2022 Honda Pilot

MSRP range: $36,830 - $50,620
5 out of 5 stars(9)
MSRP$38,055
Edmunds suggests you pay$39,176
Low supply is pushing the market average above MSRP.

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RYAN ZUMMALLEN: It has been a year. Am I right? And when life is throwing everything at us, it helps to have a vehicle that just makes things easy. Remember easy? Today we have a trio of three-row SUVs, each with a starting price around $33,000. They're competing in a tight segment for the title of most convenient family SUV. And for 2021, they've all made improvements but some more than others. In this video we will show you what's new, talk about which vehicles we've owned, and show you some hidden talents that you won't want to miss. So which vehicles spent the last year getting better, and which ones were eating Oreos and binge watching that Formula One docuseries? It was pretty good. First, bust a back flip on that like button, and don't forget to subscribe so that you don't miss any of our videos. If you're in the market, go to edmunds.com for all of your car shopping needs. And are you selling your car? If you're going to edmunds.com/sellmycar, you can get a cash offer right now, I mean, if you like cash. There is no beating around the bush here. The Kia Telluride is still Edmunds top-rated midsize three-row SUV after impressing us with its 2020 debut. In fact, this is our long-term test vehicle. We've owned it for over a year now, and the Telluride is still impressing us with its comfortable and value-packed approach. To read more about our ownership, click the link above to see our long-term page. Inside, you get spacious seating for up to eight passengers, lots of standard features, and to round it all out, a responsive V6 engine under the hood. But here's the thing you need to know about the 2021 Telluride, it now comes with seven pin wiring. Two words, standard. This allows you to use electronic trailer brakes when towing larger loads, but more on that later. There's also a new Nightfall Edition which you can add to higher trims for an extra $1,300 if you want to block out the exterior. Moving on. The Honda Pilot once reigned supreme in our three-row SUV rankings, but then the Telluride and its punk brother the Hyundai Palisade came along and knocked it off its perch. Too bad. But the Pilot still comes in at a solid number three in our Edmunds rankings. And for 2021, it's got something a little extra. All Pilots now come with dual zone climate control and the once optional nine-speed automatic transmission. Honda is essentially upping the value in base versions of the Pilot, and we think that's a win for buyers. We actually owned a Pilot in this generation, but that was way back in 2016 when it first debuted. We had a positive ownership experience with that car, and its roomy cabin and smooth ride remain a big part of this year's model. Finally, we have the Subaru Ascent. Now, this model comes in at number nine in our Edmunds rankings. But trust me, that is a strong number nine. There are plenty of familiar names they got squeezed out of the top 10 to make room for the Ascent. In fact, it's only 0.5 points off of the number three Honda Pilot, so it's a close race. For 2021 you get two big upgrades, adaptive cruise control and cornering LED headlights that are, say it with me, standard. Combine that with an excellent all-wheel drive system and it's easy to see the appeal of the Ascent. Now that we've checked out all these vehicles, let's get into greater detail. [MUSIC PLAYING] So, inside the Ascent. There's nothing offensive in here, but it just doesn't feel as focused or cohesive as the other two as you'll see later. Seat cushioning is so-so. Materials are OK. There are a cup holders everywhere for some reason. Count with me. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. Maybe more in a pinch. Here's a standout area for the Ascent. This touch screen has really bright and clear graphics. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard too. The Bluetooth system will read out your text messages from your phone to you, even if they're acronyms that are R-rated. SPEAKER 2 (CAR AUDIO): What the [BLEEP], Mark? Takahashi is better than you. It stinks in here. Ryan, it's a bad start but keep going. [CHUCKLES] RYAN ZUMMALLEN: We're such children. Third row space is acceptable, but I'm six feet and I find it pretty limiting back there. The upside is there are rear USB ports so your passengers will stay connected. If you already like the Ascent, you'll like the interior too. But it's not the reason you buy this car. Let's check out the Pilot. [MUSIC PLAYING] Honda is known for clever packaging, and let me show you a little bit about what I mean by that. Immediately when you get in there's a lot of space to move around and get comfortable. Just good use of the interior room. There's also a lot of different storage places to keep your small items. And here are two more interesting things. There's a drop-down mirror so that you can look at your rear passengers here instead of having to turn around. The Ascent also offers that. There's also an intercom system that will turn on a microphone so your rear passengers can hear you without having to turn around. The Telluride offers that, but the Pilot is the only one that offers both. Another interesting note on space. In the third row it's going to be a little bit tricky for adults to squeeze back there and stay back there for long periods of time, but it is much, much, better than the Ascent. OK. So, Honda infotainment. First off, on the base Pilot LX you don't get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Boo. Another thing to know is that on our long term Honda Passport which uses the same screen as this, we had a crashing issue where it would just completely stop working. But Honda has issued a fix for that, and it seems to have done the job. The screen responds really quickly to your touch, and you can even hold and drag icons to move them around wherever you want, just like a smartphone. And I really like that. All in all, success. [MUSIC PLAYING] Inside the Telluride it's clear that Kia paid attention to all of the details. The seats, the panels, the big controls, they all feel upscale. And these big windows make visibility a breeze. It's also a champion of space inside. This is a very roomy cabin, and I even fit comfortably in the third row. That never happens. When it comes to infotainment, the Telluride has a sharp setup. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. And our vehicle has the larger optional screen that's very crisp and easy to use. And check this out. It also has Doppler radar for the weather. And 64-color ambient lighting. That's just sweet. Out of these three, the Telluride's interior definitely stands out. But is it a champion on the road? Let's take them for a spin and find out. As stated earlier, the Telluride feels great on the road. It isn't blindingly fast, reaching 60 miles an hour in 7.5 seconds on our test track. We'd call the power output of this engine adequate for the task. It makes up for its lack of zip with natural handling and smooth brakes. Front-wheel drive models get an estimated 23 mpg combined. In our year of ownership of the all-wheel drive version, we've gotten and observed 19.5 mpg combined, putting it in a lower strata for the segment when it comes to fuel economy. On the tech side, in our ownership experience we weren't so big on the blind spot camera. It's a neat trick but not as helpful as it seems when blind spot monitoring works just fine. Otherwise, though, standard adaptive cruise control and other safety features are easy to set and work superbly. As always, the Ascent is an oddball. Its turbocharged four-cylinder is the smallest engine here, but power isn't the problem. If anything, the pedal is too sensitive off the line. It literally feels jumpy, and it doesn't really smooth out as you go along. And strangely it seems wider than it is. It's hard to gauge the size of the hood in front. Just an odd note. Handling and braking feel good. And we love, love, love it's 8.7 inches of ground clearance, putting it near the top of its class and almost at a 4Runner level. Press this little X-Mode button for additional all-wheel drive capability. And in slippery conditions, the Ascent is a great wingman. It's clearly built for adventure. Base models get 23 miles per gallon combined, while higher trims get 22 mpg. Both of these numbers put it near the top of the segment. And they feel right to us as our testing revealed 21.7 miles per gallon over the course of our evaluation. OK. Serious time. Subaru nails the safety features in the Ascent. Adaptive cruise is butter smooth and all the warnings are effective. If I have one tiny gripe, it's why does the adaptive cruise control only move in five mile per hour increments. You have to hold the button to change speed by one mile an hour, which is just completely backwards. Argh! You flew too close to the sun, Subaru. The Pilot is the oldest model here having debuted in 2016. But in this case, old does not mean slow. The Pilot scurried to 60 miles per hour in seven seconds flat in our testing thanks to its strong V6 engine. Handling is predictable and precise. Same with the brakes. There's not as much ground clearance or all-wheel drive capability as the other two. But fuel economy is good at 23 miles per gallon for front-wheel drive and 22 mpg for all-wheel drive. And in our evaluation loop with the nine speed automatic transmission, the Pilot came back with a little over 25 miles per gallon. So that tells us those ratings are spot on. Honda still has work to do on its safety features though. Adaptive cruise control is standard but it's too jerky. Come on. This is 2021. And it won't work below 20 miles per hour, which is when I want it most. The warnings are still too sensitive. The competition is simply better. Old man Pilot can still yell at the young punks to get off its lawn due to its edge in performance and mpg, but the competition ain't over yet. Now let's check out the business end. [MUSIC PLAYING] Once upon a time the Honda Pilot led this segment in cargo space. Now it's just a tick above average at 16.5 cubic feet behind the third row and 83.9 behind the second row. Bonus, all this underfloor storage. All-wheel drive models are rated to tow up to 5,000 pounds, but front-wheel drive models are limited to 3,500. Honda also does not offer seven pin wiring, just a four pin like most crossovers. The Ascent makes a strong showing back here. Behind the third row there's 17.6 cubic feet of space, and with the third row down, there's 86 cubic feet inside. You can fold the third row down by pulling this strap and laying it flat, but for the second row you have to walk around the doors. Maximum towing capacity on upper trims is 5,000 pounds, but be wary that on base models it's only 2000, and there's no seven pin wiring available. Back here, the Telluride only adds to its resume. You have 21 cubic feet of space behind the third row, which is the runaway winner in the class. And 87 feet behind the second row is dang good, I'll tell you what. All of these SUVs can tow 5,000 pounds when properly equipped, but the Telluride is the only one that claims that figure across all trims, all models. Plus, don't forget for 2021 there's that standard seven pin wiring harness that has extra functionality on large trailers. Towers, you're picking up what I'm throwing down. What I want from this group, sorry, what I need, is a daily driver that doubles as self-care. And remarkably, each of these three can fill that role to some extent. The Pilot for its low hassle, all around sufficiency. The Ascent for its rugged demeanor and weirdly specific areas of expertise. But for me, it's the Telluride that retains its spot at the top of the class. It simply feels a step above and has a ton of amenities that are, say with me now, standard. The Telluride provides you with confidence when you're packing for a trip and relief after a hectic day. And if there's anything we all need more of, it's more confidence and more relief. I mean, jeez already. But what this says for 2021 and beyond is that the competition is tight among three-row crossovers, and it's likely going to boil down to personal preference. There's a lot to like here, so let us know which of these three choices you would bring home. How do you say je ne sais quoi in Korean? [KOREAN SPEECH] Yeah, I'm not attempting that. Thanks for watching. Throw us a like and hit subscribe to see more videos like this. If you're selling your car, go to edmunds.com/sellmycar get a cash offer right now.

