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Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on this 2015 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Gateway XT-2 bike rack, part number TH9006XT. Now as you can see, we already have a bike on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look, show of some of the features. Now how this bike actually attaches to the rack, you're going to have 3 points of contact with the bikes frame. You're going to have these two straps up here and the one off to the side, which is going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep it from moving back and forth, possibly hitting the bike rack or the bike in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. Now when you remove the straps, it's always a good habit to put them back in place because you don't want them flapping around while you're driving.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on this 2015 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Raceway Pro 2 Bike Rack. Part number TH9001PRO. Now as you can see we already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show how it attaches. First off you're going to have three points of contact with your bike. You're going to have two straps up top here plus one off to the side which is going to act as kind of an anti-sway strap to keep it going back and forth hitting either the bike rack or the bike in front of it.



Thule Passage Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on this 2015 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Passage 2 bike carrier. Part number TH910XT. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look, go over some of the features. As you can see how it attaches, you're going to have three points of contact with your bikes frame. You're going to have two straps up top here and one off to the side, which is going to act as an anti sway strap, to keep them from moving back and forth hitting the bike rack, or possibly the bike in front of it. Let's go ahead and removed the bike and set it off to the side.



Thule Archway Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Chevrolet Sonic

Today this 2015 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback, we're going to be test fitting this Thule Archway XT2 bike rack, part number TH9009XT. As you can see, we have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now, first off, how it attaches. You're going to have 3 points of contact with your bikes frame. We're going to have 2 straps up top here, plus one strap off to the side which is going to act as an anti-sway strap, to keep it moving back and forth possibly hitting the bike rack, or the bike in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside, then we'll get some measurements. Now, once you remove the straps, it's a good idea to get in to the habit of putting them back in place. You don't want them flapping around while you're driving, and more importantly you don't want to lose them while you're driving.



Saris Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on this 2015 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback, we're going to be test fitting the Saris SuperBones, part number SA802. As you can see, we have the bike already installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and show off some of the features here. Now, how the bike actually attaches to the rack, it's going to have three points of contact to your bike's frame. We're going to have two straps up here, plus one off the the side, which is going to serve as an anti-sway strap, excuse me, to keep it from swaying back and forth, possibly hitting the bike rack, or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off. To do that, you just push down on these tabs here, and loosen up the strap. Lift it off.



Thule Roof Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Sonic we're going to be test-fitting the Thule Circuit XT Rooftop Bike Rack, part number TH526XT. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How this bike actually attaches to the rack, we're not going to have any frame contact at all. Instead, it's going to grip it by the forks up here with a skewer mount. On the skewer mount here, you can replace this plastic piece here with a Thule lock core, so you can actually secure your bike to the rack and prevent theft and tampering. We also have this wheel strap here in the back that is adjustable the length of the bike rack to accommodate different size bikes.



Rhino Rack Roof Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, we're going to be test fitting the Rhino-Rack Hybrid Rooftop Bike Rack, part number RRRBC050. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How this actually attaches to the bike rack, we're going to have three points of contact with absolutely no frame contact at all. We're going to have this wheel hook up at the front here and then two wheel straps for either tires. What's unique about this is you can actually keep the entire bike together as opposed to a lot of other bike racks where you'd have to remove the front wheel and secure it by the fork mounts. With the bike on here, I'll go ahead and open up the trunk real quick to show you have absolutely no clearance issues whatsoever between the bike rack and the trunk or hatch. The wheel hook itself is lockable, so once you actually secure your bike up here you can lock it down and there will be no theft or tampering of your bike. Let's go ahead and take it off and set it aside.



