How Much Can the 2019 Honda Pilot Towing Capacity Take?

February 26th, 2019 by

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Anyone looking to pull trailers, ATVs, watercraft, and more will be captivated by the 2019 Honda Pilot towing capacity. Whether in 2WD or AWD, it can handle plenty of weight while still maintaining a keen and responsive drive.

Read on to explore:
Engine Specs ~ Maximum Tow Ratings ~ Towing Features

Engine Specs

The Honda Pilot makes no compromises when it comes to power, fitting a direct-injection 3.5L V6 engine across all trims to command up to 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. You can also fit Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD across all trims for added capability.

As summed up by “With ample power, a transmission offering full manual control, and respectable handling, the Pilot is an athlete in the three-row SUV segment.”


Maximum Tow Ratings


Honda Pilot comes with a 350 lbs. tongue weight across all trims, but overall tow ratings differ depending on your chosen model. You’ll tow:

  • Up to 3,500 lbs. with Standard 2WD2019 Honda Pilot Exterior Driver Side Beach
  • Up to 5,000 lbs. with Available AWD*.

Need to know how that translates to real-world performance? 3,500 lbs. should prove sufficient for most drivers – you’ll be able to take small watercraft, lightweight and utility trailers, and snowmobiles. For hauling hard-side towable RVs and recreational boats, 5,000 lbs. should do the trick.


Towing Features

Any driver who wants to make full use of the Honda Pilot’s available towing strength should include the 2019 Honda Pilot Towing Package** with their model. It features:

  • Trailer Hitch Receiver: Includes a ball mount receiver, retaining pin, and clip
  • Trailer Hitch Harness: Provides a 7-Pin round-style connector.
  • Trailer Hitch Locking Pin: Keeps whatever you’re towing secure.
  • Trailer Hitch Ball. Available in 17/8-inch or 2-inch configurations.


The Honda Pilot is Ready to Take What
You Need Without Breaking a Sweat

The 2019 Honda Pilot is one of the most powerful models in the Honda AWD range, and it’s available
now from your local Montana Honda dealer. To find out more, arrange a test drive, or explore
current special offers, feel free to visit your nearest showroom or contact us directly.


*Maximum towing capacity for AWD trims is 5,000 lbs. Maximum towing capacity for 2WD trims is 3,500 lbs. Towing requires the addition of the Honda accessory towing kit, trailer harness and hitch ball. Towing capacity can be increased to 5,000 lbs. on Pilot AWD models with dealer-installed ATF cooler accessory. Please see your Honda dealer for details.

**Cannot be installed with Lower Trim – Rear.