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A style icon it is not
The Pilot gains a new Black Edition for 2020, which is exactly what it sounds like. It adds black exterior trim, 20-in black alloy wheels, red ambient interior lighting, and red seat stitching to the range-topping Elite trim. See the 2020 Honda Pilot models for sale near you
Very few people choose the base Pilot LX, and it's easy to see why: the EX adds a massive amount of desirable equipment for a reasonable $3,000 more. Besides the EX-L's leather upholstery, there are few features in the upper trims that would be difficult to live without. The Elite and Black Edition trims, in particular, seem like questionable values given their price jump and feature content beyond the Touring. Find a Honda Pilot for sale
The Pilot is available in six trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, Elite and Black Edition.
The base-level LX ($31,550) comes standard with 18-in alloy wheels, a forward-collision warning system, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, three rows of flat-folding seats, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, two USB ports and a 7-speaker sound system with an auxiliary audio jack and a media player interface.
Moving up to the EX ($34,430) adds an abundance of extra equipment: Automatic headlights, LED foglights, extra body-color exterior trim pieces, remote ignition, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, 3-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, an 8-way power driver seat, 1-touch sliding rear seats, Honda's latest 8-in touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD radio and satellite radio. With AWD, you also get multiple low-traction driving modes (Snow, Sand and Mud).
Next up is the EX-L ($37,860), which adds a power lift gate, a sunroof, acoustic windshield glass, leather upholstery, a 4-way power passenger seat, driver memory settings, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, second-row sunshades and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The inelegantly named EX-L Navi & RES package adds integrated navigation, a 115-volt house-style electric outlet and a rear entertainment system (RES) that includes a 10.2-in roof-mounted display, Blu-ray player, HDMI input, built-in streaming apps and CabinTalk (which projects the driver's voice through the rear speakers and wireless RES headphones).
Going up to the Touring ($42,620) adds the 9-speed automatic transmission, 20-in wheels, roof rails, LED headlights, parking sensors, extra sound deadening, a 10-speaker sound system, in-car Wi-Fi, the integrated navigation and all the RES features. Heated second-row captain's chairs can be added as an option in place of the standard second-row bench seat. Seating capacity is reduced to seven.
Opt for the top-of-the-line Elite ($48,120) and you'll get LED headlights, auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers, a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, the second-row captain's chairs, a heated steering wheel and a wireless smartphone charging pad. Unlike all the other trims, it only comes with AWD.
Finally, there's the Black Edition ($49,620) which is all-new for 2020. Similar to the Honda Ridgeline Black Edition, this is little more than an appearance package for the Pilot Elite. Basically, everything that is chrome on the Elite is black on the Black Edition including a gloss black grille and 20-inch black alloy wheels. On the inside, there's red ambient lighting and a special leather interior with two-tone black and dark red seats with red stitching.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2020 Subaru Ascent -- Imagine building a Honda Pilot with Subaru Outback parts, and that's pretty much what you'll get with the all-new Ascent. Subaru's 3-row crossover is very similar to the Pilot in overall concept, but there's a chance you might prefer Subaru's take (plus its extra space) -- so make sure to check it out.
2020 Chevrolet Traverse -- Want the most space possible, but refuse to go the minivan route? Well, the Traverse is the biggest kid on the playground. It's absolutely enormous inside for people and cargo, besting even the Pilot and the Ascent. It also impresses on the technology front.
2020 Mazda CX-9 -- On the opposite end of the spectrum, the CX-9 is the way to go if you want to forget you're driving a huge family vehicle. It's the athlete of the segment, and although it can't match the Pilot's space, the Mazda's classy interior, efficient engine and relatively fun-to-drive nature should impress.
Used Acura MDX -- If you like what you see here, you might want to consider a used Acura MDX. Think of it as a luxury version of the Pilot, with high-end features, equipment, gadgets and materials. It's also available as a hybrid.