The upcoming 2021 Honda Pilot is the largest SUV of the Japanese carmaker. This is a 3-row family vehicle that offers an excellent cabin comfort, safety, and seating configuration for eight passengers. Of course, that setup can be adjusted with a captain’s chairs, which reduced seating to seven. The interior is very well-designed, with a high level of soft-touch materials, leather, and the latest technology.
On top of that, the mid-cycle refreshment brings a more aggressive exterior design and recognizable style. Under the hood will be the powerful 3.5-liter engine, connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The main rivals in the mid-size crossover SUV class will be Toyota Highlander, Subaru Ascent, Ford Explorer, and VW Atlas.
2021 Honda Pilot Redesign
The forthcoming 2021 Honda Pilot is ready for a mid-cycle refreshment. The redesign of the front hood will draw more attention and undoubtedly provide a more attractive look. Besides the visual changes, the new model will include Honda Sensing safety suite as part of the standard equipment. Furthermore, the customers will definitely love the available hands-free power liftgate.
However, the engineering department still trying to resolve specific issues from the previous Pilot. Some problems may resolve by installing a volume knob or improving the 9-speed automatic transmission. The overall silhouette of the mid-size SUV is mostly rounded. Still, the Japanese automaker will introduce sharper lines to the exterior.
On top of that, the front and rear fascia will be a little bit different, to emphasize a more aggressive style. The final design will probably be somewhere in between. The front end gets a more appealing look, alright, but the rear end remains round.
The company may address that visual issue as well. One of the highlights of the upper trim levels is the roof rails and the 20-inch alloy wheels. The base Pilot rolls on 18-inch wheels.
2021 Honda Pilot comes with 3-row of seats, with a configuration for seven or eight passengers. Yet, most of the versions will be an eight-passenger setup, with the 2nd-row bench. Of course, you can easily replace the 2nd-row seat with a pair of captain’s chairs. These chairs come as standard on the Elite, and the optional on Touring trim level. Installing the captain chair will improve the comfort level of the cabin and provide a more relaxed ambient.
Also, access to the back f the car will be a lot easier. The downside of this setup is that it will reduce the seating capacity to seven passengers. The entry-level Pilot offers a relatively small 5-inch touchscreen, driver-assist suite, and Honda Sensing safety. To conclude this section of review with good news for all potential buyers – Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available through all trim levels.
2021 Honda Pilot EX-L
If you need an affordable all-arounder with an excellent amount of equipment we recommend the 2021 Pilot EX-L. This version comes with all of the base LX features, and ads power tailgate, leather-covered interior, universal garage remote, and moonroof. Additionally, the customers will surely enjoy a power-adjustable seat, the outstanding noise-canceling functions, an acoustic windshield.
The new Pilot will copy some features and accessories from other company’s vehicles. For example, the Odyssey’s minivan-derived CabinTalk. This useful function allows the passengers in the front to communicate with the folks in the back of the car, through their headphones. The standard equipment includes driver-seat memory function, rear-seat window sunshades, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The EX-L adds a rear entertainment system with a 10.2-inch display, navigation system, HDMI, streaming apps, and Blu-ray player. Likewise, this trim offers a 110-volt power outlet. But, the engine room is the same – a 3.5-liter V6 engine, with all-wheel drive as a standard option.
2021 Honda Pilot offers only one engine option – a 3.5-liter V6 unit. This powertrain is well-refined and able to produce 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. One thing that will share all Pilot versions is the standard front-wheel-drive setup. But don’t worry, the all-wheel-drive will be optional for each trim.
Also, The AWD will add a terrain management system. The V6 drivetrain is linked with a 6-speed automatic gearbox, while the Touring will use a 9-speed transmission. The higher trim levels include the start/stop function, which turns the engine at idle. Of course, if you don’t like it, it can be easily disabled.
2021 Pilot’s towing capacity is 5,000 pounds, with the all-wheel-drive system. For the FWD the rating is 3,500 pounds. EPA fuel economy for 6-speed gearbox versions is 19/27 (FWD), and 18/26 (AWD). In the same manner, 9-speed transmission models return 20/27 mpg and 19/26 mpg.
Release Date and Price
The MSRP of 2021 Honda Pilot LX will be $33,200. The EX trim adds more safety features and starts at $36,400. Still, we recommend the EX-L. The model’s price is just under $39,000, but you’ll get a whole new level of cabin luxury and comfort.
The top-line trims are Touring and the Elite. The Touring comes with all-wheel drive as standard, and a price tag of $45,600. On the other hand, the Elite cost about $4,000 more. The 2021 Pilot will be ready for the dealerships in the second quartal of 2020.