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Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2022 Toyota Prius Prime

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I have anew Toyota Prius Prime 2022 plug-in. The top of the back door is glass, so I assume i cannot use a bike rack with metal clasps around that glass edge. What trailer hitch and light duty bike rack do you recommend?

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From the sounds of your question, you have a 2022 Toyota Prius Prime with a glass roof. If this is what you have, you are absolutely correct that we do not have any confirmed fitments of trunk-mounted bike racks for your vehicle.

With that being said, we do have some great hitch-mounted options for you. For one of the best racks we carry, I recommend the Saris Freedom # SA4412B or the fat-bike tire version # SA4412B-FB. This rack is extremely lightweight at 22.5 pounds. One of the great features of the Freedom is that it comes with independently-adjusting cradles that are perfect for women's bikes, children's bikes, and step-thru frames. You do not need to go through the hassle of purchasing additional bike frame adapter bars. Also, if you are using the rack with a Class I hitch, it has a 35-pound per-bike weight capacity. Since the Freedom comes with a super long shank, you do not need to worry about the rack interfering with your rear bumper when mounted.

For theft-deterrence of the bikes and the rack, I suggest using the # SA3022 along with the # e98891.

For a great compatible hitch on your 2022 Prius Prime, I recommend the Curt Hitch - 1-1/4" # C11473. Not only does this hitch install close to your rear bumper, it comes with a hidden design to provide you with a more factory look on your new car. Additionally, it comes with a superior gloss outer coating over the base powder coat that gives you more protection against rust and corrosion than our competitor brands.

I went ahead and attached some helpful videos for you to check out.

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Thank you for your good response and expert advice. Noted that the Curt hitch C11473 works with my 2022 Toyota Prius Prime. As for a bike rack, I really only need a light weight one, I have no electric or fat bikes. Typically I would only transport one single bike. Do you have a recommendation for another simpler bike rack which still would work with this Curt hitch on my Prius? Do I need to order a pin and clip, or any other hardware?

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Definitely! For a lightweight 1-bike hitch rack, I recommend going with the Yakima SingleSpeed # Y02481. Not only is this rack compatible with the Curt Class I hitch # C11473 on your 2022 Toyota Prius Prime, it comes with same-key locks to deter the theft of your bikes and the rack itself. With the SingleSpeed, it already comes with a pin, so you do not need to worry about purchasing an additional pin for the rack. It also comes with a long shank that measures 7-1/4" from the center of the shank pinhole to the closest part of the rack. With that length, you won't have any bumper clearance issues when used with the # C11473. It is also one of our lightest 1-bike racks at only 20 pounds.

I went ahead and attached a demo video of the SingleSpeed for you to check out.

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Thank you for your good information. With a trailer hitch C11473 for my Toyota Prius Prime 2022, are there any other bike racks that you recommend than just the Yakima YO2481? Would these following ones also work well with this hitch: Swagman XC2 Curt C18085 Hollywood HLY94FR Also, are there any basic one post racks for hanging the bike that would work with the hitch you recommended? Again, I have no electric bike, fat bike or anything very heavy and just need a basic budget rack.

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While the Hollywood Racks Destination # HLY94FR works great with the Curt Hitch # C11473, the Swagman XC2 # S64650 and the Curt 2 Bike Rack # C18085 will not work. This is because the XC2 is only compatible with Class II 1-1/4" hitches and the Curt 2 will interfere with your rear bumper when folded up with the hitch installed.

As far as a hanging style rack, while we don't have a 1-bike rack, we do have a great economical 2-bike rack. That is the Swagman Trailhead 2 # S63360. This rack works perfectly with the Curt Hitch # C11473 on your 2022 Toyota Prius Prime.

If you happen to have a women's bike frame, step-thru frame, or children's bike, you need to use a bike frame adapter # 64005 in order to mount the bike to the arms of the Trailhead 2.

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