Rhino Rack Road-Warrior Roof Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, we're going to be test fitting the Rhino-Rack Road Warrior rooftop bike rack, part number RBC036. We have the bike already installed on the rack so we're going to take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now first, how this is actually gripped onto the bike rack, there's going to be no frame contact at all. Instead we have a fork mount connection point up here with this skewer, and it is lockable. You can see on the side here. Once you have this installed, you can lock this in place and your bike is secured onto the rack. At the rear hear, we have a wheels strap, and I'll secure that as well.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Gateway XT two bike rack, part number TH9006XT. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The cradles are padded and have these slots in here so once you put the bikes on it's not going to scratch them up and your cables actually have a place to sit and not rub up against the frame as well. The cradles are adjustable along the length of the arms to assist with fitting, and it grips the bike at three points. We have two straps up at the top here and one off to the side and that's going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth and possibly coming into contact with the other.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, we're going to be taking a look at the Thule Raceway Pro Two Bike Rack. Part number GH9001PRO. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and taking a closer look and show off some of the features. The first feature I'd like to show off is that it has an integrated cable lock. You would pull it out, wrap it around the bike in the front, and lock it to this point here to prevent theft and tampering of both your bikes. The cradles themselves have this nice cushioning material here, so your bike is not going to get scratched up once it's being installed.



Thule Passage Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Passage 2 Bike rack, part number TH910XT. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The cradles themselves are adjustable along the arms and they also have this nice cushion here, which is going to keep your bikes from getting scratched up, once you have them installed. It's going to grip the bike at 3 points and we're going to have 2 straps up at the top here and 1 off to the side and that's going to serve as an anti sway strap, to keep the bike from moving to far back and forth and possibly hitting the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. To assist with getting the bike off, you can actually fold anti sway cradles up and out of the way, to ease that a little bit for you. With the bike rack in this position, I'm going to go ahead and give you a quick measurement.



Thule Archway Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Sonic we're going to be test fitting the Thule Archway XT 2-Bike Rack, part number TH9009XT. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first feature I like to show off is the fact that it has an integrated cable lock here at the end. You'll pull it out, wrap it around your bikes, and then attach it to this point here and lock it down so you can prevent theft and tampering. The cradles are adjustable along the arms which is going to assist you with loading. It also has these nice cushioned pads here, so your bike is not going to get scratched up or damaged once it's being installed. It attaches to the bike at three points.



Thule Sprint Roof Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Sonic we're going to do a test fit on the Thule Sprint. This is roof-mounted fork clamp-style bike rack. Part number on it is TH528. Now as you can see we've got our Rhino Rack Vortex Aero roof rack system that we've already installed, so we're going to begin our test fit by bringing our rack, placing it right up onto our load bar. We want to be sure as we do we bring our black rubber-coated metal strap around the underside. We'll fit it in to the two indentions that are located right there on the front. Now if you do have a lot of slack in your strap that may pop out on you.



Rhino Rack MountainTrail Roof Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Sonic we're going to do a test fit on the Rhino Rack Mountain Trail. Now this is a roof-mounted fork clamp-style bike rack. The part number is RBC035. As you can see, we've got our Rhino Rack Vortex Aero roof rack system that we've already installed on the Sonic, so we'll begin our test fit by removing the black cover that's here at the front of the rack. This allows us to remove the two black rubber-coated metal straps. We'll then bring these around the underside of our crossbar.



Yakima FrontLoader Roof Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Today, on our 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, we're going to do a test fit on the Yakima Frontloader. This is a roof mounted, wheel clamp style bike rack. Part number on it is Y02103. Now as you can see, we've got our Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero roof rack system on our vehicle. We've already installed that. To begin our test fit, we're going to have two outer portions of our clamp on the front side of our bar. Then, we're going to have the one single portion of our clamp on the rear side of our bar.



Swagman Fork Down Roof Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, we're going to do a test fit on the Swagman Fork Down. This is a roof-mounted four clamp style bike rack. The part number on it is S64710. To begin our test fit we simply need to place it up onto our roof rack. We've already got our Rhino Rack Vortex Aero Roof Rack system installed there so we'll place it up there. We want to kind of center the front of the carrier to be sure we've got it kind of lined up right over the middle. Then we'll bring our U-bolt around the underside and we're going to thread on two wing nuts. We're just run these down until we get the slack out of them, just to kind of hold them in place.



RockyMounts TieRod Roof Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Today, on our 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, we're going to do a test fit on the Rocky Mounts Tie Rod. This is roof-mounted fork-clamped style bike rack. The part number on it is RKY1014. To begin our test fit, we need to place the rack onto the roof line of our vehicle. As you can see my rubber straps are already separated. If they're not, just simply remove the cover, and that will allow you to pull them out. We're then going to bring the straps around the underside of our crossbar.



