If you’re looking for an all-purpose minivan that’s versatile enough to do your daily routine, but rugged enough to tow things when you need it, the Honda Odyssey is a great choice. The Odyssey was introduced into Honda’s lineup in 1994 and still remains popular today. But what is the towing capacity of a 2012 Honda Odyssey?
The 2012 Honda Odyssey has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
The 2012 Honda Odyssey tow capacity can vary based on a few different factors such as engine size, drivetrain, trim level, and others which we’ll cover in this guide.
How Much Can The 2012 Honda Odyssey Tow?
The 2012 Honda Odyssey has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
The 2012 Honda Odyssey tow capacity is affected by other factors like engine type, drivetrain, the weight of cargo and passengers, and whether your vehicle has a towing package equipped or not.
You can always reach out to your local Honda dealership for details to confirm how much your Odyssey can tow.
You can check out our guide to Honda Odyssey towing capacity by year if you’re looking at a different model year’s max capacity or if you want to compare different years of this vehicle.
You can also read our guide on what makes a vehicle towing capacity to learn all the aspects that go into it.
2012 Odyssey Tow Capacity By Trim Level
There are five trim levels for the 2012 Odyssey. Some engines and features are not available on certain configurations, so they can each have different max towing limits.
The capacities below are for Odyssey models equipped with an ATF cooler. Honda doesn’t recommend towing with an Odyssey if it doesn’t have an ATF cooler installed.
Here’s the max tow capacity broken down for each package on the 2012 Honda Odyssey:
|2012 Honda Odyssey Trim Level||Towing Capacity|
|2012 Honda Odyssey LX||3,500 pounds|
|2012 Honda Odyssey EX||3,500 pounds|
|2012 Honda Odyssey EX-L||3,500 pounds|
|2012 Honda Odyssey Touring||3,500 pounds|
|2012 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite||3,500 pounds|
Towing Capacity By Engine Size & Drivetrain
2012 Honda Odyssey Engine Towing Specs
There is one engine option for the 2012 Odyssey, which is a 3.5L V6 engine that produces 248 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque.
2012 Honda Odyssey 3.5L V6 Engine Towing Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2012 Honda Odyssey Drivetrain Towing Specs
The 2012 Honda Odyssey only comes with front-wheel drive. No other options are available.
2012 Honda Odyssey FWD Towing Capacity: 3,500 pounds
Note that these are the max towing limits for each 2012 Honda Odyssey engine. Your Honda Odyssey may have a lower towing capacity based on the drivetrain, axle ratio, and if your vehicle has a towing package installed.
2012 Honda Odyssey Payload Capacity
The maximum payload capacity of the 2012 Honda Odyssey is 1,682 pounds.
This means that the 2012 Odyssey can carry up to 1,682 pounds worth of passenger and cargo weight in the vehicle, which makes it great for road trips and hauling heavier items.
Note that the max payload capacity of your 2012 Odyssey will vary based on factors like the engine type, drivetrain and whether or not a towing package that includes other features like an engine oil cooler or transmission oil cooler is installed.
You can always contact your local dealership for extra details if you’re unsure of your vehicle’s payload capability.
2012 Honda Odyssey Tow Package
Honda offers an optional factory-installed towing package for the Odyssey.
This package includes a Class-II receiver hitch. A wiring harness is not included.
We definitely recommend getting this package and adding a wiring harness if you plan on towing anything with your 2012 Odyssey.
2012 Honda Odyssey Towing Capacity Vs Competitors
The 2012 Honda Odyssey has a maximum tow rating of 3500 pounds, which makes it capable of doing some light duty towing.
The 2012 Odyssey’s tow capability is similar to its main competitors which are the 2012 Toyota Sienna and the 2012 Kia Sedona.
Here are some similar vehicles to the 2012 Honda Odyssey and their towing capacities below:
2012 Toyota Sienna: 3,500 pounds
2012 Kia Sedona: 3,500 pounds
2012 Honda Models Towing Capacity Chart
|2012 Honda SUV Model||Towing Capacity|
|2012 Honda Ridgeline||5,000 pounds|
|2012 Honda Pilot||5,000 pounds|
|2012 Honda Odyssey||3,500 pounds|
|2012 Honda CR-V||1,500 pounds|
We’ve gathered all data represented here from the official 2012 Honda Odyssey Owner’s Manual on Honda’s site and have checked all data thoroughly for accuracy.
Having said that, we still recommend you refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual yourself before towing with a 2012 Honda Odyssey.