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Trailer Hitch Recommendation For 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

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I have ordered a new 2016 Outback, Ive seen hitches that require drilling and an Eco hitch that does not. pros and cons ? I did not notice any non-drilling options on etrailer? Thank you in advance.

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You are correct that all of the trailer hitches that we currently offer for your 2016 Subaru Outback will require drilling to install the hitch. The Draw-Tite trailer hitches require that an access hole be drilled in order to fishwire the installation hardware, and then the hitch is installed through pre-existing holes in the frame. The Curt trailer hitches require that an existing hole be enlarged to allow for the hardware to be fishwired, and then the hitch is installed in one existing hole and a second hole is drilled to install the hitch.

Even considering the no-drill Eco hitch you referenced, the trailer hitch I recommend for your 2016 Outback is the Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame Receiver hitch # 75673. This trailer hitch will require minimum drilling for installation, and will use existing holes for the installation of the hitch. The # 75673 hitch features a 2 inch receiver, and offers a gross trailer weight capacity of 4,000 pounds with a maximum tongue weight of 600 pounds.

After watching an installation video of the Eco hitch, which requires removing the entire back bumper fascia and the steel bumper to install the hitch, I feel that even with the drilling the Draw-Tite # 75673 has an easier installation process, and Draw-Tite also offers a higher capacity.

I have attached an installation video of this hitch for you, as well as linked the installation instructions for this hitch.

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