2020 Honda Pilot Elite Review – The 2020 Honda Pilot is starting to look a little frumpy. In fact, it always has, but with the introduction of the stylish Kia Telluride and Hyundai palisade, plus the powerful, rear-wheel-drive Ford Explorer, the Honda uber-functional Hauler family seems even less likely to be the preferred choice of self-styled “cool” Parents. ”Granted, the new-for-2020 pilot Black Edition adds some style inside and out, but as the most expensive version, it’s also a bit of an outlier.
2020 Honda Pilot Elite Review
All that said, no segment other than minivans is as geared toward family use as three-row crossovers, and when it comes to this task, the 2020 pilot generally goes a few steps further than most. What it lacks in cool, it makes up for in capacity. For one, Honda managed to squeeze more interior space out of a smaller, more manageable exterior size. Full size adults and teens can actually fit in all three rows while the cargo area is large, boxy and versatile. There are also plenty of storage solutions and kid-friendly amenities everywhere.
The pilot also comes well equipped for the money and should keep his value better than most. Nor can we ignore Honda’s Sterling reputation for reliability. In other words, choosing the 2020 pilot would be a pretty sensible choice, if not the coolest one.
Honda’s pilot three-row SUV was updated for 2019 and continues for 2020 largely unchanged, but with a new top-of-the-line Black Edition. That’s in addition to a $ 100 price bump to start prices across the rest of the lineup, which arrives at retailers now.
Honda apparently delivers an SUV for every family or lifestyle, and the three-row pilot sits on top of the size stack. With enough seats to carry up to eight people and oodles of cargo space, the 2020 Honda Pilot is a worthy alternative to the company’s minivan offering the Odyssey. The pilot also has a wealth of standard driver assistance technology that includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Automated Emergency Braking, and Lane-holder Assist. Its standard V-6 Powertrain Control is best when paired with the upper level automatic transmission. The pilot also has impressive fuel economy ratings that matched the results of our real-world Highway tests. While the best crossovers and SUVs in this class have more style and drive better, the 2020 Honda Pilot still delivers the space and features that will satisfy most families.
The Black Edition builds on the current Elite top trim level, which includes standard all-wheel drives and heated second-class captains chairs; It adds a touch of black-trim macho to the family-oriented pilot, as well as an upgraded interior look. The pilot’s new edition is darker even than its black-trimmed new 2019 Passport two-row SUV cousin and similar to the related Honda Ridgeline pickup’s blacked-out top model. It only comes with a crystal black pearl paint job and the theme, which figures to scare the kids in the car-pool lane, continues with the black-painted 20-inch alloy wheels and a black finish on the radiator grille, headlight and foglight trim, side and windows. edge, and the door handles.
Inside the Black Edition, the monochromatic black theme is slightly broken up with devilish red accents that include red dot accents on the front and Second-Row leather seats surfaces and red accent stitching on these seats, as well as on door panels and steering wheels. Completing the mood is red accent lighting for the dashboard, doors and center console.
There is a new member of the pilot family this year as the Black Edition trim level debuts. Similar to the version offered on Honda’s Ridgeline, this new range-topping trim effectively adds special design elements to the loaded Elite trim. As the name suggests, there are plenty of black trim, including on the radiator grille and 20-inch wheels. Basically, if it’s chrome on other pilots, it’s black on the black version. The interior is also unique, with ox red leather inserts and seat piping (shown below). Otherwise, the 2020 pilot transfers unchanged except for a small price hike.
The new Black Edition starts at $ 50,715 (all prices include $ 1,095 destination, unchanged from 2019) and is a $ 1,500 premium over the elite, starting at $ 49,215 for 2020. All pilots have a 280-horsepower V-6, and lower trim levels use a six-speed automatic, while higher trim levels (Touring, elite and black edition) get a nine-speed automatic. Torque-vectoring-all-wheel drive is standard on the Elite and Black Edition and is a $ 2,000 option on all other trim levels, a price that’s up $ 100 from 2019.
The rest of the 2020 pilot lineup with standard front-wheel drive starts at $ 32,645 for the base LX, while Next-up EX starts at $ 35,525. The EX-L starts at $ 38,955 and adds navigation and a back seat entertainment system for $ 2,000, a price that is $ 400 more than in 2019. Touring trim level starts at $ 43,715, adding second-row captain’s chairs for an unchanged $ 300. You can compare features by cropping level here.