Towing with a Honda: What Vehicle Should You Choose?

A car isn’t only about driving from one place to another, it can also act as a tool that greatly adds to the quality of your life, such as allowing you to engage in outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, dirt biking, kayaking and much more.

If you’re here and reading about Honda vehicles that can tow, chances are that being able to tow a trailer to haul your things is an important criteria for you when shopping for a vehicle.

At Barrhaven Honda, we know this all too well and have helped countless Honda drivers find the best fit for their active lifestyles. We’ve gone ahead and created a list of our top picks for towing, showing you what’s best for your towing needs.

Honda Passport – up to 2,268 kg (5,000 lbs)

The Honda Passport isn’t just a stylish SUV that can comfortably seat a family of 5, it also provides drivers with superior capability that most SUVs just don’t offer. This mid-size SUV is perfect for city roads as well as rougher terrains. Passport drivers get to be confident anywhere they go with standard AWD.

If you’re here strictly for towing capacity numbers, the Honda Passport tows a standard 3,500 lbs. If you have the desire or need to tow up to 5,000 lbs, you’ll need to make sure your Passport has a Transmission Cooler. Either way, that’s plenty of weight for towing most trailers and cargo. For those who have an appetite for adventure and camping, we highly recommend this model.

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Honda Pilot – up to 2,268 kg (5,000 lbs)

The Honda Pilot has been a family favourite for quite some time. It offers incredible passenger seating with up to 8 seats – which is perfect for hauling kids. But given its towing capacities, it can haul a whole lot more than that.

For families who like to escape into nature and need towing capacities to haul a boat or a camper, the Honda Pilot is the perfect match. The Honda Pilot with standard AWD – just like the Passport. If you choose a model without a Transmission Cooler, you’ll have a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. So if you have a need to tow as much as 5,000 lbs, make sure the model you get has that included. In the end, it’s all about what matters to you, and what you prefer.

Honda CR-V – 680 kg (1,500 lbs)

The Honda CR-V is one of the most popular cars in Canada with good reason. The CR-V is stylish, fuel efficient, reliable and is a perfect fit for both families and younger individuals. Although the CR-V is one of the top sellers, it is not well-known for its towing capacities. However for those looking to haul tent trailers, jet skis or other outdoor equipment, the CR-V is more than capable of getting the job done.

The CR-V has a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 lbs. This would be a perfect match for those who like to enjoy outdoor activities but don’t have the need to haul large vehicles and equipment. Looking for a CR-V? Check out our inventory of Used Honda CR-V’s in Ottawa

Honda Ridgeline – 2,267 kg (5,000 lbs) 

Those who prefer pickup trucks over SUVs will enjoy both the style and power of the Honda Ridgeline. When purchasing a Ridgeline model newer than 2020, you can benefit from the power of the standard V6 engine and all-wheel drive. This means if you’ve had your eye on the 2022 Honda Ridgeline, you’ll have the maximum towing capacity of 5,000 lbs just like the AWD Honda Passport and AWD Honda Pilot.

If you happen to prefer pre-owned, previous generation Honda Ridgelines, you may be able to get the 2WD model which has a maximum towing capacity of up to 3,500 lbs. What will you choose? Let us know!

Honda Odyssey – up to 1,587 kg (3,500 lbs)

It wouldn’t be fair to discuss cars best suited for outdoor family & group activities without mentioning the Honda Odyssey. This minivan is often seen as the best and most reliable minivan in Canada. While it may not be everyone’s first pick for towing, the Honda Odyssey features a towing capacity that doesn’t disappoint, 3,500 lbs for all trim levels.

Ultimately, if you plan to tow lots of outdoor equipment, a camper trailer, or just want to have the option, we recommend going with the Honda Pilot, Passport or Ridgeline. But if you have very little need for towing, and only plan to tow small equipment like a kayak, dirt bikes or fishing boat, you’ll get by just fine with the Honda CR-V or Odyssey.

Here at Barrhaven Honda, we help you learn all about the different models so you feel confident about your choice. Contact us today and we’d be happy to help you decide which model to choose as your preferred Honda.