The Toyota Prius is just about the only car people think of when you drop the word ‘hybrid vehicle’ into a conversation. Toyota has been developing their line of Prius automobiles since 1997, starting out with their Gen 1 X10 model initially released in Japan. Over the following 20 years, Prius has spread their wings and truly expanded upon the base model, releasing several different cars in the ‘Prius Family’: the Prius, Prius V, Prius Prime, and Prius C.
Today we are going to walk you through selecting the best Class 1 trailer hitch for Toyota Prius for your year and model.
Listed below you’ll see a table showing which trailer hitch is the best option for each model of Prius and below that you’ll see a nice review summarizing the hitch’s top qualities. After you’ve selected the right trailer hitch keep scrolling down and you can read the corresponding review for that hitch model. Who knew that shopping for a Toyota Prius trailer hitch could be so easy?
Best Toyota Prius Trailer Hitches – QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE
|Regular Prius||Prius V||Prius C||Prius Prime|
|2017||CURT 11426||CURT 11276||Curt 114842||CURT 11473|
|2016||CURT 11426||CURT 11276||Curt 114842||CURT 11473|
|2015||CURT 11276||CURT 11276||CURT 11299|
|2014||CURT 11276||CURT 11276||CURT 11299|
|2013||CURT 11276||CURT 11276||CURT 11299|
|2012||CURT 11276||CURT 11276||CURT 11299|
Alright, now that you’ve gotten a chance to look at the chart and select the best hitch for your model of Prius, we can delve a little deeper into the details. Merely look below and find your corresponding hitch and we’ll tell you all about what makes it the right choice for you.
CURT 11468 Class 1 Trailer Hitch
So, we’re starting off our list with the mega-popular CURT 114648 Class 1 Trailer Hitch, made exclusively for the standard 2004 – 2009 Toyota Prius. CURT has been an industry leader in the trailer hitch market for as long as Prius has been pumping out high-quality vehicles. The CURT 114648 trailer hitch is made to handle a wide range of Prius models and it is easy to install as well. This hitch is made out hand welded steel and protected by highly durable Bonderite and black powder coating. With a vehicle jack, you can have it installed in less than 30 minutes. The CURT 114648 is lightweight, durable, and considered one of CURT’s finest products. You shouldn’t need to make any adjustments when you install this hitch, unlike some other trailer hitches available on the market which require you to trim your bumper.
CURT 11276 Class 1 Trailer Hitch
We continue the CURT tradition by introducing you to the CURT 11276. It was designed to fit the standard 2010-2015 Prius and 2012-2017 Prius V. This trailer hitch is lightweight, weighing in at just 5 lbs inside of its box, and easy to install. CURT made this trailer hitch the lightest weight option available but it can still handle a 2,000 lb haul. As above, the CURT 11276 is precision welded, backed by a lifetime warranty, and made to last thanks to a slew of industry-exceeding stress tests that CURT takes upon themselves to implement.
CURT 11426 Class 1 Trailer Hitch
Made for the standard 2016-2017 Prius, the CURT 11426 is a well-designed trailer hitch that offers you a bunch of power with an ease of installation. The CURT 11426 is well made and durable but it does take a bit longer to get installed than the prior models that we’ve listed. Thankfully there are plenty of how-to videos on the internet, including a very informative one on ETrailer, that will aid you along the way. The CURT 11426 features a low profile and it doesn’t hang at all from your Prius so no worries there. This hitch, like all Class 1 hitches, has a towing capacity of near 2,000 lbs. Of course, you can tow anything below that weight as well so don’t worry about having a little bit of overkill.
CURT 11299 Class 1 Trailer Hitch
If you want to do some hauling with your 2012 – 2015 Prius C then you are going to need one of these hitches. The CURT 11299 is a newer hitch in the CURT catalog but it handles like an old pro. You can have this hitch installed and ready to tow roughly 1,000 lbs in under an hour. The installation process for this hitch rests in a simple process of moving 6 bolts around. All you’ll need for tools are a ratchet, a flathead, and some sockets. Seriously, it’s hard to properly explain how easy and pain-free installing the CURT 11299 is.
CURT 114842 Class 1 Trailer Hitch
If you are driving a 2016 – 2017 Toyota Prius C then this is the only hitch you are going to want to bother looking at. This hitch is an improved version of the 11299 and it works for all of the newest Toyota Prius C models. This is a heavy duty hitch, literally, that can handle around 2,000 lbs. This hitch also comes with a handy ball mount that allows you for as easy an installation as you are going to get.
CURT 11473 Class 1 Trailer Hitch
Last, but not least, the best hitch for the 2016 – 2017 Prius Prime. This hitch pretty much handles anything that you could ask for. The Prius Prime is a class 1 rated vehicle that can handle around 2,000 lbs of hauling weight. The CURT 11473 is rated at that capacity and it has been made to deal with the stress accordingly. CURT continues their history of craftsmanship with another fine, easy to install, and sleek looking trailer hitch. The CURT 11473 meets and exceeds all safety standards as set aside by the SAE J84 guidelines. It just doesn’t get easier than this.