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Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Toyota Prius v

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Review of the Swagman Hitch Bike Racks on a 2014 Toyota Prius v


Hi, everyone. It's Evangeline. And today, we'll talk about how the Swagman XC2 fits on the 2014 Toyota Prius v. The Swagman XC2 is your bare necessities bike rack. It does the job but it does it where it's compact, lightweight, and very easy to store. So, if you're looking for a platform rack which gives you the stability of a platform rack without the price of a platform rack, that's where the Swagman XC2 comes in handy.

This is gonna be a very quick overview with how it works with our vehicle. If you want full details on the specs, dimensions, measurements, check out our full review here at etrailer.com. The main thing about this is you do lose access to your hatch, especially when your bikes are on the bike rack. If you want something that tilts away, those are our more premium bike racks like the RockyMounts MonoRail. You also have a 35 pound weight capacity.

So, for extra heavy electric bikes, probably not gonna be the best fit. Where this really shines is just how small and lightweight it is. When you wanna take off your bike, you start by taking off these hooks. Actually, just take them off completely because it's just easier that way. And then I would tilt the mast down.

In our case here, look at how much space we have between the window of our Prius v and our handles. That way, I can just sneak our bike through past the mast and then I'm ready to go on a bike ride. We're gonna bring these down. You can see how this secures the bike rack, or the bike by its frame. So, if you have like, carbon fiber frame bikes, maybe not the best fit for you.

But for most of your bikes, this will work. If you have alternate frame bikes like women's bikes, children's bikes, especially step-through bikes, you may have to get a frame adapter bar. This also folds up to be more compact or more neat. If you wanna open up your hatch real quick, you can see here how we still don't have enough clearance. So, we would just have to pull this pin and bring the mast down. This also folds up when you pull the pins on the arms, bring this up there and then you secure those pins. And this is gonna be the position you're gonna have it so that you can keep it inside of your trunk. So, that's awesome because if you don't wanna carry around your bikes but you also wanna make sure that this is ready to go when you're ready to go, you can have this inside your cargo space. You have a lot of cargo space in your Prius v. And it'll work just like that. So, this has an inch and a quarter shank. So, if you have the inch and a quarter hitch receiver on your Prius v, or if you have a two-inch which is what I have here, this has an adapter included with the bike rack so it'll work with whichever of those hitch receivers you have. And if you don't have a hitch receiver, you can find the right fit for you right here at etrailer.com. So all in all, a very simple, very basic, minimalistic bike rack. If you don't want to have to pay for extra features that you don't want or need, this is what you would go with. And then after a while, you can then upgrade to your bike racks with more features. This right here though was a look at how the Swagman XC2 works on the 2014 Toyota Prius v. Announcer This is our test course. Let's start with the slalom. This shows side to side action, such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our alternating speed bumps. This shows twisting action, such as hitting curbs, potholes, road debris, or even uneven pavement. Last of all, the solid speed bumps. This shows up and down action, such as driving through a parking lot or parking garage, or driving in and out of a driveway..


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