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Honda Pilot Features and Specs

Heated Front Bucket Seats -inc: 10-way power driver's seat adjustment, power lumbar support, 2-position memory, 4-way power passenger's seat adjustment and head restraints at all seating positions

8-Way Driver Seat

Passenger Seat

60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Heated 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, Fixed 3rd Row Windows and w/Manual Sun Blinds

Fixed 60-40 Split-Bench 3rd Row Seat Front, Manual Fold Into Floor, Manual and Adjustable Head Restraint

Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel

Illuminated Front Cupholder

Rear Cupholder


Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start

Valet Function

Remote Releases -Inc: Proximity Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel

Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button

HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter

Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls

Distance Pacing

Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls

HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Headliner/Pillar Ducts and Console Ducts

Voice Activated Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning

Illuminated Locking Glove Box

Driver Foot Rest

Full Cloth Headliner

Leather Door Trim Insert

Interior Trim -inc: Piano Black Instrument Panel Insert, Piano Black Door Panel Insert, Piano Black Console Insert and Chrome/Metal-Look Interior Accents

Leather Seat Trim

Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror

Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination

Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and Conversation Mirror

Front And Rear Map Lights

Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting

Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats

Carpet Floor Trim

Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch

Cargo Area Concealed Storage

Cargo Space Lights

Door Mirrors

FOB Controls -inc: Cargo Access, Windows, Sunroof/Convertible Roof and Remote Engine Start

Smart Device Remote Engine Start

HondaLink Tracker System

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

Outside Temp Gauge

Digital/Analog Appearance

Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints

Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage

2 Seatback Storage Pockets

Perimeter Alarm

Engine Immobilizer

Air Filtration

Fair Market Price

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$45,920$50,095Coming Soon / N.A.
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$50,620$55,067Coming Soon / N.A.

Cargo (Std/Max):

17/84 cu.ft.


  • Strong acceleration
  • Spacious interior
  • Easy third-row access


  • Dated interior design
  • Occasional rough shift from nine-speed auto
  • Top trims get pricey

Honda Pilot Expert Review

Kelly Lin

The Honda Pilot could use a full redesign, as the current generation debuted way back in the 2016 model year. This won't happen for 2022, as the three-row SUV soldiers on with the same design, powertrain, and interior. An overhaul in the trim structure, however, means all Pilots are now well-equipped. The Pilot holds its own against popular competitors including the Toyota Highlander and Hyundai Palisade.

For the 2022 model year, the lower LX and EX trims exit the lineup. They will be replaced by a new, yet unnamed entry-level trim that Honda says will be well-equipped and aimed at younger buyers. A new Sonic Gray Pearl paint color also joins the lineup.

Generally speaking, the Pilot has aged gracefully. After all these years, it's still quite competent on the road. It benefits from a smooth ride, and despite its size, precise steering makes it easy to maneuver. The standard V-6 engine is well-tuned and provides quick acceleration, but you may notice an occasional harsh shift from the nine-speed automatic transmission.

Open the doors, and the Pilot offers generous space all around. Even the third row can fit adults in a pinch. Third-row access is easy, too, since the second-row seats slide forward enough to give you ample room to climb inside. We appreciate thoughtful features such as a deep center console to store small items.

Where the interior falls short is its dated look. Still, this flaw wasn't enough to hold the Pilot back from winning a comparison test against the Toyota Highlander, which didn't feel as spacious or drive as well as its archrival.

Despite its age, the Pilot remains one of the more versatile three-row SUVs on the market. With a spacious, practical cabin, abundant safety features, and strong performance, the Pilot ticks off most of the important boxes.

All Pilots utilize a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. This power is routed through a nine-speed automatic transmission. We clocked the Pilot hitting 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, an exceptionally good time in its segment.

Fuel economy comes in at 20/27 mpg on FWD models and 19/26 mpg on AWD models. Those numbers are better than the 2022 Kia Telluride (20/26 mpg with FWD and 19/24 mpg with AWD).

