2019 Honda Pilot Review
Edmunds' Expert Review
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.
What's it like to live with?
With a spacious cabin, exceptional comfort and a tremendously roomy cabin, the Honda Pilot is the quintessential three-row crossover. As soon as we got behind the wheel of this newest model, our editors universally agreed: The Pilot was the best of the bunch. We immediately reached out to Honda and secured a fully loaded Elite model for our long-term test fleet. Over the course of a year and 25,000 miles, we drove our Black Forest green tester to Las Vegas, Sacramento and Oregon. Usually, it performed the commuting duties typical of a family-friendly SUV. To read about our experiences, read our long-term Pilot test. Note that while we tested a 2016 Pilot, most of our observations still apply to the 2019 model. The only exceptions deal with the infotainment and transmission improvements Honda made for this year.
Edmunds' Expert Rating8.2 / 10
|Overall||8.2 / 10|
Noise & vibration8.5
Ease of use7.5
Getting in/getting out7.5
Child safety seat accommodation8.0
Audio & navigation8.0
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2019 Honda Pilot models
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.
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the Pilot models:
- 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 Rating5 out of 5 stars
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall4 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger4 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover17.5%
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
Used 2019 Honda Pilot Overview
The Used 2019 Honda Pilot is offered in the following submodels: Pilot SUV. Available styles include EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), EX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), LX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), EX-L 4dr SUV w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 6A), LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Touring 4dr SUV w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Touring 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), and EX-L 4dr SUV AWD w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 6A). Pre-owned Honda Pilot models are available with a 3.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 280 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2019 Honda Pilot comes with all wheel drive, and front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed automatic, 9-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2019 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's a good price on a Used 2019 Honda Pilot?
Price comparisons for Used 2019 Honda Pilot trim styles:
- The Used 2019 Honda Pilot EX-L is priced between $31,998 and$40,998 with odometer readings between 11168 and84381 miles.
- The Used 2019 Honda Pilot Touring is priced between $29,998 and$42,998 with odometer readings between 18100 and119726 miles.
- The Used 2019 Honda Pilot Elite is priced between $34,998 and$44,998 with odometer readings between 13469 and73022 miles.
- The Used 2019 Honda Pilot LX is priced between $30,998 and$32,998 with odometer readings between 14895 and51005 miles.
- The Used 2019 Honda Pilot EX is priced between $27,998 and$35,990 with odometer readings between 7395 and72031 miles.
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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.