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2020 Honda Pilot Overview

The Honda Pilot, a full-size crossover, competes in the same category as the Kia Telluride, Subaru Ascent, Toyota Highlander, and Volkswagen Atlas. The current third-generation model debuted in 2016 and received a major refresh last year. It gets a few updates for 2020.

All Pilots come equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed automatic comes standard for lower trims, while upper trims receive a 9-speed automatic and a push-button gear selector. You also get the choice of standard front-wheel drive (FWD) or optional all-wheel drive (AWD) with torque vectoring and Snow, Sand and Mud modes. Beyond that, the Pilot is rated to tow a maximum of 3,500 lbs. With FWD and a 6-speed automatic, the Pilot returns fuel-economy estimates of 19 mpg city, 27 highway and 22 combined. With AWD and a 6-speed automatic, fuel-economy estimates fall to 18/26/21. With a 9-speed automatic, city mpg improves for both FWD and AWD versions.

The Pilot is one of the few vehicles in its class that offers seating for 7 or 8 passengers. Beyond that, it offers up to 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space with all three rows deployed, 55.9 with the first two rows in use, and 109 with just the first row in use. A 60/40 split-folding second-row bench seat and flat-folding third row come standard.

The LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite trims return for 2020. The LX trim comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED low-beam headlights, a 5-inch infotainment display, two USB ports, and a 7-speaker audio system. Nicer trims include an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, power front seats, heated front seats, keyless access and start, second-row captain’s chairs, a sunroof, and a power liftgate. At the top of the range, there’s a new Black Edition trim, which builds upon the Elite trim's level of equipment by adding black exterior paint, blackout treatments for the exterior trim, red interior stitching, and black 20-inch wheels.

No matter which trim you buy, the Pilot comes standard with the HondaSensing technology suite. HondaSensing bundles forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keep assist. The EX-and-above trims add blind-spot monitoring. In 2019, the Pilot received a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave it a Top Safety Pick rating.

The 2020 Pilot remains a competitive crossover for those looking to transport passengers and plenty of cargo.


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