2021 Honda Pilot Towing Capacity

The 2021 Honda Pilot boasts a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. This commanding SUV comes with a wealth of convenient features that will put you in control, so you’ll have total confidence when pulling a heavy load. You’ll have the power needed to make the most of every weekend adventure.

Does the Honda Pilot have the towing power you’ll need in Miami, Doral, and Hialeah, FL? Our team at Braman Honda is here to help you find out. Let’s take a deep dive into the capabilities of this Honda SUV.

2021 Honda Pilot Engine Power and Towing Capability

There’s a lot that goes into towing 5,000 pounds. The Honda Pilot comes with the following features that will help get the job done:

  • 3.5L i-VTEC® V6 engine
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ All-Wheel Drive (AWD) System
  • Eco Assist™ System

The robust 3.5L i-VTEC® V6 engine that comes standard on the 2021 Pilot delivers 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. When partnered up with the available Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ AWD System, the Pilot can haul heavy loads and get them to your destination, even when traveling on slick roads or an all-terrain path.

When you have a heavy trailer in tow, it’s important to have an SUV that can go the distance. The Pilot achieves an EPA-estimated 19 city/26 highway MPG on every trim level outfitted with AWD.* There’s also a 19.5-gallon fuel tank, so you can make the most of that rating.

The standard Eco Assist™ System helps teach you efficient driving habits with or without a trailer in tow. When the display glows green, you’re displaying fuel-efficient habits. If it’s white, you may be accelerating or braking too hard. It works with Idle-Stop technology that helps cut down on emissions and fuel consumption.

Suspension & Body

The body and the suspension of the Honda Pilot are designed to inspire confidence when you’re towing and feature the following:

  • Unit-body construction
  • MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Multi-link rear suspension
  • Stabilizer bar

The Pilot uses a unit-body construction design that enables the vehicle to distribute extra weight more effectively. That means, you can tow up to 5,000 pounds without overburdening the engine.

The standard stabilizer bar will help this SUV adapt to shifts in trailer weight. That will help you stay in command, especially when dealing with heavy winds out on the open road.

There’s also a multi-link rear suspension and power-assisted ventilated disc brakes that help give this SUV smooth stopping power, even with a heavy trailer.

Honda Pilot Advanced Towing Technology

The 2021 Honda Pilot has the power to tow up to 5,000 pounds, and it has the intelligence to match it. This SUV comes with advanced technologies that will make it even easier to tow heavy loads. They include:

  • Variable Cylinder Management™
  • Intelligent Traction Management
  • Hill Start Assist

Variable Cylinder Management™ comes standard. It will help make sure you’ll have the exact amount of power you’ll need. It can deactivate engine cylinders to conserve fuel. When you’re towing a heavy load, however, it will activate all cylinders, so you can pull with confidence.

You’ll have peace of mind with the optional Intelligent Traction Management system. It lets your vehicle seamlessly adapt to changing road and weather conditions. On trim levels with all-wheel drive, it comes with driving modes for Snow, Sand, and Mud, so you can take your haul wherever you want to go.

Hill Start Assist comes standard on the Honda Pilot. When parked or idling on a steep hill, it holds brake pressure for a short period, giving you extra time to get to the gas pedal. This helps prevent rollback, especially important when a trailer is attached.

Available Cargo Space

If you’re packing up for a day on the beach, you’ll need to bring along a couple coolers, towels, an umbrella, and maybe a few other items that don’t require a trailer. That’s why the Pilot offers plenty of cargo space and all the convenience features you’ll need to make the most of it.

There’s 18.5 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third row. This makes activities like weekend grocery shopping and carrying gear to the soccer field a breeze.

If you need to expand the cargo space inside this SUV, it comes with 60/40-split second- and third-row seats. You’ll have up to 55.9 cubic feet to fill behind the second-row seats. If you’re picking up supplies for a gardening project, you can lower all the rear seats to open 109 cubic feet of space.

The Pilot also offers a hands-free access power tailgate. If your hands are full, wave your foot under the rear bumper and the tailgate will open automatically. You’ll be packed up and on the open road in record time!

2021 Pilot Interior Space and Comfort


Whether you’re towing your camper out for a long weekend or taking your fishing boat down to the marina, it’s important to have enough space to bring along family and friends for the fun. That’s why the Pilot offers seating for eight passengers and boasts 152.9 cubic feet of passenger volume.


Measurements (first/second/third row)


40.1/40.2/38.9 inches


40.9/38.4/31.9 inches

Shoulder Room

62/62/57.6 inches

Hip Room

59.1/57.3/44.6 inches

As everyone settles into the available leather-trimmed seats, there’s a standard tri-zone automatic climate control system to help them find their individual ideal temperature. You can also activate the available ventilated front seats to cool down on a hot day.

The available 10-way power adjusting driver’s seat will give you the personalized support you’ll need on every towing adventure. It comes with 2-position seat memory, so you can easily swap out with your copilot on those long road trips.

2021 Honda Pilot Safety Technology

Whether you’re towing a heavy load, hauling a car full of cargo, or traveling with loved ones, it’s important to have an SUV that gives you peace of mind. That’s why the 2021 Honda Pilot comes with a host of safety features, including:

  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Electronic Brake Distribution
  • Brake Assist
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure

To better navigate in and out of tight spaces, the multi-angle rearview camera offers three different views: normal, top-down, and wide. This makes it possible to back down a boat ramp or into the garage with a trailer. It also makes it easier to line up the trailer hitch with the SUV.

When traveling at highway speeds, the Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist systems allow you to quickly slow down while compensating for extra weight inside or behind the vehicle.

Out on the open road, you’ll have more confidence thanks to the available Blind Spot Information System. It alerts you to any vehicles traveling just outside your view, so you can change lanes with ease. The Cross Traffic Monitor keeps you aware of what’s behind you when backing out of a tight spot.

Honda Sensing®

The Honda Pilot doubles its efforts with Honda Sensing®. This standard suite of intelligent driver-assistance technologies includes the following features:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist System and Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Warning

When Forward Collision Warning detects an imminent front-end collision, you’ll receive an alert. If you don’t react in time, the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ will activate brake pressure to help lessen the impact or possibly avoid it altogether.

Lane Departure Warning will warn you if you begin to drift from your lane. It works with the Lane Keeping Assist System that  applies corrective torque to the steering wheel to help guide you back into place.

Finally, there’s the Adaptive Cruise Control system. Whether you’re tackling a long road trip or taking on the daily commute, it will put you at ease. It can maintain a set speed and keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead.

Experience the 2021 Honda Pilot Towing Capacity

If you’re looking for a vehicle that can tow and carry everything you’ll need for your next family adventure in Miami, Doral, and Hialeah, Florida, look to the Honda Pilot. You can see it up close here at Braman Honda.

When you’re ready to experience the 2021 Honda Pilot for yourself, schedule a test drive!

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* 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2021 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.