Hitch mount racks are I think a little more friendly to mount bikes too than trunk mount racks. They generally keep the bikes further away from the car, fewer mounting problems, flexibility for other uses to name a few advantages. Disadvantages are cost, weight, initial installation is more involved and decreased clearance. Typically it is the cost and clearance that will steer people away. You can usually get a hitch mounted fairly inexpensively at U-Haul or similar places. Dealers will even do it but they may charge more. U-Haul use to charge $25, not sure what it is now.
On your accord, the decreased ground clearance may very well be an issue. It certainly is on our Sienna as I can no longer back into our driveway.
With a hitch rack you will have decide between a 2" and a 1.25" receiver. The 1.25" receivers look like they don't sit as low as the 2". 1.25" will probably fit all your needs. If not you can get the 2" or get a 1.25" -> 2" adapter.
If you just want to occasionally carry 1 or 2 bikes and have no other use for a hitch, the trunk rack would be okay. If you use the rack more frequently or need to carry more bikes, you might find the hitch rack to be more convenient. Additionally, if you want to be able to hook a platform into the hitch or tow something small (your car can't tow alot of weight), the hitch would hands down be the way to go. The hitch will never look like it belongs on the Accord, but it will get the job done.
I have a 98 honda accord. I would like to mount two bikes in that car. What are some of the
recommended bike racks (trunk mount and hitch).
My car does not have a hitch. Where can I buy one if the hitch is the way to go.
I have two 1997 Honda Accords. Since 2004 we have used an Allen trunk rack to carry the bikes. The metal clamps that hold the rack to the trunk lid will scratch paint. No problem with the racks or mounts so far and the trunk lid does not leak as a result of the rack and the bikes. I have carried three bikes on it at times. Interstates at 65 to 70 have not been a problem. The angle of the rack keeps the tires away from the exhaust.
The trouble with the Allen racks is the spacing of the rubber blocks that hold the bikes. Our comfort bikes did at not first fit. So I had to pull one set of rubber blocks from the 4 bike rack and space the remaining to make a three bike rack.
If you do get a trunk rack beware of those where the bottom feet sit on the bumper. When the bumpers on the Honda age the weight of the rack and bikes may begin to pull the bumper away from its mounts where the trunk lid closes. The lower leg of my Allen rack goes into the recess for the license plate so that no pressure is applied to the bumper.
Having the bikes high up in the back does ugly things to gas mileage at speeds above 45 to 50 mph.
Having just been through this with a 2005 Outback (obviously different than your Honda), the UHaul near us wanted about $70 for installation of a Class II hitch. The part was $130 or so. We did it ourselves, but we also have lots of tools -- through my father -- including jacks, stands, and pneumatic wrenches. With proper tools and safety, it was only a 60 minute job (maybe less).
We couldn't use a trunk-mount rack because we needed to be able to carry 4 bikes and -- although they do make them -- none of the products we looked at was recommended for us because of the odd spoiler and hatch of the Outback. I was also concerned about the weight of 4 bikes on some of these things.
Anyway... I was mostly commenting on the UHaul situation should you go that route. We ended up with the hitch-mount because it felt much more secure, could carry 4 bikes, and we want to also get a utility trailer for odd jobs around the house.