Honda has significantly improved the 2023 Honda Pilot midsize SUV on paper, growing in size to offer more cargo and passenger room and now offering more power, trim features, and options than ever before. The question, however, always comes down to price, and with these improvements comes a slight bump for the Pilot that now places further from reach than the Toyota Highlander, Kia Telluride, and Subaru Ascent three-row competitors. So is it worth it?
Well, Honda claims the new Pilot is its most capable SUV ever, now larger and more powerful than any Honda SUV that’s come before it, so you are guaranteed to get more for the higher price. Unlike its competitors, the Pilot now starts over 40 grand ($40,445, to be specific), and it’s another $1,100 on Sport, EX-L, and Touring trims if you want to add all-wheel drive capability.
All models now come standard with a newly-introduced 3.5-liter V-6 engine good for 285 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. All models also come equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, partial digital driver instrumentation, a tri-zone auto climate control system, heated front seats, Hill Descent Control, LED headlights, and Shark Gray 7-spoke 20-inch wheels.
Honda says its i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system is vastly improved this time around, with 40 percent more torque on demand and a 30 percent quicker response time to better optimize traction in especially slick road or tricky off-road conditions. All Pilot trims are also now available with the Honda Performance Development (HPD) package, which adds fender flares, bronze or black wheels, and a HPD graphics kit for $2,950. Additionally, all models are available with an optional towing package (between $305 and $990), a protection pack for $290, and a function package for $405.
All Pilots get five drive modes including Normal, Econ, Snow, Sport, and Tow, and AWD models add two more for Sand and Trail. Standard safety equipment includes sign recognition, traffic jam assist, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and rear seat and seatbelt reminders. Honda also released fuel economy figures; all front-wheel drive models report 19 city, 22 highway, and 27 combined MPG; Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Elite all-wheel drive models get 19 city, 21 highway, and 25 combined MPG; the worst offender is the TrailSport AWD which reports 18 city, 20 highway, and 23 combined MPG.
The Pilot EX-L swaps in leather seating, a 9-inch touchscreen, wireless smartphone charging up front, an upgraded 9-speaker audio system, chrome trim and grille bar, 5-spoke 18-inch wheels, and a power tailgate. The Pilot TrailSport gets its own Diffused Sky Blue paint color, interior orange contrast stitching, a sliding panoramic roof, off-road tuned suspension with an added inch of ground clearance, all-terrain tires on unique off-road 18-inch wheels, the TrailWatch four-camera surround-view system, and underbody steel skidplates.
The Pilot Touring trim’s interior is set up for up to 8 passengers, though one seat can be stowed away. It also gets a sliding panoramic sunroof, a 12-speaker Bose audio system, Honda’s sat-nav, and cabin Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Both the Elite and Touring trims get a gloss back finish on the grille and B-pillar, 7-spoke 2o-inch machined wheels, and a dual chrome exhaust. Upgrading to the Pilot Elite also gets you that TrailWatch exterior camera setup, standard AWD, perforated leather ventilated seating, an even bigger 10.2-inch display, and a driver head-up display.
Honda says the new Pilot will be built in its Lincoln, Ala. plant; 95 percent of Hondas sold in North America are assembled locally within the region, most of which are built in America. The new Pilot will go on sale on December 12.
2023 Honda Pilot Pricing
|Pilot Sport||$40,445 (+$1,100 for AWD)|
|Pilot EX-L (8-seat)||$43,245 (+$1,100 for AWD)|
|Pilot EX-L (7-seat)||$43,545 (+$1,100 for AWD)|
|Pilot Touring||$47,745 (+$1,100 for AWD)|
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