3rd Gen Discontinued (4th introduced)
Review 2022
Honda Pilot USA

Honda Pilot (2019-2022)

  • Sold in the USA: 2019-2022
  • 3rd Generation facelift (Discontinued)
  • Status = 4th Generation Introduced from 2023 onward

Honda Pilot SUV 3rd Gen Last Price in the USA in 2022

Honda Pilot Sport Starts at: $38,080
Honda Pilot EX-L Starts at: $40,310 
Honda Pilot Special Edition Starts at: $40,910 
Honda Pilot TrailSport Starts at: $44,810 
Honda Pilot Touring Starts at: $44,870
Honda Pilot Elite Starts at: $50,370
Honda Pilot Black Edition Starts at: $51,870

The mid-size crossover SUV, the Honda Pilot, was introduced in 2002, especially for the North American market. It shares the same platform with Acura MDX and is a successor to Honda Passport. It is a 5-door SUV with three rows of seats and has a front engine with a front-wheel drive option and a four-wheel-drive option. The first generation Honda Pilot was sold in North America and the Middle East, while the 2nd generation Pilot introduced in 2009 is sold in America, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, and Ukraine. The latest Honda Pilot is the 3rd generation of it. It debuted in 2016, and a list of changes was brought to it with every new model. The 2022 Honda Pilot is the facelift introduced in 2019, it offers a base Sport trim and a new trim TrailSport and the LX and EX trims were discontinued. It provides a standard 8-inch touch screen and LED headlights on all trims. It is bigger and more spacious than before. There are rumors that Honda will launch a new generation of Honda Pilot, which will be for the 2023 model. It will share the same platform with Acura MDX but will have a refreshed style than the previous model. We expect the new Honda Pilot to be bigger and offer more space and fuel economy than the 2022 Honda Pilot. The 2023 Honda Pilot was seen tested on roads by engineers, and the spy pictures were posted on the internet. It will be available for the North American market and has some new changes in the exterior. It was expected to be an electric version of the Honda Pilot, but Honda announced in April 2022 that it would take some time to introduce an electric powertrain in the Pilot. We expect the new generation of Honda Pilot to be in a hybrid version at least. It is expected to launch at the end of 2022.

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Trims & Variants:

The 2022 Honda Pilot is available in 5 trim levels, and the entry-level LX and EX trims are discontinued. The 2023 Honda Pilot may also be available in 5 trim levels:

EX-L trim: it offers 18-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, heated mirrors, keyless entry, a 7-speaker sound system, four USB ports, an 8-inch touch screen, a three-zone automatic climate control system, and leather upholstery.

SE: it offers 20-inches wheels, roof rails, a wireless charging pad, and black exterior styling.

Touring trim: it offers a navigation system, heated 2nd-row seats, 10-speaker sound system, parking sensors,

Elite trim: it offers automatic wipers, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, 2nd-row captain chairs, ventilated seats, and auto-dimming side mirrors.

Black Edition: it offers black-colored exterior accents and red interior trim.

Engine, Power & Transmission:

The powertrain of the  Honda Pilot is gasoline, and all trims get their power from a V6, 3471cc, 24-valve SOHC engine that generates 280 hp of power at 6000 RPM and torque of 262 lb-ft at 4700 RPM. It offers a nine-speed automatic transmission. The suspension system is unit-body construction and has Macpherson strut front suspension and Multi-link rear suspension. The braking system consists of ventilated disc brakes at the front and solid disc brakes at the rear. The latest model of the Honda Pilot will have a hybrid powertrain with similar engine specs and self-charging batteries.

