Thule Apex XT 4 Bike Rack Review - 2017 Honda CR-V

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Review of the Thule Apex XT 4 Bike Rack on a 2017 Honda CR-V


Jake: Hey, guys, Jake here at etrailer. Today we have a 2017 Honda CR-V. We're going to be a test fit of the Thule Apex XT Four-Bike Rack.This is going to be a handing-style bike rack. You'll have three different points of contact, two up here on your top tube strapping into the rack and then one on our down tube here. This is going to be our anti-sway cradle to take away the swaying of your bike to reduce bike-to-bike contact.You are going to have two different points of security on the bike rack, one being our cable lock that'll open up and attach into the end of your bar here. It'll go over your top tube, securing your bikes to the rack when you're not with your bikes.

So then you simply lock it up on the end, pull it up, and store it back in the upright. Then we'll go ahead and remove our bike. Push down on the tabs and pull the straps out. Go ahead and remove our bike. I always like to replace the straps when I'm done, just gives your bike rack a better look when no bikes are loaded.

I will go ahead and take a few measurements just to let you know how much you've added to the rear of your CR-V.The total length you've added is going to be about 41" to the furthest out point. So keep that mind when parking in a parking garage or in a parking lot when you have bikes loaded. When you don't have any bikes loaded, you can pull on this handle up here and fold the bike rack down into closed position, and you've cut it down to about 14". So that's quite a bit different, so you can leave your bike rack on your vehicle when you pull it in your garage at home. Our closest point on our CR-V is going to be about 5" to this plate here, but that's stationary, so you don't have to worry about it making contact with your vehicle.Now, to gain rear hatch access, Thule's made it able for you to tilt this away from your vehicle, pull up, tilt it away until you hear it click, and then open up your rear hatch.

This is going to allow you a lot of room to be able to load or unload anything in and out of your vehicle. Go ahead and close that back up and pull on that handle again, tilt it up till you hear it click into place. Now, for ground clearance, looking at about 13" to the bottom of our plate here. That's a lot of space to be able to go over those bumps and pull onto your driveway.Now we'll see how it's attached to our hitch. You're going to have an automatic pin that locks into your 2" x 2" hitch receiver.

You can take off the adapter. That will convert it down to 1-1/4" x 1-1/4 receiver, so it's going to work with any hitch in your household. When twisted tight, this anti-rattle knob is going to take away the shake and play from your bike rack, so that energy is not transferred from the bike rack into your vehicle. Let's go ahead and take a look at it on our test course. Up first is going to be our slalom, which is going to simulate side-to-side action like evasive maneuvering or taking a sharp turn. Now we're onto the solid speed bumps, which is going to simulate the up-and-down action like going over a speed bump or pulling into your driveway, and now our alternating speed bumps, which is going to simulate driving over uneven pavement like potholes. Jake: That's going to do it for our look at the Thule Apex XT Four-Bike Rack on our 2017 Honda CR-V.


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