Trucks & Trailers - 2009 pilot towing question

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03-13-2011, 06:11 PM
Test drove an 09 and my question is do you tow in d3? I was doing about 60 and when I put it in d3 the rpms went up to about 35 or 36 hundred. That would put it at about 4000 at 65 mph. Seems pretty high to me. I have a 6 hour trip once or twice a year. I like the pilot but going up a hill in the pilot, 3000 rpm and in my tundra 2000 rpm,( not towing). Big difference. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

03-15-2011, 04:32 AM
My understanding from th Honda manual (p. 447) and service department is that you can tow up to the rated 4,500 lbs (which is only with driver and passenger in the front seat - there is a table in the manual (p. 438) that shows this - it drops to 2,00 lbs and 100 lb tongue weight with 7 people) just leaving it in Drive and using 3rd gear only for going up/down hills.

03-15-2011, 03:38 PM
Thanks guys, I bought a Pathfinder. Phil

03-16-2011, 04:16 AM
Thanks guys, I bought a Pathfinder. Phil

If it's a 22' Pathfinder with a double axle trailer, you will be over 4000 lbs and could be close to 5000 lbs gross with full fuel and gear.

03-16-2011, 05:06 AM
I think he means he bought a Nissan Pathfinder, not the Honda Pilot that he was testing.

For all these new vehicles, there is no need to put the automatic transmission in different gears. Just leave it in Drive, press the Tow/Haul button, if so equipped, set the cruise control, and let the computer figure it out from there.

03-16-2011, 10:45 AM
GF is right, its a NIssan Pathfinder. No tow mode on either one, just felt the Pilot rpms would be too high.

03-16-2011, 06:19 PM
My wife just traded her Odyssey in on a new Pilot Touring. It comes with a class 3 hitch and 7 pin wiring. I'll be hooking my set up to the Pilot after it is broken in and will give you guys a report.

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