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We have 2017 Toyota Yaris Hatchback and would like to install a hitch-mounted bike rack.

It seems like there are aftermarket hitches available, but the owner's manual does not recommend towing or even the installation of a hitch mounted bike rack. (I'm in the U.S.)

"Toyota does not recommend towing a trailer with your vehicle. Toyota also does not recommend the installation of a tow hitch or the use of a tow hitch carrier for a wheelchair, scooter, bicycle, etc. Your vehicle is not designed for trailer or for the use of tow hitch mounted carriers."

Is this just a legal disclaimer or would there be any real dangers of having a hitch installed on a Yaris?

As an alternative, I am thinking of a trunk mounted rack, but I do have very expensive bikes and don't feel comfortable having them secured on the trunk.

Thank you!

  • Without checking what Toyota says about hitches for other markets (but you could...) perhaps the chassis is sufficient for the purpose it was designed for and minimal at that. Cars designed for tow hitches have chassis that are thicker or have support tubes included during manufacture to support the extra loads. – Solar Mike Jun 13 at 21:57

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