My dealer installed mine for free because they did not have the color I wanted and he really wanted to sell the vehicle (little did he know I really wanted the silver one). It sticks out a little and that is because there is a small step built in the receiver. This has come in handy when I need to put something on the roof rack. I have not busted my shin on it yet. If you want one that does not stick out at all you should get a "Hidden Hitch". I have on my wife’s Grand Vitara and it sits back about 2 inches behind and below the bumper.