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2020 Honda Pilot

Original MSRP Range
$31,550 - $49,620
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
MPG
18 - 20 MPG City / 26 - 27 MPG Hwy
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2020 Honda Pilot

What We Like

  • Roomier and more versatile than most competitors

  • Clever storage solutions

  • Comfortable ride

  • Generous features for your money

What We Don't

  • Hyperactive and unsophisticated safety tech

  • A style icon it is not

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.7/ 5

Consumer Rating

3.9/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2020 Honda Pilot?

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

Which Pilot is the Best?

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

How Much Does a 2020 Honda Pilot Cost?

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.

Pilot Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Pilot Black Edition AWD$49,620 / $45,3336 Cylinder28019 / 269-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Pilot EX 2WD$34,430 / $31,4786 Cylinder28019 / 276-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot EX AWD$36,430 / $33,3026 Cylinder28018 / 266-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot EX-L 2WD$37,860 / $34,6076 Cylinder28019 / 276-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot EX-L AWD$39,860 / $36,4316 Cylinder28018 / 266-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot EX-L w/Navi & RES 2WD$39,860 / $36,4316 Cylinder28019 / 276-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot EX-L w/Navi & RES AWD$41,860 / $38,2556 Cylinder28018 / 266-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot Elite AWD$48,120 / $43,9656 Cylinder28019 / 269-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Pilot LX 2WD$31,550 / $28,8516 Cylinder28019 / 276-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot LX AWD$33,550 / $30,6756 Cylinder28018 / 266-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot Touring 7-Passenger 2WD$42,920 / $39,2226 Cylinder28020 / 279-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot Touring 7-Passenger AWD$44,920 / $41,0466 Cylinder28019 / 269-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot Touring 8-Passenger 2WD$42,620 / $38,9486 Cylinder28020 / 279-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot Touring 8-Passenger AWD$44,620 / $40,7726 Cylinder28019 / 269-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Honda Pilot Safety

Is the 2020 Honda Pilot a Safe Car?

All 2020 Pilot trim levels come standard with front side airbags, side-curtain airbags, a backup camera, a forward-collision warning system, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist. All but the base LX get blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems.

In government crash testing, the 2020 Honda Pilot received a 5-star overall rating plus 4-star frontal and 5-star side ratings. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Pilot its Top Safety Pick award. It got the best possible rating of Good in most crashworthiness categories (minus the new passenger-side small overlap test, where it got an Acceptable rating) and a Superior accident avoidance tech rating. Its headlights were given a rating of Acceptable.

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5 Year Cost to Own

$42,527 ($0.57 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Graphics Pkg

Competition

2020 Honda Pilot vs the competition

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.

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