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Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Toyota Highlander

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Review of the Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier on a 2016 Toyota Highlander


Today on our 2016 Toyota Highlander, we'll be doing a test fit of the CURT folding cargo carrier. That's part number C18151. I've all ready got it loaded up on the Highlander just to give you a good idea of what it's going to look like. As you can see, it's a sizable carrier. It's dimensions are 20 by 60. It has a 500-pound weight capacity. We've got plenty of areas to tie down our cargo.

We have a nice mesh floor so dirt and debris is just going to fall right through, and it's going to be really easy to clean. With it installed on the Highlander, we've added about 37-1/2 inches. The space between, we're looking at about 16-1/2 inches. For our ground clearance here at the back, we're looking at about 13-1/2 inches. Let's open up our rear hatch and check our breakover point. That's going to be the point at which our rear hatch breaks over carrier. As you can see, there hardly is a breakover point, which means we can stack our cargo as high as we want on our carrier and still open up our rear hatch where it's not going to make any contact. The exhaust on our Highlander exits right here on the passenger side.

I don't know if you can see that. It's pretty far away so we're probably not going to have to worry about any heat-sensitive materials or carrying any heat-sensitive materials on this side of our carrier. We're about 25-1/2 inches away. One of the greatest features about this carrier is it's ability to fold up against the vehicle for compact storage. What you want to do is you want to come down here, remove the pin and clip. You can rotate it up, realign those pin holes on the bottom here, reinsert that pin and clip.

This will be ideal for pulling in a garage overnight or in a close-quarter parking spot. With it folded up, we are now at 16 inches that we have on the back of our Highlander. The space between about 7 inches. Our ground clearance here at the back about 11-1/2 inches. A few final things here. It's to be used with a 2 inch by 2 inch receiver only.

That's what we got here. The pin and clip is not included with this carrier, but if you don't have one, you can pick one up here at etrailer.com. Part number PC3. That's going to complete our test for the CURT folding cargo carrier. Part number C18151 on our 2016 Toyota Highlander. This is our test course. Let's start with the slaw. This shows side to side action, such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our alternating speed bumps. This shows twisting action, such as hitting curbs, pot holes, road debris or uneven pavement. Last of all, the solid speed bumps. This shows up and down action, such as driving through a parking lot or parking garage or driving in or out of a driveway.


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