How much can a Honda Accord tow? You might be surprised to learn that this popular midsize sedan actually is capable of towing small loads. The Accord’s towing capacity isn’t as impressive as the Ridgeline, Pilot, or even the CR-V, but certain trim levels can be pretty handy.
So if you’re wondering if your Honda Accord could tow a trailer, jet ski, boat, or even a pop-up camper, we can help clear things up.
1.5L Honda Accord models are not designed to tow a trailer
First off, your Honda Accord LX, EX-L, Sport, or Sport SE won’t be able to tow anything, and you shouldn’t try. Honda’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine isn’t designed to have the muscle for towing. This sedan is great for a lot of activities and daily needs, but towing a trailer—even a light one—isn’t on the list.
2.0L Honda Accord models can tow up to 1,000 pounds
Honda Accord trim levels equipped with the 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine have a towing capacity up to 1,000 pounds. That leaves you to choose between the Accord Sport 2.0 and the Accord Touring, both of which offer this engine as either an option (Sport) or standard (Touring).
What can you tow with a 1,000-lb capacity? More than you might think. There are a variety of small camper trailers that weigh under 1,000 pounds, so you could use an Accord for your cross-country camping dreams. Light and ultralight trailers fall well within the weight range, and with the right trailer you could tow bikes, light watercraft, a jet ski, or an ATV.
Ever wondered how to install a trailer hitch on a sedan? Watch this helpful video from U-Haul to see how its mechanics did it on a 2017 Honda Accord:
What is the Honda Accord Hybrid’s towing capacity?
The Accord Hybrid’s towing capacity is a whopping 0 pounds. This hybrid has a lot of great qualities and strengths, but towing is not one of them. Honda does not recommend towing anything in an Accord Hybrid. It’s not designed for that kind of work, and you could void your warranty by doing it.
Where can I find my car’s towing capacity?
All of this information about the Honda Accord’s tow rating comes from its user manual. You should be able to consult the user manual for your car’s make, model, and year and find this important towing info. If you don’t have your user manual or don’t know where to find tow ratings, we recommend looking online for a digital version. Or, you can reach out to brand enthusiast forums or a local dealership.
When planning for hauling, keep in mind that you’ll likely need to buy an Accord trailer hitch and pay to have it installed. Towing can also affect your gas mileage, particularly when you’re hauling at the top of your recommended range. If you’re planning to tow often, the Accord can do it—but it won’t be your best option.
As always, please remember that exceeding towing capacity, improperly securing cargo, or making other common but significant towing mistakes can lead to accidents and injury. Be safe out there.