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