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Honda Civic Towing Capacity: Can It Tow a Trailer, Boat, or Jet Ski?

Honda Civic Towing Capacity: Can It Tow a Trailer, Boat, or Jet Ski?

Honda Civic is one of the most popular sedans in the US and various other regions. It has been used as a multi-purpose car throughout its history, and towing has been one of its notable services. Still, there have been a lot of question marks about the exact towing capacity of this car. We’ll answer all the questions related to this capacity in this article, so let’s get started.

Honda Civic is offered in several small engine variations, with the two most popular variants of 1.5L and 2.0L. All models of this car have an unofficial braked towing capacity of 2,645 Pounds and an unbraked capacity of 1,100 pounds.

These numbers show that this car can provide decent towing performance, but more to its towing capabilities. Below, we’ll identify the exact weights of several types of trailers and find out if the Honda Accord can tow them all or do we have to look for other options in this regard.

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Maximum Towing Capacity By Year

Honda does not provide exact towing details for this car as it is not primarily designed for this purpose. They recommend that you DO NOT use this car for regular towing purposes. Still, this car has a decent towing capacity, as we found out from various unofficial sources.

Keep in mind that unofficial towing figures may not be necessarily accurate. Your car may tow more than what you find out from unofficial sources. But as a consequence, you may expose your car to increased wear and tear.

The following table outlines the towing capacities of several generations of this car. We have differentiated the braked and unbraked towing capacities so that you can equip the right type of trailer accordingly.

YEAR ENGINE TOWING CAPACITY UNBRAKED (lbs)TOWING CAPACITY BRAKED (lbs)NOTE
2021All1,1002,645This vehicle is not recommended for towing.
2020All1,1002,645This vehicle is not recommended for towing.
2019All1,1002,645This vehicle is not recommended for towing.
2018All1,1002,645This vehicle is not recommended for towing.
2017All1,1002,645This vehicle is not recommended for towing.
2016All1,1002,645This vehicle is not recommended for towing.
2015All1,1002,645This vehicle is not recommended for towing.
2014All1,1002,645This vehicle is not recommended for towing.
2013All1,1002,645This vehicle is not recommended for towing.
2012All1,1002,645This vehicle is not recommended for towing.
2011All1,1002,645This vehicle is not recommended for towing.
2010All1,1002,645This vehicle is not recommended for towing.
2009All1,1002,645This vehicle is not recommended for towing.
2008All1,1002,645This vehicle is not recommended for towing.
2007All1,1002,645This vehicle is not recommended for towing.

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Can It Tow a Trailer, Boat, or Jet Ski?

Not all trailers have the same weight and size. Therefore, we have done an extensive research to identify the weighing limits of different types of trailers. We have then matched these weight limits against the towing capacity of the Honda Civic.

All models of the Honda Civic can tow small and medium-sized trailers with a maximum weight limit of 2645 pounds. These include Canoe/Kayak, Jet Ski, Teardrop, and Small Open Utility Trailers. However, if you have a warranty on your car, we recommend that you do not attempt towing with your car as it will violate the terms and conditions of your contract with Honda, and the underlying warranty will be ceased.

