Honda passports are a pretty popular SUV and I was quite surprised at the towing capacities I found attached to the vehicles. They actually have enough towing capacity, depending on the model year and what additional accessories you have installed to tow smaller campers, boats and other lighter, smaller setups.
This was a fairly simple article for me to research and write and I was quite surprised on a couple of the towing capacities that I found and the fact that there was a long span of time in between the second-generation and third-generation Passports where they were not being made. Let's dive into it!
Overview of the Data For the Make/Model:
Engine Choices: The engine choices did not affect all models for the Honda Passports, as far as towing capacity was concerned and it only was applicable to models that were made from 1994-1996 when you had the choice of either a 2.6 L engine or a 3.2 L engine.
There were other metrics that affected towing capacity instead like additional equipment that you had installed on the vehicle, whether you had an all wheel drive or two wheel drive model, etc.
AWD VS 2WD: The towing capacity numbers we're not really affected when it came to all-wheel drive models versus two wheel drive models for 2019 and 2020 Honda Passports.
In fact, the towing capacities were the same for either type of configuration if you did not have an automatic transmission fluid cooler installed. You would only get those higher towing ratings if you had the ATF cooler installed, which only was available on the all wheel drive models anyways.
Towing Capacity: From 1994-2020, the towing capacity for the Honda Passport's ranged from 2,000 pounds and went all the way up to 5,000 pounds. The model year and optional accessories like an ATF cooler or an upgraded hitch were the two main elements that gave the Passport's the higher capacity ratings.
Always refer to the owner's manuals if you are unsure about anything else I don't have listed in this post. They are easy to navigate and have tons of useful information.
There is a large gap in the model years for the Honda Passports from 2003-2018 because they were not made between these years so no data was available.
2019 & 2020 Models:
The 2019 and 2020 Honda Passport’s had a towing capacity range of 2,750 lbs. and went all the way up to 5,000 lbs., depending on whether or not you had an all wheel drive model or a two-wheel drive model.
If you did have an all-wheel drive model, then the weight capacities would still be different, depending on whether or not you had an automatic transmission fluid cooler installed.
Note that I have three different charts listed below, the first one having the towing capacities, the second one shows the tongue load weights and the third chart shows important information regarding gross combined vehicle weight, axle weights and gross vehicle weights for the 2019 and 2020 Honda Passports.
The Honda Passport’s that were made from 1998-2002 had a pretty simple towing chart (that I have listed below) and there was no range when it came to towing capacity metrics, there was only one number and that was 4500 lbs.
So no matter what model you had, if you own a 1998 - 2002 Honda Passport, that 4,500 lb. capacity was the maximum limit.
I also posted the gross combined weight rating chart that I found for Passport’s made during these years and as you can see from the chart, the two wheel drive models had an 8,700 pound limit and the four-wheel drive models had a slightly higher 8,950 pound limit.
Honda Passports that were made in 1997 had their own towing capacity, as you can from the chart below, even though the same engine was used.
The towing capacity didn't range that much for 1997 Passports but started out on the low end at 3,500 lbs. and went all the way up to 4,500 lbs., if you had the additional equipment installed on the vehicle.
So the only real difference to get the increased towing capacity is really in the hitch you have mounted on your Passport. You will need to use a class 3 (class III) hitch for that higher 4,500 lb. rating instead of a Class 2 (class II) hitch which will be able to handle the additional weight.
The 1994-1996 Honda Passport’s had a similar towing capacity to the 1997 models but also had a different engine to choose from (2.6L), so the towing specs ranged from 2,000 lbs. and went all the way up to 4,500 lbs. for Passports made between these years.
As you can see in the chart below the 1994-1996 Honda Passport's had three different towing capacities based on the engine you had and additional equipment you had installed.
Models equipped with the 2.6 L engine had the lower 2,000 pound capacity and the 3.2L engine had either a 3,500 pound capacity or a 4,500 lb capacity, depending on whether or not you had the additional equipment installed, referring to that class 3 hitch again instead of the Class 2 hitch.
Resources I Used For The Honda Passports:
As always, I like to list the resources I gathered my information from and for the Honda Passports I was able to gather all of the towing information from the specific owner's manuals that I found online on Honda's website.
I posted the links to the manuals I found and used for people who may want to look up more information on towing, which I always recommend.