Types of Trailer Hitches | Subaru Trailer Hitches | Subaru SA

If you’re in the market for a trailer hitch, there are many different types you can choose from. The right one for you would depend on what you plan to use it for.

Of the many uses for a trailer hitch, you might be planning to connect a bike rack or mount for a spare tire… it’s safe to say however that the common trailer hitch is used for towing. To better decide what type of trailer hitch you need, consider the options and what each one’s features are.

Types of trailer hitches

What are the different types of trailer hitches?

Some of the benefits of adding a Subaru trailer hitch to your vehicle include:

  • Adding available space to the interior by putting excess items in the trailer
  • Attaching a bike rack for those two-wheel adventures your four wheels get you to
  • Using it to support a camping hammock so you can laze away at your campsite (or just about anywhere you can park your Subaru)
  • Adding a crash-tested safety bumper for extra protection

Before and after these suggestions, your trailer hitch is built to tow a range of different types of trailers.

Different types of Subaru trailer hitches

These are the most common types of trailer hitch types you’ll find for your Subaru.

Receiver Trailer Hitch

The most common type of trailer hitch is the receiver hitch which gives you the ability to mount different components and accessories for towing purposes.

Front-Mount Hitch

Off-roaders and other wilderness explorers like this trailer hitch option because of the visibility they provide on the trail. A front-mount hitch can fit various accessories including but not limited to winch mounting plates, hinch steps, and cargo carriers. You mount this type of hitch directly to your frame like with the receiver hitch.

Bumper Hitch

Because you mount this trailer hitch directly to your Subaru’s bumper instead of the frame, it has a lower weight capacity than with a receiver hitch. However, you can adjust the position so it can carry loads of different sizes and shapes.


You need to buy the right size Class trailer hitch for the trailer you plan to tow. Consider these factors when selecting a trailer hitch for your Subaru truck or SUV.

Options include:

  • Class 1 – Up to 1 ton
  • Class 2 – Up to 1.75 tons
  • Class 3 – Up to 4 tons
  • Class 4 – Up to 6 tons
  • Class 5 – Up to 12.5 tons


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