Best 2016 Subaru Legacy Hitch Options

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Best 2016 Subaru Legacy Hitch Options


For the 2016 Subaru Legacy, we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options available. Here at the top we're going to have the Draw-Tite class 2. This is part number 36493. Just below it, the hidden hitch class 3, part number there 87568. Then we got our Curt class 3 part number 13390. Followed up by the Curt class 2 part number on that C12290. Now a few of the big differences we're going to see with the Draw-tite class 2 ,we've got an inch and a quarter, by inch and a quarter opening.

The Curt class 2, the same way inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter. The hidden hitch and the Curt class 3 are both going to have the two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. The two here on the top, the Draw-Tite and hidden hitch have the square cross bar. That's where our receiver tube is going to connect to. Where as with the Curt class 3 or class 2, we're going to have the round tube.

That can kind of soften up the look on the back of the vehicle or kind of make it a little more squared off, whatever you prefer there. The Draw-Tite class 2 is going to have a rolled bar, kind of a safety chain connection point, good room on either side for our connection. We got a welded on collar it's really an extra piece of steel that wraps around the end there, to give us a little more stability. We're going to have a half inch hole on our receiver tube, that's for securing all of our items, any of the class two accessories should work out fine underneath the Legacy, there is plenty of room there for your lock and bolts and things like that. Once we move down to the class 3 from Hidden Hitch here we're going to see a little bit more robust safety chain connection points there, a little bit thicker steel, larger openings for those larger hooks. This is going to have of course the two in by two inch receiver tube opening. The collar is a one piece collar so it's going to go all the way around and it's got a little bit of a rounded edge to it which can kind of soften that look.

As far as security items to it, we're going to have a smaller diameter pin hole in the front, and a larger diameter pin hole in the rear. We want to use the larger pin hole in the rear for all of our security for hitch pin bolts, anti-rattle bolts, things like that. All of the class 3 accessories should work with no problem. The second hole, the little bit further in the front, that's for that jade pin stabilization system. Once we move to the Curt, again more robust safety chain connection points here. The diameter of the holes, or the size of the holes, are just a little bit smaller but we should still be able to get whatever style of safety chain connected that we want.

We've got the two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. I really like the Curt collar, it's a flush end that's kind of squared off it's one piece all the way around. That's more of a personal preference item than it is any practical application actually being changed there. The Curt class 2 inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter. It has the half inch diameter pin hole. On larger diameter bolts, I'd be a little cautious here, the safety chain connection point here, is pretty close to our pinhole location, it is half inch pin hole. Most of your accessories would work, I'd just stay away from the really large diameter kind of accessories. The safety chain connection points here are more robust than what we get out of the class 2 Draw-Tite. Now we've got a few differences in weight rating here and I'd like to kind of tell you by class. We'll start with the Curt, this is going to offer 350 pound tongue weight rating in the class 2. It's the maximum downward force we can put here at our receiver tube opening. It's going to offer 3500 pounds gross trailer weight rating. That's going to be the total of our trailer and anything we've got loaded up on it. If we move to the Draw-Tite class 2we're going to keep the same gross trailer weight rating at 3500 pounds but the tongue weight rating is reduced to 300. For the class 3's we're going to have the same weight rating on both of our hitches. It offers 600 pound maximum tongue weight rating, 4000 pound gross trailer weight rating. Same for the Curt, although with the Curt if you're going to be hauling non wheeled loads, like bikes racks things like that, they do recommend the use of the Curt stabilization strap. Here's what our Hidden Hitch looks like installed. You can see the square tube is going to come from our side plate to our side plate there. This is our receiver tube here. As far as the class 3 hitches go if that's what you're after, I would probably go with the Curt it has the same ground clearance as what we are getting out of the Hidden Hitch but, when you move that pin hole location back a little bit further that's going to give us more room between the rear of our vehicle and whatever item it is that we're going to be carrying. All of the weigh ratings and everything across the board are the same, so there's not really going to be a huge advantage. As far as the class 2's go, I again think the Curt is probably the winner in that category. We're getting 1/3 of an inch closer to the rear of the car, giving us more space. The weight ratings are going to be very similar with the exception of the Curt having that 50 pound higher tongue weight rating here. That's just going to stiffen up our receiver tube opening. Now on deciding which class is going to work better for you whether it's the class 3 or the class 2, keep in mind the class 3's are always going to be more versatile. There's a lot more options and feature that can be put in a class 3 versus the class 2. If it we're me on my Legacy, I'd be going with the Curt class 3 it going to give me the furthest back pin hole location so I have a lot of space between whatever I'm loading on the back and the rear of the vehicle. It gives me the option of so many different items that will fit in that receiver tube opening.

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