. Also I have a Nameless axle back exhaust which it will fit but you either have to buy longer exhaust hangers or cut and shorten the ones you have.

Subaru XV Crosstrek

This is a perfect fit for our 2021 Subaru Crosstrek. Installation wasn’t hard but I had a helper to hold up the hitch so I could get the bolts threaded and tightened. I used a Dremel tool with a slot cutter to notch the frame holes rather than step drill it. Video instructions were very helpful. Have a Kuat 2 place bike rack hooked up and this combo is excellent.

Still works great, highly recommend for this application.
Nicholas - 11/10/2022

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

This is my 3rd hitch that I've purchased from etrailer..quality product and fast shipping..I needed one for my '21 subaru crosstrek to pull a small trailer and use a small cargo carrier for my bbq, propane tanks, gas cans, etc..things I don't want to haul in my vehicle..the instalation went smooth after watching the helpful video..the hitch is working out great!

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

I just got finished installing a receiver hitch on my 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, which only took about a 1/2 hour, fit like a glove!! After watching the installation video the hardest part of the install was holding the hitch in place to get the nuts started, I chose not to take the muffler loose and still had room to get it in place. The hitch arrived when they said it would (would have been sooner if not for the weekend) and the free shipping was a big plus. Thanks for a well built and fitting product.


I had Haul install for like $[XX] bucks, great hitch. Most could installl on own but I just moved and tools in storage and no working on cars in my apartment complex.

2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek

I watched the etrailer installation video which answered any questions I might have. I have an air compressor and a carbide grinder so the slight frame hole enlargement was easy. I slid the hitch under the back and tilted it up, sliding the mounting extensions over the exhaust. I used a floor jack to lift the rear of the hitch under the receiver. The rest of the installation was just like the video. The fit, welds and finish are perfect. My vehicle is a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek

This hitch was everything I was looking for!
My biggest concern was that most hitches make your vehicle look very ugly and this one tucks up nice and neat under the muffler and bumper only showing the attachment point. The videos they supplied made installation very easy!
I put the bike rack on it already so the picture I have is it with the bike rack.


Install was straight forward and took about 2 hours all in. The video was really helpful to follow along with. I didn’t fully drop the muffler, just removing the 2 driver side muffler mounts to make enough room for the drill to widen the frame holes. I used a 1 1/8” step drill bit to widen the frame holes and that was the perfect size to get the carriage bolts into the frame.
This DIY install (hitch + buying a new drill bit) saved me around $300 off a quote from a local shop.

2022 Subaru Crosstrek

Good quality and nice finish appearance. I was able to install it by myself in about 90 min. A Dremel tool worked well to make a widening notch in the car frame to allow insertion of the bolts and plates. Several good YouTube videos are out there which are helpful. It looks great on my car.


Great hitch, arrived in great condition, and the final install looks great. It is a bit more complicated getting it installed than others I have done, but if you are the type looking to put on your own hitch, it probably can be done with tools on hand. It was helpful to have good resources available on etrailer to watch/refer to.


Great hitch
Exactly the right part for
a 2021 Subaru Crosstrek:
eTrailer is always great to order from

The Hardware kit might as well have been OEM. It install with a snap. Just right for my make and model. Install instructions were exactly correct.
Darren - 11/14/2022


It fits perfectly for the 2021 Crosstrek with Nameless exhaust.

Subaru XV Crosstrek

Installed easily enough with basic tools. You’ll need a tool with a cutting wheel or similar (a barrel grinder may work) to pass the carriage bolts through the frame. You’ll also want a pretty long hooked pick to grab the guide wire, at least 5 inches. Welds on the hitch look good. Went onto my 2023 crosstrek with no issues. Longer bolts for use with the shims would be nice. I believe all four carriage bolts were the same length.


Hitch fit perfectly on my 2021 Crosstrek. Highly recommend etrailer
Thank you!

Subaru XV Crosstrek

Installed in 30 mins “helps to have a extra person”
I tow weekly with a Subaru crosstrek my atv to various locations. The plug and play wiring kit and receiver are a great product for a great price. (I recommend buying some type of hitch slack remover) this greatly help remove interior clanking sounds.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

I received the trailer hitch a day earlier than expected. Sweet start to a project.
I waited to fill this out until after the installation.
The fitment was spot on. The finish including all the welds, and topcoat were high quality.
I watched the video online prior to installing the hitch. The install went very smoothly and quickly.
The cost of the hitch through a trailer, was the least expensive option online. I would highly recommend this product and this company. Thank you

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Hitch was perfect and fit like a glove. I didnt have a lot of the equipment that would be helpful for dropping the exhaust, but was still able to install it just fine. Might have take a little longer, but the hitch slides right up in there for easy attachment. The online tutorial video what EXTREMELY helpful. No way I would have felt confident tackling this project without it. Quality product and quality DIY advice.


