2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Honda Pilot
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2019 Honda Pilot
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What’s new

  • For 2019, the Honda Pilot gets a minor styling update
  • Smoother-shifting nine-speed transmission
  • The Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety features is now standard for all trims
  • New tech features, including a revised infotainment touchscreen
  • Part of the third Pilot generation introduced for 2016

Pros

  • A versatile, roomy interior with spacious rear seats
  • Ride is smooth and compliant in most conditions
  • Better fuel economy than rivals
  • Multiple clever storage compartments

Cons

  • Collision warning and adaptive cruise control are overly sensitive
  • Third-row access is narrow
  • Nine-speed transmission is improved, but still not as smooth as the six-speed


Which Pilot does Edmunds recommend?

With more standard features than before, the EX is the definite value play. You get a lot of useful features, including keyless access and ignition, heated front seats, one-touch slide-and-fold second-row seats, and pretty much the same infotainment system and safety features that all the more expensive trims have. It doesn't have a power liftgate, however. For that, you'll need to upgrade to at least the EX-L.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

There were already a lot of things we liked about last year's Honda Pilot. Even among its all-star midsize SUV rivals, the Pilot got high marks for its spacious interior, powerful and efficient V6 engine, and clever storage solutions. Our only significant gripes concerned the unrefined nature of the gear shifts coming from the available nine-speed transmission and the unintuitive touchscreen infotainment system. Well, now we don't even have those to complain about.

For 2019, Honda has retuned the nine-speed, eliminating much of the low-speed stutters and jerkiness that it used to exhibit. It's still not as smooth as the six-speed transmission found on the less expensive trim levels, but it's considerably better than last year. The infotainment system's user interface has also been updated. It's more intuitive to use this year and has a physical volume knob that replaces the previous touch-sensitive volume slider. Rounding out the 2019 Honda Pilot's changes are new tech features, added standard safety features and styling enhancements.

Considering that the Pilot was one of the highest rated in the class before these improvements, we're certain that we'll like it even more now. We're sure you will, too. In a segment that includes the very desirable Mazda CX-9, Toyota Highlander and Volkswagen Atlas, it could very well be the best when it comes to a family-friendly choice. The Pilot definitely deserves a spot on your short list.

2019 Honda Pilot configurations

The eight-passenger 2019 Honda Pilot is a midsize SUV that is offered in five primary trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite. All models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 (280 horsepower, 262 pound-feet of torque). A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for most trims, while a nine-speed transmission comes with Touring and Elite models. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available for all models (standard on Elite).

Standard features for the LX include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, active noise cancellation, air conditioning, 60/40-split folding third-row seats, a multi-angle rearview camera, a 5-inch touchscreen and seven-speaker audio system with USB/auxiliary inputs. Standard advanced safety features include adaptive cruise control, frontal collision warning with automatic braking, road departure mitigation, lane keeping assist and automatic high-beam assist.

The EX adds LED foglights, heated mirrors, remote ignition, keyless entry, a terrain management system, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, one-touch slide-and-fold second-row seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, HondaLink and CabinControl smartphone integration, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.

Stepping up to the EX-L trim gets you a sunroof, a power liftgate, a universal garage door opener, rear-seat window sunshades, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, driver-seat memory functions, a power-adjustable front passenger seat and second-row USB charging ports. There's also an EX-L subtrim that adds a navigation system and a rear entertainment system with a 10.2-inch screen with HDMI input, Blu-ray player and streaming apps. You also gain a 110-volt power outlet and intercom system through the rear headsets.

The Touring trim gets all of the above plus 20-inch wheels, roof rails, front and rear parking sensors, hands-free operation for the liftgate, heated rear seats, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a 10-speaker premium audio system and multi-zone audio. Heated second-row captain's chairs are available (reducing seating capacity to seven).

