Honda Model Review

2019 Honda Pilot Introduction

The popular Honda Pilot is the most vanilla of full-size family crossovers while being among the most versatile of them, or at least the most versatile of all Hondas. It does everything with competency, including seating up to eight passengers.

The strengths of the 2019 Pilot include an engine worthy of a luxury car, a soft ride even on rough pavement, crisp handling, vast cabin space, and safety.

Now in the fourth year of its third generation, the Pilot’s styling gets updated for the 2019 model year. More significantly, active safety equipment becomes standard on all models. Other changes include new wheels, a new available infotainment system with an actual volume knob, and some improvements to the 9-speed automatic transmission.

All Pilots use a smooth 3.5-liter 280-horsepower V-6. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available; additionally, there’s an optional traction management system to improve grip in snow or mud. It can tow up to 5,000 pounds with all-wheel drive. The basic LX, EX, and EX-L trims use a stout and smart 6-speed automatic transmission, while Touring and Elite (with standard all-wheel drive) models use a 9-speed automatic that isn’t as decisive as the other transmission.

There’s no hybrid powertrain available and fuel economy is just average. With front-wheel drive and the 6-speed automatic, the Pilot is rated by the EPA at 19 miles per gallon City, 27 Highway, and 22 Combined; that drops to 21 mpg with all-wheel drive. The 9-speed transmission improves that by about one mile per gallon.

The 2019 Pilot aced its crash tests. Standard automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control match the equipment found on rivals from Toyota and Subaru, and better that of American competitors.

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