November 27, 2021

From spending most of my early years working at a European dealership, I never really gave the Honda Pilot any mind. After working a couple of months at Honda, I realized they do everything well except make a product that stands out. The Pilot has held the same design Since 2015, and we at FastMint think it’s time for Honda to step up. It has gotten a bit boring and makes the Pilot blend in with every other car that’s on the road. When compared to other SUV’s cabin space, the Honda Pilot is on the smaller side, so don’t expect a vast experience, but expect a comfortable SUV that Holds up to Honda’s legendary reliability. The Pilot looks to be the last year of its current generation, so you may want to hold off on your purchase.

Price

LX                        $32,250

Former                $34,930

EX-L                     $38,360

Special Edition   $38,960

Touring                $42,920

Elite                      $48,420

Black Edition      $49,920

Horsepower and mpg

3.5L V6 280 hp and 262 ft tq

Front-Wheel-Drive

20 city and 27 mpg highway

9-speed automatic transmission

All-Wheel-Drive

19 city and 26 mpg  highway  

9-speed automatic transmission

Color options

Steel Sapphire Metallic, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Black Forest Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metalic, Deep Scarlet Pearl, Platinum White Pearl

Performance

The engine hasn’t changed since last year, coming with the same  3.5L V6 that produces 280hp and 262 ft tq. The Pilot may have lower power numbers as compared to its competitors, but the Pilot keeps up with its competition. The 9-speed transmission, as well as front-wheel drive, is now standard. The 9-speed transmission is better than the 6-speed transmission when it comes to getting from zero to sixty (less than 7 seconds) and has better fuel economy when doing highway speeds. The 6-speed transmission did shift smoother in the previous years, so I’m hoping that Toyota comes out with some transmission software updates to help make the 9-speed shift smoother. Honda has equipped the All-wheel-drive version of the Honda with Intelligent Variable Torque Management, which people refer to as VTM4. VTM4 allows variable front-to-rear distribution of engine torque to direct power to those wheels with traction. When turning the outside rear wheel can have the majority of the power transferred to help the Pilot turn sharper, which I enjoyed.

Suspension

Since the Pilot has a high center of gravity, I expect some body roll, but it was more than my liking. Even with the pilot being a little loose in the corners, the Pilot’s ride is still one of the best in its class. When driving the Pilot, I did notice that the Pilot absorbs a lot more of the road than I originally thought it would so I was actually very satisfied after I took a long trip across Houston, Texas in traffic. I think Honda needs to tweak the suspension a little more to make it feel more connected to the road by reducing the body roll, but I’m sure it would possibly mess with the straight-line comfort that it produces.

Fuel economy

With the more fuel-efficient 9-speed transmission coming standard in all models this year, all you need to do is take into consideration on what drivetrain you want. The fwd rendition receives 20 miles per gallon in the city while getting 27 mpg on the highway. All-wheel drive vehicles have more moving parts involved, so it is expected that the fuel economy suffered, but I wasn’t expecting only a one mpg loss on both city and highway numbers.

Models and what they include

LX includes

  •  280 hp i-VTEC® V-6 Engine* with direct injection 
  • Available All-Wheel Drive (AWD) with Intelligent Variable Torque Management ™ 
  • Honda Sensing® 
  • Seats for eight people 
  • 9-speed automatic transmission with idle-stop 
  • Multi-angle rearview camera*
  • 18-inch alloy wheels 
  • LED low beam headlights with auto on / off 
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) 
  • Headlights with automatic high beams 
  • Hill-start assistance 
  • Backglass for privacy 
  • Start button 
  • Capless fuel fill system

Former includes

  • Intelligent traction control
  • Integration with Apple CarPlay®*
  • Android Auto ™ integration*
  • Second Row Seats with One-Touch System
  • Blind Spot Information System (BSI)* with the cross traffic monitor
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen audio system
  • SiriusXM ® Radio* and HD Radio ™*
  • Remote engine start
  • Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock®
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Fog lights
  • CabinControl® remote compatibility

EX-L includes

  • Leather seats
  • One-touch sunroof activation
  • Two-way memory driver’s seat
  • Integrated sunshades in the second row
  • Electric tailgate
  • Two-position memory for driver’s seat
  • 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • HomeLink® Remote Control System*
  • Three USB charging ports*
  • Side mirrors with memory and integrated LED turn indicators.

Special Edition includes

  • Wireless phone charger*
  • Power tailgate with hands-free access
  • Luggage carrier
  • 20-inch black alloy wheels

Touring includes

  • Rear Entertainment System (RES) Blu-ray ™*
  • Heated second-row captain’s seats available
  • 590-watt high-quality audio system with ten speakers
  • LED headlights with auto on / off
  • Power tailgate with hands-free access
  • Wi-Fi® Hotspot Zone*
  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System ™*
  • Luggage carrier
  • Body-colored parking sensors
  • Blue LED ambient lighting and front cup holders
  • HondaLink® Subscription Services*

Elite includes

  • Panoramic ceiling
  • Heated second-row captain’s seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats 
  • Heated steering wheel
  • All-wheel drive system with standard Intelligent Variable Torque Management ™ (i-VTM4®)
  • Perforated leather seats in the first and second rows
  • 590-watt high-quality audio system with ten speakers
  • Multi-zone audio
  • Auto-dimming power fold side mirrors
  • Windshield wiper with rain sensor
  • Illuminated cup holders in the first and second rows
  • LED lights in the first row

Black Edition Features

  • Black Edition exterior equipment
  • Black Edition leather interior
  • 20-inch black alloy wheels
  • Red LED ambient lighting.

Safety features 

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

Interior

Hondas interior quality is something to be excited about because it’s comfortable and has three rows. The buttons and materials are of high quality and give off the impression that they will last for many years to come. The seats can be debated to be the most comfortable in its class, and the cabin wind noise is very minimal so it makes for a calm ride. I liked that Honda just didn’t stop at heating my heinie, but they gave us airconditioned seats in selected models as well. The third row is small, and if you’re taller than 5’9, it’s going to be a frustrating ride, so don’t expect to be going anywhere with eight grown adults. the bottom seat is pretty thin and definitely designed with supporting smaller children, but it’s still great having the ability to seat 8 people if needed. The second row can either be captain’s chairs or a bench seating arrangement. Honda gave rear climate control standard in all models this year, and there are more than enough cupholders making this great if there are going to be a lot of people that will be needing to stay hydrated at times. When it comes to space the Honda Pilot has lots of it. The center storage bin and glovebox are waiting to swallow up all the unnecessary items that I decide to bring with me.

Infotainment

The standard infotainment comes with a 5-inch display, which is a yawn at best so if you have the option, I would jump straight into the EX or above trims that have the 8-inch screen. A poll given to women showed, five-inches just didn’t seem to be enough for them so we recommend the 8-inch display. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available in the higher-priced models and help keep you connected to your devices while you drive. Navigation is an option, but who needs it when you can use Google or Apple maps. If you have a car full of people and you need to make an announcement Honda included a PA system that works great and can save your vocal cord while you’re on your long trips.

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty- 3 years or 36,000 miles.
  • Powertrain Limited- Warranty 5 years or 60,000 miles.
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