Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2016 Mazda 3 Hatchback for Carrying Bike Rack


I want a trailer hitch for my 2016 Mazda 3 Hatchback. The most popular seems to be the Curt, but it requires that I use a strap to support the bike rack I attach to it. The only place to attach the strap is up beyond the rear spoiler on the car, but the spoiler is plastic. Im concerned about the stress of the strap pulling the spoiler off or damaging it. What do you recommend and which other trailer hitch would be as good for my car? Ive seen the picture that you all have of the 2016 Mazda 3 with the Curt hitch installed, but it doesnt address my concern about the strap attachment.

Expert Reply:

If it were me I wouldn't want to mess with the stabilizer strap at all when carrying a bike rack. So for you 2016 Mazda 3 Hatchback I would recommend the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24914 as it does not have the same strap requirement that the Curt hitch does.

The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Thule Roadway 2 part # TH912XTR. We asked our demo and install guys to name their favorite, most easy-to-use bike racks and this one showed up in nearly everyone's top three. Check out the review video I attached for more info.

If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Kuat Bike Frame Adapter Bar # UB01 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide an attachment point. I attached a review video for this product also. This will allow the bikes to be carried more level and will provide more ground clearance.

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