The 2022 Honda Pilot earns a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. This rating includes four stars in the front crash and rollover tests, and five stars in the side crash test. The 2021 model doesn't receive a Top Safety Pick designation like some of its competitors. The Pilot is held back by an Acceptable score in the passenger-side small overlap front crash test, which replicates what happens when the right corner of a car strikes an object at 40 mph.

The Pilot comes with a host of standard safety features. These include lane keep assist, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams.

When looking at the specs sheet, the Pilot isn't as impressive as the Telluride when it comes to cargo space and legroom. But when you actually hop inside the Honda, it feels plenty spacious for people and their gear. Unlike a lot of three-row SUVs, the third row is not a penalty box, offering a decent amount of space for children or adults. The Pilot seats up to eight people, although higher trims have second-row captain's chairs and will only seat seven.

Cargo space (behind first/second/third rows):

2022 Honda Pilot: 83.8/46.8/16.5 cubic feet

2022 Kia Telluride: 87.0/46.0/21.0 cubic feet

Legroom (first/second/third rows):

2022 Honda Pilot: 40.9/38.4/31.9 inches

2022 Kia Telluride: 41.4/42.4/31.4 inches

The Pilot is equipped with an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Lower trims come with a seven-speaker sound system, but higher trims upgrade to a 10-speaker system. Other optional goodies include a wireless phone charger, on-board navigation, and a rear seat entertainment system with a 10.2-inch screen.

As its name suggests, this model features black exterior accents, including a black grille and black 20-inch alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, look for red ambient lighting and red stitching on the seats, as well as Black Edition badging. The Honda Pilot Black Edition is available exclusively with AWD and in seven-passenger configuration.

Honda offers six trim levels for the 2022 model year: the yet-unnamed base model, EX-L, Special Edition, Touring, Elite, and Black Edition. Expect prices to range from somewhere in the mid-$30,000s to more than $50,000 for the top model.

We're most tempted by the $40,000 EX-L trim, which feels upscale with its leather upholstery, heated front seats, and 10-way power driver's seat, as well as its one-touch power moonroof and electronically controlled second-row seats.

Check out our full 2022 Honda Pilot Trim Guide here.

MotorTrend Score

Based on performance, value, MPG, interior space, and more, this score reflects MotorTrend’s exhaustive evaluation process. Scores can only be compared to other cars in the same class. A 7.0 rating represents average performance.


#3 in 3-Row SUVs | Rankings

The Pilot is no newcomer, but its performance, comfortable ride, clever interior design, and great value make it an obvious contender for anyone shopping three-row SUVs.


Performance of Intended Function: How does a car drive? Does it have enough space for passengers and their stuff?


We track efficiency and driving range.


Does the car offer impressive tech for its segment? How well does it work? Are there any innovative design details?


How well will this car hold its value over time? Will it be expensive to maintain, insure, or repair? IntelliChoice data and research inform this score.

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Auto-levelling front headlights

Auto-levelling front headlights  

Body-coloured door handles

Body-coloured door handles Chrome Chrome

Body-coloured heated power side mirrors

Body-coloured heated power side mirrors With painted black base With painted black base With painted black base

Bumper skid garnish

Bumper skid garnish Silver Silver Silver Gloss black

Front grille bar

Front grille bar Chrome Chrome Chrome Gloss black

LED fog lights

LED fog lights

Front and rear splash guards

Front and rear splash guards

Front wiper de-icer

Front wiper de-icer

Intermittent rear window wiper/washer

Intermittent rear window wiper/washer

LED taillights

LED taillights

Memory-linked side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down

Memory-linked side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down

Mirror-integrated LED turn signal indicators

Mirror-integrated LED turn signal indicators

LED headlights with auto-on/off (Low beam)

LED headlights with auto-on/off (Low beam)      

LED headlights with auto-on/off (High and low beam)

LED headlights with auto-on/off (High and low beam)  

One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature

One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature

Panoramic moonroof

Panoramic moonroof    

Auto-dimming power folding side mirrors

Auto-dimming power folding side mirrors  

Power tailgate

Power tailgate Hands-free access Hands-free access Hands-free access

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Rain-sensing windshield wipers  

