2010 through 2013 OB structure is identical not counting the suspension upgrades ie changes to address the floaty, shaky stuff the earlier cars had.I'm about to pull the trigger on a 2013 outback and was wondering if anyone has installed an aftermarket 2" hitch yet? I"m assuming the underneath is the same, but you never know! hate to buy a 2012 hitch and have to ship it back.
The same hitch sold to the 2012 owners has been confirmed to be an exact fit to the 2013 cars Thai that would suggest no changes in any manner regarding rear end structure. Pole test safety game can be played by any number of methods one of which is simply using stronger steel bits in key areas which are not found in the back end of the car.To be honest, i would hold off until you get official word from Subaru. Among the suspension changes, Subaru also improved the crash test standards of the OB...meaning that all 2013 OB will get 5 stars on NHTSA (updated) testings. The main weakness of 2010-2012 OBs on NHTSA testing is the side pole crash test. Somehow, Subaru is saying that they have fixed this. How?? I have no idea. BUT, this means that there probably has been some structural modifications done to achieve this. Does this affect the rear end?? Who knows...but, before throwing down $500-1000 bucks for a rear hitch, i would make **** sure the rear ends are the same.
Well, excellent! Thanks for the clarification.I just bought a 2013. The dealership wasn't positive if the factory hitch would fit a '13, since they didn't have updated parts lists for the '13 yet.
They put on a hitch and wiring harness for a 2012 onto my 2013. It fits.
Exception...see Mercedes G-wagen. The newer models has a redesigned rear end (due to need for improved protection of rear mounted gas tank)...prior hitch options would not fit.And from experience the only time I see fit changes to hitch bars is when the car sees a major head to toe redesign example would be the 09 outback hitch will not fit the 2010 and newer outbacks.
Its OK I recall the Rseries was the same way that might be a Mercedes thing more than a other auto maker thing.Exception...see Mercedes G-wagen. The newer models has a redesigned rear end (due to need for improved protection of rear mounted gas tank)...prior hitch options would not fit.
Thanks!No guessing the under guard can't be cut to allow the stock subaru hitch to pass through the bumper. Probably the same issue with any of the OB's 2010 through 2012.