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2020 Honda Pilot LX 2WD - front view

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Top Features of Base Model

  • More standard safety gear.
  • Improved tech features.
  • Small styling changes.
  • Roomy, comfortable interior.
  • Strong fuel economy.
  • Improved transmission.
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Honda Pilot: Everything You Need to Know

About the Honda Pilot:

The 2019 Honda Pilot is the Japanese brand's largest SUV. It can swallow huge amounts of passengers and cargo and offers a comfortable and safe ride. The vehicle is also a popular choice thanks to its available all-wheel drive and reputation for reliability, making it a good buy for families of all sizes.

What’s New in the 2019 Honda Pilot?

The 2019 Honda Pilot offers only minor updates for the current model year:

  • Honda Sensing active safety is now standard.
  • New exterior styling front and rear.
  • Small changes made to dashboard.
  • Upgraded audio system.
  • Additional optional technology and convenience features.
  • Smoother-shifting 9-speed transmission.
  • Improved engine start/stop system.

All versions of the Honda Pilot continue to feature a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine. It generates 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque and is matched with a 6-speed or 9-speed automatic gearbox. Fuel economy for the Honda Pilot is listed at 20-mpg city and 27-mpg highway for front-wheel drive models with the 9-speed. The base 6-speed drops one mile per gallon from the city measure.

All-wheel drive, 9-speed editions of the Honda Pilot also slash one mile per gallon from city and highway mpg. All-wheel drive, 6-speed models show 18-mpg city and 26-mpg highway.

What Does the 2019 Honda Pilot Compete With?

The 2019 Honda Pilot competes with the following vehicles:

The EX is the most popular trim level for the 2019 Honda Pilot. It includes:

  • Honda LaneWatch safety system.
  • Power driver's seat.
  • Larger infotainment screen.
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.
  • Fog Lights.
  • Keyless entry.

All of which improve on the base model LX in terms of equipment.

The 2019 Honda Pilot is a great choice for families who need 3 rows of seating and all-wheel drive. It delivers substantial cargo room, making it a versatile option.

Exterior Design of the 2019 Honda Pilot

The 2019 Honda Pilot's styling has been tweaked compared to the previous year. New LED headlights are standard and come with a revised front end. Both the front and the rear bumpers have also been changed for 2019.

18-inch wheels are standard on the Honda Pilot LX, EX, and EX-L. 20-inch rims become available with the Pilot Touring and the Pilot Elite. The latter trims also add chrome accents, while the EX-L features a power moonroof. The Elite extends its roof opening to a full panoramic design.

The restyling for 2019 gives the Honda Pilot a more rugged look. This is most apparent up front, where the bumper's new 'skid plate' design makes it look less like a minivan. The Pilot is not the most fashionable of the 3-row SUV set, but it's certainly on par with most of its rivals.

Interior Style in the 2019 Honda Pilot

Small changes have been made to the interior design of the 2019 Honda Pilot. Drivers will notice a more modern gauge cluster, while higher trim levels enjoy an easier-to use, nicer-to-look-at audio system.

The Honda Pilot features a textured cabin with glossy plastic accents and soft-touch panels on the doors and dashboard. Large transmission buttons on the center console take some getting used to but are well-labeled. Similarly, a volume knob for the stereo and toggles for the climate system are well placed. High trims feel a little less-than-special, based on price, but entry-level to mid-tier models are well-appointed.

There is ample room inside the Honda Pilot in the first two rows of seating, with cloth upholstery standard and leather available. The driver is perched tall in the saddle, with a good view of the road ahead. Second row passengers can recline and slide their seats for maximum comfort. They can also control their own heating and cooling and have the option of heated seats. The third row is lower to the floor than most adults would prefer, but it is suitable for children and easy to access. LATCH attachments are provided. There are both 8 passenger and 7 passenger versions of the SUV available.

The interior of the Honda Pilot is littered with storage nooks and pockets, including a useful center console. Large items are easy to load into the rear of the vehicle. There is a hidden storage compartment under the floor at the back. With 2nd and 3rd rows folded flat, you will have no trouble sliding bicycles and ladders into the Pilot, although it’s not class-leading when it comes to overall cargo room.

What Technology Comes in the 2019 Honda Pilot?

The 2019 Honda Pilot has upped its game when it comes to technology. It remains very competitive with other 3-row SUVs in its class.

The 2019 Honda Pilot provides a number of attractive technology and convenience features, including:

  • 8.0-inch Display Audio infotainment touchscreen.
  • CabinControl infotainment and climate controls for rear passengers.
  • CabinTalk in-vehicle intercom.
  • Wireless phone charging.
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • LaneWatch blindspot camera.
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.
  • Navigation.

The 2019 Honda Pilot comes standard with:

  • Push-button start.
  • 5-inch color infotainment screen.
  • Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Rearview camera.
  • Honda Sensing safety system.

What Kind of Safety Features are in the 2019 Honda Pilot?

All versions of the 2019 Honda Pilot include the Honda Sensing suite of safety features. It's a formidable set of protections that watch over driver and passenger, and it includes:

  • Collision detection with automatic emergency braking. This system brings the Honda Pilot to a stop should the forward-looking cameras determine a collision is about to happen. It can also warn of an impending impact.
  • Road departure mitigation and lane departure warning/assistance. A feature that steers the SUV back into its lane should stray onto the shoulder, while also providing a warning.
  • Adaptive cruise control. This feature automatically maintains a safe distance between the Pilot and traffic ahead.

