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Comparing Draw-Tite & EcoHitch Trailer Hitch Receivers For 2022 Subaru Outback


Can you please tell me what the differences are, if any, for the ecohitch and draw-tite trailer hitches for a 2022 subaru outback? thanks!


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That's a good question, and there are only a few real differences between the EcoHitch and Draw-Tite trailer hitch receivers that fit your 2022 Subaru Outback which I'll go over for you. The correct part numbers for your '22 Outback are the following:

- Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # DT94YR

- EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # EH34FR

The differences are mostly minor, including the install, as the Draw-Tite # DT94YR is going to be slightly easier. While both require removal of the bumper beam and fascia, the Draw-Tite will not require lowering the exhaust (which can be somewhat of a pain) while the EcoHitch # EH34FR will, and there will be slightly less cutting of the underneath fascia on the Draw-Tite.

Another difference is the material they are made of, with the Draw-Tite being made of steel, while the EcoHitch is made of an alloy of recycled metals. This doesn't affect the strength of either, as they each have the same 3,500 lb towing, 525 lb tongue weight ratings.

Finally - and this is understandably the biggest difference to most people - is the price. Due to the EcoHitch being made of recycled metals, it is a higher price than the Draw-Tite. So due to that lower cost and the fact that the quality is the same, I do recommend the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # DT94YR.

I have added a photo showing both installed on an Outback for you, and the only other thing I wanted to mention, is that if you plan on doing some towing and need a trailer wiring harness, the correct fit for your 2022 Outback is the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118467.

EcoHitch & Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Installed on Subaru Outback
EcoHitch & Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Installed on Subaru Outback
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