2021 Honda Pilot

2021 Honda Pilot

The current generation of this mid-size crossover has been updated last year. Therefore, we presume it will carry on for a couple of more years before we see a complete redesign. All this clearly indicates that the 2021 Honda Pilot won’t feature bigger changes. The recent update has brought a lot of novelties, so the current model seems competitive enough to remain untouched for a couple of more years. So, the next year will bring nothing but minor tweaks in terms of standard equipment and similar things. The rest of the crossover is about to remain the same.

Pros:

  • Smooth and comfortable ride
  • Adult-friendly third row
  • Long list of standard safety features

Cons:

  • Rivals look more upscale on the inside
  • Rivals are more athletic

Scorecard:

Styling:5
Features:4
Performance:5
Comfort & Quality:4
Safety:4
Critics Rating:4
Total:4.5

Exterior

2021-Honda-Pilot-Exterior

The largest crossover in this Japanese company is quite functional but looks pretty decent as well. It is designed in a typical Honda manner and has a lot of resemblance with other models of the lineup.

The recent update has brought a couple of updates, so the Pilot now features refreshed headlights, grille, and bumper, as well as a couple of more details from the backside. Therefore, we presume the 2021 Honda Pilot won’t feature any notable changes, except maybe a couple of new color options.

Interior

2021 Honda Pilot Interior

On the inside, the 2021 Honda Pilot seems like a mixed bag. On one side, it is a quite spacious and functional crossover, which comes with three spacious rows of seats and decent cargo volume. The dashboard looks good, but many rivals look more opulent.

On the other side, we don’t lack the fact the base models miss some essential features. For example, you won’t find a touchscreen in base Pilot, nor tech goodies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Rivals like Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer come standard with these things. Unfortunately, this won’t change in the Pilot until the redesign.

Engine

2021-Honda-Pilot-Engine

Things under the hood are pretty familiar here. The 2021 Honda Pilot will continue to rely on a well-known 3.5-liter V6, which in this case delivers around 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

The engine works smooth, especially in pair with optional 9-speed automatic transmission. Base models come with a 6-speed gearbox. When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on class-average ratings. In numbers, this means around 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

2021 Honda Pilot Release Date and Price

Although it is still early to talk about the launch date, we expect no surprises from the 2021 Honda Pilot. It won’t feature many changes, so it shouldn’t arrive before the end of next year. The current model starts at around $31,500.

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