Rear window defroster

Rear window defroster

Roof rails

Roof rails Black

Rear privacy-tinted glass

Rear privacy-tinted glass

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Honda Sensing® Safety & Driver-Assistive Technologies
Apple CarPlay® Integration*
Android Auto™ Integration*
Seating Capacity



8 (Touring) / 7 (Touring-7)







Perforated Leather

Perforated Leather

One-Touch 2nd-Row Seats
Power Tailgate

Hands-Free Access

Hands-Free Access

Hands-Free Access

Hands-Free Access

Blind Spot Information System (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor*
Advanced Rear Entertainment System
2WD MPG Ratings* (city/highway/combined)

20 / 27 / 23

20 / 27 / 23

20 / 27 / 23

AWD MPG Ratings* (city/highway/combined)

19 / 26 / 22

19 / 26 / 22

19 / 26 / 22

19 / 26 / 22

19 / 26 / 22

Horsepower (SAE net)

280 @ 6000 rpm

280 @ 6000 rpm

280 @ 6000 rpm

280 @ 6000 rpm

280 @ 6000 rpm

Honda Sensing® Safety & Driver-Assistive Technology

Honda Sensing® Technologies

Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)*

Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)*

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)*

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)*

Forward Collision Warning (FCW)*

Lane Departure Warning (LDW)*

Driver Assistive Technologies

Blind Spot Information System (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor*

Auto High-Beam Headlights

Active Safety

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera* with Dynamic Guidelines

Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control*

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)

Brake Assist

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)* with Tire Fill Assist and Location and Pressure Indicators

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

Passive Safety

Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure

Advanced Front Airbags

SmartVent® Front Side Airbags

Three-Row Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor

3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions

Front 3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning System

Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH): Lower Anchors (2nd-Row All, 3rd-Row Passenger-Side), Tether Anchors (2nd-Row All, 3rd-Row All)

Driver's and Front Passenger's Seat-Belt Reminder

Child-Proof Rear Door Locks

215-Watt Audio System with 7 Speakers, including Subwoofer
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®*
Bluetooth® Streaming Audio*
MP3/Auxiliary Input Jack
Radio Data System (RDS)
Speed-Sensitive Volume Compensation (SVC)
12-Volt Power Outlets (Front, Center Console & Cargo Area)
8-Inch Display Audio with High-Resolution Touch-Screen and Customizable Feature Settings
CabinControl® Remote Compatibility
Apple CarPlay®* Integration
Android Auto™* Integration
SMS Text Message Function*
HD Radio™*
2.5-Amp USB Smartphone/Audio Interface* (Front Console)
2.5-Amp USB Charging Port

Center Console (1 Port) / 2nd-Row (2 Ports)

Center Console (1 Port) / 2nd-Row (2 Ports)

Center Console (1 Port) / 2nd-Row (2 Ports)

Center Console (1 Port) / 2nd-Row (2 Ports)

Center Console (1 Port) / 2nd-Row (2 Ports)

Wireless Phone Charger*
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition* and Honda HD Digital Traffic
Advanced Rear Entertainment System with 10.2-inch High-Resolution Screen, Blu-Ray™* 28 Player, Built-In Streaming Apps and Wireless Headphones (2)
115-Volt Power Outlet
590-Watt Premium Audio System with 10 Speakers, including Subwoofer
HondaLink® Subscription Services*
Wi-Fi® Hotspot Capability*
Multi-Zone Audio
CabinTalk® In-Car PA System (through Headphones and Speakers)
HDMI Interface*




Push Button Start
Power Windows with Auto-Up/Down Driver's and Front Passenger's Window
Power Door and Tailgate Locks
One-Touch Turn Indicators
Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
Multi-Functional Center Console Storage
Lockable Glove Compartment
Sliding Sunvisors
Remote Fuel Filler Door Release
Rear-Window Defroster with Timer
Rear-Seat Heater Ducts

