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Old 07-10-2017, 08:05 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a tow hitch on a hybrid? I've seen the factory recommendation against towing but I am interested in hauling bicycles using a tow hitch since I want a cargo box on the top.
Anyone out there that has experience with this?
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Old 07-10-2017, 11:37 PM   #2
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AWDFreak may have a better answer than me. Towing is one thing, putting a bike rack on does not seem to be an issue.
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Old 07-11-2017, 08:43 PM   #3
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According to CURT Manufacturing's website, their tow hitch is compatible with ALL 2nd generation Subaru XV Crosstrek models (North American model years 2013-2017).

CURT Manufacturing - CURT Class 1 Trailer Hitch #11286

They even have XV Hybrid-specific wiring kits available, so I would assume that you could use one of their hitch receiver products.


As for the no-towing policy with the XV Hybrid, I think that's just a case of either they didn't bother to test it, or they found issue with it. Based on the lawsuit-happy stigma these days, I'll lean towards the former, since the batteries add significant weight and may reduce payload and towing capacity.
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Old 07-18-2017, 05:26 PM   #4
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Thank you for the feedback. Though new to Subaru I find it somewhat surprising how little the service and parts people, both at the dealership and the corporate level, have to contribute to this conversation. Somewhat disappointing, too. Thanks again.
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