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Recommended Hitch and Bike Rack for a 2017 Mazda 3 Hatchback

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Id like a 2 bike rack for: Mazda3, hatchback 2017 The Thule Helium Pro looks light weight and may work. Mazda does not have any rack except top-rack located, and I cant possibly load a bike that high. Make it easy for an older woman please! Thanks

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For your 2017 Mazda 3 Hatchback, I recommend using the Kuat Transfer Bike Platform Rack part # KU74FR. The reason that I recommend this over the Thule Helium Pro 2 Bike Rack part # TH9042PRO is because it will be easier to load your bikes onto and it won't require any adapter bar. There is no center section with the Transfer so you can just walk your bike up into the center of the carrier and sit it down. The Helium Pro would require you to lift your bike up in the air to clear the arms. The Helium Pro would also require the Thule Bike Adapter Bar part # TH982XT most likely to keep the bike level whereas the Transfer would not.

The Transfer is a bit heavier at 47 lbs for the two bike carrier but this is very light in regards to platform style bike carriers. If you don't already have a trailer hitch, the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 24914 will be perfect for either carrier. I have attached an install photo/video for you.

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