Comfort and capacity keep the new 2021 Honda Pilot in the winner’s circle.
If you are looking for an SUV with abundant seating, consider the 2021. Its uni-body construction and independent suspension keep passengers comfortable, connected and entertained with the latest technology. Up to eight passengers will be comfortable in its three-tier stadium seating. Enhanced by improved ground clearance and better off-road performance than most mid-size SUVs, the Pilot has been a popular model for Honda since its 2002 release.
What can we expect from the 2021 Pilot
The third generation of the Pilot began in 2016, and a 2019 face lift provided a sleeker look. There have been a few minor changes, and the 2021 Pilot will look similar to its award-winning predecessor. The Pilot shares the curvier look of modern crossovers and SUVs. The streamlined profile reduces wind resistance, making the Pilot’s fuel economy comparable to competitors.
What users tell us about the 2021 Pilot
Most people like the 202 Pilot, but many point out relatively minor problems. While the model is fun to drive and very comfortable in general, it gets a few black marks for a lack of legroom in the third passenger row. Detractors say that only small children, or maybe adults riding a short distance, will be comfortable. Interior trim packages offer both fabric and leather options. The 2021 model also offers heated back seats, an improvement for passenger comfort. Brake fading, a problem in past models, has been fixed in the 2021 model. Comfortable and spacious seats, strong resale value, outstanding safety features and good test-crash ratings overshadow minor annoyances. A reworked instrument cluster should make life easier and less confusing in the driver’s seat.
In recent years, the Pilot has won a number of safety and design award. However, the Honda Pilot is facing strong competition from perennial rival Toyota’s Highlander model. A newly updated Ford Explorer brings a few surprises, and other strong contenders in this segment include the Subaru Ascent and Volkswagen Atlas. At lower price points, the Kia Telluride and the Hyundai Palisade are also offering some stiffer competition to the Pilot and its competitors. Also check the 2021 Honda Odyssey as a potential alternative.
2021 Honda Pilot car facts
The Pilot has always been notable for its outstanding safety features, especially its camera-assisted lane-change and backup technology. The same is true of the 2021 Pilot, and these safety features are standard with all trim packages.
Fuel economy ratings for the Pilot vary by transmission. The front-wheel Pilot Touring delivers 23 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving. All-wheel vehicles, such as the LX, EX and EXL, get 21 miles per gallon. Driving conditions always affect fuel economy, with front wheel-drive models achieving 27 miles per gallon on the road.
Expect some assistance features like adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and the Honda sense system to assist the driver. We expect Honda to keep the previous model year’s trim levels. Carplay and android auto will probably be features as default options.
The Honda Pilot’s Exterior, Comfort, Engine & Reliability
There have been few changes in the exterior of the 2021 Pilot. It still resembles a cross between a minivan and a sedan. The Pilot has more chrome in the grille area, giving it a less ferocious appearance than the rival Toyota Highlander presents.
The Pilot remains very comfortable for drivers, who say that it also a fun vehicle to drive. It is likely that the nine-speed transmission has lost its shifting problems for good. The driver’s seat is comfortable during long trips but could use better seat-adjustment controls, according to drivers.
All Pilots feature the same engine, a naturally aspirated 3.5-litre V6 power plant delivering 280 horsepower and 262 foot-pounds of torque with automatic transmission.
The Honda Pilot remains a highly reliable SUV. Routine maintenance meets its requirements. As always, Honda maintenance is affordable and seldom needed beyond the basics.
The Pilot, as with most mid-size SUVs, tends to steer and drive like a minivan. No SUV drives like a sedan, nor should it.
2021 Honda Pilot price and expected release date
The expected manufacturer’s suggested retail price has not been released. The likely price tag for the base model should be approximately $32,500, while the Black Edition options package will bring the price nearer $50,000. You may see the 2021 Pilot as early as the end of December 2020 on one of the mayor auto shows.
Would you consider test-driving the 2021 Pilot to see how it compares with others in its class?
Image impressions based on previous model years as taken from https://hondanews.com/en-US :