Trailer TypeAverage Empty Weight (lbs.)Average Total Loaded Weight (lbs.)Can A Honda Civic Tow It?[SK1]
Canoe / Kayak Trailer200                                                 400Yes, it can tow both empty and filled trailers.
Jet Ski Trailer300                                              1,800It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Motorcycle Trailer500                                              2,400It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Teardrop Trailer1,700                                              2,400No.
Small Open Utility Trailer700                                              2,500It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
A-Frame Camper1,700                                              2,900No.
Small Enclosed Utility Trailer1,000  3,200It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Fishing Boat Trailer600                                              3,300It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Pop Up Camper2,300                                              3,400No.
Small Travel Trailer2,800                                              3,600No.
Tow Dolly600                                              4,000It can only tow an empty trailer of this category.
Large Enclosed Utility Trailer2,700                                              7,100No.
Small Horse Trailer2,900                                        7,200No.
Large Travel Trailer6,700                                              8,300No.
Car Trailer1,900                                              9,000No.
Large Flatbed Trailer3,000                                            10,400No.
Large Boat Trailer2,200                                            13,600No.
Dump Trailer4,500                                            16,900No.
Toy Hauler7,600                                            17,900No.
Large Livestock Trailer7,300                                            18,700No.
5th Wheel Camper12,700                                            18,700No.
Gooseneck Flatbed Trailer7,200                                            23,200No.
  • Kayak: All Honda Civic models will be able to tow a kayak trailer. On average an empty kayak trailer will weigh 200 pounds. A loaded kayak trailer will weigh an average of 400 pounds with a maximum of 800 pounds which is well within the range of the Honda Civic.
  • Jet Ski Trailer: All Honda Civic models will be able to tow an empty jet ski trailer. On average an empty jet ski trailer will weigh 300 pounds. A loaded jet ski trailer will weigh an average of 1,800 pounds with a maximum of 3,000 pounds which is outside the range of the Honda Civic.
  • Motorcycle Trailer: All Honda Civic models will be able to tow an empty motorcycle trailer. On average an empty motorcycle trailer will weigh 500 pounds. A loaded motorcycle trailer will weigh an average of 2,400 pounds with a maximum of 3,500 which is outside the range of the Honda Civic.
  • Teardrop Trailer: All Honda Civic models will be able to tow a teardrop trailer. On average an empty teardrop trailer will weigh 1,700 pounds. A loaded teardrop trailer will weigh an average of 2,400 pounds which is within the range of the  Honda Civic. Some teardrop trailers will weigh a maximum of 6,000 pounds which is outside of the limits of the  Honda Civic.
  • Small Open Utility Trailer: All Honda Civic models will be able to tow an empty small open utility trailer. On average an empty small open utility trailer will weigh 700 pounds. A loaded small open utility trailer will weigh an average of 2,500 pounds with a maximum of 3,000 pounds which is outside the range of the Honda Civic.
  • A-Frame Camper: All Honda Civic models will be able to tow an empty a-frame camper. On average an empty a-frame camper weighs 1,700 pounds. A loaded a-frame camper will weigh an average of 2,900 pounds with a maximum of 3,600 pounds which is outside the range of the Honda Civic.
  • Small Enclosed Utility Trailer: All Honda Civic models will be able to tow an empty small enclosed utility trailer. On average an empty small enclosed utility trailer weighs 1,000 pounds. A loaded small enclosed utility trailer will weigh an average of 3,200 pounds with a maximum of 7,000 pounds which is outside the range of the Honda Civic.
  • Fishing Boat Trailer: All Honda Civic models will be able to tow an empty fishing boat trailer. On average an empty fishing boat trailer weighs 600 pounds. A loaded fishing boat trailer will weigh an average of 3,300 pounds with a maximum of 6,000 pounds which is outside the range of the Honda Civic.
  • Pop-Up Camper: All Honda Civic models will be able to tow an empty pop-up camper. On average an empty pop-up camper weighs 2,300 pounds. A loaded pop-up camper will weigh an average of 3,400 pounds with a maximum of 4,000 pounds which is outside the range of the Honda Civic.
  • Tow Dolly: All Honda Civic models will be able to tow an empty tow dolly. On average an empty tow dolly weighs 600 pounds. A loaded tow dolly will weigh an average of 4,000 pounds with a maximum of 5,000 pounds which is outside of the range of the Honda Civic.
  • Car Trailer: All Honda Civic models will be able to tow an empty car trailer. On average an empty car trailer weighs 1,900 pounds. A loaded car trailer weighs an average of 9,000 pounds with a maximum of 15,000 pounds which is outside the range of the Honda Civic.
  • Large Boat Trailer: All Honda Civic models will be able to tow an empty large boat trailer. On average an empty large boat trailer weighs 2,200 pounds. A loaded large boat trailer weighs an average of 13,600 pounds with a maximum of 34,000 pounds which is outside the range of the Honda Civic.

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How Well Can It Tow Compared to its Competitors?

Generally, some cars are more capable of heavy-duty towing than others, and we observe a large gap between their towing capacities. But the towing competition in the Honda Civic’s category is evenly spread. The following table mentions different cars in the same category as the Honda Accord and their towing capacities. Take a look.

Year / Make / ModelMin. Towing Capacity (lbs.)Max. Towing Capacity (lbs.)
Kia Forte<2,0002,000
Hyundai Elantra<2,8662,866
Honda Fit<2,0002,000
Mazda 3<2,6452,645
Subaru Impreza<2,6452,645

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