Torklift Ecohitch on a 2014 Subaru Forester XT

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OVERVIEW

I have a 2014 Forester XT. I consider it a pretty sleek looking ride. I wanted to have a matching, sleek 2″ class II/III hitch installed. But everywhere I looked, I saw only ugly options. Hidden Hitch (not hidden), Curt (very not hidden). Or the worst offender, the one U-Haul will put on for you (a Curt, but with an ugly white and orange U-Haul sticker just to make you angry).

Then I found the Torklift EcoHitch. It does cost a little more than some of the competition. But it looks good. And looks are everything, right? But really, it ticks all the boxes. And Torklift is right up in Kent WA. I decided to support a semi-local business and drive up for the installation. The shop did the work quick and clean, and I drove away a happy customer.

That was a year ago. After 20,000 miles and numerous bike hauls up and down rutty rocky roads, including a few instances of scraping or bashing it against various objects, it is still holding tight and looking good.

PROS
  • Looks nice
CONS
  • Costs more

VERDICT

If you are particular about how things look, and you can get away with spending an extra hundred, get the EcoHitch. I am convinced it is the best option on the market for late model Subarus.

But if you are building up a mid ninties Legacy with a 4″ lift, trail lighting and mud tires, go for the U-Haul hitch. It will compliment your monster perfectly.

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Comments

  1. Really good to hear a long-term review of this hitch, thanks for posting. I also have an XT and have looked into getting a ‘hidden’ tow hitch installed. If you don’t mind me asking, what was the added cost of installation by the TorkLift folks? I’m in Oregon and a trip to Kent seems like a reasonable excuse to explore the PNW more.

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