Honda Pilot
Honda Pilot

2020 Honda Pilot

Pros: Impressive selection of available comfort and safety features; Outstanding space efficiency provides ample passenger and cargo room; Excellent driving manners and fuel efficiency for a vehicle its size.

Cons: Touchscreen controls can be finicky; Third-row seat can be a bit tricky to access.

CG Says: After last year’s refresh, the 2020 Honda Pilot is unchanged, with exception of a new Black Edition model that adds unique trim to the topline Elite model. The “Honda Sensing” group of safety technology features (adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and Road Departure Mitigation) is standard on all Pilots. Available features include hands-free power liftgate; 4G Wi-Fi; CabinTalk, an in-car P.A. system that enables the driver to talk to rear-seat passengers through the available entertainment system’s headphones or rear speakers; and CabinControl, a smartphone app that allows rear-seat passengers to control rear climate and entertainment-system functions. The sound system now has a volume knob in place of an unpopular vertical virtual slider. Honda’s midsize crossover SUV has three rows of seats and can seat up to eight passengers. Power is provided by a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, which is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission in LX, EX, and EX-L models and a 9-speed automatic in the high-end Touring, Elite, and Black Edition models.  All trims levels are available with front- or all-wheel drive except the line-topping Elite and Black Edition models, which are AWD only. If you need to move a lot of people and stuff and aren’t interested in a minivan, the Pilot is one of the best family haulers around.

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 8
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Honda
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices LX: $32,645
AWD LX: $34,645
EX: $35,525
AWD EX: $37,525
EX-L: $38,955
AWD EX-L: $40,955
EX-L w/Nav/RES: $40,955
AWD EX-L w/Nav/RES: $42,955
Touring: $43,715
AWD Touring: $45,715
Touring w/Rear Captain Chairs: $44,015
AWD Touring w/Rear Captain Chairs: $46,015
AWD Elite: $49,215
AWD Black Edition: $50,715

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
280
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
9-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
18-20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-27