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Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Question:

Best suggestions for a bike rack to fit a 2012 Chevy Sonic Hatchback.

asked by: Bree S


Expert Reply:

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 looking into a roof mounted bike rack like the Rhino-Rack Mountain Trail Bike Rack, # RBC035. This will require you to have a roof rack on your vehicle. If you do not have a roof rack, then you can install the Rhino-Rack Aero Clamp-On Roof Rack, # DA118B and # DK327.

You could also look into a hitch mounted bike rack like the Swagman Titan 2 Bike Rack, # S63400. Using a hitch mounted bike rack will require you to install a trailer hitch like the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch, # 24878. This is a class I trailer hitch, so you will be limited to carrying 2 bikes at a time.

If you plan on carrying any womens, childrens or alternative bike frames, then I would also recommend picking up the Swagman Easy-Out Adapter Bar, # 64005. Some small or angled frames can be difficult to load on a bike rack and this adapter will allow you to load your bikes safely and easily.

The roof mount and hitch mount options are more expensive than the trunk mount options, but they will eliminate the possibility of damaging your spoiler. Trunk mount bike rack manufacturers do not recommend using trunk mounted bike racks on vehicles with spoilers.

expert reply by: John H




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Products Referenced in This Question

Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"


Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"

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10 reviews

24878

Retail: $216.77

Price:  $132.95

Product Summary:

Custom Fit Hitch
Class I
200 lbs TW
2000 lbs GTW

Product Specs:

1-1/4 Inch Hitch


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Rhino-Rack 2500 Series Roof Rack with Aero Crossbars - 46" Long - Black


Rhino-Rack 2500 Series Roof Rack with Aero Crossbars - 46" Long - Black

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6 reviews

DA118B

Retail: $270.00

Price:  $243.00

Product Summary:

Complete Roof Systems
Elliptical Bars
Black
46 Inch Long
2 Bars

Product Specs:

Aluminum
Locks Included


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Rhino-Rack MountainTrail Rooftop Bike Carrier - Fork Mount


Rhino-Rack MountainTrail Rooftop Bike Carrier - Fork Mount

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4 reviews

RBC035

Retail: $169.00

Price:  $152.10

Product Summary:

Fork Mount
Disc Brake Compatible
1 Bike
Black
Bike and Rack Lock

Product Specs:

One Hand Clamping
Round Bars
Square Bars
Aero Bars
Elliptical Bars
Factory Bars
Quick Release Strap Attachment


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Swagman Titan 2 Bike Carrier for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting


Swagman Titan 2 Bike Carrier for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting

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9 reviews

S63400

Retail: $230.00

Price:  $207.00

Product Summary:

Hanging Rack
2 Bikes
Tilt-Away Rack
Fold-Up Rack
Steel
Bike Lock

Product Specs:

Class 1
Class 2
Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
Fits 2 Inch Hitch
Fits 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitch
Frame Mount - Anti-Sway


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