The Elite trim comes standard with the captain's chairs, as well as automatic wipers, power-folding mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and a wireless charging pad.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Honda Pilot Touring w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System (3.5L V6 | 9-speed automatic | FWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2016, the Honda Pilot received some revisions, such as an updated nine-speed transmission, the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and other conveniences. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Honda Pilot, however.

Driving

With ample power and respectable handling, the Pilot is among the athletes in the three-row SUV segment. It's a winner on mountain roads, and it easily gets up to speed. It can also manage light towing and slippery surfaces with the optional all-wheel drive.

Acceleration

The Pilot has plenty of power, but you have to dig deep into the pedal to make it move quickly. At full throttle, it shifts decisively, and you can also manually control shifts with the nine-speed transmission. It hit 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, which is an impressive number for a vehicle of its size.

Braking

In daily use, the Pilot's brakes provide solid stopping power and an easy-to-modulate pedal. In our testing, simulated-emergency braking distances from 60 mph ranged from 117 to 120 feet, which is shorter than average.

Steering

Though there's relatively good precision from the Pilot's steering wheel, there's little road feel. On winding mountain roads, it's steady and predictable. What partially hurts the score in this category is its lane keeping feature, which can be very intrusive in long, sweeping corners.

Handling

No three-row SUV is light on its feet, but the Pilot feels more nimble than most. It swaps lanes confidently, and its stability control remains at bay during moderately aggressive driving. Overall, handling is above average for the segment.

Drivability

The previous nine-speed transmission was prone to some low-speed indecision and rough shifts at low speed and low load. The retuned version in the 2019 model is less intrusive but still isn't as smooth as the six-speed.

Off-road

Two-wheel-drive Pilots can handle little more than dirt-road duty. All-wheel-drive models, however, offer active center and rear differentials that redistribute power to the wheels that need it most, making the Pilot surprisingly capable on snow, sand and mud.

Comfort

The Pilot is very comfortable given its above-average ride quality and seat comfort, plus ample space in first and second rows. It's also a convenient and easy vehicle to live with.

Seat comfort

The wide seats with compliant but supportive backs and bottoms provide hours of comfort. The adjustable inner armrests are a bonus, as is power operation and lumbar support. The Touring model we tested came with heated seats up front and a second row that slides and reclines.

Ride comfort

Body motions are well-controlled but not at the sacrifice of ride comfort. Big bumps affecting all four wheels can surprise the Pilot, but smaller obstacles don't seem to disturb the ride as much. It's a segment leader in this category.

Noise & vibration

Levels of tire and wind noise are low, especially for a Honda product. The door sealing is effective, and during our tests, we didn't observe any unusual rattles or squeaks. Passengers remain compartmentalized from the outside elements, even over significant surface changes.

Interior

The Pilot exhibits typical Honda efficiency and build quality. Use of space is very good, with lots of storage. Practical features such as the easy-entry third row and flat load floor with the second and third rows lowered make a difference when hauling cargo and people.

Ease of use

The infotainment controls are improved over an older, multifunction knob design, and there's an attractive high-resolution touchscreen. The lack of physical knobs for some features is disappointing. Also, the push-button shifter for the nine-speed automatic transmission takes some getting used to.

Getting in/getting out

The large doors and modest seat heights make entering and exiting effortless. Third-row access is enhanced with a single-button release for the tilt-and-slide second row, but the pass-through space into the rear is small.

Driving position

The Pilot's highly adjustable front seats and tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel make finding a good driving position a cinch. The driver's seat is mounted a bit high for shorter drivers, but otherwise, it's a comfortable setup for most.

Roominess

Both the first and second rows are very roomy with ample elbow room, leg- and headroom for all but the biggest occupants. Third-row seating is close-coupled with a low seat bottom and a high floor. But there's still enough room for adults on short trips, which some competitors can't manage.

Visibility

For such a large vehicle, there's average front- and rear-quarter visibility. The upright seating gives a better view than you'll get in the Honda Odyssey minivan. The multiview backup camera is handy, while optional front and rear parking sensors reveal hidden obstacles.

