|Item Weight||68 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||52 x 8 x 28 inches|
|Item model number||PT228-48140|
|Manufacturer Part Number||PT228-48140|
|OEM Part Number||PT228-48140|
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Genuine Toyota (PT228-48140) Tow Hitch Receiver
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- Achieve maximum ground clearance and departure angles
- Easy access to the spare tire
- Includes rear bumper hitch cover that keeps the receiver and harness connector accessible
- 2014 Highlander Hybrid M 7WGN, 2GR-FXE
- Genuine Toyota Accessories PT228-48140 Highlander Hybrid Tow Hitch Receiver
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|Item Dimensions||52 x 8 x 28 in||32 x 48 x 6 in||27.5 x 44.5 x 6 in||27.75 x 44.5 x 6 in||46.63 x 25.5 x 10.75 in||23.5 x 45.5 x 6.25 in|
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Legal DisclaimerHITCH COVER : With Hitch Cover RECEIVER TUBE : 2 inch
Genuine Toyota Highlander Tow Hitch Receiver PT228-48140. 2014-2015 Highlander & Highlander Hybrid. Ball mount, trailer ball and tow wiring kit all sold separately.
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If you bought an XLE or Limited Highlander it comes pre-wired however you still need a wiring harness that gets connected at the rear of the vehicle. I used a company called E-trailer that makes the wiring harness just for the Highlander for $50 shipped and takes about 1/2 hour to do it yourself. (They even have a tutorial video to walk you through the steps.) If you chose to get wiring done at the dealership expect to pay about $330 since Toyota's wire harness retails at $187.
I can say when I first inquired about getting a factory hitch with wiring I was told around $1500. Just by taking a few extra steps. My total cost and a little of my time wound up costing me $386 (Hitch) + $130 (Labor for Install) + $50 (Wiring Harness) My total cost $566. Saving me $1,000.
When we got our 2015 Highlander, we immediately started looking at after-market receivers. It quickly became apparent that this Toyota OEM receiver looks far better on the vehicle - and isn't much more expensive.
We actually ended up purchasing the receiver here on Amazon, and had it installed in about 2 hours at our local Toyota dealership for $159, which I felt like was a fair price.
As far as the receiver itself goes:
1) It absolutely looks like it was made for the vehicle! It integrates into the bumper cutout for the Highlander, so it doesn't need to hang below the bumper at all.
2) Because it doesn't hang below the bumper, this receiver doesn't impact vehicle clearance or spare tire access.
3) If you're going to be towing anything, you'll need the Wire Harness as well; but, if you're just using it to carry a bike rack, the wiring harness isn't necessary. In our case, we didn't use it since we have a truck for towing.
4) We called around to get bids for installation, and our local Toyota dealership was the best price. They did a great job and only took a couple of hours.
I know there are lots of options for after-market tow hitch receivers; but, if you want it to look like it was made for your vehicle, I highly recommend this OEM Toyota receiver!
The modification of the two undercover panels. The installation instructions I found only went up to 2014. I found I did not have to modify the Right-Hand undercover panel (passenger side) at all. There is a rear left mounting hole on the panel you will no longer use but the panel will reinstall without having to modify it. On the 2016 Highlander, the Left-Hand undercover panel does not need as much material trimmed off as on the 2014. I'll try to provide a photo. Just dry-fit the panel and note where it lines up with the back of the towing hitch. All in all, the installation went without a hitch (pun intended).
The only downside to this was the packaging - the hitch was sticking out of the box in a couple of areas which resulted in the coating getting scraped off. I touched it up, but I worry that it is likely to rust there in the future. Some scratches go on the plastic trim piece as well. Overall, not enough damage to send it back, but I wished it arrived in better shape.
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