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Swagman Current 2 vs XTC2 Bike Rack on Toyota Sienna

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Looking for a hitch bike rack for our Sienna to hold 2 bikes hybrid, comfort or mountain bikes...no ebikes - one womens style. Preference is that it tilts so we can access the van with the bikes on the rack. I believe that would require a platform style rack. Looking on site it appears that there are two Swagman models that might work...the XTC2 tilt and and the Current 2. Again, it looks like these will be available in a few weeks. Can you confirm that these models will work with our van? Also, any recommendation as to one model over the other that would justify the price difference? Also, any other models/brands you might recommend that we look at that are available or coming available soon in this same price range. Thank you.

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We do have several Tilt-Away bike rack options for you to hook up to your hitch. The platform racks will be the best bet, especially when dealing with the frame on a women-style bike. The two Swagman models you referenced are great choices for this.

The XTC2, part # S64671, is the more affordable option. It has the Tilt-Away feature you are looking for and can handle the styles of bikes you mentioned. It can fit both a 1-1/4 inch and a 2 inch hitch receiver, so yours will be able to handle this. I've linked a video of our review of this rack.

The Current 2, part # S64678, is the one I recommend, however. It has all of the features of the XTC2 and many more that definitely make up for the price difference. One benefit to the Current 2 is the fold-inward feature, which really helps with backing up or parallel parking when the bikes are not on the rack. Another plus for this rack is its button activation for the Tilt-Away feature, which is much easier and convenient to use than the pin removal on the XTC2. Finally, it comes pre-built with two locking systems that keep the bikes secure even when you're away from the vehicle. I've linked a video of our review with all of its features.

An alternative option that isn't Swagman is the Curt Platform Rack, part # C18085. This rack has the fold-inward feature that the Current 2 has, but it uses the pin removal for the Tilt-Away feature like the XTC2. Also, it has a lock function like the Current 2, but not as robust. I've linked to a video review of this rack as well.

Still, I recommend the Swagman Current 2. With all of its features and a design that is much more aesthetically pleasing than most other options, it's one of our best racks.

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