Recommended Bike Rack Style for a 2010 Ford Escape

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which bike rack is best for the 2010 Ford Escape? Thank you.

Expert Reply:

There are many options in bike racks for your 2010 Ford Escape. Your choice depends on how many bikes you are wanting to carry and the weight of the bikes. For your vehicle, the best would be either a hitch bike rack or a trunk mounted bike rack. The roof bike rack for your Ford Escape is not the best choice, because it requires lifting the bike to the roof of the vehicle.

The hitch bike rack is a excellent choice, but it does require you have a trailer hitch on the back of your vehicle or have a hitch installed.

If you have a trailer hitch on the vehicle now, it is either a 1-1/4 inch hitch or a 2 inch hitch. If you want to carry two bikes then you can use the Thule Vertex 2 Bike Carrier, # TH9028XT, which will work on either size hitch. It has a tilting feature that will lower the rack for easy access to the rear cargo area. Also, the dual arms can be folded down when they are not being used.

If you do not have a hitch on your vehicle then you would use the Hidden Hitch Class III Trailer Hitch for the 2010 Ford Escape, # 87626, which will give you a 2 inch receiver. With the 2 inch receiver you can use the Thule # TH9028, and it even has the weight capacity to tow a trailer.

The trunk mounted bike rack is ideal for short trips with your bikes. They are more economical and if you do not have a hitch and do not want to install one, this would be the way to go.

A good recommendation for a trunk bike rack is the Thule Passage 2 Bike Trunk Mounted Bike Rack, # TH910XT, it attaches to your rear hatch with adjustable straps and hooks. It can carry two bikes at a maximum weight of 30 lbs per bike.

Those are just a couple good recommendations for your 2010 Ford Escape. I am sending some links that might help you with your decision. You can also view installation instructions and a video for the trailer hitch and our entire listing of bike racks at the links provided.

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