2019 Honda Pilot

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The Honda Pilot three-row crossover was refreshed for 2019 with updated exterior styling and a few tweaks to the interior and tech. The Pilot shares a platform with the upcoming two-row Honda Passport and Ridgeline pickup truck. Our tester is the top-tier Elite trim, meaning it's loaded with plenty of goodies like leather, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, blind-spot monitoring, LED lighting and an updated infotainment system. All in, this tester came out to $49,015. Associate Editor Joel Stocksdale: The Pilot and the Ridgeline definitely are similar, but I came out preferring the Pilot. The primary reason is that the Pilot felt more engaging because of the handling. It feels lighter, has a bit less body roll, and turns in more eagerly. The ride isn't as cushy, but considering the Ridgeline's couch-like feeling, the Pilot's stiffer tuning still leaves plenty of comfort. And to get something that's livelier in corners is worth the minor sacrifice to me. I actually didn't mind the 9-speed automatic that much, but it's easy enough to opt for the 6-speed unit. A secondary reason for preferring the Pilot is for the revamped infotainment system, which has more to offer than just the physical volume knob. With crisp graphics and text, fast responses and logical menus, it's a quantum leap over the ugly, sluggish system in the Ridgeline. I'm shocked Honda hasn't added the system to the pickup and the Civic. There's another aspect of this particular Pilot that we need to discuss, and that's the stickers on the hood and the sides. They received near-universal derision from the staff, leaving me as the only dissenting opinion as far as I know. I get that the Pilot doesn't really offer much to support bold graphics, especially ones with faux carbon fiber patterns, but I also don't think it's quite so soulless to drive for the graphics to be completely inappropriate. More importantly, though, I appreciate that Honda is looking for ways to make its otherwise drab crossover a little more interesting and unique. I certainly was glad to hop out and not feel like I was driving just another plain white, gray or black appliance. Those pops of color on each side made it stand out a bit, and I feel there's a lack of that in paint and graphics nowadays. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to brace myself for the rebuttal. Associate Editor Reese Counts: Joel is wrong. The graphics are dumb. Hmm... 🤔 pic.twitter.com/GsI3W8y52u — Reese Counts (@rmcounts) December 18, 2018 Personally, I really don't care how a vehicle like this handles or steers. The Pilot impresses, but no one is going to go canyon carving in a Pilot. I just want a quiet, comfortable and practical family hauler. Like most Hondas, the interior is roomy and filled with a seemingly endless amount of cupholders and storage bins. I also dig the new infotainment system and the updated instrument cluster. I hope both make it to the Ridgeline sometime …
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The Honda Pilot three-row crossover was refreshed for 2019 with updated exterior styling and a few tweaks to the interior and tech. The Pilot shares a platform with the upcoming two-row Honda Passport and Ridgeline pickup truck. Our tester is the top-tier Elite trim, meaning it's loaded with plenty of goodies like leather, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, blind-spot monitoring, LED lighting and an updated infotainment system. All in, this tester came out to $49,015. Associate Editor Joel Stocksdale: The Pilot and the Ridgeline definitely are similar, but I came out preferring the Pilot. The primary reason is that the Pilot felt more engaging because of the handling. It feels lighter, has a bit less body roll, and turns in more eagerly. The ride isn't as cushy, but considering the Ridgeline's couch-like feeling, the Pilot's stiffer tuning still leaves plenty of comfort. And to get something that's livelier in corners is worth the minor sacrifice to me. I actually didn't mind the 9-speed automatic that much, but it's easy enough to opt for the 6-speed unit. A secondary reason for preferring the Pilot is for the revamped infotainment system, which has more to offer than just the physical volume knob. With crisp graphics and text, fast responses and logical menus, it's a quantum leap over the ugly, sluggish system in the Ridgeline. I'm shocked Honda hasn't added the system to the pickup and the Civic. There's another aspect of this particular Pilot that we need to discuss, and that's the stickers on the hood and the sides. They received near-universal derision from the staff, leaving me as the only dissenting opinion as far as I know. I get that the Pilot doesn't really offer much to support bold graphics, especially ones with faux carbon fiber patterns, but I also don't think it's quite so soulless to drive for the graphics to be completely inappropriate. More importantly, though, I appreciate that Honda is looking for ways to make its otherwise drab crossover a little more interesting and unique. I certainly was glad to hop out and not feel like I was driving just another plain white, gray or black appliance. Those pops of color on each side made it stand out a bit, and I feel there's a lack of that in paint and graphics nowadays. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to brace myself for the rebuttal. Associate Editor Reese Counts: Joel is wrong. The graphics are dumb. Hmm... 🤔 pic.twitter.com/GsI3W8y52u — Reese Counts (@rmcounts) December 18, 2018 Personally, I really don't care how a vehicle like this handles or steers. The Pilot impresses, but no one is going to go canyon carving in a Pilot. I just want a quiet, comfortable and practical family hauler. Like most Hondas, the interior is roomy and filled with a seemingly endless amount of cupholders and storage bins. I also dig the new infotainment system and the updated instrument cluster. I hope both make it to the Ridgeline sometime …
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$31,450 - $48,020 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine 3.5LV-6
MPG 18 City / 26 Hwy
Seating 8 Passengers
Transmission 6-spd auto w/OD
Power 280 @ 6000 rpm
Drivetrain all wheel
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