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Best Trailer Hitch Receiver for 2015 Subaru Impreza Hatchback

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Im looking at hitch options for a 2015 Subaru Impreza. Ill need a two inch receiver for a bike rack and small trailer. The Impreza has a small punch out in the middle of the bumper to hide hitches. Im wondering if I should use that or get a hitch the mounts below the bumper. Please advise on hitch options. Thank you for your time

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We carry one 2 inch trailer hitch receiver to fit your 2015 Subaru Impreza, the EcoHitch, part # 306-X7211. However, it only fits if your vehicle has the knock out panel on the rear bumper.

If your Impreza doesn't have a knock out panel then you're going to need a 1-1/4 inch hitch which I suggest the Draw-Tite Sportframe Class I # DT24959 since you have the hatchback and not a sedan. This way you will not need the support straps like is necessary with the Curt.

An option to use the Draw-Tite Sportframe hitch with your 2 inch bike rack is a hitch adapter, # HTAD. However, using this will decrease the tongue weight of your hitch by 50 percent meaning the hitch will have a tongue weight of 100 lbs. You will also need a 5/8 inch pin for the 2 inch receiver # PC3 and a 1/2 inch pin for the 1-1/4 inch end of the adapter # PC2.

One thing you will need to keep in mind is that a hitch adapter will void the warranty of some bike racks. So you may want to check with the manufacturer of your bike rack first. Another solution to this is to purchase a new bike rack that will work with a 1-1/4 inch trailer hitch. The Kuat Beta # B202-114 is a great two bike rack that fits a 1-1/14 inch hitch. I've attached a video review for you to see.

Also since you mentioned you will be pulling a small trailer you may need the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118573 compatible with your Impreza and a Sportframe Drawbar # 3593 to go with the hitch receiver. You will also need a hitch ball, # 19256 is a great option.

I have included two Help Articles on choosing a bike rack and tips for towing a trailer that may be useful to you.

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