Spec honda pilot


The 2022 Honda Pilot provides refuge for folks who put a premium on practicality but aren't too keen on the minivan lifestyle. To be clear, the three-row SUV can't replicate the roominess and versatility of the Honda Odyssey with which it shares a platform and an expeditious V-6 powertrain. What the Pilot lacks in sliding doors and third-row stretch-out space it makes up for with a higher driving position, available all-wheel drive, and the ability to tow up to 5000 pounds. It also has a spacious and comfortable cabin as well as a host of standard driver assists and popular features. Too bad its outward appearance is wholly forgettable, especially compared with visually exciting rivals such as Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade. While the 2022 Pilot isn't flashy or remotely fun to drive, for some it's much better than a minivan.

What's New for 2022?

For 2022, the Pilot comes with more standard features­—including full LED headlights and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto­­­—but these upgrades correspond with a significantly higher starting price. With Honda dropping the bottom-rung LX and EX trim levels, the lineup now begins with the EX-L, which begins at just over $40k. That's almost $7000 more than the LX cost last year. There's also a new Sonic Gray Pearl paint color. Honda says it'll introduce a new model later this year.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

We think the Pilot Special Edition represents the best combination of features and price. It includes black 20-inch wheels, a hands-free power tailgate, leather-trimmed upholstery, roof rails, second-row sunshades, a sunroof, and wireless charging. We'd also add all-wheel drive for $2000 because it increases the Pilot's maximum tow rating from 3500 pounds to 5000.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Pilot's V-6 has a sporty sound and plenty of power, and we like the unobtrusive behavior of the nine-speed automatic transmission. The Honda is not the most ponderous three-row crossover to drive, but its considerable size can make it feel heavy when cornering. The 20-inch wheels that come on the upper trims hurt ride quality a bit, but they enhance the Pilot's otherwise dorky appearance. And the vehicle rides relatively smoothly when loaded with people and stuff. The Pilot's lack of body control makes it seem disconnected from the road at times. And its light steering makes it easy to maneuver at parking-lot speeds, but it also contributes to the detached feel on the highway.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Fuel economy is strong within Honda's showroom, and the Pilot is very efficient for such a large and practical vehicle, according to both the EPA and our real-world testing. The front-wheel-drive model will achieve 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Adding all-wheel drive knocks 1 mpg off both government ratings, for totals of 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. The all-wheel-drive-only Elite model we tested exceeded its highway rating, achieving 27 mpg on our 75-mph fuel-economy route. For more information about the Pilot's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Pilot's interior is spacious and practical and can be had with family-friendly options such as an in-cabin PA system. Most trim levels offer a three-across second row, for those who need to seat eight. Pricier models forgo the bench for two captain's chairs, reducing the passenger count to seven. However, the spacious third row's low seat cushion means it's really only practical for kids. The Pilot's dashboard layout features easy-to-use climate controls and a clearly marked gauge cluster, and there are a whopping 16 cupholders throughout the cabin. This SUV's high seating position gives the driver a commanding view of the road, and large windows and thin unobtrusive roof pillars award the Pilot best-in-class visibility. This Honda has a downright cavernous cargo area and loads of useful interior cubbies. It's among the roomiest SUVs in its class, but the cargo capacity between the seven- and eight-seat configurations is different, as the Elite and seven-seat Touring trims have a second-row center console that can't be removed. The adjustable cargo floor can be set up for maximum space or to create an underfloor storage compartment.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The frustrating central touchscreen is one of the Pilot's weak points, although Honda did install a much-needed volume knob back in 2019. The base LX's 5.0-inch display offers the basics, whereas trims EX and above get an 8.0-inch touchscreen with SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, voice command, and other app functions. Navigation is optional on the EX and standard on the Touring and Elite.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Every Pilot has a host of standard driver-assistance technology. For more information about the Honda's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  • Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  • Standard adaptive cruise control

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Honda's warranty is entirely average for its class. Hyundai, for example, offers one that's significantly longer, and Toyota provides the added bonus of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

  • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance



2020 Honda Pilot Black Edition AWD

front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-wagon

$50,840 (base price: $50,840)

SOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
212 in3, 3471 cm3
280 hp @ 6000 rpm
262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

9-speed automatic

Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 12.6-in vented disc/13.0-in disc
Tires: Continental CrossContact LX Sport, 245/50R-20 102H M+S

Wheelbase: 111.0 in
Length: 196.5 in
Width: 78.6 in
Height: 70.6 in
Passenger volume: 152 ft3
Cargo volume: 16 ft3
Curb weight: 4327 lb

Rollout, 1 ft: 0.5 sec
60 mph: 6.2 sec
100 mph: 17.3 sec
110 mph: 22.0 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 6.4 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.7 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.8 sec
¼-mile: 14.8 sec @ 94 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 113 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 172 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.82 g

Observed: 18 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 25 mpg
Highway range: 480 miles

Combined/city/highway: 22/19/26 mpg


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2021 Honda Pilot // What's Changed for 2021?? (more than you think!)

2021 Honda Pilot Engine Specs and Towing Capacity 

There is a new SUV in town for drivers to set their eyes on. The 2021 Honda Pilot has arrived and has some advantages that drivers may like to see in their next vehicle. When shopping for a new SUV, it is important to look at the performance technology of a new model to see if it meets your expectations. Find out more by reading about the 2021 Honda Pilot engine specs and towing capacity down below. 

READ MORE:2020 Honda Pilot Engine Specs and Gas Mileage


The 2021 Honda Pilot is designed to take drivers and passengers where they want to go, rain or shine. The Honda Pilot is equipped with the same V6 engine on all trim levels. This engine can achieve 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque for a smooth transition onto the highway. This SUV also has an Eco Assist™ System, Idle-Stop, and an available Intelligent Traction Management System at your disposal.  

2021 Honda Pilot engine
2021 Honda Pilot in gray tail gate

Trailering Capabilities 

When it comes to towing power, the 2021 Honda Pilot can help you carry more luggage so that you don’t have to pack all of your gear inside its cabin. The 2021 Honda Pilot has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds with 2WD and a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds with the help of the available all-wheel drive.  

READ MORE:2020 Honda Pilot Convenience Features and Sound System

The 2021 Honda Pilot engine specs and towing capacity can show you what you can expect when you sit behind the wheel. If you have any more questions about the 2021 Honda Pilot, you can visit our online inventory to see which of our models is right for your needs. You can always schedule your test drive with us at Rossi Honda to help you find the right fit for your next car. We hope to see you soon. 

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Honda Pilot

Honda mid-size SUV

This article is about the Honda SUV model. For the Honda ATV model, see Honda Pilot (ATV).

Not to be confused with Ford Pilot or MG Pilot.

Motor vehicle

The Honda Pilot is a mid-size crossover SUV manufactured by Honda and introduced in 2002.[3]

Primarily aimed at the North American market, the Pilot is the largest SUV from Honda and features three-row seating. Pilots are currently manufactured in Lincoln, Alabama, and the Pilot was produced in Alliston, Ontario until April 2007. The first generation Pilot was released in April 2002 as a 2003 model.[4]

The Pilot shares its platform with the Acura MDX, as well as the North American market Odysseyminivan. The Pilot's unibody construction and independent suspension are designed to provide handling similar to that of a car, and it has integrated perimeter frame rails to allow towing and light off-road use.

Prior to the introduction of the Pilot, Honda marketed the compact crossover CR-V and the Honda Passport (a rebadgedIsuzu Rodeo). The Honda Passport that was sold between 1993 and 2002 was a truck-based design. The Pilot is Honda's largest SUV, although the 2010 Crosstour surpassed the Pilot in length.[5]

The Pilot is sold in North America and the Middle East, while the Honda MDX (first generation Acura MDX) was marketed in Japan and Australia for several years. The second-generation Pilot is also sold in Russia, Ukraine, South Korea, Latin America, and the Philippines.