Performance & Drive:

It is not confirmed whether the 2023 Honda Pilot will have a hybrid powertrain or not, but the gasoline engine will have similar specs and deliver similar powerful performance. The Honda Pilot covers rough terrain conveniently with higher ground clearance. The steering control is firm and allows turning the car quickly, and the twisty mountain roads are not a problem now. The front-wheel-drive works fine when moving through city roads and streets, while the engine delivers power to all four wheels in an all-wheel-drive configuration that helps driving on slippery roads. The 2022 Honda Pilot lacks features necessary for off-road adventures like hill-descent control and hill assist. We expect the 2023 Honda Pilot to offer all these features to make off-road adventures safer and more accessible. The V6 engine is quick and takes 7.0 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour. The braking system is efficient and stops the car from 60 to 0 miles per hour in 129 feet. The fuel economy of the 2022 Honda Pilot is average, and the all-wheel-drive mode gets 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highways. If the hybrid powertrain is introduced in the 2023 honda Pilot, then we expect an improved fuel economy in the new model. The Honda Pilot offers a Lane Keeping Assist system that makes the drive easier on highways and keeps the vehicle in the center of the lane by automatically adjusting steering. The Collision Mitigation Braking System in Honda Pilot alerts the driver when there is any risk of collision and applies brakes automatically when the system determines an accident is not avoidable. It offers adaptive cruise control that slows your car automatically when a vehicle is in front of you and adapts your speed according to the distance from the car. It offers a road departure mitigation system that helps you to stay on roads and provides necessary steering and braking assistance, so you can return to your lane when you have crossed detected lane lines without signaling. The Honda Pilot makes your drive thrill and memorable.

Exterior Design & Features:

The Honda Pilot has an aggressive style at the front and rear end. Its aerodynamic design is refined and rugged. The front grille is bold and has an aggressive chrome layout with sculpted headlights. The 20-inches alloy wheels have a machine-finished look, and the LED tailgate has a signature shape. The new Honda Pilot will be bolder than the present Honda Pilot and will have an excellent front end with a flatter hood and straight nose. The rear will have a steeply raked windscreen and contrast styling with a modern appearance. It will be bigger than the 2022 Honda Pilot as the 2022 Honda Pilot is already 2.2 inches longer, 0.6 inches taller, and one inch wider than the previous model. We expect the new generation to be bigger than it.

Interior Design & Features:

The interior of the Honda Pilot is refined at every level, and the leather seats add extra comfort. It features 3-rows of seats and provides accommodation for eight passengers. The higher-end trims have captain chairs in the 2nd row, and you can access the 3rd row by folding the 2nd row with a touch of a button. The Cabin talk feature helps communication quickly between the passengers. The front seats are heated and ventilated. The moonroof adds fresh air to the cabin and is controlled by a touch button. The new Honda Pilot will have a standard 12.3 inches touchscreen display, which will be compatible with Android Auto and Apple Carplay. You will have Google’s ecosystem. The new Honda Pilot is expected to have a new infotainment system perpendicular to the dashboard.

Safety & Features:

According to the IIHS, the 2022 Honda Pilot is a top pick when it comes to safety. These Honda Pilot safety ratings are determined after several front crash and side crash tests:

Crashworthiness Ratings

  • Moderate overlap front: Good*
  • Side: Good*
  • Roof strength: Good*
  • Small overlap front driver side: Good*
  • Small overlap front passenger: Acceptable*
  • Head restraints and seats: Good*

Crash Avoidance & Mitigation

  • Front crash prevention: Advanced
  • Child seat anchors (LATCH) ease of use: Acceptable*
  • Headlights (varies by trim/ option): Good* / Acceptable*

The list of Safety features it offers:

  • Vehicle Stability Assist
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Electronic Brake Distribution
  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Auto High-Beam Headlights
  • Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Collision Mitigation Braking

In 2023 Honda Pilot is expected to offer Level 3 autonomous driving with a Honda Sensing Elite safety system.

Pros & Cons:


  • The Honda Pilot is versatile and spacious with more storage compartments and offers a smooth ride
  • Competitive Fuel Economy
  • Storage Spots for All Your Gear
  • Strong Standard Engine
  • Smooth Nine-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Standard Honda Sensing
  • Well-Equipped Entry-Level Trim
  • Intelligent Traction Management


  • its 3rd-row seat is tight
  • Lack of Standard Smartphone Integration
  • Outer Appearance is Plain
  • Touchscreen is Finicky
  • The adaptive cruise control is overly sensitive

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