Honda Pilot Towing Capacity

Honda Pilot

Whether you’re towing a small boat trailer or pop-up camper, you’ll want to have a thorough understanding of your next SUV’s capabilities. The Honda Pilot has been a family go-to for years—and for many reasons. It’s safe, roomy, well-equipped, and an overall capable vehicle. The Pilot also has a decent towing capacity when it comes to a family-oriented SUV.

To help you decide which Honda Pilot suits your driving lifestyle, the auto professionals at Faulkner Honda put together this guide to showcase the 2022 Honda Pilot towing capacity for the drivers of Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Hershey, PA. Keep reading to see how this year’s Pilot measures up when it comes to towing capacity and hauling technology.


Engine Specifications

Honda Pilot White Diamond PearlHonda offers one strong engine option in the 2022 Pilot. When you open the hood, you’ll be greeted with a V6 capable of generating up to 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. This should be plenty of power to tackle whatever roads your future journeys may take you on.

This engine is then paired to a unique transmission that creates a more flexible driving experience. The 9-speed automatic transmission comes with Shift-By-Wire (SBW) and paddle shifters. Drivers who enjoy having the ability to go from automatic to manual-type driving will like the 9-speed not only due to its variability but also because it has a larger gear ratio.


Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, this year’s Pilot reaches a 5,000-pound maximum towing capacity. However, this depends on what drivetrain you choose and requires the addition of Honda’s accessory towing kit, trailer harness, and hitch ball. For those who prefer the 2-wheel drive for its slightly better fuel economy, you’ll have use of up to 3,500 pounds of towing power to bring along your heaviest gear.

The all-wheel drive version will afford you 1,500 additional pounds of towing possibilities as well as a more versatile driving experience—especially when it’s paired with Honda’s Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) All-Wheel-Drive System, which we’ll discuss below.


Haul-Ready Technology

Honda Pilot Obsidian Blue PearlIt doesn’t matter if you’re new to trailer camping or just recently purchased your first 16-foot skiff. Honda integrated a number of technological features to help you maintain control during any season. Every Honda Pilot comes with Hill Start Assist, a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with guidelines, and Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control.

Hill Start Assist will apply automatic, continuous brake pressure while you shift your foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator on an incline. This allows you to avoid rollback even when you have the cargo area packed fully.

Once you’re ready to set out on an adventure, the enhanced dynamic guidelines of the rearview camera will make backing up out of a space or linking up to your trailer a breeze. That’s all thanks to the different views of the camera, which include angles like wide and top-down.

An impressive system that’s available on all Pilot models is Honda’s Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) All-Wheel-Drive System. With the I-VTM4™, you’ll have the utmost confidence in any condition, regardless of what you have on the hitch.

It will identify the amount of torque each wheel needs at any given time and redistribute accordingly via independent clutches located on the rear wheels. That means you have no reason to worry about traction in the rain snow, off-road, or everyday dry pavement.

Both the 2-wheel and all-wheel drivetrains feature the Intelligent Traction Management system. Various modes are included to increase road grip and stability. On 2-wheel drive models, you’ll find Snow mode to take on those winter storms. Upgrade to all-wheel drive and you’ll now discover Snow in addition to Sand and Mud modes. Wherever you’re headed that day, you’ll feel confident your vehicle is equipped for changing surfaces and weather conditions.


Maximum Cargo Capacity

While towing large equipment is certainly convenient, there may be items you’d rather keep safely in the cabin. Since the Pilot is a three-row SUV, you have plenty of room to fit bulkier gear and shield it all from the rain and snow.

Both rear rows of the Pilot can fold down and move out of the way for solo adventures or when you’re transporting items back from the store. In the third row, you’ll find convenient 60/40 split-fold seats. Fold down one or both sides when you need to bring gear and some passengers, too.

The second row features One-Touch 2nd-Row Seats that can fold flat to fit gear. These seats also tilt easily so that third row passengers can climb in.

Regardless of how you set up your seats, you’re going to enjoy plenty of room. Check out the dimensions below:

  • Both rows folded down: 109 cubic feet
  • Only third row folded down: 55.9 cubic feet
  • All seats up: 18.5 cubic feet

The maximum cargo volume of 109 cubic feet allows the Pilot to provide incredible space for luggage, groceries, and more. Even when the whole crew is on board, you’ll have plenty of room to fit coolers and sports equipment for a fun day at the park.

If you’re often carrying a lot of items, you’ll appreciate the helpful hands-free tailgate. Upgrade to this innovative amenity so that you can open the trunk with just a swing of your foot.

You’ll also appreciate the many cargo accessories of the Pilot. Enjoy better organization with the cargo bin dividers or prevent mud from getting on the floor with the folding cargo tray. The same function is seen with the 2nd-row seatback protectors, which will ensure any dirt or debris from a bike or canoe doesn’t transfer to the seats.


Learn More About the 2022 Honda Pilot

This family favorite comes with a striking exterior design, more than enough safety features to make any driver feel confident, and a towing capacity that you can count on. There’s also a suite of technologies to make the next haul that much easier.

Whatever trim level in the 2022 Honda Pilot that you’re thinking about taking home, we at Faulkner Honda are prepared to assist you. We invite drivers around Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Hershey to come down to our showroom with any questions and schedule a test drive today!