How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a Mazda CX-5 (2013-2021)

Adding a trailer hitch to a Mazda CX-5 requires only a few tools, a Draw-Tite 76138 trailer hitch, and a short amount of time to complete the installation. This trailer hitch and installation process will work for the Mazda CX-5 model years 2013-2021.

Follow these basic steps to begin hauling trailers and other kinds of hitch-mounted accessories with your Mazda CX-5 today.

Tools needed:

  • Safety Glasses
  • Torque Wrench
  • 19mm socket
  • Swivel Socket
  • 5” Extension
  • Exhaust Removal Tool
  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Strap for Exhaust

Mazda CX-5 (2013-2021) hitch installation steps

1. Prep Underbody

Start by removing your plastic fascia support. Following this, you will need to lower the exhaust to make room for the hitch. Remove the rubber hangers found on each side of the vehicle. Be sure to use a strap to support the exhaust to prevent it from falling completely.

2. Install Hardware

Fish wire the carriage bolts and blockers through the appropriate attachment points. The vehicle has two attachment points found on each side of the frame.

3. Raise hitch into position

Raise hitch into proper position to attach to the frame. Be sure to feed the fish wire through the access holes of the hitch, this will prevent the bolts from being pushed back into the frame.

4. Secure the hitch to the frame

Now with the hitch raised into its proper alignment, remove the fish wire and attach the provided conical tooth washers and nuts to the previously installed bolts.

5. Tighten and torque hitch

Tighten and torque all your bolts to the manufacturer’s specifications using a torque wrench and 19mm socket. 

6. Raise lowered Exhaust

Finally, raise your lowered exhaust from step 1. Remove the support strap and re-install the rubber hangers.

You should now have your trailer hitch installed on your Mazda CX-5.

How much does it cost to add a hitch for a Mazda CX-5 (2013-2021)?

The price range of a hitch for a Mazda CX-5 ranges from $150 to $175. U-Haul carries several different classes of hitches and offers different sizes to accommodate both 1¼ to 2-inch receivers. U-Haul offers both installation services at a local U-Haul Moving Center® and will ship your hitch to your home.

How much does it cost to have a hitch installed on a Mazda CX-5 (2013-2021)?

Installation costs are normally under $100 but you should check with your local U-Haul Moving Center® as prices can differ based on location, the hitch model you are installing, and your vehicle. All U-Haul Moving Centers can install a hitch to your vehicle and with over 1,500 U-Haul centers throughout the country, you can have your hitch installed and be back on the road in no time.

All trailer hitches sold and installed at a U-Haul Moving Center® come with the option of a lifetime warranty plan guaranteed to replace your hitch with no limitation for any damage, including collision, corrosion, accidental overload, jackknifing, and vehicle theft.

Mazda CX-5 Hitch Prices

How long does it take to install a hitch on a Mazda CX-5 (2013-2021)?

Installation takes anywhere from 1 to 2 ½ hours depending on the hitch being installed and your vehicle. We recommend making an online appointment from our website to accommodate your busy schedule. In addition, U-Haul service centers offer an extensive line of towing accessories (Ball mount, Hitch ball, Pin, and Clip, Wiring) to help you safely tow your boat, camper, or trailer

Do you need a wiring kit for Mazda CX-5 (2013-2021)?

If you are planning to tow a trailer or camper with brake lights, running lights, and turn signal, you will want a wiring kit to power the lights on your trailer. The most common lighting harness comes in a 4 pin and 7 pin connector.  The 4- way connector has basic lighting functions (running lights, brake lights, turn signal) while the 7-way connector adds a 12-volt circuit, circuit for electric trailer brakes, and reverse lights. U-Haul offers both 4-way and 7-way connectors.  Find out which option is best for your Mazda CX-5. 

Wiring Kits for Mazda CX-5

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