Honda Pilot is a midsize, 8-passenger SUV that has several desirable traits, ranging from elegant interior to superb handling. The V6 engine is powerful and comes paired with a 6-speed transmission as standard. The ‘Elite’ trim gets a 9-speed transmission, which works just fine, although it’s not as smooth as you would’ve expected from a top-end Honda. The non-intuitive infotainment system is the biggest downers for the 2019 Pilot SUV. Besides that, everything works great, especially when you factor in the base price of $32,500.
- Airy rear seats
- Good fuel economy
- Multiple, utilitarian storage compartments
- Robust engine
- Smooth, comfy ride quality
- Spacious, versatile interior
- Rigid third-row access
- The improved 9-speed transmission is still not as smooth as the standard 6-speed transmission
- Too sensitive collision warning and adaptive cruise control systems
New in 2019
- Minor styling updates
- A revised infotainment touchscreen
- Honda Sensing suite comes standard on all trims
- Smoother 9-speed transmission mode
- Some new tech features
A total of 5 trims are available for the 2019 Honda Pilot SUV. These are namely LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. Thanks to the addition of more standard features, the EX trim, the best value option, now offers a better bang for the buck than before.
18-inch alloy wheels, 60/40-split folding third-row seats, a multi-angle rearview camera, automatic LED headlights, and the 5-inch infotainment system are standard on the LX trim. Also, a range of active safety features, including adaptive cruise control, are also standard.
The EX trim adds a terrain management system, heated front seats, heated mirrors, LED fog lights, remote ignition, and an 8-inch infotainment screen. Moving to the EX-L trim, one gets a power liftgate, a sunroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and leather upholstery.
The Touring trim adds a navigation system along with a rear 10.2-inch entertainment system and a 110-volt power outlet. Moreover, the second-to-top trim boasts 20-inch wheels, a 10-speaker premium audio system, front and rear parking sensors, and heated rear seats.
Captain’s chairs are available as standard with the Elite trim. It also features a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, a wireless charging pad, automatic wipers, power-folding mirrors, and ventilated front seats.
Driving and Performance
The 2019 Honda Pilot SUV features a 3.5L V6 engine MSRP at $32,500 , capable of producing 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. The 6-speed automatic transmission mode is standard with an optional 9-speed automatic transmission for Touring and Elite trims.
While the Elite trim comes with all-wheel-drive, all the other trims get front-wheel-drive as standard. Nonetheless, the all-wheel-drive option is available to them. Along with enough power and transmission offering good control, 2019 Honda Pilot SUV flaunts a trustworthy handling ability.
The SUV is capable of hitting the 60 MPH mark in 7 seconds, which is impressive. The ride packs good acceleration that can be made better with more power to the pedal. The brakes are easy to use while the steering is precise.
The Pilot also offers a remarkable experience for driving in good road conditions. Also, it offers an off-road ability with the powerful AWD system. Although the body approach and departure angles aren’t that good, you get multiple driving modes for mud, sand, and snow.
Interior and Storage
The front seats of the Honda SUV come with supportive cushioning. Additionally, the adjustable inboard armrests and power lumbar support make sitting on the front seats comfier. The second-row seats, supporting reclining and sliding, are also decently comforting.
The cabin looks upscale, spacious and has a nice ambiance to it. Most road bumps and irregularities are filtered by the suspension system for offering a poised ride quality. The dedicated storage for smaller items shows that Honda knows how to manage the storage. You also get decent cargo capacity of 16 cubic feet behind the third row and 84 cubic feet with second and third rows folded. Moreover, the maximum towing capacity for the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models are 3,500 and 5,000 pounds, respectively.
Honda Pilot comes with a galore of standard features. Most notable ones are adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam assist, front collision warning with automatic braking, lane keeping assist, and road departure mitigation.
The 2019 Honda Pilot has excellent crash test scores. The midsize SUV receives 5-stars in overall and side crash categories by the NHTSA while gaining 4-star ratings for frontal crash and rollover. As per IIHS scores, the ride has ‘Superior’ front crash prevention.