Best Trailer Hitch for the Honda Accord (2013-2017) Review

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There are few things more aggravating than ordering a piece of equipment only to realize that it doesn’t fit and won’t work on your vehicle. If you have a Honda Accord from the 2013 – 2017 model lines then we are here to help you out. The 2017 Honda Accord just released to critical and commercial acclaim, scoring high marks from the big three reviewing websites. This beautiful little sedan packs quite a bit of power underneath the hood and that means you can get away with more than just driving. Today we are going to talk about towing capacity and which trailer hitch you are going to need in order to accomplish the job: the CURT 11681 Class 1 hitch.

Best Trailer Hitch for Honda Accord is the CURT 116881

Alright, the first thing you should know about the CURT 11681 is that it packs a ton of power in a tiny little frame. Class 1 trailer hitches tend to be lightweight in terms of their body, but this guy pushes the limits more than you’d think. Still, even with a small frame and a light body the CURT 11681 can tow upwards of 2,000 lbs total. We should remind you that this is just the strength of the hitch itself. Your car has a separate towing capacity than the trailer hitch. For example, if you are driving a 2015 Honda Accord then you’ll want to keep your towing weight around 1,000 lbs. If you DO decide to exceed that weight then consider a weight distributor for your trailer hitch. We won’t go into that, but it is an option if you have excess towing needs.

High Quality Components

If you spend five minutes talking to us about different trailer hitch companies you’ll end up hearing our love of CURT. CURT offers premium quality, American made, components that don’t skimp out anywhere on their materials. The CURT 116881 lives up to our expectations and it does the CURT name brand proud. The CURT 116881 trailer hitch is made out of premium American steel before it is smoothed out by power blasting to get that trademark CURT finish. Once the hitch is done being formed it is cured in liquid Bonderite — a chemical that provides your hitch with exceptional protection from the elements and other rigors of the road. Finally, we have a glossy black powdered coat sprayed onto the trailer hitch in order to protect the CURT 116881 even more. This final black finish protects the trailer hitch from UV rays, rust, and gravel.

After CURT finishes creating their trailer hitches, including the CURT 116881 class 1 hitch, they rigorously stress test the equipment in order to ensure its safety for the road. The CURT 116881 hitch was tested extensively until it exceeded all safety standards within the SAE J684. You don’t have to worry about rolling down the road and hitting a bump which then causes disaster. Nope, the CURT 116881 is built to last. This trailer hitch comes with a one-year finish warranty and a limited lifetime warranty just in case anything out of the ordinary ends up happening.

Installing the Hitch

Alright, so you’re almost on board with the CURT 116881 but you have one big question: how hard is it to install? well, one of the things we love most about the class 1 CURT trailer hitches is that they are incredibly easy to install onto your vehicle. The CURT 116881 comes with everything you need to make installation a breeze. You’ll get your trailer hitch, the custom fitted ball mount, and all of the brackets and bolts you need for a swift installation.

The class 1 CURT 116881 trailer hitch has a 1 1/4″ receiver tube which is specially formulated to fit with Honda Accords dated from 2015 to 2017. The ball mount that comes with the CURT 116881 is also specially fitted to this kind of receiver. Trust us when we say: getting the right ball mount can be a pain in the neck, so it’s a great thing that CURT includes them in their class 1 trailer hitches.

Alright, back to the installation process. You’ll likely need another pair of hands to help you get this hitch installed. You’ll need to jack up the back of the car in order to get some working room. From there you’ll need to remove the rear heat shield, lower the exhaust, and then wire the hitch right into its spot. You’ll only need the couple of tools that the CURT 116881 comes with along with a torque wrench. The whole process should take you no more than an hour at the most, less if you have done this before. The largest time sink in the entire process is just removing the heat shield.

Closing Thoughts

We’re not going to say that there is a magic trailer hitch out there for you, but the CURT 116881 comes pretty close. Blending solid craftsmanship with American-made materials, the CURT 116881 offers quality and competency at an affordable price. We highly recommend the CURT 116881 to any Honda Accord owner that needs a quick fix to their towing needs.