First generation (YF1/2; 2003)[edit]

Motor vehicle

First generation (YF1/2)
2003-2005 Honda Pilot -- 10-19-2011.jpg

2003-2005 Honda Pilot

Also calledHonda MR-V (Middle East)
ProductionApril 2002—2008
Model years2003–2008
DesignerRicky Hsu (1999)
Engine3.5 L J35A4V6
Transmission5-speed automatic
Wheelbase106.3 in (2,700 mm)
Length188.0 in (4,775 mm)
  • 2003–05: 77.3 in (1,963 mm)
  • 2003–05 LX: 76.3 in (1,938 mm)
  • 2006–08: 77.5 in (1,968 mm)
  • 2003–05: 71.7 in (1,821 mm)
  • 2003–05: 70.6 in (1,793 mm)
  • 2006–08 2WD LX: 70.1 in (1,781 mm)
  • 2006–08 4WD LX: 70.4 in (1,788 mm)
  • 2006–08 2WD EX/EX-L: 71.3 in (1,811 mm)
  • 2006–08 4WD EX/EX-L: 71.7 in (1,821 mm)


The 2003-2004 Pilots featured the J35A4 engine, an all-aluminum 3.5L V6 SOHC with VTEC, producing 240 hp (179 kW) and 242 lb⋅ft (328 N⋅m) of torque.

The 2005 Pilot received a new engine, the J35A6, which added drive-by-wire throttle and produced 255 hp (190 kW) and 250 lb⋅ft (339 N⋅m) of torque. Other changes included the transmission with revised 4th and 5th gear ratios providing a smoother transition between gears, along with a new fuel tank design, increasing the Pilot's driving range by over 40 mi (64 km).[6] All Pilots from 2003-2005 feature VTM-4, Honda's four-wheel drive system.

The Pilot received more updates starting with the 2006 model year, engines were either the J35Z1 (FWD) or the J35A9 (4WD). Both engines were rated at 244 hp (182 kW) and 240 lb⋅ft (325 N⋅m) of torque; the power reduction is because Honda used the updated SAE net power standard. This was the first time 4WD was not standard on the Pilot.

The new FWD models featured Honda's Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system, which can deactivate up to three cylinders under light load to increase fuel economy, to help control noise from the system Honda added Active Control Engine Mount System (ACM) and Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). Further, this version of the J35 featured updated iVTEC and the automatic transmission a shorter 1st gear ratio. With powertrain updates and the lack of VTM-4 the FWD version had improved fuel economy of 18-city/24-highway, an increase of +1/+2 mpg versus the 4WD.

All Pilots from this generation feature a 5-speed automatic transmission. The Pilot has front struts with a coil-spring, multilink rear suspension for a flat rear load floor. The front track is 66.3 in (1,684 mm) and 66.5 in (1,689 mm) at the rear. The Pilot has a 4,500 lb (2,041 kg) boat/3,500 lb (1,588 kg) trailer towing capability with the optional dealer-installed towing package.

Pilots with Honda's Variable Torque Management 4WD system (VTM-4) sent most power to the front wheels under normal driving conditions. Under acceleration or if wheel slippage is detected at the front wheels, up to 50% of power can be sent to the rear wheels. The system also features a VTM-4 lock button on the dashboard which locks the rear differential and sends 25% of the power to each rear wheel. However, the VTM-4 lock function only operates in first gear, second gear and reverse, and automatically disengages above 18 mph (29 km/h), then re-engages when the speed drops below 18 mph (29 km/h).


Design of the Pilot was by Honda's Ricky Hsu through 1999, when styling was approved. The Pilot can accommodate up to eight passengers in three rows configured as stadium seating. The third row can seat three, but the limited legroom makes it suitable only for small children or adults on short trips. Similar to the Honda Odyssey, the rear seats can be folded into flat surfaces for larger cargo. Options include powered moonroof, DVD entertainment system, and a navigation system.[7][8]

Other features include ABS-equipped four-wheel disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, four-wheel independent suspension, and 282° of outward visibility.

