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Before Driving

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Driving Preparation

Driving

• Be sure items placed on the floor behind the front seats cannot roll under the 

seats.

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They can interfere with the driver’s ability to operate the pedals, the operation 
of the seats, or the operation of the sensors under the seats.

• Everyone in the vehicle must fasten their seat belt.

Fastening a Seat Belt P. 41

• Make sure that the indicators in the instrument panel come on when you start the 

vehicle, and go off soon after.

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Always have a dealer check the vehicle if a problem is indicated.

Indicators P. 84

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Driving

Maximum Load Limit

The maximum load for your vehicle is 1,173 lbs (532 kg).

The maximum load for your vehicle is 1,340 lbs (608 kg).

See the Tire and Loading Information label attached to the driver’s 
doorjamb.

This figure includes the total weight of all occupants, cargo, and 
accessories, and the tongue load if you are towing a trailer.

Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit -
(1) Locate the statement “The combined weight of occupants and 

cargo should never exceed XXX kg or XXX lbs.” on your 
vehicle’s placard.

(2) Determine the combined weight of the driver and passengers 

that will be riding in your vehicle.

(3) Subtract the combined weight of the driver and passengers 

from XXX kg or XXX lbs.

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Maximum Load Limit

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR):
The maximum allowable weight of the vehicle, all 
occupants, all accessories, all cargo, and the tongue 
load.

Specifications P. 740

Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR):
The maximum allowable weight of the vehicle axle.

Specifications P. 740

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WARNING

Overloading or improper loading 
can affect handling and stability 
and cause a crash in which you 
can be hurt or killed.

Follow all load limits and other 
loading guidelines in this manual.

Models without second row center seat

Models with second row center seat

All models

Label Example

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Maximum Load Limit

Driving

(4) The resulting figure equals the available amount of cargo and 

luggage load capacity. For example, if the “XXX” amount 
equals 1,400 lbs. and there will be five 150 lb. passengers in 
your vehicle, the amount of available cargo and luggage load 
capacity is 650 lbs.
(1,400 - 750 (5 x 150) = 650 lbs.)

(5) Determine the combined weight of luggage and cargo being 

loaded on the vehicle. That weight may not safely exceed the 
available cargo and luggage load capacity calculated in step 4.

(6) If your vehicle will be towing a trailer, load from your trailer will 

be transferred to your vehicle. Consult this manual to 
determine how this reduces the available cargo and luggage 
load capacity of your vehicle.

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Maximum Load Limit

Driving

In addition, the total weight of the vehicle, all occupants, 
accessories, cargo, and trailer tongue load must not exceed the 
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) or the Gross Axle Weight 
Rating (GAWR). Both are on a label on the driver’s doorjamb.

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Maximum Load Limit

Towing a Trailer:
See Towing a Trailer to determine whether your 
vehicle is designed to tow a trailer.

Towing a Trailer P. 532

Load Limits Example

Example1

Max Load 

1,340 lbs 

(608 kg)

Passenger Weight 

150 lbs x 2 = 300 lbs 

(68 kg x 2 = 136 kg)

Cargo Weight 

1,040 lbs 

(472 kg)

Example2

Max Load 

1,340 lbs 

(608 kg)

Passenger Weight 

150 lbs x 5 = 750 lbs 

(68 kg x 5 = 340 kg)

Cargo Weight 

590 lbs 

(268 kg)

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Driving

Towing a Trailer

Towing Preparation

Your vehicle can tow a trailer if you carefully observe the load limits, use the proper 
equipment, and follow the towing guidelines. Check the load limits before driving.

Total trailer weight

Do not exceed the maximum allowable 
weight of the trailer, cargo, and everything in 
or on it shown in the table.
Towing loads in excess of this can seriously 
affect vehicle handling and performance and 
can damage the engine and drivetrain.

Each weight limit is calculated based on the following conditions:
• Occupants fill seats from the front of the vehicle to the back
• Each occupant weights 150 lbs (68 kg)
• Each occupant has 17.6 lbs (8 kg) of cargo in the cargo area.
Any additional weight, cargo or accessories reduce the maximum trailer weight and 
maximum tongue load.

Towing Load Limits

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Towing Load Limits

Check if all loads are within limits at a public scale.
If a public scale is not available, add the estimated 
weight of your cargo load to the weight of your 
trailer (as quoted by the manufacturer), and then 
measure the tongue load with an appropriate scale or 
tongue gauge or estimate it based on cargo 
distribution. Refer to the trailer owner’s manual for 
additional information.

