We use ‘The Bike Rack Test‘ to compare and grade some of the best trunk mount bike racks available in the market and they are all listed at the bottom of this page!

trunk mount bike rack reviews

Before we look at individual trunk racks let’s look at what a trunk mount rack offers you.

This type of rack is sat on the back of your vehicle and attached with straps or cables that are hooked onto the trunk or tailgate and securely tightened to clamp the rack to the back of your car.

The downside of this method is parts of the rack touch your vehicle’s bodywork at several contact points and consequently if those points of contact aren’t solid and padded enough some scratches and marks can result. Therefore a snug fit is absolutely crucial.

There can be a big difference between trunk racks in their ease and speed of installing and uninstalling onto your vehicle. Lots of dangling straps and poor quality hooks can make setting a rack up securely a bit of a hassle!

Better spec racks have ratcheted steel cables with rubberized hooks and non slip rubberized pads that can be pre-set for your vehicle to ensure a rock solid attachment.

There are some definite advantages of a trunk bike rack which are listed below:

  • Easy to remove, fold up and stow away
  • Should be quick and easy to load and unload your bikes at the back of your vehicle
  • Can swap a trunk bike rack easily between vehicles
  • No overhead lifting of bikes required
  • No need to remove the front wheels
  • Good trunk racks are quick and easy to install

Some disadvantages of a trunk mount rack are:

  • The rack touches the bodywork at several places
  • Not easy to get access into the trunk or rear cargo area when installed
  • Not as capable of carrying heavier loads or as many bikes
  • Some basic trunk racks have lots of dangling nylon straps and poor quality foam feet
  • Can be more difficult to find secure locking systems to lock the rack to your vehicle and also lock your bikes to the bike rack

Trunk racks start at a cheaper price, which at first may seem an advantage, but you do pay for what you get and a cheaper basic rack is much more likely to cause damage to your vehicle and to your bikes.

Our own contention is to use The Bike Rack Test to establish whether bike racks you may be considering have passed all 7 essential components and after those racks have been graded properly then consider the price.

The pros and cons of trunk racks, their ratings and masses of user feedback are closely examined for every trunk mount rack on our site and these are listed below.

We continue to add more trunk mount racks to our site on an ongoing basis.

Please note the primary aim of our best bike rack review site is to give you enough information for all the bike racks listed below.

And also very importantly to provide you with a test system (‘The Bike Rack Test’) to enable you to grade any bike rack you want to consider giving you a way of objectively comparing bike racks so that you will be confident in making the right choice for what you need.

Our trunk bike rack reviews are always unbiased and detailed and the list keeps growing, so bookmark this page.

Trunk Mount Bike Rack Reviews
 
Allen 102S Premium 2-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review   Allen 102S Premium 2-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total Grade: 33/70
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Allen Deluxe 4 Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review   Allen Deluxe 4-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total Grade: 37/70
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Bell Double Back 2-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review   Bell Double Back 2-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total Grade: 34/70
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Hollywood Racks F4 Heavy Duty 4 Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack   Hollywood Racks F4 Heavy Duty 4-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total Grade: 36/70
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Hollywood Racks F6 Expedition 3-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review   Hollywood Racks F6 Expedition 3-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total Grade: 47/70
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Saris Bones RS 3-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review   *Top Pick*
Saris Bones RS 3-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total Grade: 61/70
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Saris Bones 801 3 Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack   Saris Bones 801 3-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total Grade: 51/70
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Thule 911XT Passage 3-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review   Thule 911XT Passage 3-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total Grade: 38/70
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Thule Raceway 9001 2-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review   Thule Raceway 9001 2-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total Grade: 62/70
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Thule Raceway 9002 3-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review   *Top Pick*
Thule Raceway 9002 3-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total Grade: 63/70
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Thule Raceway 9003 Platform Trunk Mount 2-Bike Rack Review   Thule Raceway 9003 Platform Trunk Mount 2-Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total Grade: 68/70
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Yakima KingJoe Pro 3 Trunk Bike Rack Review   Yakima KingJoe Pro 3 Trunk Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total Grade: 52/70
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Yakima Quickback 3 Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review   Yakima Quickback 3-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total Grade: 49/70
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Yakima SuperJoe 2-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review   Yakima SuperJoe 2-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total Grade: 42/70
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