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Class I Trailer Hitch and Hitch-Mount Platform-Style Bike Carriers for 2014 Toyota Prius

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Im looking to purchase the Draw-tite Sportframe Hitch Receiver and either the XTC2 or Chinook for my 2014 Prius. Will either be compatible? I saw the XTC2 first but I like the fact that the Chinook can take heavier bikes and since it come with a locking pin, that seems to pay for the price difference. Thanks!

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The Draw-Tite Class I Sport Frame Receiver Hitch # 24847 is a confirmed no-drill bolt-on installation on your 2014 Toyota Prius. I have linked the written instructions, a helpful article as well as a video to guide your installation.

For your choice of 2-bike hitch-mount carrier, both the Swagman XTC-2 # S64670 and their Chinook 2 # S64683 are compatible platform carriers that will work with your hitch. The Chinook does offer a higher bike weight capacity and included locks, as you noted, and its beefier construction is evidenced by its higher 47-lb weight, versus 33-lbs for the XTC-2. The Chinook works with bike wheelbases up to 50-inches and with tire widths up to 3-inches, and you can refr to the linked video for more on this high-value platform carrier.

I agree that overall the Chinook is the better option. I have owned a Swagman hitch rack, the Original 3 part # S64152-2, for several years and it continues to serve us well - I would buy it again if I had it to do over.

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