Hitch Cargo Carrier for Your Honda / Acura

Honda and Acura trucks, SUVs, and minivans all offer a lot of storage space—but what about when you've got the dogs, the kids, and all of the associated gear for a weekend of camping and fishing? With the StowAway MAX or Standard Cargo Carrier, you can give yourself exactly what you need: extra room and a car full of happy travelers.

When you mount the StowAway Cargo Carrier with SwingAway frame to the rear of your Honda/Acura, the options are endless! Depending on your current adventure, you'll have ample storage space to take all your cycling, camping, climbing, or fishing gear. And trunk accessibility won't be compromised, meaning you can store even more and still get to it with ease.

The StowAway hitch carriers meet this need. Hitch mounted for easy ground level loading, the StowAway includes a swingaway frame for clear access to the back of your vehicle. Choosing the right StowAway should be done based upon your needs.

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  • Honda Pilot with StowAway MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier
  • Honda Odyssey with StowAway MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier
  • StowAway Standard Cargo Box on Acura MDX
  • Acura MDX SUV with a StowAway Standard Cargo Box with lid open

Things to Consider When Choosing the Right StowAway Hitch Carrier for Your Honda / Acura

A StowAway hitch carrier provides a simple way to expand your vehicle's gear capacity. All StowAway carriers slide into your hitch for easy access from ground level and are tightened in place with the StowAway hitch tightener. But which StowAway might be best for your Honda vehicle and needs?

A Is your Honda/Acura Designed for a Hitch Cargo Carrier or Cargo Box?

The compatibility of your vehicle with a hitch carrier depends on a few factors. First is Tongue Weight Capacity (TWC). This refers to how much weight your vehicle's hitch receiver can support. Generally, smaller vehicles will have a lower TWC and larger ones will have a higher capacity. To find out a specific TWC, consult your owner's manual or your dealer. Next what size hitch do you have? Hitches typically come as a 1.25" or 2" square receiver, and occasionally 2.5” for larger, heavy duty vehicles. StowAway Racks and the Standard Cargo Box are available for either the 1.25” and 2” hitch size, while the Max Cargo Box is made only for a 2” hitch.

BWhat kind of and how much gear will you be carrying?

Racks can be the best choice for gear that does not have a regular shape – bikes, grills, inflatable boats and more. The StowAway Cargo Boxes may be a better option if you have multiple pieces of luggage or gear that you want to keep covered. 1.25” hitches typically offer tongue weight capacity ranging from 100 lbs up to 300 lbs. Vehicles with 2” hitches typically have a tongue weight capacity of 300 – 500 lbs. The StowAway Carrier is not suitable for the lighter (Class 1) 1.25” hitches but can be used with hitches with capacities of 200 lbs and higher. Always be sure to stay within the stated capacity on your hitch and your vehicle.

CHow important is protection from the elements, and security?

If you are concerned about the security of your gear and protecting it from the weather, a hitch cargo box might be your best bet. StowAway Cargo Boxes are molded from a strong flexible polymer and include a locking latch, taillights and a water channel to prevent water from getting to your gear.

DWill you be doing more than transporting gear?

StowAway offers several models and accessories If you plan on doing more with your StowAway than transporting gear. The buffet board option provides a platform for preparing or serving food. The StowAway Ski Carrier converts the vehible into a ski shuttle for carrying skiers and skis to the mountain. The StowAway Grill Station is your ideal tailgate party grill for college or pro games.

EHow important is clear access to the back of your vehicle?

If you need clear access to the back of your vehicle without having to unload your gear, the swingaway frame is a definite must. Remove the frame safety pins, lift the release pin and swing open your frame for access to your back doors, liftgate or tailgate.

OK, you’ve assessed your needs and looked over your vehicle and hitch. Now select the StowAway that will work best for you.

StowAway Model Review

StowAway Cargo Box

Hitch Cargo Boxes

If your choice is a Cargo Box select either the Max at 16 cubic feet capacity or the Standard at 12.5 cubic feet capacity. Both boxes will protect your gear from the elements, include a locking latch for security, and taillights for safety. A drain plug is included for cleaning your box. Both boxes come in either black or ivory.

StowAway Cargo Rack

Hitch Racks

The StowAway cargo rack provides a flexible hauling alternative for irregularly shaped and large pieces of gear that may not fit into one of our cargo boxes. The rack can also be specialized for hauling bikes, a grill for tailgating, fishing rods or skis and snowboards.

StowAway hitch racks and swingaway frame angled

Hitch Frames

StowAway offers two frames, one a fixed frame and the other a swingaway frame. Both frames are welded from heavy duty tube steel and are powdercoated to resist rust and corrosion. All StowAway Boxes and Racks mount to either frame or you can bolt your own box or rack to either frame.

Honda/Acura Vehicle Overview


The Honda CR-V is a 5-passenger compact crossover SUV which launched in 2016. Striking a balance between utility vehicle and passenger car, it is perfect for urban dwellers — especially young families who have to contend with narrow roads and tight parking spaces in the city.


The Odyssey is a top-rated minivan that packs plenty of room to chauffeur families of up to eight without stepping on each others toes. Easy to operate sliding bench seats take the work out of getting all passengers on board. The available in-cabin intercom system and cabin monitors helps the driver keep control of the crowd without having to yell.


The Honda Pilot is a good midsize SUV -- great for families who don't want a minivan. It delivers a smooth ride, and fuel economy is good. The Pilot holds up to eight people on comfortable seats, comes standard with a fair amount of driver assistance technology, and uses good quality materials. It also has a considerable number of available tech features.

Acura MDX - Three-row Luxury SUV

Because of its larger size, the MDX also has more passenger and cargo space than the RDX. The MDX seats up to 7 people. With the flexibility of 60/40 split second-row and 50/50 split third-row seatbacks, MDX adapts to a variety of passenger and cargo combinations. Behind the third row lies over 15 cubic feet, and you can fold the second-row down for over 90 cubic feet of storage. StowAway hitch cargo boxes can be a great addition if you need even more room, want easy access to the back of your vehicle for dogs or gear, may not want to balance on the door jam to load and unload gear, or you may simply prefer some items be transported outside the vehicle.

Acura RDX - Luxury Crossover SUV

The RDX is a crossover SUV for those who like to enjoy the good things in life. With seductive styling, high performance and advanced technology, it’s the perfect balance of luxury and functionality. The RDX seats up to 5 people and has up to 79.8 cu. ft. of max cargo volume. The StowAway Carrier is an excellent addition to the RDX owner needing additional room for gear.