2004 changes[edit]

For the 2004 model year, Honda increased adjustability on second-row seats and added heated front seats and side mirrors to models equipped with leather seats. [9]

2005 changes[edit]

For the 2005 model year, Honda added tire pressure monitoring, electronic stability control, revised steering, and upgraded the air bags.

2006 facelift[edit]

Honda revised the Pilot for the 2006 model year in October 2005. Changes to the exterior included a new fascia with a different grille insert and halogen projector headlights, and taillights with clear lenses. The EX trim level received redesigned wheels, and the original EX wheels were now found on the LX trim. On the inside, side airbags were provided in the C pillar, the gauge cluster was updated and the center console featured chrome trim and redesigned storage compartments and cup holders. For the 2006 model year, Honda added Variable Cylinder Management to the two-wheel-drive models. This VCM tech proved to be problematic in some cases, which led to a class action lawsuit for Honda Motor Co. [10]

2007 changes[edit]

For the 2007 model year, Honda added Nimbus Gray Metallic, Dark Cherry Pearl, Aberdeen Green Metallic and Formal Black as four new colors to all models.

2008 changes[edit]

For the last model year of the generation Honda added two new trims. The VP (Value Package) replaces the LX as base trim and SE (special edition) goes in between the EX and EX-L trim.

Second generation (YF3/4; 2009)[edit]

Motor vehicle

The larger second generation Pilot was unveiled as a prototype in January 2008 at the North American International Auto Show. Assembled at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama, it was offered in five trims; LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and SE (2015 only). All second generation Pilots used a new J35Z4 3.5-liter V6 i-VTEC engine producing 250 hp (186 kW; 253 PS) SAE net at 5700 rpm and 253 lb⋅ft (343 N⋅m) of torque at 4800 rpm.[11] EPA fuel economy is rated at 17 mpg city /23 mpg highway with front-wheel-drive and 16 mpg city / 22 mpg highway for all-wheel-drive.

Both drivetrains were equipped with five-speed automatics. The second generation's wheelbase is 109.2 in, with a length of 190.9 in, a width of 78.5 in, a height of 71.0 in and interior space of 153.7 cu-ft. The redesigned headlights lost the previous generation's halogen projectors and return to standard halogen reflectors. Features included new two-position memory settings for the driver's seat, a new power tailgate, and the gear shift was relocated from the steering column to the center console between the front seats. The Touring trim included a 120-volt power outlet and a satellite-linked Honda navigation system.

2011 changes[edit]

The 2011 model year had minimal changes. The voice-activated navigation system which was previously exclusive to the Touring trim became available on the EX-L trim and rear entertainment system became standard equipment on the Touring trim.[12]

2012 facelift[edit]

The 2012 model year introduced a redesigned front fascia, new alloy wheels, and updates to the interior along with changes to the bumper.[13]

2013 changes[edit]

The 2013 model year included a standard rearview backup camera, i-MID central dashboard 8-inch LCD screen, USB connector, Bluetooth hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming, and tri-zone climate control.

2015 changes[edit]

The SE (special edition) trim was added which came standard with a power moonroof, satellite radio, and rear seat entertainment system. [14]


The Pilot uses Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering front bracket. For the 2013 model year a rear-view backup camera was made standard. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found the Honda Pilot's driver death rate of 2 deaths per million registered among the ten lowest released in their report[15][16]

Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset Poor*
Side impact Good
Roof strength Marginal (2009-11 models)
Roof strength Good (2012 models)

*vehicle structure also rated "Poor"

Because of more stringent tests, 2011 and newer model ratings are not comparable to pre–2011 ratings.

Third generation (YF5/6; 2016)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Third generation (YF5/6)
2017 Honda Pilot AWD front 6.15.18.jpg
ProductionMay 2015–present
Model years2016–present
AssemblyUnited States: Lincoln, Alabama (HMA)
DesignerBenjamin R. Davidson and William R. Yex[21]
Engine3.5 L J35Y6V6
Wheelbase111.0 in (2,819 mm)
Length194.5 in (4,940 mm)
Width78.6 in (1,996 mm)
Height69.8 in (1,773 mm)
Curb weight
  • 4,054–4,140 lb (1,839–1,878 kg) (FWD)
  • 4,220–4,317 lb (1,914–1,958 kg) (AWD)

The third-generation 2016 Pilot debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2015, and production began in May. It was made available for sale in June.

