Recommended Hitch Bike Carrier for 2017 Kia Sportage

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What bike rack would be the best for a 2017 Kia Sportage? Would you recommend a 2inch hitch or 1inch ? Thank you

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The best way to transport bikes on a passenger car is usually with a hitch-mounted rack, like the Thule Hitching Post Pro you referenced, part # TH934XTR. A video on this rack is linked for you.

A hitch rack places the weight load of the rack and bikes on the vehicle's frame, its strongest part, instead of on its relatively light sheet metal the way trunk-mount racks do. For a new vehicle I definitely suggest you go for a hitch rack. This will provide the safest transport for your bikes and at the same time help preserve your new vehicle's paint finish by eliminating any rack-to-car contact.

As it happens the hitches made for your 2017 Kia Sportage include both 1-1/4-inch and 2-inch types. No question, if you will be installing a hitch, use a 2-inch Class III. The cost increase is minimal and the benefits are many, including a generally higher weight capacity, broader compatibility with a whole range of hitch-mount accessories and an installation process that is no more involved than for the smaller, lighter-duty hitches. The linked page displays all hitch options for the 2017 Sportage.

Just select your Vehicle Style from the drop-down menu tool to see the options for your specific version. If you have the EX or LX I recommend the Draw-Tite # 76074. If you have the SX then use # C13281 from Curt, along with support strap # 18050.

If you like the Hitching Post you can add anti-rattle lock kit # THSTL2 to both keep the rack steady in the hitch and help prevent theft.

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