Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2015 Volvo XC60 without a Roof Rack or Trailer Hitch


2015 Volvo xc60 I am looking for a bike rack for my car. I dont have roof rails or a hitch on this one so I need advice on what will work best for my vehicle. What product do you recommend and what is the maximum amount of bikes that it can handle?


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Other than the roof and a hitch the other way to carry bikes on your 2015 Volvo XC60 would be a trunk/hatch mounted carrier. There are 1, 2, and 3-bike carriers available. The only 3-bike model is the Yakima HalfBack # Y02635. I have linked a video review of this rack for you.

If you need to carry more than 3 bikes I recommend going with a trailer hitch and using a hitch mount bike rack. And should you ever need to tow a trailer or use a cargo carrier for extra storage space you will have the hitch ready to go.

If you are interested in a hitch I recommend Draw-Tite hitch # 75671. Once installed only the receiver tube will be visible. Take a look at the video I have linked showing an example installation.

With a hitch you will be able to carry 4 or 5 bikes. For a 4 bike rack the Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR and the Yakima DoubleDown Ace # Y02451 are 2 of the most popular options. I have linked videos of both racks for you.

For 5-bike racks Curt rack # C18065 and the Yakima RidgeBack # Y02459 are 2 popular choices. We have a video on the Curt but not the 5-bike version of the RidgeBack (so I linked a video of the 4-bike version).

If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical men's bike would) then I recommend using bike adapter bar # 64005. This will allow you to carry those bikes more level and will provide better ground clearance. I have linked a video showing how the adapter works.

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