Fits like a glove easy install on my 2021 Crosstrek Sport

Great would buy again
Ricky - 03/31/2022


This hitch is mounted on our '21 Subaru X-trek and gives us the ability to have the larger hitch for our twin bike rack which gives us extra safety and peace of mind. This was a fun and fairly easy project if you have any mechanical sense. Would recommend purchasing wheel ramps to get the car high enough to work under but also for stability/safety given the high torque specs on a lighter weight car.

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  • Does etrailer Hitch e98912 Fit 2020 Subaru Crosstrek
    I did some checking and the etrailer hitch part # e98912 is a confirmed fit for 2020 Subaru Crosstrek. I attached an install video link for this hitch on a similar 2019 Crosstrek as well.
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  • Is There Drilling Required to Install etrailer Hitch for 2020 Subaru Crosstrek
    To install the etrailer hitch part # e98912 that you referenced there isn't any drilling required but you will need to use a file or rotary tool to slightly enlarge holes on the vehicle frame. I attached an install video for this hitch that shows the entire process for you to check out as well.
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  • Photos of etrailer Hitch Installed on 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Limited
    I've attached some photos so you can see how the # e98912 is going to look like after you install it on your 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Limited. These photos were submitted by another Crosstrek Limited owner who confirms it's a perfect fit and as you can see, the only visible portion is the receiver. The cross tube will be pretty much hidden behind the rear bumper for a nice, OEM look. I've attached an installation video we did on a 2019 Crosstrek - the steps and finished look will be the same...
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  • Will Drilling Be Required for Installation of a Hitch on the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek
    The answer to this question really depends on the frame of your 2021 Subaru Crosstrek; in some cases the factory hasn't created big enough holes to run the installation hardware through, so the existing holes need to be enlarged to get the hitch mounting hardware on. If you check out the installation video of the etrailer # e98912 hitch that you were looking at, it shows the whole process. This isn't going to be the same on each vehicle, but it is not uncommon that it's going to require...
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  • Will the etrailer Hitch Fit a 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
    Yes, the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver part # e98912 is a fit for a 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. It offers a bolt-on fit with no cutting or drilling required. It will be great for use with hitch mounted accessories such as bike racks or cargo carriers. It can also be used for towing.
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  • What is Ground Clearance for etrailer Hitch that Fits 2021 Subaru Crosstrek
    When we installed the etrailer hitch part # e98912 on a 2021 Subaru Crosstrek like yours we found that the distance from the ground to the bottom of the hitch measured 13 inches.
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  • Can My 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Use The Entire 525lb Tongue Weight Rating Of The etrailer e98912?
    I took a look in the owners manual of your 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and found that it has a 200lb tongue weight rating, so while the etrailer Trailer Hitch # e98912 has a much higher 525lb tongue weight rating you will still be limited to the lower rating of the vehicle. These differences are due to the hitch manufacturers testing their hitch independently of the vehicle so it is always recommended to check your vehicles owner's manual and use the lowest rating between the hitch and vehicle....
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  • Pictures of etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver e98912 Installed On 2021 Subaru Crosstrek
    We sure do! We have had the chance to install the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98912 you were looking at on a 2021 Subaru Crosstrek as you can see in the included pictures. I really like how this hitch looks once installed due to the matte black powder coat finish that really blends in well to the black plastic trim on your vehicle, and that once installed on the receiver itself will be visible. I went ahead and included a link to the install video of the # e98912 on that 2021...
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  • Does The etrailer Trailer Hitch e98912 Come With Hardware For Installation
    The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" # e98912 comes with all the hardware you need to install it. I have linked the install instructions and a video guide to help you during the install process.
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  • Does etrailer Hitch Fit 2018 Subaru Crosstrek
    The etrailer hitch # e98912 is a confirmed fit for your 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and would not require measuring. What probably happened is your Curt hitch was bent in shipping which is pretty common. The # C13135 also only fits up to the 2017 model.
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  • Comparing Tongue Weight Capacity of 2022 Subaru Crosstrek to Trailer Hitches That Fit
    You are correct, hitches for the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek like the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98912 have a max tongue weight over 500 lbs, or in this case 525 lbs. This is simply the tongue weight capacity of the hitch itself. The capacity is listed this way for the Crosstrek and every other vehicle. The main reason is because we know the capacity of the hitch, while the tongue weight capacity of vehicles may vary depending on factory configurations. This is especially true for those...
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  • Do Spacers of etrailer Hitch for 2022 Subaru Crosstrek Have to be Used
    The spacers that come with the etrailer hitch that fits your 2022 Subaru Crosstrek are designed to be used as a way to level the hitch as needed. So if using them causes your hitch to not sit level I would recommend removing them.