Break-in Period
Avoid towing a trailer during your vehicle’s first 600 
miles (1,000 km).

Never exceed the gross weight ratings.
Gross weight information

Vehicle Specifications P. 740

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WARNING

Exceeding any load limit or improperly 
loading your vehicle and trailer can cause a 
crash in which you can be seriously hurt or 
killed.

Check the loading of your vehicle and 
trailer carefully before starting to drive.

Total Load

Number of 

occupants

Except ELITE and TOURING 

grade models

ELITE and TOURING grade 

models

2

3,000 lbs (1,360 kg)

3,500 lbs (1,587 kg)

3

3,000 lbs (1,360 kg)

3,350 lbs (1,520 kg)

4

3,000 lbs (1,360 kg)

3,150 lbs (1,429 kg)

5

3,000 lbs (1,360 kg)

3,000 lbs (1,360 kg)

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2,000 lbs (907 kg)

2,000 lbs (907 kg)

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800 lbs (363 kg)

800 lbs (363 kg)

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Towing not recommended

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Towing Preparation

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Tongue load

The weight of the tongue with a fully loaded 
trailer on the hitch should be approximately 
10% of the total trailer weight.

• Excessive tongue load reduces front tire traction and steering control. Too little 

tongue load can make the trailer unstable and cause it to sway.

Towing equipment varies by the size of your trailer, how much load you are towing, 
and where you are towing.

Hitches

The hitch must be of an approved type and properly bolted to the underbody.

Weight distribution hitches

Your vehicle is designed to tow without the need for a load distributing hitch. If you 
wish to use one, please consult your trailer maker for proper installation and set-up.
Improper set-up could degrade the handling, stability, and braking performance of 
your vehicle.

Tongue Load

Tongue Load

Towing Equipment and Accessories

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Towing Equipment and Accessories

Make sure that all equipment is properly installed and 
maintained, and that it meets federal, state, province/
territory, and local regulations.

Consult your trailer maker for proper installation and 
setup of the equipment.
Improper installation and setup can affect the 
handling, stability, and braking performance of your 
vehicle.

Consult your trailer sales or rental agency if any other 
items are recommended or required for your towing 
situation.

The lighting and wiring of trailers can vary by type 
and brand. If a connector is required, it should only 
be installed by a qualified technician.

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Safety chains

Always use safety chains when you tow a trailer. Leave enough slack to allow the 
trailer to turn corners easily, but do not allow the chains to drag on the ground.

Trailer brakes

Recommended for any trailer with a total weight of 1,000 lbs (450 kg) or more:
There are two common types of trailer brakes: surge and electric. Surge brakes are 
common for boat trailers, since the brakes will get wet. If you choose electric brakes, 
be sure they are electronically actuated. Do not attempt to attach trailer brakes to 
your vehicle’s hydraulic system, as it will lower braking effectiveness and create a 
potential hazard.

Trailer light

Trailer lights and equipment must comply with federal, state, province/territory, and 
local regulations. Check with your local trailer sales or rental agency for the 
requirements in the area where you plan to tow.

We recommend that you have a dealer install 
a Honda wiring harness and converter. They 
are designed for your vehicle.

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Towing Equipment and Accessories

Trailer packages and products:

Ball mount, hitch plug, hitch pin etc.

Wiring harness kit

Trailer hitch kit

Are available at a dealer.

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Trailer light

The trailer lighting connector is located behind the 
left side panel in the cargo area.
Even if you are planning to use the non-Honda trailer 
lighting harness and converter, ask a dealer for the 
correct connector and pins.

Right Turn 
Signal 

Small 
Light

Stop 
Light

+B Small 
Light

Trailer 
Hazard 
Light

Left 
Turn 
Signal

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Towing Preparation

Driving

Sway control

This device can be used if your trailer tends to sway. Your trailer maker can tell you 
what kind of sway control you need and how to install it. Improper installation could 
degrade the handling and stability of your vehicle.

Trailer mirrors

Many states, provinces and territories require special exterior mirrors when towing a 
trailer. Install special mirrors whenever you cannot clearly see behind you, or if the 
trailer creates a blind spot.

