Removable drawbar style for both the sedan and 5 door are available at etrailer.com in the $125-$133 range.
Both brands they sell and their customer service have been good but I can't do a direct compare to the OEM one for this car.
i don't tow with my Crosstrek but i do have a class 3, 2" hitch on it for a bike rack. at times i have 2 bikes on it and 2 on the roof. no issues whatsoever. but i won't put one on my wife's Impreza. if anything i would do the factory roof bars and use my roof bike racks on it.
I got the no trailer towing information from the owner manual that was provided in the owner
packet for my Impreza, it for USA market cars. I have looked at the manual many times and
do not find any reference that provides trailer towing information, the manual covers both
the hatch and sedan.
Section 8 ends with the trailer towing caution. Nothing more to read other than a reminder
that Subaru will not be responsible for any injury caused by trailer towing.
The same caution is in section 13 on page 13-13 and again on page 13-14.
I just checked my manual and it doesn't give any different tow rating for a sedan vs hatch both say not to do it. Page 8-14 is VERY short and to the point about towing capacity.
Do you live in the US market? I've heard somewhere that there is red tape involved with declaring a tow rating here, though I can't remember where I picked up that tidbit of info. So it may be possible that while our cars are just as capable of light towing, we are just told not to. I'm just suggesting a possible reason for why so many people say no towing period, while you have official figures.
That said, I do have a 1.25" hitch that I got from etrailers.com it is made but Curt. I only use it to take my bicycles to the trail. I haven't used it much so far, but it seems sturdy. When I started searching for a hitch earlier this summer, Subaru doesn't even offer a hitch option, at least not at my dealer.
Your manual is different than my USA manual. I cannot find a Herman Reece hitch listing.
When I type in the vehicle information I'm referred to a draw-tight for the 2017 Impreza .
It sells for around $125 US. Also U Haul lists a hitch for a little more.
None of these are installed, but they all have #200 tongue weight and max #2000 weight
ratings. If your Reece has those ratings and is installed I believe I would take it over
the OEM hitch.
Well the 2018 Crosstrek is built on the same frame with the same engine and is rated to tow at 1500 lbs. However, a salesmen at Subaru told me that the Crosstrek transmission was "geared" or "programmed" differently to accommodate the towing. That also accounts for some of the difference in fuel efficiency. Take that for what its worth.