Kuat TRIO Roof Bike Racks Review - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Sonic we're going to do a test fit on the Kuat Trio. This is a roof-mounted fork clamp-style bike rack. The part number in the black and chrome is TR02. We also have this in a nice gun metal gray and orange; part number on that is RU01. As you can see, we've already got our Rhino Rack Vortex Aero roof rack system installed on the Sonic, so we'll begin our test fit simply by placing the rack up onto the roof. We're then going to take one of our black rubber-coated metal u-bolts, going to bring it around the underside of our crossbar, fit it up into the head of the carrier, and then we're going to thread on one of our cylinder nuts to hold it in place. Now that we have that one threaded on we'll continue with the second cylinder nut.



Yakima StickUp 2 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Today, on our 2014 Chevy Sonic, we'll be test fitting the Yakima Stickup Platform Style 2-Bike rack, part Y02420. We'll begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the bike rack into the opening of the hitch. After lining up the pin holes, we'll thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pin holes and tighten it down with a wrench. With the bike rack secured, we'll go over a few clearance measurements and see how the two fit together. With the platform in the up position, we have about 14 inches of ground clearance. The closest part of the bike rack to the closest part of the vehicle is about 2 inches away, and we've added about 11-1/2 inches to the overall length of our Sonic. We'll now pull out on the red knob at the base of the bike rack and tilt the platform down. With the bike rack in this position, we have about 16 inches of ground clearance. The closest part of the bike rack to the closest part of the vehicle is about 4-1/2 inches away, and we've added about 33 inches to the overall length of our Sonic, and also with the platform down, you can see that we can easily access the trunk. Now, we're ready to load our bike.



Thule Vertex 4 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on our 2014 Chevy Sonic, we'll be test fitting the Thule Vertex hitch mounted four bike rack, part number TH9029. We'll begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the bike rack into the opening of the hitch. After lining up the pin holes, we'll thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pin holes, and tighten it down using a wrench. With the bike rack secured, we'll go over a few clearance measurements to see how the two fit together. We have about twelve inches of ground clearance. The closest part of the bike rack to the closest part of the vehicle is about three inches away, and we've added about twelve inches to the overall length of our Sonic. We can now lift up on the gray lever at the top of the mast and swing the cradle arms out. With the cradle arms out, we've added about thirty-five inches to the overall length of our Sonic.



Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on our 2014 Chevy Sonic, well be test fitting the Thule Hitching Post Pro, part number TH 934XTR. Well begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the bike rack into the opening of the hitch. After lining up our pinholes, well thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pinholes and tighten it down using a wrench. With the bike rack secured, well go over a few clearance measurements to see how the two fit together. We have about twelve inches of ground clearance. The closest part of the bike rack to the closest part of the vehicle is about seven inches away and weve added about sixteen inches to the overall length of our Sonic.We can now remove the gold pin at the top of the mast and swing the cradle arms out.



Thule Doubletrack Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on our 2014 Chevy Sonic, we'll be test-fitting the Thule Doubletrack platform-style hitch mounted 2 bike rack, Part Number TH990XT. We'll begin our test-fit by sliding the shank of the bike rack into the opening of the hitch. After lining up the pinholes, we'll thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pinholes and then tighten it down using a wrench. The bike rack secured, we'll go over a few clearance measurements to see how the two fit together. We have about 16 inches of ground clearance. Closest part of the bike rack to the closest part of the vehicle is about 4 inches and we've added about 11 inches to the overall length of our Sonic. We now can lift up on the gray lever at the base of the bike rack and tilt the platform down.



Thule Apex 4 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on our 2014 Chevy Sonic we'll be test fitting the Thule Apex 4 Bike Rack part number TH9025. We'll begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the bike rack in to the opening of the hitch. After allowing the integrated hitch pin to fall into place we'll then turn the black knob to engage the anti-rattle device. With the bike rack secured we'll go over a few clearance measurements to see how the two fit together. We have about twelve inches of ground clearance. Closest part of the bike rack to the closest part of the vehicle is about one and a half inches away and we've added about twelve inches to the overall length of our Sonic. We can now lift up on the grade lever at the top of the mast and swing the cradle arms out.



