Best Honda for Towing – Towing Capacity for 2023 Honda Trucks & SUVs

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Honda builds vehicles that are ideal for outdoor adventures. Rugged and capable, these vehicles are ready for road trips to the lake or taking them off road for a night spent camping under the stars. Many of these memory-building activities require some equipment that may need to be towed on a trailer. So we’ve made up a guide to help you determine which Honda will be best suited to haul your gear along.


Towing Capacity for Honda Trucks

2023 Honda Ridgeline Towing Capacity

The Honda Ridgeline is built for versatility and utility. There are several different ways to configure cargo, from the bed, to the in-bed trunk, to the highest towing capacity of any Honda vehicle. This is helped by standard all-wheel drive and Intelligent Traction Management, especially helpful for towing in weather conditions that are less than ideal. The trunk has a drain and is built to be able to double as a cooler, and there are in-bed AC outlets and a sound system. All of which makes for a great camping vehicle.

Honda Ridgeline Trims Sport RTL RTL-E Black Edition
Engine w/ Horsepower 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP
Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD System Standard Standard Standard Standard
Total Payload Capacity (lbs) 1,583 1,544 1,509 1,509
Towing Capacity* (lbs) 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000

*Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 lbs. Towing requires accessory towing equipment. Please see your Honda dealer for details.


Towing Capacities for Honda Crossovers & SUVs

2022 Honda Passport Towing Capacity

The Honda Passport offers up the same towing capacity as bigger models, but in a more compact package. When equipped with All Wheel Drive, the Passport – like the Ridgeline – can tow up to 5,000 pounds, thanks to a direct-injection i-VTEC® V6 engine. This towing capacity adds to the utility of what is already an extremely capable off road machine. If you need all of the towing capacity of the bigger Pilot, but don’t want something quite so big, the Passport is the answer. Perfect for driving around the city with minimal difficulty during the week, then packing up a trailer and heading for the woods for the weekend.

Honda Passport Trims EX-L TrailSport Elite
Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ All-Wheel-Drive System Available Standard Standard
Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD System Standard Standard Standard
Towing Capacity (lbs) 3,500 pounds (2WD) or 5,000 pounds (AWD) 5,000 pounds (AWD) 5,000 pounds (AWD)
Engine w/ Horsepower Direct-Injected i-VTEC® V-6 Engine – 280 HP Direct-Injected i-VTEC® V-6 Engine – 280 HP Direct-Injected i-VTEC® V-6 Engine – 280 HP
Fuel Economy* (AWD; City/Hwy/Combined) 19 / 24 / 21 19 / 24 / 21 19 / 24 / 21

*20 city/25 highway/20 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/24 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2022 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.


2022 Honda Pilot Towing Capacity

The Honda Odyssey is great for hauling people, but doesn’t have the towing capacity of Honda’s bigger SUV’s. The Ridgeline, meanwhile, can tow a lot, but has a cab that won’t fit 8 people. So what do you do if you need both maximum towing and maximum passenger space in one vehicle? You get yourself a Honda Pilot. This big three-row SUV is equipped for whatever you throw at it. For road trips with the whole family, you can opt for the available Rear Entertainment system with Blu-Ray Disc™ capability, and the heated second-row captain’s chairs. Or if you’re planning to go offroad, there is available all-wheel drive, which will also give you the maximum towing capacity.

Honda Pilot Trims Sport EX-L Special Edition TrailSport Touring Elite Black Edition
Towing Capacity* (2WD/AWD) (lbs) 3,500/5,000 3,500/5,000 3,500/5,000 -/5,000 3,500/5,000 -/5,000 -/5,000
Engine w/ Horsepower 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP
Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD System Available Available Available Standard Available Standard Standard
Cargo Volume (Cu. ft)** Behind 1st Row 109 109.2 109.2 109.2 109.2 108.5 108.5
Seating Capacity 8 8 8 8 7/8 7 7

*Maximum towing capacity for AWD trims is 5,000 lbs. Maximum towing capacity for 2WD trims is 3,500 lbs. Towing requires accessory towing equipment. Please see your Honda dealer for details.

**Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus, where applicable, floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position.


2022 Honda CR-V Towing Capacity

One of the most popular compact SUVs of all time, the CR-V is extremely well rounded, a mix of practicality, refinement, and the reliability that Honda is famous for. It offers excellent fuel economy, better than any other model that is capable of towing at all. It’s available with all-wheel drive, but unlike the bigger models, it won’t negatively impact your towing capacity if you don’t opt for it. Creature comforts include available heated seats, dual-zone climate control, and a Hands-Free Access Power Liftgate. The towing capacity of 1,500 pounds might be less than the bigger models, but it’s plenty for smaller campers, powersports equipment like dirt bikes or four-wheelers, or smaller utility trailers.

Honda CR-V Trims LX Special Edition EX EX-L Touring
Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™ Available Available Available Available Standard
Towing Capacity (lbs) 1,500 1,500 1,500 1,500 1,500
Engine w/ Horsepower 1.5-liter Turbocharged with 190 HP 1.5-liter Turbocharged with 190 HP 1.5-liter Turbocharged with 190 HP 1.5-liter Turbocharged with 190 HP 1.5-liter Turbocharged with 190 HP
Fuel Economy* (AWD; City/Hwy/Combined) 27/32/29 27/32/29 27/32/29 27/32/29 27/32/29

*28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2022 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.


2022 Honda Odyssey Towing Capacity

There is no vehicle on the market that is better for shuttling the entire family than the Honda Odyssey. The two big sliding doors, the Magic Slide 2nd-Row Seats™, and the Advanced Rear Seat Entertainment System, combine to make an exceptional family vehicle. But add good fuel economy and a robust towing capacity and you can only be talking about the Honda Odyssey. There is seating for either 7 or 8, depending on the configuration, or an absolutely cavernous cargo area with the back seats stowed. The 3.5-liter V6 gives the Odyssey a 3,500-pound towing capacity, allowing you to use it as the ultimate family road trip vehicle.

Honda Odyssey Trims LX EX EX-L Touring Elite
Engine w/ Horsepower 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP
Towing Capacity* (lbs) 3,500 3,500 3,500 3,500 3,500
Fuel Economy** (City/Hwy/Combined) 19/28/22 19/28/22 19/28/22 19/28/22 19/28/22
Cargo Volume (Behind 1st-row) (cu ft) 144.9/158 144.9/158 144.9/158 144.9/158 144.9/158
Seating Capacity 7 8 8 8 8

*19 city/28 highway/22 combined mpg rating. Based on 2022 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.


2023 Honda HR-V Towing Capacity

The Honda HR-V is not recommended for towing, and Honda has not given it a rating. But in exchange you get a remarkably efficient subcompact crossover that’s perfectly suited to the tight parking spaces and narrow streets that make city driving so much more difficult in a bigger SUV. But thanks to Honda’s remarkable knack for making the absolute most out of internal space, the HR-V has 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the back seats folded down, an amount that would be considered respectable even on a much bigger vehicle. And with available all-wheel drive as well, the HR-V can still perform admirably well for weekend getaways

Honda Odyssey Trims LX EX EX-L Touring Elite
Engine w/ Horsepower 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP 3.5-liter V6 w/ 280 HP
Towing Capacity* (lbs) 3,500 3,500 3,500 3,500 3,500
Fuel Economy** (City/Hwy/Combined) 19/28/22 19/28/22 19/28/22 19/28/22 19/28/22
Cargo Volume (Behind 1st-row) (cu ft) 144.9/158 144.9/158 144.9/158 144.9/158 144.9/158
Seating Capacity 7 8 8 8 8

*19 city/28 highway/22 combined mpg rating. Based on 2022 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.