You can choose from one of three options for the best bike racks for sedans. Most of the bicycle carriers are designed for up to 2 bicycles and some can carry three. At the end of the day, your choice will come down to which bike rack will actually fit your car. Keep in mind that the maker often sells additional straps to help to secure the rack if it doesn’t fit completely.
The Car Roof Rack
The trouble with this is that it’s the most expensive option. You will have to get crossbars and bike trays installed onto the vehicle first and only then can you think of adding the bike rack too it. Another down side is the added wind resistance when traveling. The height of the bikes on the car adds hectic drag to the car hence you gas bill goes up too.
The Trunk Mount Bike Rack
The second idea is to the get a trunk mount rack. This type of rack straps onto the car with special nylon webbing straps and has cushioned contact points so you don’t damage the paint. Most models are easy to get on and off.
There are a few downs to this type of bike carrier too. You will not be able to get in and out of the rear end of the car because the straps are fastened down onto the car. Plus, a sedan’s are usually low and the clearance between your bike tire and the ground maybe a few millimeters. You can overcome this problem by taking off the front wheel, but I am sure that you are already limited with space and the reason for getting a bike rack is to free up space in the car.
The Hitch Mount Bike Rack
The one way to avoid these two problems is to look into getting a hitch mount. You would have to go over to your local tow-hitch service center or garage and get a quote for a two-inch receiver to be fitted.
Why would this hitch mount rack be more recommended than the trunk mount?
Well first of all the fact that the bikes will be mounted on a bar which is free from the car, means that you will have access to the trunk without having to take off the bicycles. Secondly the bikes are a lot safer because you can lock them to a bike rack and lock the rack to the hitch-receiver. Lastly, bikes tend to be more stable and travel well on this type of rack.
So it looks like the trunk and hitch mount racks come out tops. If you are concerned about security of your bikes and want to have quick access to the trunk then you can see which one is your best option already.