2020 Honda Pilot
Year after year, the Honda Pilot is one of the best three-row SUVs on the market, especially with families who favor active road trips. It’s easy to see why, as it has a comfortable and spacious interior as well as some really excellent standard and available multimedia and safety features, and it offers great performance with a quiet and smooth ride. Coming off a very successful 2019 model year, the ’20 Pilot does not bring with it any major changes, but it does offer a brand-new top-of-the-line Black Edition. There is so much to appreciate about this well-outfitted and capable vehicle, including a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds. Let’s take a closer look.
The Pilot comes with a lot of options across six trim levels: the LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, Elite, and Black Edition. The base LX comes standard with 60/40-split folding third-row seats, automatic LED headlights, modern multimedia features, and a great package of advanced safety features. The EX trim adds tri-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, one-touch slide-and-fold second row seats, heated mirrors, and even more multimedia and safety features. With the EX-L, you get leather upholstery, a power liftgate, a sunroof, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Next, the Touring tacks on roof rails, a liftgate with hands-free operation, heated rear seats, sound-reducing front door glass, and an upgraded sound system. The Elite adds luxurious features such as second-row captain’s chairs, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors, and ventilated front seats. The top-tier Black Edition shares the same features as the Elite trim, but it gets black exterior accents and red interior trim.
There is one engine for all trims of the ’20 Pilot: a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. Most trims come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission, but the Touring trim and higher get a nine-speed transmission. The Elite and Black Edition get standard all-wheel drive; front-wheel drive comes standard on the other trims, with AWD available. Models with the 6-speed automatic transmission and FWD get an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway; the 9-speed transmission slightly bumps up the fuel economy to 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. AWD models drop about 1 mpg off those ratings.
Nowadays, driving is more fun than ever, due to all the great multimedia and connectivity features commonly found in today’s vehicles. The Pilot ramps up the experience by including a good degree of standard technology starting with the base model. The LX gets a 5-inch display screen, a seven-speaker audio system, and USB and auxiliary inputs for smartphone and MP3 integration. Upgrading to the EX will get you an 8-inch touchscreen display, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The EX-L adds more USB ports and is eligible for the available navigation system and rear-seat entertainment system. The Touring trim comes standard with the EX-L’s available features and also adds a Wi-Fi hotspot and 10-speaker premium audio system. The Elite and Black Edition come standard with a wireless charging pad for smartphones and other devices.
* Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.