Thule Passage Trunk Mount Carrier

Last updated date: May 3, 2019

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 69 expert reviews, the Thule Thule Passage Trunk Mount Carrier placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
397 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Reassuring anti-sway cages. Easy to mount the rack independently. Affordably priced without sacrificing quality.
- BestReviews
This bike mount is a great choice if you want lower prices and more features.
- Parking Day
In addition, this model comes with a dedicated anti-sway system that will prevent it from scratching the bikes and your vehicle while on the move.
- Car Care Total
Thule Passage range has the choice of a 2 or 3 bike carrier that uses a patented “FitDial” hub for a perfect fit to your cars rear end.
- Pro Car Reviews
One of its remarkable traits is the ease of installation and use.
- 5 Product Reviews
March 18, 2019 | Full review
It offers amazing durability and also keeps the bikes secured when being transported.
- Fitness Equipment Reviews
January 2, 2019 | Full review
Folds down when not in use. Rubber anti-sway cradles keep bikes from rubbing against each other. Padding to protect car paint.
- Gearing Out
Thanks to the built in anti-sway system and padded arms, your bikes should sustain little, if any damage even if your journeys take you down many rough roads.
- MTN Bikes
April 2, 2015 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Some criticize its "flimsy" plastic hub assembly. Heavy loads may damage vehicle fender.
- BestReviews
Too heavy; pressure can damage or depress the hatch.
- Parking Day
It is a little bit expensive when compared to other choices.
- Car Care Total
Lock strap needs to be bought separately if the bike has a non-conventional frame.
- Fitness Equipment Reviews
January 2, 2019 | Full review
Straps can stretch in extreme heat. Can be hard to position sliders; small clips less sturdy than frame itself. A bit on the pricey side for the features.
- Gearing Out
One of the biggest complaints has to do with the pins securing the elbows in place as they seem to break, a problem being addressed by the manufacturer.
- MTN Bikes
April 2, 2015 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Entry level strap rack featuring Thule's Stay-Put anti-sway cages and patented FitDial hub for precise fit and fold down arms.Thule Fit General Rule: Thule Strap Racks Have Been Designed To Fit Vehicles With Standard Factory Installed Spoilers, Unless Otherwise Specified In Our Fit Guide. Please Note, Thule Cannot Be Responsible For Fits On Vehicles With Aftermarket Spoilers. The Thule Passage Bike Trunk Mount Carrier is an easy-to-install and use trunk rack carrier with value-added features that make it the perfect choice for an up-and-coming and family oriented cyclists. Designed for either two or three bikes stowed at the rear exterior of your vehicle it features rubber cradles that protect bike frames while holding them securely, patented FitDial hub adjustments that provide the perfect fit to your vehicle, arms that twist down when not in use, an anti-sway feature to prevent bike to bike contact and narrow cradle arms that hold a wider range of bike frames including smaller child frames. The Thule Passage 2-Bike and 3-Bike Trunk Mount Carriers have two and three bicycle carrying capacity. They utilizes Thule's easy-to-use, patented FitDial hub adjustment system for a perfect fit to your vehicle exterior, quick installation and an exclusive push-button feature for for attaching and detaching carrier arms, as well as twisting them to the side then down so they are out of your way when not in use. They also feature soft rubberized cradles that lock down bikes while still allowing complete adjustment along the bike arm, and no-sway Cages that drastically minimize frame movement to keep your bicycles from colliding. The Thule Passage also provides you with a super-stable fit to your vehicle with six straps, a classic black finish that looks great on any and every vehicle and a maximum carrying capacity of 70 lbs. Trunk mount carriers do not require a roof rack, are easy to install and offer easy access to bikes. This makes them common, especially with new cyclists and families, but they can also be one of the least stable and awkward options on the road, sometimes leading to bike-on-bike and bike-to-vehicle contact and presenting problems with parking. The Thule Passage Bike Trunk Mount Carrier does away with these issues with its no-sway, no hassle usability. It quickly secures to trunk and/or hatchback seams with multiple straps just like other carriers in its class, but also contains unique setup features. The first of these is a wing adjustment knob and FitDial combo with recommended numerical positions for specific vehicles. This limits the trial and error in how the carrier should lay against your vehicle. Once this optimal fit position is confirmed it is locked into place with easy to turn wing adjustment knobs. Then there is the one-button connection feature for carrier arms, allowing for instantaneous installation, removal and maneuvering of the arms to the side then down and out of the way for parking situations with the carrier on, but empty of bikes. It also features narrow cradle arms, capable of holding a wider range of bike frames including smaller child frames. Most impressive though is the no-sway cage feature. Attaching and extending below each of the rubberized cradles that support your bike frame and attach to the carrier arms, no-sway attachments dramatically reduce bike frame movement front-to-back and side-to-side.

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Expert Reviews: 11
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Expert Reviews: 5
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Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 8
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Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
7. Hollywood Racks Express Trunk Mounted Bike Rack
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4
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Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 2
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Expert Reviews: 8
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