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Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2020 Acura MDX

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Review of the Kuat Hitch Bike Racks on a 2020 Acura MDX

Ryan: Hey everybody, Ryan here at etrailer. Today on our 2020 Acura MDX, we're going to be taking a look at the Kuat NV 2.0 Platform Style Bike Rack. Now right off the bat, there is going to be a few different combinations of this exact rack. So, today we have the two bike version. If you need to carry more, there's also a four bike version available and all of those are going to be available in three different colors. So, today we have the gunmetal gray, but it's also available in a metallic black as well as a matte black finish.

So, whatever your favorite color is or whichever one matches your car the best, you have a few different options to choose from. So, my first impressions of the rack on the back of the MDX is, I think it looks awesome. Has a really modern appearance to it and just matches our Acura very nicely.When it comes to these Kuat racks, they're top-notch, as far as the quality of construction goes. You can tell they're very well-built and should last you a long time. But with that being said, one of the biggest questions that we get asked all the time in regards to these platform style racks, is if you're still going to be able to have access to the back of your SUV.

This one does fold down, even when we have our bikes loaded up, which is always nice. To do that, we'll just push on this lever and then this can swing down. So, while it's in this position, we can come around, open up the back of our MDX, get whatever gear we might need and then out of the back and once we're finished up, it's just as easy. Close up our hatch, then just flip the rack back into this position.It's going to do a great job of keeping our bike nice and secure too. Upfront here, we're going to have a wheel hook and here in the back, we're going to have a strap.

So, this will work out real well, especially for those of you that have carbon bikes or if you're concerned with any frame contact. So, you're not going to have to worry about this with that setup. However, let's go ahead and pop our bike off, so we can have a better look at the rack itself. So what you want to do is start here at the back and to remove the strap, you'll just push down on that tag, that'll kind of release that pressure and you can kind of fold that out of the way. This is also adjustable too, so you can kind of accommodate different size bikes.When you undo the wheel hook, you want to make sure you hold your bike, because once we undo this, nothing's going to be securing it and you don't want it to tip over and hit your Acura.

That being said though, you just push down on this button, can lift your hook up, swing it out of the way and that gives us plenty of space to grab our bike and set it off to the side. Now, when you're not using the rack, I do suggest just taking these wheel hooks and flipping them back into that stored position, just to clean up the look. It's pretty neat as each wheel tray at the end of it, is going to have an integrated lock here. So you can keep your bike secure, that way when you stop by a gas station or maybe get a bite to eat before or after the trails and not have to, going to constantly peek outside and make sure no one took off with your bike, so it gives you a little peace of mind there.Now, with the rack in this position, it is going to take up a little bit of space back here behind your Acura. And to figure out exactly how much, we measure from the back bumper to the very edge of the rack. Looks like it's going to be right out about 32 inches. So, something you definitely want to keep in mind whenever you pull in to your garage or maybe even a tight parking spot. However, whenever you're not using the rack, you can flip it up into a stored position. So, if you push down on that lever and swing it up and that'll make it pretty compact. It brings it nice and close to the back of the Acura and really does a good job of freeing up some space. So, I'll take that same measurement. Looks like the furthest point is going to be down here.So, from the bumper to there, looks like to me, right at 14 inches. So, with it like this, shouldn't give you any issues at all pulling into your garage or that tight spot. So, there is one really neat feature that's integrated into this rack and I think could be extremely useful. And it gives us a little workstation more or less. So, if you open this up, you can actually raise this up to our desired height, lock it down. If you turn this knob, this actually expands, so we're able to put our bike in here and secure it and that gives us a great spot to be able to tinker on a bike and make any repairs if you need to, as opposed to flipping it over or trying to lean it against a tree, something like that. This gives us a great spot to work.So, if you move down here, this rack, as well as the four bike versions are only going to work with two inch by two inch receiver tube openings. However, if you have a smaller inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter hitch, there's two bike versions available that have that smaller shank, so you be able to use those with the smaller inch and a quarter hitch. So, really convenient. This is going to come included with a locking hitch pin. That way it'll stay secure to your car. And if you move back at the very end here, we're going to have a knob. Now when you tighten this down, it acts as a stabilization device, eliminating any play or slop here in the connection point. That's going to do a couple of things. That's going to keep the ride inside of your MDX nice and quiet like it should be and provide your bikes with a little more of a smooth ride as well.So, to kind of give an example how that works, say if you're going down the road and hit some bumps, you can see our rack is going to move with our Acura and not on its own. So, at the end of the day, a rack you really can't go wrong with, from the appearance, functionality, down to how well it's built. I think it will really work out well for you, whenever you're hitting the trails with your MDX. And if you're anything like me, you always want to see the product in action. So, let's go ahead and load this up, take it on the test course and see how it performs.This is our test course. Let's start with the slalom. This shows side to side action, such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering. Then, onto our alternating speed bumps. This shows twisting action, such as hitting curbs, potholes, road debris or even uneven pavement. Last of all, the solid speed bumps. This shows up and down action, such as driving through a parking lot or parking garage or driving in and out of a driveway. And that'll finish up our look at of the Kuat NV 2.0 Platform Style Bike Rack, on a 2020 Acura MDX.

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