model. 2019 Honda Pilot AWD Elite
price. $32,545 LX 2WD (incl dest)
as tested. $48,020 (incl dest)
seating/style. 7-8 passenger/minivan
powertrain. 3.5-liter VTEC V6
transmission. Six or nine-speed
driveline. FWD, AWD available
fuel economy. 19/26 (AWD)
The Honda Pilot is a perennial favorite for family-friendly crossovers, and deservedly so. The Pilot has 7 or 8 seats and everybody gets several cupholders. Its understated design endures and its interior is plentiful, functional, and well-equipped.
The Pilot is a large, high vehicle, and driving is not as engaging as it could be. It has surprisingly good off road capability, but on road the Pilot feels big and top-heavy. I was very aware when I was the only occupant and it felt only a little better stocked with kids. The Pilot sits high and older passengers may have trouble (as my elderly mother did) with ingress. Egress is easier.
The HondaLink infotainment system is good, and standard Honda Sensing provides impressive safety features. Voice recognition is not a fan of Sirius XM’s Yacht Rock, repeatedly redirecting me to various channels except 70, but otherwise it worked well.
However, the Pilot faces significant competition, especially from newcomers Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride, which are worth considering (see reviews here and here).
The Pilot starts at $32,545 but if budget permits, buy the $39,860 EX-L AWD for leather upholstery, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, touchscreen, and second-row USB ports, ensuring a better equipped ownership experience and re-sale value.