Trailer Hitch for 2018 Subaru Crosstrek for Using Hitch Cargo Carrier and Towing Utility Trailer

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what trailer hitch can I put on my 2018 Subaru Crosstrek XV....? I see there are two sizes. I want to be able to use a cargo carrier and occasionally also tow my neighbor's small utility trailer that I use to get mulch.

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You are correct that both 1-1/4-inch and 2-inch hitches are made for your 2018 Crosstrek, but we always recommend going for the 2-inch size for their usually higher weight capacity and broader compatibility with accessories like cargo carriers and bike racks. There are simply more options for these items in the 2-inch size.

I suggest the Draw-Tite 2-inch Class III hitch # 76209 because it offers the highest tongue weight rating of any hitch made for your car, 675-lbs, and because it offers simple no-drill installation on your Crosstrek. I included a video for you along with the written instructions to help you with the installation. If your utility trailer has lights you'll also need a 4-pole wiring harness # 118467 which is an easy plug-in install as shown in the included video.

For a 2-inch cargo carrier I suggest the 47 x 20-inch aluminum MaxxTow # MT70108 if you prefer a lighter weight carrier that does not fold up (it is only 29-lbs). But if carrier weight is not a primary concern and you want a one that does fold up then I suggest the Curt 60 x 24-inch steel carrier # C18153. Both carriers can handle up to 500-lbs of loaded cargo. Often a cargo net like # C18201 or a set of cargo straps like # IMF12637 make for a worthwhile addition to your cargo setup.

For towing your neighbor's small utility trailer you will need a ball mount and a hitch ball of the size that matches the coupler (which should have a stamping on it to tell you the right ball size). A handy way to cover all bases is our kit # EBMK4 which includes two ball sizes along with a ball mount, pin and clip.

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