2015 Subaru Crosstrek Hitch

Asked by Sep 05, 2017 at 03:13 PM about the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium AWD

Question type: Car Customization

Thinking about going through Subaru to get the Class one hitch designed for
my 2015 Crosstrek, but had a question about its capability.  My initial use will
be for a simple bike rack, but further down the line I would want a very small
pop up. Something like a Quicksilver 6.0 and nothing more. I realize the max
weight for my Crosstrek is 1,500lbs and the max weight the popup can haul
is under 1,300lbs, but if someone had some advice or experience with how
that might handle I would greatly appreciate it.

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Subaru chose to NOT fit the much more robust 2.5i from their Forester/Legacy/OB platform into the smaller Impreza/CT chassis, so I do NOT recommend this anemic driveline for towing anything but an extra-light load. You're already suffering from the CT's poor aero at speed requiring a noisier, higher-revving motor to pass at speed, and the 2.0's CVT is also smaller. It's interesting to note that Mazda went through the same learning curve with their CX-5, but was able to sandwich in their much torquier 2.5 successfully. Either Subaru doesn't care, or simply cannot fit the 2.5i in there. Maybe in the new 2018 redesign? So, frankly, I'd swap out your CT for a nice 2013-2014 OB (disclaimer: I sell these) for far better towing capacity and quietness at speed, giving up only about 10% fuel eco. Considering how ridiculously overpriced used CTs are wholesaling for here in the northeast you may even be able to find a no-cost swap. Just note that I would avoid the 2015+ OB because of poor handling and sloppy body control. Stick with 2013-2014. OTOH if towing your condo is a LOW speed, shoirt distance proposition you might try it. Just try to not stress the driveline too much on fast uphills, eh? That smaller CVT isn't designed for it.

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