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Driving Safely with a Trailer

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Driving Safely with a Trailer

• Have the trailer properly serviced and keep it in good condition.
• Make sure that all the weights and load in the vehicle and trailer are within limits.

Towing Load Limits P. 532

• Securely attach the hitch, safety chains, and other necessary parts to the trailer.
• Securely store all the items in and on the trailer so that they do not shift while 

driving.

• Check if the lights and brakes on the trailer are working properly.
• Check the pressure of the trailer tires, including the spare.

• Turn off the Auto Idle Stop system using the Auto Idle Stop OFF button. The 

trailer weight can affect your vehicle’s brake effectiveness if Auto Idle Stop is 
activated on a hill while towing a trailer.

• Drive slower than normal.
• Obey posted speed limits for vehicles with trailers.
• Use the 

(

D position when towing a trailer on level roads.

• Turn more slowly and with a wider turning arc than normal.
• Allow more time and distance for braking.
• Do not brake or turn suddenly.

Things You Need To Know Before Towing a Trailer

Towing Speeds and Gears

Turning and Braking

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Driving Safely with a Trailer

Operating speed when towing a trailer must not 
exceed 62 mph (100 km/h).

Parking
In addition to the normal precautions, place wheel 
chocks at each of the trailer’s tires.

Remember to unhitch the trailer before changing a 
flat tire. Ask the trailer sales or rental agency where 
and how to store the trailer’s spare tire.

Models with Auto Idle Stop

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Towing Speeds and Gears

When towing a fixed-sided trailer (e.g., camper), do 
not exceed 55 mph (88 km/h). At higher speeds, the 
trailer may sway or affect vehicle handling.

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Towing Your Vehicle

Driving

• Monitor your temperature gauge. If it nears the red (Hot) mark, turn off the 

climate control system and reduce speed. Pull to the side of the road safely to cool 
down the engine if necessary.

• Shift to the 

(

S position if the transmission shifts frequently.

Towing Your Vehicle

Your vehicle is not designed to be towed behind a motor home. If your vehicle needs 
to be towed in an emergency, refer to the emergency towing information.

Emergency Towing P. 731

Driving in Hilly Terrain

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When Driving

Starting the Engine

1. Make sure the parking brake is applied.

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The parking brake and brake system 
indicator comes on for 15 seconds when 
you press the electric parking brake 
switch.

2. Depress the brake pedal.

3. Press the ENGINE START/STOP button 

without depressing the accelerator pedal. 
The engine will crank until it starts.

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Starting the Engine

Keep your foot firmly on the brake pedal when 
starting the engine.
The engine is harder to start in cold weather and in 
thinner air found at altitudes above 8,000 feet (2,400 
meters).

When starting the engine in cold weather, turn off all 
electrical accessories such as the lights, climate 
control system, and rear defogger in order to reduce 
battery drain.

If you live in a region where winter is extremely cold, 
an engine block heater will improve starting and 
warming of the engine. Consult a dealer for details.

If the exhaust system sounds abnormal or you can 
smell exhaust gas inside the vehicle, have your vehicle 
checked by a dealer. There may be a problem with 
the engine or exhaust system.

Bring the remote close to the ENGINE START/STOP 
button if the battery in the remote is weak.

If the Remote Battery is Weak P. 711

The engine may not start if the remote is subjected to 
strong radio waves.

Do not hold the ENGINE START/STOP button to 
start the engine.
If the engine does not start, wait at least 30 seconds 
before trying again.

Brake Pedal

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Starting the Engine

Driving

You can turn the engine off when the vehicle is completely stopped.
1. Put the transmission into 

(

P.

2. Press the ENGINE START/STOP button.

Stopping the Engine

1

Starting the Engine

The immobilizer system protects your vehicle from 
theft.
If an improperly coded device is used, the engine’s 
fuel system is disabled.

Immobilizer System P. 179

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When Driving

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Starting the Engine

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Driving

You can remotely start the engine using the 

 button on the remote.

To start the engine

When started remotely, the engine automatically shuts off after 10 minutes of idling 
and/or the brake pedal and ENGINE START/STOP button have not been pressed 
simultaneously.
To extend the run time for another 10 minutes during the first run, press the 

 

button, then press and hold the 

 button.

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Some exterior lights flash six times if a 10-minute extension request was 
transmitted successfully.

