Which roof rack to buy?

Discussion in 'Gen 4 Prius Accessories and Modifications' started by Eric Mendelson, Aug 27, 2017.

  1. Eric Mendelson

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    We’d like to buy a new roof rack for our 2016 Prius. We’re looking at Thule’s and Yakima’s racks, both of which are on sale this week at REI, while also wondering about the one from Toyota. A bike mechanic at our local REI also installs these Thule & Yakima racks on cars for people nervous about putting them on for the first time themselves (I’m not). He recommends Yakima’s rack system now, saying Yakima revised them last year to fit better and more precisely, with more level crossbars, on Priuses with their more domed roof shape. Anybody have any experience of this newer Yakima roof rack system? Or of Thule on their Gen 4 Priuses? Aaaaand: how does the Toyota-branded rack set-up (which looks less expensive) compare? Any difference in traveling noise? Thanks, Eric
     
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    I used Thule 754 foots, the prius gen4 adapters 1824 with wingbars and 532 bikeracks.

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    My vote still goes with hitch mount rack. Way easier to load and unload...and no damage. Curt 1.25" receiver and 1UP USA Single Quick Rack with a Quick Rack Add On. Even installed the trailer harness for lights...which have been used pulling trailers. ;)
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    In order to install the hitchrack (for gen4) needs to be installed the adapter by a car center. While the roof rack is easy.

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    Thanks for your thoughts, folks, but my question actually has nothing to do with bikes, which we can comfortably carry inside our hatchbacked Prius. I may have confused some of you by my reference to a bike mechanic: at REI, these just happen to be the guys who mount roof racks for customers who need help--whatever the purpose of those racks. (We mean to carry a big double kayak and at other times a cargo box up there.) My question is about what experience any of you have had of the fit to a Gen 4 Prius's dome-ish roof of any of the three brands of rack mounts I mentioned. - Eric
     
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    Apologies Eric as I did see your request as bike purposed.
     
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    No problem, frodoz! We tend to read quickly these days, and more troublesomely, write too quickly . . . and it's probably natural to fill in what writers meant, not just what they wrote. Nothing lost here at all, apart from some minutes' effort. I find that the older habits of reading a second or third time are mostly gone, and people are used to sending out messages without double-checking what they've written first--and we're used to reading those. Much more troubling in other situations!
     
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    FYI: We bought our roof rack and a cargo box. We opted for a Yakima rack on sale at REI. The primary reason we went with Yakimas is that the company reportedly revised their racks for better fit on each Gen of Priuses, with clear, specific directions in applying their added adjustments. The main adjustment that sold us is the angle you can add to the crossbars held by their Baseline support towers: you can see in my photo that these crossbars are leveled on Priuses, previously a challenge, given our car roofs’ unusual slopes. In all fairness, I’m not sure just how valuable this bar leveling is, but we liked that these wing-shaped aerodynamic crossbars lie level. By all reviews and reports, both Thule’s and Yakima’s products are excellent: sure better than the cheap rack I used to use pre-Prius. And both brands offer crossbars in a few different shapes and metals, all of which can safely carry either brands’ cargo boxes. Lifetime warrantied, too. I didn’t feel confident of Toyota’s offered alternative, although I didn’t get to inspect them. Now we can carry our boat, our skis, or some of our piles of camping stuff up top! - Eric
     
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    I know this is an old post, but what length bars did you get? Looking at the same system myself.
     
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    Can't comment on the other brands, but I've used Thule successfully on a number of vehicles, including the Prius Gen4 and never had any problems.
     
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    I had SportRack ones on a gen 2, but I'm looking to upgrade. Leaning towards Yakima at the moment.
     
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    I have the oem Toyota ones and they work great. I like the fit and while they were pretty noisy, with the fairing, it’s not bad at all. Mpg impact maybe 1-2 mpg.
     
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    I bought a Thule Ascent 1500 for my 2008 Prius. Now I have a 2018 Prius 4. It works fine on that as well.

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    I have Thule too. Work fine. I have the cheap square steel bars though. They make a slight whistling noise at high speeds. Cured it by wrapping a spiral of paracord around the bars.
     
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    I read other posts regarding wind noise from the racks. I have the design with the elliptical/airfoil profile mounts and haven't noticed any wind noise. However, I imagine the real concern is not so much wind noise, but rather increased wind resistance and it's effect on mpg.
     
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    I had the square bars on and didn't notice a drop in mpg.

    The roof box, luggage, 2 kids, and my wife... That took off maybe 4 or 5.
     
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    I noticed a slight drop in mpg for my old Prius (with carrier) - maybe 5 mpg, highway; no change, city. I haven't had time to compare mpg's for my 2018 Prius yet, but I am pretty sure it has roughly the same characteristics - it effects mpg at speeds over 50 mph.
     
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