Best 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Hitch Options

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Best 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe, both the SE and limited models. The most popular hitch is going to be the Curt, part number C13153. This is class three, offering a two inch by two inch opening. That's followed up by the Draw-Tite part number 75776, also a class three, and the Draw-Tite's twin sister, the Hidden Hitch. Exact same specifications from one hitch to the other. This is part number 87637. Some of the immediate differences that we can kind of see in the hitches are going to be one, the square tube that we've got on the Curt versus the rounded tube that we've got on the Draw-Tite and the Hidden Hitch.

The Hidden Hitch and Draw-Tite is going to have a straight tube that comes across and that's going to tuck towards our side mounting brackets where the Curt is going to have more of a gentle angle all the way back to those brackets. The faces, or the ends of the hitches here at the collar are going to be a little bit different from one to the other. The Curt's got the flat style, gives it a nice clean look. Where the Hidden Hitch and the Draw-Tite are going to have a little bit more of a rounded style to it. The Curt is going to be completely hidden when it's installed. Our appearance cover can come right over the back there and we will never even be able to really tell it's there.

The Hidden Hitch and Draw-Tite, that appearance cover will come down over the front of the hitch, so you can't see it in that middle section, but you will have the small bracket that's been welded on for wiring attachments sticking out just below the fascia. If you plan on using wiring, these welded on brackets are really handy. They've got three pre-drilled holes that'll allow you to attach your four pole or your seven pole, whatever kind of wiring you need, you can get it attached right there using a bracket. The Curt's going to have a five-eighths diameter single pin hole. That's for securing all our items, whether it's cargo carriers, bike racks, it's going to be pretty open on each side, so as long as you're staying on the smaller side of anti-rattle devices, you shouldn't have any issue using those. The same for the rear hole on the Hidden Hitch and the Draw-Tite.

Five-eighths diameter, we want to use class three accessories on them since they are class three hitches. The difference you're going to see though is going to be that smaller pinhole just in the front, that's if we want to use the J-Pin Stabilization System. It's not for securing our gear to our hitch, simply for use with that J-Pin Stabilizer. The safety chain connection points are going to be pretty generous on both hitches. I don't think there's going to be an issue when we go to connect safety chains or anything like that. Nothing you'll really have to deal with.

One of the differences that aren't so noticeable, something we can't see from the outside looking in, but will make a difference in towing and hauling and things like that, are going to be the weight ratings. For our Curt we're going to have a nine hundred pound tongue weight rating. That's the maximum downward force we can put on a receiver tube opening here. We're going to have a six thousand pound gross trailer weight rating. That'll be the total of our trailer and then anything that we've got loaded up on it. If we use a weight distribution setup with our Curt, we're going to keep the same nine hundred pound tongue weight rating, but our gross trailer weight ratings going to go up to eight thousand pounds. When looking at the Draw-Tite and the Hidden Hitch, we're going to have a seven hundred and fifty pound tongue weight rating. It's a hundred and fifty pounds lower than our Curt, and we're going to have a five thousand pound gross trailer weight rating. That's going to be a thousand pounds less than the Curt. When using a weight distribution style hitch with the Draw-Tite or the Hidden Hitch, we're going to keep the same seven hundred and fifty pound tongue weight rating, and we're going to increase our gross trailer weight rating up to seven thousand pounds. Of course, we won't need to check the owner's manual on our Santa Fe, see what it's rated at, and we'll go off which ever of those numbers are the lowest. Here's what our hitches are going to look like installed. As you can see, it's nice, hidden look. We talked about the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch having that one bracket that's going to hang out a little bit right here. You'll want to keep that in mine. When it's time to use our hitch, we're going to have two pushpin fasteners. You can see they've kind of got like a Philips head, you just kind of unthread them, pull the fastener out, they go on each corner here, and once those are out, we can press in on the two small tabs, and just remove that cover, have it off while we need our hitch, and then we can put it right back on to cover it up. This is the Curt installed, so you can see we talked about that nice flat front to it. A couple of things we want to think about here are ones going to be our ground clearance, and on this hitch, from the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening down to the ground, we're going to have sixteen inches. If we look at the Draw-Tite and the Hidden Hitch, from the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening here to the ground, we've got about fifteen and a quarter inches. Our Curt is going to give us about three quarters of an inch more ground clearance here on the backside. One of the differences that kind of go in favor of the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch is going to be our pinhole location. On the Curt, from the center of that pinhole location to the outermost edge of our bumper, we've got about four and a half inches. On the Hidden Hitch and on the Draw-Tite, it's about a quarter inch closer to the rear, so we're going to be looking at four and a quarter inches from the center of our hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper again. What hitch do you use for what application or which hitch is better If overall aesthetics on the back of the car matter and you don't want to see anything, Curt's probably going to be the better choice there. If the looks don't matter, if you don't mind that bracket or if you have a wiring attachment that you do want to connect, and have it outside of the vehicle at all times, well then that Hidden Hitch and Draw-Tite's already got that bracket on it, so that might be a good decision. The Curt, there wouldn't be any issue in getting a bracket mounted to it, but if you can get a hitch that's already got it there, why not, right With the higher tongue weight rating of nine hundred pounds, the Curt's going to be a little bit stiffer of a hitch. If you're using heavy cargo carriers, heavy bike racks and things like that, the Curt won't have as much flex in our hitch location here as what the Hidden Hitch or Draw-Tite might. However if you have really close tolerances, like maybe with a folding hitch cargo carrier or something, if it we're going to be really close to the backside of the car, that quarter inch might make a difference for you in that hitch pinhole location, now that we've had a good look at the differences in the best hitches available for the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe, we hope it'll make it a little bit easier to make your buying decision.

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