Yakima Hangout 2 Review ǀ Trunk Bike Rack

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The Yakima hangout 2 bike rack is an easy-to-use trunk mount bike rack that carries 2 bikes. If you own a passenger car, hatchback, or sedan, this might be the rack you’re looking for. 

Choosing bike racks can sometimes be confusing because there are so many aspects to consider such as compatibility of a bike rack with cars and bikes, security, features, and much more. 

In this article, we have reviewed the Hangout 2 bike rack in such a way that making a buying decision would be a piece of cake. We have done all the research and have rated the product based on the Rack score so you can compare this rack to other trunk mount racks.  

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Yakima Hangout 2

Yakima Hangout

Trunk bike rack

  • Maximum Bikes: 3
  • Rack weight: 14.5
  • Hitchless
  • Price: $144
  • Material: Metal

Pros of Hangout

  • Highly adjustable
  • Heavy duty structure
  • Does not scratch the car
  • Sturdy on the highway
  • Foldable

Cons of Hangout

  • Bike-holding brackets slide
  • Not suitable for electric bikes
  • Difficult to find the right bike configuration
  • No security

R score

The process of sifting through hundreds of bike racks to identify one that is a perfect match can be exhausting. If you are going through the same, do not worry because we have got your back. We conduct extensive research on the many types of bike racks and provide them to you in a way that will assist you in making the best choice. We have developed a Rack score (R score) based evaluation system for different bike rack aspects such as features, security, aesthetics, compatibility, value for money, customer satisfaction, and capacity. Based on this score, we rate all bike racks on a scale of 10 so you can easily compare them with other racks and jump to the right decision. 

Features of Yakima Hangout 2

Hangout is a very simple and elegant bike rack. Easy installation and bike loading make it user-friendly. The rack can be mounted with very basic mounting straps. You just have to make sure that the rack fits on your vehicle and if you have spoilers, check the compatibility.

This metal bike rack is made for carrying 2 bikes while Yakima Hangout 3 is made to carry three bikes. The rack has a load-carrying capacity of 35 pounds per bike so make sure your bike lies within the limit.

The rack has separate cradles for each bike. These cradles make it very easy to load and unload the bikes. This means that you can save a lot of time as compared to other complicated bike racks.

If you get the Hangout trunk mount rack, you will not have to worry about car or bike paint. The rack has rubber-padded feet that protect the vehicle.

You can also store the rack easily because it is foldable. You can fold it to the extent that it gets flat and then store it in your garage or car trunk with minimum space. (R score 8)

Brand value

Brand value is an important feature that you should consider before buying a bike rack. Not all brands are cautious about providing high-quality bike racks to their customers. Thus, it is better to purchase a bike rack from a reliable brand.

Yakima offers a variety of handy solutions for safely transporting large amounts of stuff. It aspires to provide creative, user-friendly, and long-lasting goods. Yakima places great value on client satisfaction. Yakima’s brand value has an R grade of 8.

Capacity and Compatibility of Yakima Hangout

The capacity of a bike rack means the number of bikes it can hold easily. You should consider your biking requirements before anything else and make sure the bike rack can carry your bikes.

We recommend you check the bike capacity and load capacity to get a better understanding of whether the rack will accommodate your specific bike type.

The Yakima Hangout 2 holds two bikes whereas the Yakima Hangout 3 can carry a maximum of three bikes. But these bikes should not weigh more than 35 lbs. This means that some electric bikes and other heavy bikes might not be compatible with this rack.

If you are looking for a bike rack for carrying woman’s bikes, you will need to get a Frame Adapter to safely mount the bikes. Otherwise, the bikes might not be secure.

After capacity, check the compatibility of the bike rack with your vehicle. Hangout fits most hatchback passenger cars and sedans. You can check the car compatibility of Yakima Hangout on Yakima’s website. Here we have listed only a few compatible vehicles

  • Honda Fit 2015 even with a spoiler
  • 2007 Nissan Altima even with a rear spoiler
  • 2014 Jeep Cherokee
  • Pontiac Vibe
  • 2009 MINI Cooper
  • 2014 Ford Focus
  • 2016 Audi A3 Cabriolet
  • 2021 Porsche Macan
  • 2012 Jeep Liberty
  • Jeep Renegade 2015-2018
  • 2019 Dodge Charger
  • 2015 Honda Crosstour
  • 2016 Kia Sportage
  • 2015 Toyota Highlander
  • 2015 Acura RDX
  • 2016 Nissan Sentra
  • 2019 Ford Edge

Yakima Hangout 2 is not compatible with

  • 2005 INFINITI G35 Coupe
  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK
  • 2017 Chevrolet Volt 
  • 2010 Toyota Prius

For a capacity of 2-3 bikes and high compatibility with vehicles, we give it an R score of 7.

Customer Satisfaction

We believe that there is no better reviewer of a bike rack than a common person who has purchased and use it. The more we go through customer reviews, the more we find out how users feel about the build and compatibility of a bike rack.

Hangout has been rated 4.4 stars out of 5 on Amazon. The product has been reviewed by a total of 98 ratings and among them, 83% of reviewers like the bike rack and have given it a high rating. (R score 8)

Security of components of Hangout

We give high regard to the security features of a bike rack. While you are traveling, there will be a lot of instances when you will have to leave the car, for example, you might want to stop by a shop and get yourself some refreshments. No this can become a big problem if your bike rack or bikes get stolen. Thus, when buying a bike rack, either make sure that it has locking features or try to sort out your way of locking the rack to the vehicle and bikes to the rack.

Yakima Hangout does not have any locking mechanism. You can buy bungee cords and secure the bikes through wheels and pedals, or you can get any other security loop to secure the rack to the car. We give it an R score of 6 for security.

Aesthetics of Yakima Hangout

Looking for an elegant bike rack to rest on the trunk of your car? Yakima Hangout 2 has a pleasant layout to position the bikes. It is available in black color and is made of a metal body that makes it heavy-duty and sturdy.  The rack has straps in black color that go around the trunk. It weighs 14.5 pounds and is 23 inches long, 21 inches wide, and 10 inches high. For this appearance, it gets an R score of 9.

Value for money

A rack is not expensive if it is protecting your vehicle from scratches. If a bike rack is providing value, it will be worth the cost. Hangout 2 costs around $150. Since it can carry two bikes, you will be paying around $75 for a bike. Considering that the rack gives an overall good traveling experience with no damage to the vehicles, it looks like a cost-effective purchase. (R score 8)

Yakima Hangout 2 Bike Rack


With an overall score of 7.8, the Yakima Hangout 2 bike rack is a good option if you own two bikes and want to carry them in the trunk of your car. The rack is affordable at around $150 and is fairly easy to install and store when not used. The only feature it lacks is a locking system but if you are ready to secure bikes in some other way, Hangout 2 can prove to be fruitful.

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S Chaudhry is the founder and the first writer for BikesRacks. He covers almost all the bike reviews after doing a lot of secondary and primary (hands on) research on the products. Apart from that he is the author of a number of how to do articles as well on the website. He is an avid road bike cyclists who is dealing in a lot of areas related to biking. Currently he has gained experience fixing bikes to retailing accessories related to them as well. His eventual goal is to build an authority site on cycling and also become a profession bike fitter.