Honda has evolved its Pilot SUV to adapt to the consumers’ needs. Just two years ago, the Pilot had a boxy design, harkening back to the days where SUVs didn’t have much of an identity, they were utility alone in purpose. However, as SUVs continue to dominate the marketplace manufacturers like Honda understand that contemporary styling will give them the edge.
Of course, the Honda Pilot won’t be the most stylish offering in this segment to some, but that’s okay. The Pilot offers many amenities to enhance its profile. Critics have taken notice, as Kelley Blue Book gave the Pilot a 9.5 out of 10 rating while Edmunds gave it a five out of five score.
To see if the new Honda Pilot is right for you, let’s examine its offerings in further detail.
It’s true since last year’s model, Honda has done a remarkable job adding curves to its Pilot SUV. This year’s edition is no different, as it features swept-back body lines on the side to complement well with the tapered roof. The front end captures attention thanks to Honda’s three-bar chrome grill that meshes well with the headlight design. In the rear end, the Pilot has angled tail lights and curved lines to provide symmetry with the rest of the body.
Similar to other manufacturers, the design isn’t merely to catch attention, it also serves a function. The aerodynamic design of the Pilot’s body helps it achieve great fuel efficiency by reducing wind drag. Overall, it’s a dramatic departure from where the SUV was just two years ago and illustrates Honda is moving in the right direction with its exterior styling of the Pilot.
When you slide into the driver’s seat it becomes apparent quickly how easy it is to command most of the SUV’s controls. Honda designed the driver seat with ergonomics in mind by supplying steering wheel controls, an easy to reach touchscreen–available on certain models—and controls on the instrument panel all within reach.
The new Pilot seats up to eight passengers comfortably, making it a perfect option for growing families or parents who have to transport teams regularly. It also makes for the perfect travel vehicle, with its foldable second and third-row seating; this opens up more cargo space to account for your larger items.
Touching more on the styling and comfort end of things, the Honda Pilot comes with leather-trimmed seats to add a dash of luxury to your commutes. Moreover, the Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control feature operates independently to adapt to varied climate needs within the cabin.
Meanwhile, Honda also designed the Pilot to be handy for the tech-savvy passengers. The SUV comes with up to five USB ports, three 12-volt outlets, and an HDMI port to keep your devices powered as well as giving you access to gaming while on the road.
Ultimately, the interior of the Honda Pilot offers something for every member of your family.
With the Pilot, you receive Honda Sensing. This consists of an array of driver-assisted technologies such as the road departure mitigation system. How this works is a small camera on the SUV records road markers like lane dividers. If this system detects you are leaving the road it will correct the steering to help you remain on the road.
Other features included in this system are the collision mitigation braking system, the lane keeping system, and the adaptive cruise control feature. Combined, these systems work to keep you safer on your commutes.
Another feature that can help you make safer decisions is the multi-angle rearview camera. This camera has three different views including normal, top-down, and wide. Because this gives you added visibility, it makes it easier for you to negotiate everyday maneuvers such as backing out of a parking space safely.
Honda makes it easy for you to connect your smartphone with your Pilot through the HondaLink feature. Once connected, you have access to do a wide variety of things such as play music in your SUV, receive directions, schedule service appointments, and even check traffic conditions.
In addition, Honda made the Pilot more adaptable to account for a wide range of technological needs. With Bluetooth connectivity, you can stream audio wirelessly. It also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the ability to play Sirius XM Radio, and more.
Trims and Offerings
There are four Honda Pilot models available. Here are some of the highlights of each as well as what they cost.
The most affordable trim, the Honda Pilot LX, starts from $30,595. This model comes with the V6 engine that generates 280-horsepower, which is more than enough to handle regular use. It also features styling options like 18-inch alloy wheels and it comes with the multi-angle rearview camera.
The next model up is the Honda Pilot EX. This trim features all the goodies you receive in the LX model with more convenience and safety features such as remote engine start, Honda LaneWatch, and the audio touchscreen. You receive all this for a starting price of $33,030.
The Honda Pilot EX-L takes luxury to a new degree with leather-trimmed seating and one-touch second-row seating, providing easier access to the passenger/cargo areas. Moreover, it also has available additions like the rear entertainment system to customize the SUV to your family’s needs. You receive these touches of luxury and convenience starting from $36,455.
The most comprehensive offering is the Honda Pilot Touring. This model comes with Honda Sensing, 20-inch alloy wheels, satellite-linked navigation, and a nine-speed automatic transmission for $41,670.
The Honda Pilot offers comprehensive styling, innovative safety features, and a wealth of comfort and convenience options to make it an attractive choice for families.