The forthcoming 2020 Honda Pilot is a 3-row crossover SUV that is capable hauler and a family favorite. New Pilot delivers it all, from the nice-looking exterior to the roomy and comfy interior. The interior can accommodate up to eight passengers and the safety rating is the highest possible. While primarily an on-road vehicle, this SUV is a more than capable off-roader. The ride is comfortable and handling is agile. Fuel economy is great, so if you need a roomy SUV that is stylish and comfortable, the Honda Pilot is the answer.
The 2020 Honda Pilot will get a lot of smaller changes. For the start, the exterior will suffer a couple of tweaks and a 9-speed transmission is revised. Honda Safety Sense is upgraded and the list of optional equipment is wider than before.
2020 Honda Pilot exterior sports a modern design
We must say that 2020 Honda Pilot finally looks like it should. After the years of a boxy appearance, the 2020 Honda Pilot will sport a modern crossover look. The fresh-looking exterior is similar to the CR-V model and new Pilot will look sportier, sleeker and more muscular. You can see the presence of the premium feel with the new Pilot now, as the design looks really modern. The front end adds unique headlights and grille designs. Sadly, the headlights are not featuring lower LED accents.
The grille comes with three horizontal slats and more chrome trim. The shape of the headlights, turn signals and daytime running lights are exactly the same as on the CR-V model. The rear part looks astonishing.
The rear fascia looks really fresh and clean. We like the slanted tailgate that is connecting with the sloping roof, a great styling cue by the Honda’s designers. Next, to the latest design changes, the 2020 Pilot will host a lot of premium features such as LED lighting system, 20-inch five-spoke wheels, and a panoramic sunroof.
2020 Honda Pilot interior looks more premium
Not so surprising, the 2020 Honda Pilot will take certain things from the CR-V model. The interior is welcoming and modern. The dash does not look cheap as before, it is differently designed and is looking more premium. The instrument cluster is digital now and the center stack looks cleaner. Moreover, the center stack is now more user-friendly and that includes the layout of the controls. Things such as center console, door panels, and even the A/C vents are all-new. The steering wheel now offers more controls and it looks more refreshing.
Honda says that the new 2020 Honda Pilot will offer upscale comfort thanks to the premium materials. However, none of the top-class materials are standard. So, if you want a luxurious cabin, you’ll have to opt for higher trim levels. Moreover, if you want amenities such as a heated steering wheel and second-row seats or ventilating front seats, they are all optional.
Another option is to replace the second-row seat with two captain’s chairs. This should provide much better comfort. When it comes to technology, Pilot host latest 8-inch touchscreen and new navigation with better graphics. Even the rear seat entertainment system is available, and it adds 9-inch screen, along with the Blu-Ray and DVD systems.
The safety of 2020 Honda Pilot is also improved and the new model will score best results on the testing. The features that come in the standard equipment include Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Management, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Honda LaneWatch, Blind Spot Monitoring System and Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with many others.
2020 Honda Pilot engine and transmission system
The third-generation 2020 Honda Pilot will bring no changes in the engine department. The 2020 Honda Pilot still uses a 3.5-liter V6. However, there will be some changes, the output is higher thanks to the new engine systems. Moreover, the new Pilot will be almost 300 pounds lighter than the previous model. Instead of producing 250 HP, the new model will return 280 horses. Moreover, this V6 creates up to 270 lb-ft of torque. The customer can still choose between the front and all-wheel drive setups.
The cylinder deactivation system is now available, along with the stop/start ignition. Moreover, 5-speed transmission is gone and a 6-speed gearbox is standard now. The optional 9-speed transmission will get significant changes. This optional gearbox got a negative feedback from the customers and is marked as problematic. Honda says that this transmission is revised, but further details are not available yet. We expect for this gearbox to deliver smoother and quicker shifting, which would be a great addition to this SUV.
2020 Honda Pilot price and release date
All of the improvements on the 2020 Honda Pilot will increase the price a bit. The base model starts at $33,000 and EX trim will cost $35,000. EX-L models are priced at $38,500 and Touring models at $46,000. If you opt for Honda Sensing system, that will cost an additional $1,000. Getting an AWD configuration adds another $1,800, so be careful with the optional equipment.
Range-topping Elite model is available for $50,000. The prices are in line with the rivals such as Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, and Toyota Highlander. Honda’s newest 3-row crossover SUV will go on sale later in 2019 and the U.S. markets will have to wait additional month or two.