Comparing Draw-Tite, Curt, and EcoHitch Trailer Hitches for 2017 Subaru Outback


There are three hitches that look identical for my vehicle. lowest priced is much less than the Eco. Any reason not to buy the least expensive?


Expert Reply:

That is an excellent question, and I believe you were referring to the three trailer hitches for your 2017 Subaru Outback that have concealed cross tubes, the Curt # C13410, Draw-Tite # 76227 and EcoHitch # 306-X7266. The EcoHitch is constructed from an alloy of recycled metals, which is something people do value and is the reason some people opt to go for it.

That said, the Curt and Draw-Tite are going to be more cost-effective and they also have higher capacities than the 3,500 lb towing and 350 lb tongue weight of the EcoHitch, with both having 600 lb tongue weight and 4,000 lb towing capacities.

Essentially the only real difference between the Curt and Draw-Tite is the fact that the Curt is made in the USA while the Draw-Tite is not.

Both the Curt # C13410 and Draw-Tite # 76227 install the same, with neither requiring drilling into your Subaru's frame, but with some fascia trimming required, though the amount that needs to be trimmed is the same for both hitches. They both also come with a lifetime warranty which speaks to their strength so choosing the most cost-effective option is certainly warranted in this case.

I have added links to video installs of each hitch on a 2017 Subaru Outback for you to check out.

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Kyle S

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