The exterior is sleeker in appearance compared to its boxier predecessor with a 10 percent reduction in drag area. Added to the exterior are standard LED brake and tail lights, LED daytime running lights (DRLs) on EX trims and above, and LED headlamps with automatic high-low beam switching the on new Elite model. The Elite trim level also gained features that were new to the Pilot, including ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a panoramic roof. Alloy wheels became standard.

LaneWatch provides an 80° field of viewalong the passenger-side of the vehicle giving four-times more visibility than traditional side-view mirrors.

Newly available safety features include Honda's LaneWatch passenger-side mirror camera or Blind Spot Information (BSI) and rear Cross Traffic Monitor.[23] Additional options, including Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) with Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) are available as part of the Honda Sensing suite. A tri-angle backup camera is standard with dynamic guidelines optional.

The revised 3.5-liter V6 engine has direct-injection and a start-stop system (on the Touring and Elite trims) with improved power at 280 hp (209 kW; 284 PS), a 6-speed automatic is standard on the LX, EX, and EX-L trims while a ZF 9-speed automatic is standard on the Touring and Elite trims. With all-wheel drive models the amount of engine torque sent to each rear wheel is variable. EPA-estimated fuel economy is improved with front-wheel drive (FWD) 6-speed models registering 19/27/22 mpg, and all-wheel drive (AWD) models registering 18/26/21 mpg (city/highway/combined). 9-speed models see fuel economy of 20/27/23 mpg in FWD configuration and 19/26/22 mpg in AWD.[24]

Overall dimensions are larger, while weight is down approximately 300 pounds with noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) reduced. Structurally 21.3% of the Pilot's body is composed of 980, 1300 and 1,500 MPa ultra-high-strength steels, 5% is from aluminum or magnesium, an additional 34.5% is 270 MPa mild strength steel used in areas to minimize repair costs.[25][26]

2017 changes[edit]

For the 2017 model year, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were added to all trims except for the base LX trim.[27]

2019 facelift[edit]

2019 Honda Pilot EX-L (facelift)

For the 2019 model year, Honda has refreshed the Pilot inside and out. The powertrain for the Pilot has remained unchanged, but Honda did revise the nine-speed transmission and start-stop system that are only found on the Touring and Elite trims. The exterior now featured new bumpers, grille, wheels, standard LED headlights, and revised taillights. A hands-free tailgate is now available. In the interior, the gauge cluster is replaced with a new one, similar to the one found on the Odyssey. The infotainment system is updated with the latest HondaLink software and it also features the CabinControl app (also found in the Odyssey). 4G LTE hotspot, CabinTalk, and a new rear entertainment system are now available. The volume slider has also been replaced with a volume knob. Honda has replaced the steering wheel with a new design, also from the Odyssey. Honda Sensing is now standard on all trim levels for the Pilot.[28]

2020 changes[edit]

For the 2020 model year a new Black Edition trim was added to the lineup.[29]

2021 changes[edit]

The 9-speed transmission is now standard on all trim levels, and a Special Edition is slotted between EX-L and Touring trims.[30][31]


Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset Good1
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good2
Headlights (LX, EX, EX-L, Touring) Poor
Headlights (Elite) Acceptable
1vehicle structure also rated "Good".[33]
2strength-to-weight ratio: 5.22


Calendar year US sales[36]
2002 52,062
2003 106,917
2004 128,158
2005 143,353
2006 152,154
2007 117,146
2008 96,746
2009 83,901
2010 102,323
2011 116,297
2012 114,848
2013 126,678
2014 108,857
2015 136,212
2016 120,772
2017 127,279
2018 159,615
2019 135,008
2020 123,813


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