Kia Telluride vs. Honda Pilot vs. Subaru Ascent | Midsize Family SUV Comparison Test

NOTE: This video is about the 2021 Honda Pilot, but since the 2022 Honda Pilot is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


FAQ

Is the Honda Pilot a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2022 Pilot both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.2 out of 10. You probably care about Honda Pilot fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Pilot gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg to 23 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Pilot ranges from 16.0 to 16.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Honda Pilot. Learn more

What's new in the 2022 Honda Pilot?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2022 Honda Pilot:

  • LX and EX trim levels are no longer available
  • Part of the third Pilot generation introduced for 2016
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Is the Honda Pilot reliable?

To determine whether the Honda Pilot is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Pilot. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Pilot's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2022 Honda Pilot a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2022 Honda Pilot is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2022 Pilot and gave it a 8.2 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2022 Pilot is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2022 Honda Pilot?

The least-expensive 2022 Honda Pilot is the 2022 Honda Pilot Sport 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $36,830.

Other versions include:

  • EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $39,060
  • SE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $39,660
  • SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $41,660
  • Black Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $50,620
  • Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $45,620
  • EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $41,060
  • Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $45,920
  • Touring 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $43,620
  • Touring 4dr SUV w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $43,920
  • Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $49,120
  • Sport 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $36,830
  • Sport 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $38,830
  • TrailSport 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $43,560
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What are the different models of Honda Pilot?

If you're interested in the Honda Pilot, the next question is, which Pilot model is right for you? Pilot variants include EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), SE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), and Black Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A). For a full list of Pilot models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2022 Honda Pilot

2022 Honda Pilot Overview

The 2022 Honda Pilot is offered in the following submodels: Pilot SUV. Available styles include EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), SE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Black Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Touring 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Touring 4dr SUV w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Sport 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Sport 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), and TrailSport 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A). Honda Pilot models are available with a 3.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 280 hp, depending on engine type. The 2022 Honda Pilot comes with front wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 9-speed shiftable automatic. The 2022 Honda Pilot comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2022 Honda Pilot?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2022 Honda Pilot and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2022 Pilot 5.0 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 2022 Pilot.

Pros

  • Versatile and roomy interior
  • Smooth and compliant ride in most conditions
  • Better fuel economy than most rivals
  • Many clever storage compartments

Cons

  • Collision warning and adaptive cruise control are overly sensitive
  • Third-row access is narrow
  • Higher starting price than many other rival SUVs

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2022 Honda Pilot and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2022 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 2022 Honda Pilot?

2022 Honda Pilot Sport 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

2022 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

Available Inventory:

We are showing 44 2022 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2022 Honda Pilot SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

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We are showing 16 2022 Honda Pilot SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2022 Honda Pilot TrailSport 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

2022 Honda Pilot Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

Available Inventory:

We are showing 18 2022 Honda Pilot Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2022 Honda Pilot Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

Available Inventory:

We are showing 14 2022 Honda Pilot Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2022 Honda Pilot Black Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2022 Honda Pilot Black Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2022 Honda Pilots are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2022 Honda Pilot for sale near. There are currently 93 new 2022 Pilots listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $39,225 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2022 Honda Pilot. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $3,839 on a used or CPO 2022 Pilot available from a dealership near you.

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Why trust Edmunds?

Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color.

What is the MPG of a 2022 Honda Pilot?

2022 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), 9-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
23 compined MPG,
20 city MPG/27 highway MPG

2022 Honda Pilot SE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), 9-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
23 compined MPG,
20 city MPG/27 highway MPG

2022 Honda Pilot SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), 9-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
22 compined MPG,
19 city MPG/26 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG23
Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement3.5 L
Passenger Volume168.2 cu.ft.
Wheelbase111.0 in.
Length196.5 in.
WidthN/A
Height70.6 in.
Curb Weight4041 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2022 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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