Best Trailer Hitch for the Kia Soul (2014-2017) Review

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The Kia Soul is a unique little crossover vehicle that blends functionality with size and storage capability. The Soul is powerful enough to haul a trailer and most people don’t realize this. With the 2017 Kia Soul recently making its automobile debut in Los Angeles we figured it’d be a good time to analyze its towing capabilities. Today we are going to discuss the best trailer hitch for the Kia Soul: the CURT 11419 Class 1 Trailer Hitch. This special trailer hitch works perfectly for Kia Soul models from 2014 to 2017. Without any further ado let’s dive into the review and see just why you should take one of these hitches home.

Best Trailer Hitch for theSoul: CURT 11419

If you spent even a few minutes talking to us you would come to realize that we are BIG fans of the CURT brand. CURT has, for years, been making top quality trailer hitches that are meant to stand the test of time. The CURT 11419 perfectly lives up to our expectations. From beginning to end, the process of making the CURT 11419 is as exhaustive as it is effective.

The CURT 11419 is made with expertly welded steel that has been cured in a rust resistant material. After the hitch is crafted and cured it undergoes a series of stress tests in order to ensure the safety of the device. When all is said and done the CURT 11419 will look intimidating and sturdy while living up to the rigorous safety standards under the SAE J684 rules. You aren’t getting some cheaply made, here. This is truly the best of the best.

This Class 1 trailer hitch also comes packaged with a 1 1/4″ receiver tube. This happens to be a perfect match for your Kia Soul but if that isn’t what you are driving right now make sure to double check your receiver size. Finally, the CURT 11419 comes packed with all of the installation components that you are going to need in order to get framed up and ready to go: hitch pin, bolts, and the clip needed to keep it set in place.

Class 1 Qualities

If you own a Kia Soul then you are probably never going to need more than a class 1 trailer hitch. The reason for this is twofold. The first reason is that your Kia Soul isn’t meant to be hauling a TON of weight behind it. The Kia Soul is a lightweight and versatile vehicle but it sacrifices a little bit of strength for these features. The 2016 Kia Soul, for example, weighs in at around 2,800lbs. The Kia Soul is graded out to haul around 2,000lbs. The gross towing capacity on your vehicle is absolutely imperative to understand. If you don’t have a 2016 Kia Soul, as in our example, take some time to look up your towing capacity. This step could save you from wasting time, money, and potential repair work.

Let’s bring our focus back to the CURT 11419. The CURT 11419 is a class 1 trailer hitch which means it was specially designed for vehicles like the Kia Soul. Class 1 trailer hitches are the lightest weight hitches that you can buy. The CURT 11419 has a towing capacity of 2,000lbs and a tongue weight capacity of about 200lbs. You’ll obviously need to cater your load to these specifications, but you shouldn’t feel too restricted. With 2,000lbs of towing power, you should be able to handle small trailers, dirt bikes, canoes, and even extended beds for moving things like furniture. Not too shabby for a ‘lightweight’ piece of equipment, right?

Easy Installation Process

We put a premium in our evaluation of the quality material that the trailer hitch is made out of. That’s why we led you to the CURT 11419. We also put a premium on the ease of installation. Let us be honest for a minute. Nobody wants to be sitting around fighting with a darn trailer hitch on their day off. Fortunately, the CURT 11419 is easy, quick, and streamlined in terms of its installation process.

The CURT 11419 comes pre-packaged with all of the hardware that you are going to need in order to get it installed and running. Our favorite aspect of this hitch is that you won’t need to actually have your vehicle lifted by a jack. Instead, all you will need is some elbow grease, a torque wrench, and some time to get your hands dirty. Some Kia Soul models have a plastic cowl over the rear of the underbody of the vehicle and removing that during the installation process is probably the hardest thing you’ll have to do. This means there isn’t much hard work to be done during the install process. All you need to do is work the bolts into place and get driving!

Closing Thoughts

When you start shopping for a trailer hitch your eyes are probably going to glaze over. Trailer hitches aren’t exciting to shop for — that’s why we are here. The CURT 11419 is the perfect blend of premium quality components and affordable pricing. The CURT 11419 was built to last which means you’ll never need to buy another one. Well, unless you decide to purchase a new car that is.