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Yakima RidgeBack 4-Bike Hitch Rack

Pros: Stands out for its fast and secure installation and anti-sway cradles that keep bikes from hitting each other. Space for four bikes.

Cons: Installation/assembly instructions could be a bit clearer.

Summary: Easily the best bike rack on the market today. Offers top-notch security and plenty of space for four bikes.
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Hollywood Racks Express Trunk Mounted Bike Rack

Pros: Lures budget-conscious customers with room for three bikes and simple adjustments.

Cons: The straps for holding the bikes can come loose when driving, requiring prompt attention.

Summary: While this rack is optimal for shoppers on a budget, higher-priced competitors offer more stability.
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Swagman XC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack (...

Pros: We love the adjustable tire hoops and top arm, both of which cater to a number of different bike frames.

Cons: The black rubber material on the clamps rubs off on bike frames.

Summary: If you're in the market for a solid two-bike rack that can fit numerous types of bikes, this Swagman model is a safe bet.
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Thule Passage Trunk Mount Carrier

Pros: Garners praise for its soft rubber cradles, which keep bike frames from getting scratched or scuffed during transportation.

Cons: Fits a relatively limited selection of vehicles.

Summary: A great selection for secure transportation and bike protection -- as long as it fits on your car.
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Allen Sports Deluxe 3-Bike Hitch Mount Rack (1.25 ...

Pros: Durable steel construction; has long carrying arms, which have ample space for three bikes.

Cons: The rack can be a bit wobbly -- a problem that's resolved by drilling slightly larger holes.

Summary: You won't find a more capable -- and spacious -- bike rack in this price range. It's hands down the best bang for your buck.