Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2013 Toyota Matrix

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discourage use of a 1.25 to 2 adapter with this hitch? I have a 2013 toyota matrix and from this comment makes sense not to use the adapter as the increased length greatly reduces the tongue weight limit. Therefore should i go directly to a class 2 hitch, would that solve my issue . . . . i see many smaller vehicles in the reviews and how do they accomplish what i am trying to do?

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If you want to go with a Class II hitch for your 2013 Toyota Matrix you can use # C12228. A Class II hitch still has a 1-1/4 inch receiver though so if you have a bike rack with a 2 inch shank that you wanted to use you would still need an adapter. But with a Class II hitch you can carry more than 2 bikes.

If you need to carry more than 2 bikes I recommend going with the Curt hitch listed above and a Class II compatible bike rack such as the Saris Glide EX # SA774. This bike rack can tilt out with or without bikes loaded so you can open the rear hatch on the vehicle. I have linked a video review showing how it works.

The only caveat is that Curt also says you have to use stabilization strap # 18050 when using this hitch for any non-trailer load (such as a bike rack or cargo carrier) per their warranty requirements. I have linked a video showing how it works.

Please note that hitch # 24720 does not fit a Toyota Matrix.

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