Having owned cheap racks in the past, this was quite an upgrade for me. What a difference! Determining the best configuration for my Civic's trunk was intuitive and easy. My son in law has one mounted on the rear of his SUV, so this design has a wide number of mounting options. The arms are rock-solid, and can be adjusted to minimize rear view obstruction with the bikes loaded. It would be nice if the loose tails of the tie down straps had some sort of securement so that they wouldn't whip in the wind, like I've seen on some other makes, (e.g. Yakima). I rolled mine up neatly, and used black electrician's tape to fasten them in place.