Swagman XTC2 Wheel Mount Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on our 2014 Chevy Sonic we'll be test fitting the Swagman XTC2 Platform Style 2 Bike Rack, Part Number S64670. We'll begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the bike rack into the opening of the hitch. After lining up the pin holes, we'll thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pin holes and then tighten it down using a wrench. With the bike rack secured, we'll go over a few clearance measurements to see how the two fit together. We have about 14 inches of ground clearance. Closest part of the bike rack to the closest part of the vehicle is about 4 1/2 inches away and we've added about 21 inches to the overall length of our Sonic. With the bike rack in this position, we do have full access to the trunk.



Swagman Titan Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Today on our 2014 Chevy Sonic, we'll be test fitting the Swagman Titan Hitch Mounted 4 Bike Rack Part Number S63410. We'll begin our test fit by sliding the shank of the bike rack into the opening of the hitch. After lining up the pin holes, we'll thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pin holes and then tighten it down with a wrench. With the bike rack secured, we'll go over a few clearance measurements to see how the 2 fit together. We have about 14 inches of ground clearance. Closest part of the bike rack to the closest part of the vehicle is about 5 inches away.





Chevrolet Sonic Bike Rack Questions

  • On the Yakima RidgeBack bike rack # Y02458 from the center of the hitch pin hole to the front-most part of the pivot assembly is 15-1/2 inches. And to the nearest part of the pivot assembly it is 10 inches. I have included a picture showing the measurements taken. Because of the length this rack is not going to work for you. I looked through all of the 4-bike racks we carry and I do not believe any of then are going to be shorter than the 9-1/2 inches that you have with your...
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  • Any hitch for the Chevy Sonic would be a Class I, 1-1/4 inch hitch anyway so you are better off in the long run not using your hitch mount bike rack on that vehicle (because you'd have to use an adapter that would reduce the capacity of the hitch). We have numerous 2-bike trunk mount carriers that will fit your 2014 Chevy Sonic. I have linked all of the options for you. But if you are looking for the absolute best option I would go with the Raceway # TH9001PRO. I have an older...
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  • Yes, the replacement top plate for SportRack bike rack # SR2604 is # SR05001000000. It comes with the knob. The new top plate also includes the vinyl inserts that protect the bike finish.
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  • The Thule Doubletrack, # TH990XT, does fit the 2013 Chevy Sonic. I have included a video that shows the rack on an actual 2013 Sonic for you to view. The hitches for the Sonic are Class I hitches and all have a 1-1/4 inch receiver. For a trailer hitch, if you have the sedan like in the video you can use # 24876. I have included a link to a video showing a typical installation and a link to the installation instructions for you. If you have a hatchback, you can use # 24878....
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  • There are many different styles of bike racks that you can use on your 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback, but due to the spoiler that comes on the rear hatch of your vehicle, I would recommend using a roof or hitch mounted bike rack over a trunk mounted bike rack. The rear spoiler on your vehicle was not designed to support any type of weight and it will be forced to support the weight of a bike rack and bikes when you use a trunk mounted bike rack. Instead, I would recommend...
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  • In my opinion, a hitch mounted bike rack is always the best way to go especially since you mention having a problem with a trunk mounted bike rack in the past. Hitch bike racks offer the most protection for the vehicle by carrying bikes out and away from the vehicle, make bikes much easier to load, and can be used on most vehicles with a hitch. If your 2012 Chevrolet Sonic isn't already equipped with a hitch, I recommend going with the Draw-Tite Class I Sportframe Trailer Hitch...
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  • I have a similar solution I can provide for you, but the Yakima Ridgeback 2 part # Y02457 that you referenced can only fit Class II 1-1/4 inch hitches and not Class I. For a very similar Thule Rack that will fit a Class I hitch check out the Thule Vertex part # TH9028XT. This rack has all the same great features as the Ridgeback like tilting mast, anti-sway cradles, locks, and anti rattle bolt. I attached a review video for you to check out as well. If you plan on carrying...
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