Quality

The quality of materials and assembly is high for a three-row SUV in this segment but not substantially better than what you'll find in competitors. Soft-touch plastics on the dash combined with high-gloss trim and matte-finish secondary controls look and feel good.

Utility

The Pilot is an extremely utilitarian vehicle even though it can't tow as much as large truck-based SUVs such as the Chevy Suburban. Its large, well-thought-out interior proves extremely useful when you stuff it full of passengers and their gear.

Small-item storage

5.0
Everywhere inside the cabin you'll find storage compartments for small items. Up front, a cavernous center console sits between the front seats, and big cupholders are everywhere. Bring all your small items — the Pilot has space for them.

Cargo space

5.0
It might not measure up against a few cavernous minivans, but the Pilot is still near the top of the three-row SUV segment in terms of total cargo space. The fold-flat second and third row are extremely useful for big items, and there is generous storage under the rear load floor for extra luggage.

Towing

At 3,500 pounds, the two-wheel-drive Pilot we tested has a towing capacity lower than that of most V6-powered three-row SUVs. All-wheel drive does bump the Pilot's towing capacity up to 5,000 pounds, which is more in line with the capabilities of its competitors.

Technology

This is an updated infotainment system, which is much more intuitive and easier to use than last year's. Though some controls in the Pilot are reasonably intelligent and intuitive, the active safety features err on the side of caution and can be intrusive.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Honda Pilot.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Almost perfect
Brian,08/28/2018
My wife and I are among the first buyers of the new 2019 Pilots and so far we are thrilled. It’s only been a few days so I can’t speak to any long term realizability issues. I did want to take the time to do this early review because I was floored by the fact that the 2019 Touring model no longer has the ability to set the height of the tailgate. We found this out after trying to set the height in our garage when we got it home. I’m pretty disappointed knowing that we have a full loaded model with all this revolutionary tech, and we can’t set the tailgate height. The worst part is that this was available on last years Touring. Even the guys in the dealership were shocked to see it was taken away. I love the car as a whole, but be advised you have to opt for the Elite to get this. I chose not to go with the Eite because it has captains chairs only and I wanted the bench seat for our baby’s safety. Hope this helps someone else out.
1 month in
Francisco,09/26/2018
1 month in and we are loving the new pilot. The cosmetic upgrades on the 2019 Touring really make it pop including the new taillights, new bumper design, the new rims which look nicer in person than online, and the chrome accents. The ride is comfortable. The features are very nice, just make sure to take some time and read through the owners manual in order to figure it all out. The trunk space is big enough for anything we need when you put the third row down. The LED headlights are fantastic. My wife always had trouble driving at night, but not anymore with the pilot as the LEDs light up the road very well. Android auto was a bit of a pain it keeps trying to open on our phones even when we do not want to use it so we ended up disabling it. The touchless liftgate takes some getting use to, but it works well once you figure it out. Overall the Pilot touring has been a fantastic vehicle for our family. The only things we added to it were splash guards and body side molding. My biggest gripe is that my wife wants to drive everywhere now so I have to get accustomed to being a passenger...
2019 Pilot - Solid Performance/Annoying Sensing Sy
John,10/20/2018
We bought a Pilot because it handled and performed much better than the Highlander or the Ascent and have not been disappointed in its performance. However, the Honda Sensing System is very annoying when driving on two lane roads so we've shut off the LKAS and RDMS. Also the CBMS will come on when encountering another vehicle coming towards you on tight curves when there is no collision imminent. The cross traffic alert and the BLS seem to work pretty well. One other annoying item is that a "Caution" screen comes up on the center display every time you start the car. I don't need to see this warning anymore but have not found a way to disable it. The bottom line is the Pilot is a decent SUV but the safety sensing technology is a work in progress.
Our third Pilot
RC,10/23/2018
After months of research we decided to forego the 2018's tempting price discounts and picked up a 2019 EXL instead. Looked around until we found a dealer willing to deal and got the price we wanted. This is our third Pilot, we had a 2008 EXL which was traded after a wreck, bought a 2012 EXL to replace it and now the 2019 EXL. The 2019 is a nice car but it lacks the solid feel of the old 2008. The 2019 rides very quiet on good pavement, course pavement makes some body parts resonate, producing very annoying sounds, the rear suspension is another negative, small road imperfections, cracks and transitions produce a loud thump (feels like the compliance bushings are either too hard or not thick enough) which reverberates over the cabin.The front suspension works really well. Wind noise is low compared to previous models and other brands we considered. The interior is very spacious and is made with good quality materials. Fit and finish inside and out is no different than the Audi Q7 we tested (which was twice the price), with the Q7 having more felt in the cargo area and more sound insulation and other high end features (which we could have had if we had chosen the Elite model).The new Pilot is extremely efficient, best MPG was 31 (verified, the computer is only off by half a MPG), worse MPG has been 24. Lastly, we decided to purchase the Pilot because the first two that we owned were extremely reliable (zero shop visits), efficient and comfortable; the price was on target and the dealership employees are very competent and customer oriented. Overall the Honda offers a better balance of value, efficiency and reliability over the other brands we tested.
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2019 Honda Pilot video

[MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: Got a big family? Not ready for the minivan life? You're probably already looking at the 2019 Honda Pilot. The Pilot is one of Edmunds' top-rated three row midsize SUVs, and it's one of the most-searched vehicles at edmunds.com. Can a big family SUV be both useful and fun? We aim to find out. Ooh, but first, subscribe and visit Edmunds for all your SUV shopping needs. The Pilot is a nice looking machine. It's not too blobby. It's not too square. There are a few updates for 2019, primarily in the LED headlights, which look sleek, and in the tail lights, which look oddly incomplete. This is the top trim for the Pilot-- the nearly $50,000 Elite. It's heavily loaded with options, including 20-inch wheels. Snazzy. Just in case you're watching this Honda Pilot review thinking, ooh it's a hot rod and I'm really going to get some sporty action in this car-- it doesn't even do a burnout. I'm floored right now. It just cuts all the power. [ENGINE REVVING] So you should probably go watch the Porsche versus Corvette review that Carlos and Alistair just did. For the rest of you who actually want a family vehicle, we've got you covered. The Elite is the most expensive trim level you can get in the Honda Pilot. This one that we're driving, which is very heavily-optioned, is $49,000. But they start at $31,000, so the Honda Pilot's really covering both ends of the segment. And you can get almost all the good stuff that the Elite has in the middle at the EX or the EXL level. The Pilot has a 3.5-liter V6 which is rated at 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It's plenty to move this car around, although it isn't super quick. The higher trim levels are backed by the nine-speed transmission, and that transmission was sort of a sticking point for Edmunds in the earlier years. It really searched around a lot and nobody liked it. Honda has done a great job of retuning that transmission. And while I wouldn't call it sporty, I barely even notice it's there, which is what you want in a transmission. And all of the Edmunds reviewers agreed with me that it's way better. The engine has plenty of power, even in its regular drive mode. On a steep hill like the one we're on right now, you might want to put it in the sport mode. It gives you just a little bit more throttle response so that you don't have to floor it to get moving. Along with having a sport mode, there are four different driving modes. There is one for snow, one for mud, and one for sand. What it does is it changes how the power goes to the four different wheels for the all-wheel drive. It also cuts stability control, so if you're in sand or mud where you want the wheels to be able to spin, it'll let you do that so that you don't get stuck. It's really very smart. If you aren't trying to hot rod in your Pilot, fuel mileage is right in the middle of the segment. It is not the best. I think that might be the Mazda. But it's also not the worst. It gets 19 on the street, 26 on the highway, and 22 combined. I've been kind of joking about the Honda being a hot rod or not being a hot rod. But again, you've got to think about why you want this car, and who's going to be in it. And if it's your kids, if it's a baby, and they're sleeping in the back, you don't want a jumpy throttle or aggressive steering ramp. You want everything to be smooth and quiet so you don't wake up whoever's sleeping in the back. The ride quality in this is exactly what you want. I mean, we're in a really rough road right now, and the video guy's asleep back there. I'm sure of it. Honda, like many of the car manufacturers now, is starting to include all its safety features as standard, no matter what trim you get, which I think is fantastic. So you get a backup camera, you get blind spot warning, you get emergency braking. And it'll warn you if somebody's stopped in front of you with a little flashing "brake, brake." And at first, I was like, what's that going to do? But last night, I was not really paying attention. In fact, I was messing with this