Recommended Trunk Mount Bike Rack for 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport Hatchback

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You have the 2018 Hyundai Elantra Trunk Bike Rack for a sedan. Will it fit a Hyundai Elantra GT Sport hatchback?

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For your 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport Hatchback, I recommend the Thule Gateway XT 2-Bike Rack # TH9006XT. I checked with Thule and was able to confirm that this will fit and work great on your GT (hatchback) model Elantra. This is a really nice, 2-bike trunk rack that features long, arching body tubes designed specifically for vehicles like yours and Hold Fast cradles that will hold the bikes at 3 different points. The carrier can secure two bikes of up to 35 pounds each.

I recommend adding the Thule Cable Lock # TH538XT to secure the bikes to the rack and the Thule Passive Security Strap # TH533 to secure the rack to your vehicle to help deter theft.

I have attached a short video demonstration on this bike rack that you can check out.

If you plan on transporting any children's, woman's, or alternative frame bikes, you might also need an adapter bar like the Kuat # UB01. This will provide a horizontal attachment point for level transport and improved ground clearance. I have attached a demonstration video on this product so you can see exactly how it works and why it might be needed.

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Thanks for your reply as to the fit of the Gateway 2 on my 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT5 Sport Hatchback. Id like to know if the Gateway 2 hatch mounted is recommended to actually rest on the rear bumper or not on this car. There is more plastic on the hatch edges then earlier models and only a small area of metal for the side straps. Is that small area OK to hook the side straps to? One of the features of the Archway 2foot model is that it has more clearance for the spoiler. Is this for a top spoiler as on the GT5 hatchback, or for those with lower spoilers? Thanks...

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Thule does have a few specific fit instructions for the Gateway XT 2-Bike Rack # TH9006XT on your 2018 Hyundai Elantra Hatchback. It states that on your vehicle, the lower arm of the carrier should be positioned on the upper tier of the bumper. Also, you will need to place the top clips in the gap at the front edge of the top of the hatch and place the lower clips in the bottom edge of the hatch. This will provide a secure fit at the rear of your Elantra.

The Thule Archway XT 2-Bike Rack # TH9009XT that you mentioned, which is also confirmed to fit your hatchback model Elantra, does feature a slightly more pronounced arch on the mounting tubes that are designed specifically to offer more clearance on vehicles with factory spoilers like yours. If you are worried about contacting the top spoiler on your vehicle, I do recommend going with this option. The same fit options mentioned above for the Gateway also apply to this rack on your Elantra.

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