2020 Honda Pilot Black Edition Review – A year after Honda gave the pilot a significant update to the 2019 model year, the Japanese carmaker now adds the new range-topping Black Edition trim to 2020. Based on the Honda Pilot elite, the same as our long-term Honda, the pilot Black Edition adds several new designs signals inside and out. The Pilot Black Edition is similar to the Honda Ridgeline Black Edition introduced for 2018.
2020 Honda Pilot Black Edition Review
Potential landlords who choose the black version will have more visual cues added to the exterior, such as exclusive crystal black pearl paint, a black edition grille and tailgate badges, and black-painted 20-inch alloy wheels. Closed trim pieces include radiator grille, headlight trim, door handles, side trim, fog light accents, and window trim. If you were looking for performance upgrades you would need to look elsewhere.
While the blacked-out theme continues inside, Honda spices things up a bit with red accents throughout. Red accent lighting for Dash, doors and center console pairs with red stitch accents on the front and second row of captain’s chairs, door panels and steering wheel. Seats in the first and second row receive red accents on the perforated leather, while the Black Edition logo is embossed on the front seats and floor mats.
Inside, the pilot is lined with durable cloth or comfortable leather padding, with enough Tech goodies to pass time, including an 8.0-inch touchscreen on most versions.
Each pilot is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6, which makes 280 horsepower mated to a 6-or 9-speed automatic. Front wheel drive is standard on most versions, and all wheel drive costs $ 2,000 extra on others, or is standard on Touring, Elite and Black Edition versions.
The pilot returns around 22 mpg combined in most versions, regardless of transmission.
Federal and independent testers have good things to report on the pilots they’ve crashed: it’s among one of the safer crossovers on the road. Each pilot gets automatic emergency braking as standard equipment, essential for family vehicles.
The LX pilot skips some of the features we prefer in a crossover. It gets cloth padding, seats for eight, a 5.0-inch screen for audio without smartphone compatibility, and a USB charging port.
Use more and get much more. The Pilot EX is our pick of choice and gets upgraded 18-inch wheels, blind-spot monitors, an 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, three-zone automatic climate controls, power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats and two USB charging ports for $ 35,525 for front-drive versions.
The 2020 pilot comfortably carries families and cargo with space for up to eight passengers and 16.5 cubic meters of storage behind all three rows.
Adults can fit into all three rows of seats, which is relatively rare among competitors, and we give it points above the average for spacious housing in all three rows and a generous cargo area, including the storage of small items. That’s a 9 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
The front seats are comfortable all day, and on all but the base model, wide adjustable. Pilot exs include a Power-adjustable driver’s seat, ex-L and higher trims get a power-adjustable passenger seat.
The second row is a bench that can sit up to three, but the elite and black edition models sub in the captain’s chairs. (The captain’s chairs are available on the Touring trimmer as a no-cost swap.)
Second-rate riders get more than 40 inches of legroom, with a one-touch button to tumble down for third-row access. The second row is almost as comfortable as the first, with plenty of thigh support for long releases.
In the third row, Honda offers nearly 32 inches of legroom that is better in practice than it is on paper. We would suggest parking adults in the first two rows, although teens and small adults may fit in nicely.
With all three rows in place, the pilot has 16.5 cubic feet of Cargo Room, which is as large as many Mid-Size Sedans’ Trunks. Some of that space is vertical space, above the third row of headrests, too high cargo or crooked towers of groceries.
Tumbles down the third row and that space expands to more than 46 cubic feet. With the second row folded, Cargo Space maxes out to more than 80 cubic feet for adventurous runs to Big-Box retailers.
On pilots that cost $ 40,000 or less, Honda fits solid materials that feel durable for everyday use in the family. At the pricey elite and Black Edition trims, which cost nearly $ 50,000, the materials feel a step behind the luxury-car price.
The 2020 Honda Pilot starts arriving to dealers today with the 2020 Honda Pilot Black Edition starting at $ 50,715 (all prices include the $ 1,095 destination fee). It’s a small prize- $ 1,500-over Honda Pilot elite, starting at $ 49,215. It is up to the customers to decide whether it is reasonable to pay the premium. The new trim is a look package with no performance or power upgrades. The same 3.5-liter V6, which makes 280 horsepower (208 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (399 Newton-meters) of torque, powers the Black Edition pilot. All wheels and Honda’s nine-speed automatic are standard.