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Available Rooftop and Hitch Cargo Carrier Options for 2016 Lexus RX 350

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I am looking for a luggage rack for a 2016 RX350. It is a base unit and does not have the rails to mount onto. Do you have a product that may fit on a unit like this?

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We can offer you several options in cargo carriers for use on your 2016 Lexus RX 350 that does not have a roof rack in place.

The best place to carry your cargo can depend on what that cargo is and on how heavy it is. If you have mostly lighter items like clothing then a rooftop solution might be best. If you have especially heavy items, and/or items that may be dirty after use (such as hiking or biking gear) then a hitch-mounted rear cargo carrier like # C18152 might prove the better option. If you have items that need maximum protection from the elements then an enclosed carrier like the hitch-mount Thule Transporter # TH665C might be best. If you need a hitch-mounted carrier that can swing out of the way to give you access to the vehicle cargo area then the Rola Swinging Enclosed Cargo Carrier # 59109 could be the perfect choice.

I suggest you have a look at the linked articles on rooftop and hitch carriers as this will help you decide which offers the best fit for your specific needs.

If you prefer a roof-mounted solution you will need to first install a roof rack on the car to which you can mount either a open metal cargo basket like Thule Canyon XT # TH859XT or enclosed plastic cargo box like the Thule Force XT # TH6356B. All roof rack options for your RX 350 can be seen on the linked page. These include the excellent Thule AeroBlade Edge system that you referenced, made of parts # TH7602-TH7603 and discontinued fit kit 4072. My recommendation is to instead use the Thule WingBar rack consisting of # TH711420, # TH710601, and # TH186044.

Please tell me more about the type, size and weight of your cargo items and I will be glad to help you find the best solution.

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