Eco button here on the dash, and it did the little "brake, brake" at me. And there was a car stopped in front of me unexpectedly. So I guess the emergency braking system might have saved me from crashing into that car, but we didn't have to test it, thankfully. In commercials for family vehicles, you always see these calm, chic parents. And they look beautiful and put-together, and they've got these beautiful, put-together kids in the back who are super well-behaved. In reality, they ought to show somebody who woke up at 4:00 that morning because the dog barfed, and they're trying to get the kids to school and then get ready for work. And there's yogurt spilled on the console and Cheerios flying around in the back. And I think the dog barfed back there again. The Honda designers really thought about how they could help people weather that storm. So it's full of neat little tricks to help parents. [MUSIC PLAYING] Something I really like about the Pilot is the visibility. It's really easy to see out of, and I can tell where all the edges of the car are. And that makes it really simple to park. Even though it's a really big car, it parks like a small one. I did notice that while it has a backup camera, it doesn't have a 360 camera. It has a couple of different views, including the "don't run over your kid's bike" view. And it has a 360 overhead sensor, but it doesn't actually have a 360 backup camera. But because it's so easy to see out of, I don't even miss it. As a parent/chauffeur, you are basically going to be living in here. Lucky for you, it's a pretty nice place. The higher level Pilots have an eight-inch touchscreen which I really like. It looks nice. It's got this frameless construction, and it's also really easy to use. It's not hard to figure out where you want to be on things. While the screen looks very high tech, I actually really appreciate that Honda put an actual volume knob in. It's so much easier than trying to hit a bunch of buttons-- even the buttons on the steering wheel. Your high tech options like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, hotspots, are in the high tech screen. And then more traditional stuff, like say, heating and cooling, is a little bit lower down. Also easy little switches-- individual, driver, and passenger. Or you can sync them together. And if you move further down, you've got a Blu-ray player that goes to a screen in the back for the kiddos, or your easily-bored adult friends. And heated or cooled seats for both driver and passenger. Because these days none of us can get all the technology that we need just from the car, there's a lot of places to deal with your phone. I really like the charging pad in the Pilot, because sometimes these touch charging pads are in either a difficult place to get to, or they take up all of your space. And you really don't want to put anything else on top of them, because they get hot. This one's easy to use. It's non-slip, so the phone stays there. And it doesn't really take up the rest of your storage. There's plenty of space here. You've got cup holders and then a big, huge console here that you can keep all of your snacks in. It really is a big console. And it has a little sliding drawer here, so if there's smaller stuff, you can put that here and you don't have to go digging around in the back there. Another thing I like about the console-- excellent bag storage. It won't slide off in the back. The digital dash is uncluttered and customizable, so you can see exactly what it is that you want to be focusing on. The steering wheel is a little bit different from a lot of the cars that I've been driving recently. Normally I find that the radio controls tend to be on this side. But on the Pilot, they're over here on the left. And it's the adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist that's over here on the right. The Pilot's available in five different trim levels. And in the lower levels you get cloth seats, and in the upper levels you get a leather, leatherette? I think it's a leatherette. Most of the materials are sort