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Best Value Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for 2016 Toyota RAV4

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Hello, I understand your recommendation of the Hollywood Racks for my 2016 RAV4, but I am looking for something more affordable. I am not a heavy use bike rider, just want something to carry my bike and sometimes my grandsons kids 16inch bike to a bike trail occasionally, so really cannot afford the higher end bike racks. So I notice the Thule Passage 2 bike rack gets listed when I go through the process of looking for a rack to match my car, and it has pretty good reviews. Yet my Rav4 is not listed in the long list of vehicles this rack fits, and on the information page for the Thule Passage, there is a warning saying the fit for Rav4 is not confirmed. So, should I cross this off my list definitely, or could I get away with the Thule rack for local short distance carrying? And do you have any other recommendations for this price range. Really dont want to spend $200+ for a bike rack I wont use much. Thanks for your thoughts.

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For a great priced trunk bike rack that fits your 2016 Toyota RAV4 the Malone Hanger part # MPG2139 is the way to go as it's the best value and fits great as well. The Thule racks aren't listed as a fit so I would not recommend trying one but this rack will fit and work really well.

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Hello. Jameson responded to my question for an affordable 2-bike trunk mount rack that would work for me for low-use transport for my bike and occasional my young grandsons kids bike. He recommended the Malone Hanger MPG2139. However this does not ship until August 13 and of course I would prefer one now or much sooner. Also, it is a 3-bike and the Malone apparently does not come in a 2-bike. Since I will mostly use for just my bike, this seems overkill. So I looked again at what will fit my 2016 Rav4 that is available sooner and the Yakima halfback 2 bike is the next affordable at $199... though this is higher than I wanted to spend, I am at this dilemma of needed one now. My question refers to reviews on this that mention that the bottom hooks do not secure to the bottom trunk and therefore all weight is on the upper straps going across the spoiler. This was only one reviewer and I am wondering if they are accurate and if you can respond to this. I will appreciate your commenting on the Yakima halfback for my situation and soon, please so I dont lose the free shipping. I trust this site and your experts over others. Thank you.

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The Yakima Fullback 2 part # Y02634 is a really great trunk bike rack. For the money you really can't beat the value as it's widely considered to be one of the nicer trunk racks you can get. In addition to all of its other great features, it includes locks for the rack to the vehicle and locks for the bikes to the rack.

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