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Yes, the owners manual says the car is not intended to tow.. but that is not what I intend. I use the hitch for things like a bike rack, and a custom rack to take the trash/recycle cans to the end of the street.. in that light I installed a hitch, there are a couple out there for the car, I found one from Curt, and one (Draw-Tite). The cheaper one in this case seemed more sturdy, but supposedly harder to install.. but frankly it was not hard at all.

This is the Hitch I used:

https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch/Chevrolet/Cruze/2018/24943.html?vehicleid=201861928

This is the other, Curt Hitch:

https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch/Chevrolet/Cruze/2018/C11492.html?vehicleid=201862611


I have all the photos I took on my phone and will post them with a step by step later to supplement the directions. The instructions were decent, it was a bit tricky to find 2 of the bumper fascia screws, the rest pretty easy to find. Only tricky part was release of the bumper fascia under the taillights.. the rest came off pretty easy. Once that is off it is super easy. You will need to cut a small section off that bumper fascia on the bottom edge, but that is not difficult either, it's soft plastic.

Instructions here:

http://www.hitchpro.net/Application/support/instructions/N24943.pdf


More to follow with my pictures and lessons learned.
 
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Pictures. I'll update with descriptions later.


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I went with the Draw-Tite on my 1st Gen. One advantage, pointed out numerous times on etrailer was the Draw-Tite didn't require an additional support strap for bike/cargo carriers, like the Curt did.
 
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I went with the Draw-Tite on my 1st Gen. One advantage, pointed out numerous times on etrailer was the Draw-Tite didn't require an additional support strap for bike/cargo carriers, like the Curt did.
Yes, good point, I also caught that and it's definitely more strurdy, which explains why. Actually, I don't recall which is on my Gen 1 now that I think of it, but it's a totally different install. It just bolts to existing holes underneath with carriage bolts inserted with wire guides..

Update: just verified, I did DrawTite on my Gen 1 also.

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Actually, I don't recall which is on my Gen 1 now that I think of it, but it's a totally different install. It just bolts to existing holes underneath with carriage bolts inserted with wire guides..
This was definitely an advantage of the old drawtite tow bar. Took me all of 10 minutes to install on my gen 1.
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Yes, good point, I also caught that and it's definitely more strurdy, which explains why. Actually, I don't recall which is on my Gen 1 now that I think of it, but it's a totally different install. It just bolts to existing holes underneath with carriage bolts inserted with wire guides..

Update: just verified, I did DrawTite on my Gen 1 also.

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Me too!

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I like the folding rack! I just have a simple straight one.

When you mentioned the lift and before you showed the riser, I thought the rack resembled a folded up Tommy Lift :giggle:
 
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Too much work!

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Actually it was pretty easy. Could be done in less than an hour. Its just 6 T15 and 6 7mm screws to get the bumper fascia off, and then just 6 nuts for the aluminum bumper. I took a bit more time in preparing the surfaces.. but that is optional.
 

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I’m about to put that same hitch on my 2018 Hatchback. I couldn’t find your write up, just your pictures and the only thing I’m concerned about is the bumper cover removal - specifically how it is clipped in on those blind seams next to metal fender and what precisely I need to do to remove it without breaking anything in there or on the bumper cover. Can you please describe how you got it unclipped and any recommended tools to make it easy? Thanks!

BTW, I had the Curt hitch on my Dart for 5 years and when I was using the bike rack I usually had two hybrids on it and never used the recommended strap. Didn’t have any issues, but maybe I was just lucky. It was, however, on my mind enough that I decided to get the Draw Tite for my new Cruze............
 

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I’m about to put that same hitch on my 2018 Hatchback. I couldn’t find your write up, just your pictures and the only thing I’m concerned about is the bumper cover removal - specifically how it is clipped in on those blind seams next to metal fender and what precisely I need to do to remove it without breaking anything in there or on the bumper cover. Can you please describe how you got it unclipped and any recommended tools to make it easy? Thanks!

BTW, I had the Curt hitch on my Dart for 5 years and when I was using the bike rack I usually had two hybrids on it and never used the recommended strap. Didn’t have any issues, but maybe I was just lucky. It was, however, on my mind enough that I decided to get the Draw Tite for my new Cruze............
The hatch will likely be a bit different, but the bumper on the sedan had a couple of fasteners on each side, inside the wheel well, then the rest were snap clips. The plastic material is pretty ductile and forgiving, you'd have to try hard to break it, but certainly it's possible. The instructions that came with the Draw-Tite hitch were pretty good, and it had color pictures, all pretty good, except one I had to do some investigation to find one of the fasteners on the inside of the wheel well for the bumper.

I hope that helps a little.
 
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BTW, I had the Curt hitch on my Dart for 5 years and when I was using the bike rack I usually had two hybrids on it and never used the recommended strap. Didn’t have any issues, but maybe I was just lucky. It was, however, on my mind enough that I decided to get the Draw Tite for my new Cruze............
Draw-Tite/Reese don't seem to recommend stability straps for non-trailer loads, Curt always does, at least in every Curt booklet I've ever read.
It doesn't mean the Draw-tite hitches are stronger, it just means Curt is more cautious.

No receiver hitch is very rigid in rotation due to the slop in the receiver to ball mount fit, unless of course you slather the ball mount with epoxy before you stick it into the receiver, thereby converting it to a fixed hitch.

The main difference is between the floor mount hitches sold for gassers vs the rear mount hitches sold for the diesels, I assume the diesel exhaust interferes with the floor mount.

The floor mount hitches are heavier, easier to install, and appear to be stiffer.
The diesel hitches require cutting the bumper plastic for clearance, but they're lighter, less visible, and presumably more aerodynamic. The Curt floor mount hitch requires minor trimming of a heat shield, but if you remove the hitch later nobody will ever notice the missing corner on that shield over the muffler. If you put a diesel hitch on your car, that 2x4" hole in the bottom edge of the bumper plastic will be more visible if you remove the hitch.

I still haven't decided which hitch to put on my 2016 gasser. I got a good deal on an 'open box' floor mount Curt hitch last year, and recently got a deal on some Curt diesel hitches that go on the impact bar studs. The impact bar is the same part number for all sedans, so I'm sure the diesel hitch described in this thread will fit my gasser just fine, if I'm willing to cut my bumper to save 15lb and have a cleaner looking install. (Curt floor hitch weighs 33lb, Curt diesel hitch weighs 18lb, Draw-Tite diesel hitch weighs 21lb) (EDIT: I found a video of the Draw-Tite hitch from the OP being installed on a LT, so now I know the impact bar mount hitches for diesels fit my gasser)

I think the Curt diesel hitch is the best looking of the bunch, and I like that it mounts behind the impact bar instead of between the impact bar and the chassis. I'm sure I could install one without removing the bumper cover, all six impact bar nuts are accessible but it's a bit tight to get your hand up there. The Curt attaches the receiver to the frame with two plates oriented front to back instead of oriented crossways, so it's almost like the receiver is just floating in midair when seen from the rear, and the hole you cut in the bumper cover isn't as wide as the hole you cut for a Draw-Tite:

 
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