of leathery, rubbery, soft plastic-- easy to clean. Even the console cover, which looks like it has a texture, is actually very smooth. So you'd be able to wipe spilled yogurt off that very quickly. The seats are very adjustable. I had no problem getting into a driving position that fit me. My husband had no problem getting into a driving position that fit him. They move all over the place. There's also plenty of room between you and a passenger, because if you have a big family, you're going to need your space. Everything about the Pilot is meant to make it easier to communicate with your family in the back, and to keep an eye on them. For example, inside this little glasses case is a wide angle mirror. I can see you back there. There's also CabinTalk, which will go through the speakers or the headphones, so your kids can't pretend that they didn't hear you. What's the deal with shifters? They're all different now. Like, I had no problem with the traditional shifter. For a push button shifter, it does have one benefit, which is each button feels different. And it has a different motion to activate it, which means that you're not going to accidentally go in reverse when you want to go into drive. Plenty of room in the back of the Pilot, as you'd expect. If you're an adult, totally comfortable. Got cup holders. You've got charging ports and USBs. And you've got your own climate controls, including heated seats. But really, the backseat of a Pilot is meant for kids. So you can easily fit two car seats here and have room to move around them, which is a big deal. And there's entertainment. [MUSIC PLAYING] Hi. The selling point for a three-row SUV is obviously the third row. So how is it back here? It's actually pretty comfortable. You've got nice, squishy seats. Got big cup holders and a big armrest. And you've got a window, so you don't feel like you're in a dungeon. You could take the whole Girl Scout troop out. However, that little lass in the middle here-- she's not going to be very comfortable for long. There's a big hump of plastic that goes right in the middle of your lower back. Ow. Normally the cargo segment of a review is not very exciting. It's basically, how much is there? 16.5 with the seats up. 83.9 with all of them down. That's not the best in the segment, and it's actually fairly small with the seats up. But it's how they use that space that's really smart. Watch. Looks like a normal trunk, right? Carpeted. Things don't roll around. Ooh, but look. First of all, there's space underneath here. But even smarter-- [TAPPING] They knew that sometimes you're going to be doing things where your gear gets dirty and you don't want to put it on the carpet. So they made this reversible. Now it's easy-to-clean plastic. [TAPPING] Almost everything about the Honda Pilot is perfectly designed for parents, except for how you put the seats down. If you came in here with a baby in one arm and groceries in the other, you're going to have to put something down. A lot of the competitors have a button on the side, which is great, because you can kind of hit it with an elbow or just with a tap of the finger. But this is a strap. You have to kind of lean all the way over so it doesn't thump down. Even worse is bringing it back up. And this is the Elite. You would think it would have a button. [MUSIC PLAYING] I'm not going to lie to you and tell you that the Honda Pilot is a fun car to drive. But you know what? It's not meant for that. It's meant to be a safe and reliable way to transport you and your family to do the things that you love. [CAR BEEPING] It may not be a fun car to drive, but it will take you to have fun. It's a good thing you didn't bring a bigger plane. [MUSIC PLAYING] [PLANE ENGINE ROARING] I'm ready. Ooh, it's fast. [LAUGHING] Yippee! Ooh. JIM DESAUTELS: [LAUGHING] ELANA SCHERR: It just spins. Oh, my goodness. [PLANE ENGINE ROARING] For more information on the Pilot and all its competitors, visit us at Edmunds. Make sure you subscribe for more videos like this, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

