The 2019 Honda Pilot is company’s biggest SUV. A 3-row family carrier that can accommodate seven or eight passengers. It competes with other popular SUVs such as the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander and Subaru Ascent. Comfortable, spacious and surprisingly capable, the Honda Pilot is one of the most recommended midsize SUVs.
For 2019, Honda has revised the Pilot for several important points, including hesitant 9-speed transmission and lack of volume buttons. The Pilots also get a fresh exterior design, a new standard safety system, and improved technology, making an already highly recommendable SUV something of a no-brainer for busy families.
The 2019 Honda Pilot is a midsize SUV that available in five trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite. The base Pilot LX is quite basic and come with push-button start, a small 5-inch color display, Bluetooth connectivity, the Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist suite.
We recommend stepping up to at least an EX trim, which adds blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, illuminated vanity mirrors, tri-zone climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, one-touch folding 2nd-row seats, a new 8-inch touchscreen display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, and Honda CabinControl, which allow passengers change climate settings, audio and more via an app on their smartphone.
Every 2019 Honda Pilot is powered by a smooth and refined 3.5-liter V6 engine. It produces a robust 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, though not as powerful as the Toyota Highlander with its 295 horsepower. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard for most trims, while the Touring and Elite models get a 9-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available as an option (standard on Elite). Except for the LX trim, if you opt for AWD you also get a terrain management system. Both the Touring and Elite models also feature an engine start/stop system that cut off the engine at idle. If you don’t like the engine restarting, it can be disabled with a press of a button.
In testing, the 2019 Honda Pilot Elite AWD hit 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, an impressive time for a vehicle of its size. The Honda Pilot is rated to tow up to 3,500 for FWD models and 5,000 pounds for AWD models.
3.5-liter V6 with 6- or 9-speed automatic
280 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
262 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 19/27 mpg (6-speed, FWD), 18/26 mpg (6-speed, AWD), 20/27 mpg (9-speed, FWD), 19/26 mpg (9-speed, AWD)
The 2019 Honda Pilot SUV is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The entry-level LX trim has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at about $32,445 (all prices include the $995 destination fee). The recommended EX trim starts from $35,325. If you want leather, the EX-L model cost just under $39,000. The 7-passenger Touring model starts just over $43,500. Adding all-wheel drive is an extra $1,900, which is relatively pricey. At the top, the 2019 Pilot Elite starts just over $49,000.