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Old 06-13-2014, 04:09 PM   #1
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Ginny's pushing hard for us to get a Honda Pilot for towing our Scamp 16.

We'd be interested in anyone's experience in towing with a Pilot, mileage, trailer, reliability, .....

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We would like one too, but no experience or info to help with your decision. However we were just at a camping rally and another couple there had a brand new Pilot and were towing a fairly big "sticky" camper with it, maybe a 22 or 24 footer, and were happy with it. We'll let you do the experimentation, but you already have Honda reliability experience. Go for it!!
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My "almost" son-in-law loves his 2013 Pilot with a family of 4, but he doesn't tow-YET....

They drive it from San Francisco to LA at least once a month. They used to stop over 1/2 way because they were tired, they drive straight through since getting the Pilot, sez it's that much easier to drive ???

And this from Honda.com for 2014's

"Maximum towing capacity for 4WD models is 4,500 lbs. Premium unleaded fuel is recommended when towing above 3,500 lbs. Maximum towing capacity for 2WD models is 2,000 lbs. Towing requires the addition of the Honda accessory towing kit, trailer harness and hitch ball. Trailer harness is standard on Touring models. Please see your Honda dealer for details."

2015 Pilot is a "Complete Redesign" but I couldn't find any numbers yet.
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Bob,

On Honda USA they now have the specs for the 2015. The advantage of the 4WD is a larger transmission cooler, other than that I can't imagine why the 2WD can't tow what the 4WD does.

What ever we will only be towing our Scamp 16 so it appears to me that either will do. I do plan to write to Honda about upgrading the cooling system if we get a 2WD, since Honda marketing and I have been carrying on a dialogue about towing.

The likelihood is well either buy used or a leftover 2014.

Any towing experience will be appreciated.

Ginny thinks we should get a larger car because we're getting older...ditto on getting an automatic.

Thanks for any info....
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We would like one too, but no experience or info to help with your decision. However we were just at a camping rally and another couple there had a brand new Pilot and were towing a fairly big "sticky" camper with it, maybe a 22 or 24 footer, and were happy with it. We'll let you do the experimentation, but you already have Honda reliability experience. Go for it!!
We too have seen many Honda Pilots towing 20'+ TT's over the years.
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Jim Bennett has been towing his 19' Escape with a his Honda Pilot ( no WDH I believe ) for several years and is very happy. I'm surprised he hasn't chimed in yet.
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On Honda USA they now have the specs for the 2015. The advantage of the 4WD is a larger transmission cooler, other than that I can't imagine why the 2WD can't tow what the 4WD does.

What ever we will only be towing our Scamp 16 so it appears to me that either will do. I do plan to write to Honda about upgrading the cooling system if we get a 2WD, since Honda marketing and I have been carrying on a dialogue about towing.

The likelihood is well either buy used or a leftover 2014.

Any towing experience will be appreciated.

Ginny thinks we should get a larger car because we're getting older...ditto on getting an automatic.

Thanks for any info....
My guess on the towing difference would be that with only FWD they have to limit the towing load to what that transaxle can handle. 4WD certainly would takes a lot of load off the front differential and half shafts and may even be via a different transaxle & transfer case.
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I have a 2010 Honda Pilot EXL with the tow package. It does have the transmission cooler, I checked with the local dealer. I'm not sure you get the biggest transmission cooler unless you get the touring model. I'm pulling my 13 ft Lil Bigfoot with it. It does fine now that I'm starting to get used to it. I'm only on my second camping season with the trailer. It pulls the hills fine. I'm not using premium gas at this point I have started using the midgrade gas as that does seem to give it more umph. My gas mileage hasn't been the best at this point and I haven't had it on a really long trip yet. Hopefully someone with more experience will chime in soon. I love the car and get 24mpg highway easy when not towing.
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Honda thinks it can tow!

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There was a piece on a consumer show a while ago about the different grades of gas and the conclusion was that vehicles are designed and built to use a certain grade of gas and because optimum ignition is computer controlled, there is no advantage in using a higher grade.
You may find some placebo effect "benefit", but you are just wasting money.
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I'm sure it would do a fine job of towing your Scamp, although I suspect the mpg's will be mid teens.
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I found this thread on another forum... a guy who towed a much larger trailer with a Pilot. Woodalls Open Roads Forum: Tow Vehicles: Post your tow vehicle pics here
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We had the 06 honda pilot 4whl drive because it could tow 45oolb .It towed 4000lb boat and trailer no problem got about 12 mpg towing Non towing highway about 21-23 mpg and around town (Naples ,fl.) 15-17 mpg

This was one of my best cars to date but we bought a bigger boat 5200lb and the rear end could not take the extra weight with Pilot's IRS and mileage was not that great . My 07 Sequoia gets 14-17mpg around town and about 18-19 highway towing boat 5200lb about 10-12mpg towing Lil snoozy about 14mpg

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Jim Bennett has been towing his 19' Escape with a his Honda Pilot ( no WDH I believe ) for several years and is very happy. I'm surprised he hasn't chimed in yet.
Haven't chimed in yet, as this is my first foray onto the site in over a day. Life is just too busy.

Ours has worked great for us, and like baglo said, we never used a WDH to tow our Escape 19 until last year, and did so as we wanted my wife driving more, and as she has little experience, I added the Anderson WDH to remove some of those wee towing nuances that I am very used to, but might bother her. She does great towing this combo, especially seeing she has never towed very much at all.

Mine is an '09, which was a changeover year, where they beefed a few things up, and a hitch receiver became standard. I was told last weekend at the Escape Rally that there is a new model coming out sometime soon, but I have not looked into it.

I know towing our 19, our fuel economy drops by 1/3, the actual amount dependant upon lots of conditions, like wind, speed and terrain.

The Pilot would tow your Scamp like a charm, and give you a bit more storage/carrying capacity. I would try it without a WDH too, and see whether you feel one would be necessary.
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