Bike Rack Options for a 2013 Toyota Highlander

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I just purchased a 2013 Highlander and do not have any sort of trailer hitch. I would like to use a bike rack not roof mounted and am wondering what my options are. Specifically, can I use a bike rack whose straps will come over the extended lip at the top of my rear tailgate.

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We have several bike rack options for your 2013 Toyota Highlander. It sounds like you are interested in a trunk mount style bike rack. Due to the spoiler at the top of your rear hatch, the only trunk mount bike rack options that are available are the Over-the-Top Bike Racks, 2-bike # HRF2 and 3-bike # HRF2-3. I have attached a review video of these bike racks for you to check out.

We also offer the SeaSucker Hornet, part # 298-BH1302. This is a single bike carrier that uses vacuum cups to mount to your rear hatch. I know vacuum cups sound crazy, but each cup on this carrier has a pull strength of up to 120 lbs, so your bike will be safe. I've attached a video of this bike rack for you to check out as well.

The best option in my opinion is to add a trailer hitch and use a hitch mounted bike rack. This is really the only other option other than the roof. I recommend installing the Draw-Tite Class III Trailer Hitch, # 75726. For a bike rack, I really like the Thule Hitching Post Pro, # TH934XTR, if you are looking to carry several bikes or the Kuat Transfer 2, # TS02G, if you only need to carry 1 or 2 bikes. I've attached review videos of both bike racks for you.

I have attached a link to all of the trailer hitches that we carry that will fit on your vehicle as well as a link to all of our hitch mounted bike racks for that hitch for you to check out.

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