Trailer Hitch and Bike Carrier Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Impreza Sedan

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Hi. Im getting a new Impreza 4dr sedan in a few days. Im wondering if this type of set-up, class 1, would work for my new car. I prefer hitch-style bike racks vs those with multiple straps. Thx!

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We do have several trailer hitches for the 2015 Subaru Impreza sedan but I do not recommend Curt hitch # C11408. This is because Curt requires the use of stabilization strap # 18050 when using the trailer hitch for anything other than a trailer; in this case a bike rack. The strap is the very thing you are trying to avoid.

For a hitch that will fit and that does not require a stabilization strap you can use Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 24960.

To use the hitch for an accessory such as a bike rack or cargo carrier then you have to make sure the accessory is rated for use with a Class I trailer hitch. Also, with a bike rack, you are limited to 2 bikes maximum on a Class I hitch. I recommend the Swagman Trailhead, # S63360, because it is Class I rated and the rise in the shank provides better ground clearance.

If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical men's bike would) then I recommend using bike adapter bar # 64005. This will allow you to carry those bikes more level and will provide better ground clearance.

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