Other safety equipment for the 2019 Honda Pilot includes LaneWatch, included on the EX trim and up. This feature shows a view of the passenger-hand side of the vehicle on the infotainment screen when the turn signal is activated. Elite models gain a full blind spot monitor that watches both sides of the vehicle for unseen traffic, and also assists when reversing.

What is the 2019 Honda Pilot Like to Drive?

The 2019 Honda Pilot sits comfortable in the middle-of-the-road when compared against other 3-row sport-utility vehicles. With its large size and hefty weight, the Honda Pilot is not particularly interesting to drive, nor does it offer stand-out acceleration or handling. It is quite comfortable as a commuter and serves well on long-distance trips thanks to its respectable power and well-tuned suspension system.

One area where the Honda Pilot does excel is managing deep snow and ice-covered roads. Offering several drive modes - including one helpfully labeled 'Snow' - the Pilot provides exceptional traction in the dead of winter, even during raging blizzards that would paralyze lesser SUVs. Given that the vehicle shares much of its drivetrain with the Honda Ridgeline mid-size pickup, this feels entirely appropriate. Don’t look for any special off-road features like hill descent control, however.

One more benefit of the Honda Pilot's 2019 refresh is the transmission. The 9-speed automatic had been criticized in the past for rough shifting and occasional pauses between gear ratios. That behavior has been erased for the current model year, and the transmission now starts in 2nd gear by default to further smooth things out.

Should I Buy a 2019 Honda Pilot?

The 2019 Honda Pilot is an attractive choice for large families or those who want to haul a lot of gear with them wherever they go. If you live in the northern part of the country, and don't mind the Pilot's middling fuel efficiency, we think it's worth a test drive.

Should I Buy a Used Honda Pilot?

The Honda Pilot was most recently redesigned for the 2016 model year. This means that there are many recent used models available that share much of their feature set with the 2019 edition. Given Honda's reputation for reliability, we're confident in recommending a used Pilot. It's worth verifying that the older 9-speed transmission is smooth enough for your tastes, however.

How Much Does the New 2019 Honda Pilot Cost?

The 2019 Honda Pilot LX starts at an MSRP of $32,495 and tops out at a hefty $49,065 for the Elite trim level. It is on sale now.

Pros and Cons of the 2020 Honda Pilot


  • Excellent interior room.
  • Strong winter all-wheel drive performance.
  • Long list of standard safety features.
  • Available with surprising level of luxury equipment.
  • Easy to drive despite its large size.


  • Fuel mileage is not impressive.
  • Elite model is expensive for non-premium brand.
  • LaneWatch feature distracts drivers from road ahead.
  • Transmission buttons take some getting used to.
Model History

The History of the Honda Pilot: 16 years of Pilot

The Honda Pilot appeared in 2003 as the first-ever full-size SUV from the brand. Much like the current model, it counted on available all-wheel drive and V6 power to tempt buyers away from more traditional sport-utility vehicles. It offered 8 passenger seating right from the start, too. The Honda Pilot would grow larger in 2009 but stick to the same formula, eventually expanding into the current generation's expansive footprint with a redesign in 2016.

Specs & Key Features of the 2020 Honda Pilot


Body Style
Sport Utility
3.5L V6 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC
280 hp
6-Speed Automatic
Passenger Doors
Passenger Seating
Front Wheel Drive
City MPG

Key Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Audio
  • Back Up Camera
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise Control
  • LCD Monitor
  • LED Lights
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Monitors
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Tinted Glass

More Features

  • Engine: 3.5L V6 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
  • 4.25 Axle Ratio
  • GVWR: 5,545 lbs
  • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • Battery w/Run Down Protection
  • 1 Skid Plate
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • 19.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
  • Wheels: 18" Alloy
  • Tires: 245/60R18 105H AS
  • Wheels w/Machined Accents
  • Steel Spare Wheel
  • Compact Spare Tire Stored Underbody w/Crankdown
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
  • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Black Door Handles
  • Black Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
  • Deep Tinted Glass
  • Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Chrome Grille
  • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
  • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low Beam Daytime Running Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • LED Brakelights
  • Radio: 215-Watt Audio System -inc: 7 speakers, subwoofer, 5" color LCD screen, 1.0-amp USB audio interface in center console (1 port), Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, Bluetooth streaming audio, MP3/auxiliary input jack, Radio Data System (RDS), Speed-Sensitive Volume Compensation (SVC) and 2.5-amp USB charging port in center console (1 port)
  • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock and Steering Wheel Controls
  • Fixed Antenna
  • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
  • Front Bucket Seats -inc: head restraints at all seating positions
  • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
  • Fixed 60-40 Split-Bench 3rd Row Seat Front, Manual Fold Into Floor, Manual and Adjustable Head Restraint
  • Front Cupholder
  • Rear Cupholder
  • Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
  • Valet Function
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Distance Pacing
  • Manual Air Conditioning
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Headliner/Pillar Ducts and Console Ducts
  • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Chrome/Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Cloth Door Trim Insert
  • Urethane Gear Shifter Material
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Front And Rear Map Lights
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
  • Carpet Floor Trim
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • FOB Controls -inc: Windows
  • Instrument Panel Bin, Interior Concealed Storage, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
  • Systems Monitor
  • Trip Computer
  • Digital/Analog Display
  • Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
  • 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Air Filtration
  • VSA Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) + FCW
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) Lane Departure Warning
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

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Available Trims for the 2020 Honda Pilot (14)

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Safety Ratings for the 2020 Honda Pilot

US NHTSA Crash Test Results

Results shown are for the 2020 Honda Pilot LX 2WD:

Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

Dynamic Test Result

No Tip

Risk of Rollover


Rollover Note

Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.


Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.