2019 Honda Pilot Review

Big three-row SUVs such as the 2019 Honda Pilot exist almost exclusively for the use of family folks who don't want a minivan. The Pilot has all the interior space of those famous '80s soccer-team haulers, but from the outside it looks truck-like, tough even, especially with a minor face-lift for 2019. Inside, the Pilot makes no attempt to pretend it's about anything but family, with sideview mirrors, a driver-to-headphone intercom, and plenty of seating and safety for small humans. Edmunds special correspondent Elana Scherr immediately acknowledges the Honda's utility but wants to know: Is there any fun to be had when you're piloting the Pilot?

Features & Specs

MSRP
$48,020
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 7
9-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
280 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$44,720
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 7
9-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
280 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$39,660
MPG
18 city / 26 hwy
Seats 8
6-speed automatic
Gas
280 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$44,420
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 8
9-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
280 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Pilot safety features:

Blind-Spot Monitoring System
Alerts the driver if a vehicle is lurking in the blind spots and beeps if the turn signal is activated in that direction.
Honda Sensing Package
Includes items such as forward collision mitigation with auto braking and road departure intervention and is standard on all trim levels.
Parking Sensors
Indicates how close the vehicle is to objects with visual and audible alerts.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover17.5%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

Honda Pilot vs. the competition

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Honda Pilot

2018 Toyota Highlander

2018 Toyota Highlander

Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander

Both the Highlander and Pilot get high praise for their powerful engines, numerous standard advanced safety features, and smooth, quiet ride. The Pilot gets a slight edge when it comes to smart storage solutions and the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also, the Highlander's third-row seats aren't as spacious as the Honda's. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Toyota Highlander.

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Honda Pilot vs. Mazda CX-9

The CX-9 is arguably the most attractively styled vehicles in the midsize SUV class, but it's not just a pretty face. It's one of the most engaging to drive, and the top Signature trim is on par with entry-level luxury cars. Like the Pilot, the CX-9 provides a pleasant and quiet ride on the highway. But it isn't as accommodating for third-row passengers, and cargo capacity comes up a few cubic feet short. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Mazda CX-9.

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Honda Pilot vs. Ford Explorer

The Honda Pilot was redesigned in 2016, while the Ford Explorer last saw a complete makeover in 2011. As a result, the Pilot gains an advantage with a more up-to-date package, though the Explorer has done well with periodic updates. Both offer potent V6 engines (especially the Ford's turbocharged V6 option) and have good scores for comfort. However, the Ford lacks third-row legroom, and it feels and drives like a bigger SUV. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Ford Explorer.

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2019 Honda Pilot for Sale

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Modern Steel Metallic 2019 Honda Pilot LX AWD 6-Speed Automatic 3.5L V6 24V SOHC i-VTECRecent Arrival! 2618 HighwayCity MPG**All prices exclude taxes, title, license, and dealer processing fee of $699.00. Published price subject to change without notice to correct errors or omissions or in the event of inventory fluctuations. All features not on all vehicles. Vehicles shown are for illustration purposes only. MPG is based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack agecondition (hybrid only), and other factors.
Honda Pilot 2019 Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
New 2019
Honda Pilot
Elite
(2)
Honda of Tysons Corner
15 mi away
MSRP$48,020
Est.Loan: $835/mo
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Check out this 2019! It offers the latest in technological innovation and style. Top features include leather upholstery, power front seats, heated and ventilated seats, and seat memory. It features an automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and a 3.5 liter 6 cylinder engine. Our knowledgeable sales staff is available to answer any questions that you might have. They'll work with you to find the right vehicle at a price you can afford. We are here to help you.

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More about the 2019 Honda Pilot

The eight-passenger 2019 Honda Pilot is a strong choice among midsize SUVs. We give it high marks for its strong V6 engine, smart interior storage solutions, admirable fuel economy and high levels of comfort. Honda offers it in five trim levels, starting with the base LX and moving up to the EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite. Common among them is a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, but two transmissions are available. The six-speed automatic transmission comes with most trims, while the Touring and the Elite get a nine-speed. We weren't fans of the nine-speed in the past, but Honda has made improvements to it for 2019. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available for all models (standard on Elite). Properly equipped, the front-wheel-drive Pilot can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Standard feature highlights for the base LX include 18-inch alloy wheels, active noise cancellation, a multi-angle rearview camera, a 5-inch touchscreen, adaptive cruise control, air conditioning, frontal collision with automatic braking, road departure mitigation, lane keeping assist and automatic high-beam assist.

The EX adds LED foglights, heated mirrors, remote ignition, keyless entry, a terrain management system, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, one-touch slide-and-fold second-row seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, HondaLink and CabinControl smartphone integration, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite and HD radio, a conversation mirror, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.

