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Bike Rack Solution for 2018 Honda HR-V to Allow Rear Hatch to Open

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Can you still open the hatch on a 2018 HRV with the rack installed?

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You cannot open the hatch of any vehicle with a trunk bike rack installed. Whether it's loaded or unloaded. The additional weight of the rack would potentially cause the hatch to slam down unexpectedly and hurt someone plus the top hooks of the rack would also most likely dig into the body of the vehicle as the hatch opens.

If you need a bike rack solution that will allow the rear hatch of your 2018 Honda HR-V to open you'd need to look into a hitch option. Which for that you'd need to start with a hitch confirmed as a fit for your vehicle like the Draw Tite part # 24932.

Then you could use a tilting bike rack like the Swagman Semi 2.0 # S64686 which can tilt down and give access to the rear hatch of the vehicle like the picture I attached shows. I also attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well.

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