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  • What Size Step Drill Bit to Install etrailer Hitch on 2021 Subaru Crosstrek
    You could use a step drill bit in the size of 7/8 inch to 1-1/8 inch which appears to be the size our installer used when installing the etrailer hitch part # e98912 in the install video link I attached.
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  • Does Install of etrailer Hitch for 2022 Subaru Crosstrek Require Removal of Rear Bumper
    The etrailer hitch # e98912 that you referenced does not require removal of the rear bumper to install on your 2022 Subaru Crosstrek. For more info on how it installs check out the install video and instructions link I attached to this page as well.
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  • Will UltraSwing Multi-Fit Spare Tire Carrier Fit with etrailer Hitch on 2021 Subaru Crosstrek
    Hi! The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98912 is a great option for carrying a spare tire at the back of your 2021 Subaru Crosstrek. The face of the receiver is about even with the rearmost part of your bumper so you're looking at about 2-ish inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to that part of your bumper. I didn't see any place about that 4" length of the receiver for the UltraSwing Multi-Fit, but this hitch receiver is open all the way through so it won't get stopped short...
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  • Do the Frame Holes Need To Be Enlarged for the Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek
    The Trailer Hitch Receiver part # e98912 which is a fit for your 2019 Subaru Crosstrek uses 1/2" carriage bolts. In some cases, you will need to slightly enlarge the frame holes in order to use this bolt size. That said, there is no way for us to tell you whether or not this is required because it varies by vehicle. The frame hole tolerances are not that exact from the manufacturer. If you crawl under your vehicle and try to stick any 1/2" bolt through these holes that will...
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  • Will the etrailer Hitch part E98912 Work on my 2021 Subaru Crosstrek
    Yes the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver part # e98912 is a confirmed fit for your 2021 Subaru Crosstrek. It offers a 2" receiver tube opening and allows you to use the very common 2" or Class 3 type accessories. If you are going to haul a trailer or use lit accessories I recommend the The Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector part # 118467. This will allow you to use any trailer or accessory that has the standard 4-pole flat trailer connector. It is custom...
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  • Trailer Hitch Fit for 2021 Crosstek Hybrid
    Yes, some of the hitches that are designed for a Subaru Crosstek also fit your 2021 Hybrid. I recommend using the Draw-Tite Class III item # 76209 2" receiver, it has been confirmed to fit your hybrid model. The receiver has a 4500 lbs towing capacity and max 675 lbs tongue weight limit. The Draw-Tite receiver is a no drill installation and comes with all the hardware you need. I have linked an installation video.
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  • Does The etrailer Trailer Hitch Have All The Hardware For Install On A 2021 Subarau Crosstrek
    Yes the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98912 comes with all the hardware needed for a complete installation on your 2021 Subaru Crosstrek. Should you need replacement hardware, you can find it at # RHK. all you have to do is type in the part number of the hitch purchased and select the manufacturer.
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  • Hidden Hitch that Fits 2022 Subaru Crosstrek
    The most hidden hitch we offer for your 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is the etrailer part # e98912 which only has the hitch opening hanging below the rear bumper. This helps make it less visible as well as helps with ground clearance. I attached a picture of what it looks like installed for you to check out as well. If you need trailer wiring too the # 118467 is the easiest to install and most reliable.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch For A 2018 Subaru Crosstrek
    When installing a trailer hitch on a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek The Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2 inch # 76182 is not confirmed for your vehicle but The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2 inch # e98912 is confirmed. The trailer hitch has a gross towing weight up to 3,500 pounds and has a gross tongue weight up to 525 pounds. I would recommend checking your vehicle's manual to get the actual towing capacity...
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  • Replacement Hardware Kit for etrailer Hitch on a 2022 Subaru Crosstrek
    Sorry to hear about that. We do offer a replacement hardware kit item # RHK for all of our hitches. We do not offer just a 1/2 hex nut. You will just need to go to the product page and put the item number and hitch manufacturer in to get the replacement kit.
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  • Can You Carry a Motorcycle On 2021 Subaru Crosstrek with Factory 1-1/4" Hitch
    The best option we offer for you to carry a dirt bike on the back of your 2021 Subaru Crosstrek would involve replacing the factory 1-1/4" hitch with a larger 2" hitch. I recommend the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver part # e98912 which is a bolt-on fit with no drilling required. This hitch has a 350 lb weight capacity but please keep in mind that if the vehicle is rated lower that's the one you'll need to go by. That info can be found in your owner's manual. The etrailer Trailer Hitch...
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  • Best Trailer Hitch for a 2020 Subaru Crosstrek
    The best trailer hitch for a 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver part # e98912 which is a direct bolt-on fit with no cutting or drilling required so you won't need to permanently modifying the vehicle. It has a hidden cross tube so all you will see is the receiver tube, not the unsightly bulky cross tube so you get the best overall appearance. The best part of all is that it's super easy to install so you can do this yourself at home. I have attached an install...
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