The midgrade EX-L trim gets you a sunroof, a power liftgate, rear-seat window sunshades, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, driver-seat memory functions and a power-adjustable front passenger seat. You can also get this trim with a navigation system and rear entertainment system that comes with a 10.2-inch screen with HDMI input, Blu-ray player and streaming apps. You also gain a household power outlet and an intercom system through the rear headsets.

The Touring trim upgrades include 20-inch wheels, roof rails, parking sensors, heated rear seats, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a premium audio system and multi-zone audio. Heated second-row captain's chairs are available, which reduces seating capacity to seven. The range-topping Elite trim comes standard with the captain's chairs and tops off the features list with rain-sensing wipers, power-folding mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats and a wireless charging pad.

In terms of price, the Honda Pilot is right in there with its primary competition: the Ford Explorer, Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Highlander. These are all very good midsize SUV choices, but the Pilot holds a slight advantage for family-oriented shoppers. Check out all of the information and tools here at Edmunds to see which one makes the most sense for you.

2019 Honda Pilot Overview

The 2019 Honda Pilot is offered in the following submodels: Pilot SUV. Available styles include Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Touring w/Rear Captain's Chairs 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Touring w/Rear Captain's Chairs 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Touring 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), EX-L w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), EX-L w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), EX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and LX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2019 Honda Pilot?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Honda Pilot and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Pilot 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 Pilot.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Honda Pilot and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 Pilot featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2019 Honda Pilot?
2019 Honda Pilot Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

The 2019 Honda Pilot Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $49,015. The average price paid for a new 2019 Honda Pilot Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is trending $5,029 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,029 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$43,986.

The average savings for the 2019 Honda Pilot Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is10.3% below the MSRP.

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2019 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The 2019 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,655. The average price paid for a new 2019 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $3,669 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,669 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$36,986.

The average savings for the 2019 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is9% below the MSRP.

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2019 Honda Pilot EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The 2019 Honda Pilot EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,225. The average price paid for a new 2019 Honda Pilot EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $3,604 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,604 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$33,621.

The average savings for the 2019 Honda Pilot EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is9.7% below the MSRP.

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2019 Honda Pilot Touring w/Rear Captain's Chairs 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

The 2019 Honda Pilot Touring w/Rear Captain's Chairs 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,715. The average price paid for a new 2019 Honda Pilot Touring w/Rear Captain's Chairs 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is trending $3,856 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,856 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$41,859.

The average savings for the 2019 Honda Pilot Touring w/Rear Captain's Chairs 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is8.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

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2019 Honda Pilot Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

The 2019 Honda Pilot Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,415. The average price paid for a new 2019 Honda Pilot Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is trending $3,829 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,829 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$41,586.

The average savings for the 2019 Honda Pilot Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is8.4% below the MSRP.

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2019 Honda Pilot EX-L w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The 2019 Honda Pilot EX-L w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,655. The average price paid for a new 2019 Honda Pilot EX-L w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $3,669 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,669 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$38,986.

The average savings for the 2019 Honda Pilot EX-L w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is8.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

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2019 Honda Pilot LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The 2019 Honda Pilot LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,345. The average price paid for a new 2019 Honda Pilot LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $3,359 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,359 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$30,986.

The average savings for the 2019 Honda Pilot LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is9.8% below the MSRP.

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2019 Honda Pilot Touring w/Rear Captain's Chairs 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

The 2019 Honda Pilot Touring w/Rear Captain's Chairs 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43,815. The average price paid for a new 2019 Honda Pilot Touring w/Rear Captain's Chairs 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is trending $3,689 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,689 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$40,126.

The average savings for the 2019 Honda Pilot Touring w/Rear Captain's Chairs 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is8.4% below the MSRP.

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2019 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The 2019 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,755. The average price paid for a new 2019 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $3,268 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,268 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$35,487.

The average savings for the 2019 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is8.4% below the MSRP.

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Which 2019 Honda Pilots are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Honda Pilot?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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