Remote Engine Start with Vehicle Feedback

*

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Remote Engine Start with Vehicle Feedback

*

If there are buildings and obstacles between your 
vehicle and the remote, the range will be reduced. 
The range may be less when the vehicle is running. 
This distance may vary by external electrical 
interference.
The engine may not start by the remote engine start 
if:

You have disabled a remote engine start setting 
using the audio/information screen.

The power mode is not in VEHICLE OFF.

The transmission is in a position other than 

(

P.

The hood is open, or any door or the tailgate is 
unlocked.

You have already used the remote twice to start 
the engine.

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WARNING

Carbon monoxide gas is toxic and can 
rapidly accumulate in closed or even partly 
enclosed areas.
Breathing it can cause unconsciousness and 
even kill you.
Never use the remote engine starter with 
the vehicle parked in a garage or other 
areas with limited ventilation.

Press the 

 button, then press and 

hold the 

 button.

Some exterior lights flash once.

LED: Blinks when any button is pressed.

Go within the range, 
and try again.

Some exterior lights will 
not flash if the engine runs 
unsuccessfully.

Some exterior lights flash 
six times if the engine runs 
successfully.

* Not available on all models

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To stop the engine

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Remote Engine Start with Vehicle Feedback

*

Another registered remote is in the vehicle.

There is any antenna failure.

The door is unlocked with the built-in key.

The engine oil pressure is low.

The engine coolant temperature is extremely high.

The telematics unit malfunctions.

The security system alarm is not set.

The engine may stop while it is running if:

You do not start the vehicle within 10 minutes of 
starting the engine with the remote.

The engine is stopped by using the remote.

The security system alarm is not set.

Door is unlocked with the built-in key.

The hood is open, or any door, or the tailgate is 
unlocked.

Any door is open.

The transmission is in a position other than 

(

P.

The engine coolant temperature is extremely high.

The battery is low.

The engine oil pressure is low.

The Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) comes on if 
there is a problem with the emissions control 
systems.

Press and hold the 

 

button for one second.

The exterior lights will not flash when the remote 
is out of the smart entry system range.
The engine will not stop.

Go within the range, 
and try again.

The exterior lights flash once if 
the engine stops successfully.

* Not available on all models

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Starting the Engine

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Driving

1

Remote Engine Start with Vehicle Feedback

*

While the engine is running, the vehicle will 
automatically precondition inside the vehicle.
When it is warm outside:

The climate control system is activated in 
recirculation mode.

The seat ventilation is activated

*

.

When it is cold outside:

The defroster is activated at a moderately warm 
temperature.

The rear defogger and door mirror heaters are 
activated

*

.

The seat heaters and heated steering wheel are 
activated

*

.

Heated Steering Wheel

*

 P. 241

Front Seat Heaters and Seat 

Ventilation

*

 P. 243

* Not available on all models

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Starting the Engine

Driving

1. Depress the brake pedal and press the ENGINE START/STOP button 

simultaneously.

2. Keeping your right foot on the brake pedal, press the 

 button. Select 

(

when reversing.

3. With the parking brake applied, release the brake pedal and gently depress the 

accelerator pedal.

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Make sure the parking brake and brake system indicator goes off.

Parking Brake P. 602
If the Transmission System Indicator Blinks along with the Warning 

Message P. 723

Hill start assist system

Hill start assist keeps the brake engaged briefly to help prevent the vehicle from 
rolling on inclines as you move your foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator.

Change the gear position to 

(

D or 

(

S when facing uphill, or 

(

R when facing 

downhill, then release the brake pedal.

The brakes remain engaged briefly as you release the brake pedal.

Starting to Drive

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Starting to Drive

The engine stops when the gear position is changed 
from 

(

P before the ENGINE START/STOP button is 

pressed. Follow the step 1 when starting to drive.

You can also release the parking brake by pulling the 
electric parking brake switch while depressing the 
brake pedal.
When facing downhill, you can start your vehicle 
more smoothly by manually releasing it with the 
electric parking brake switch than by releasing it with 
the accelerator pedal.

When the engine was started using the 

 button on 

the remote

*

When the engine was started using the 

 button on the remote

*

When the engine was started in any case

D/S

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Hill start assist system

Hill start assist may not prevent the vehicle from 
rolling downhill on a very steep or slippery slope, and 
will not operate on small inclines.

Hill start assist is not a replacement for the parking 
brake.

Hill start assist will operate even when VSA® is 
switched off.

* Not available on all models

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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