2020 Honda Pilot: Great Features and Performance, Excellent Value
With the SUV market becoming increasingly competitive and splitting into ever smaller segments, there's one model that's stuck around and knows exactly what it offers. The Honda Pilot is the largest SUV that the reliable manufacturer produces, although by North American standards it's classed as a mid-size, three-row vehicle rather than a large wagon.
With nearly two decades of development and refinement behind it, the model is now into its third
generation and has seen a new refresh for 2020. What does this latest version of the Pilot bring to the
crossover SUV party?
2020 Honda Pilot Engine and Performance
All models of the 2020 Pilot feature a 3.5L V6 engine with variable cylinder management, producing a
hefty 280 horsepower and 262lb-ft of torque. This power is passed as standard through a 6-speed
automatic transmission with grade control. All Pilot models feature full-time, all-wheel drive, with
intelligent variable torque management for steadier and more responsive handling.mAs you'd expect from a three-row SUV, the fuel economy isn't going to set the world alight, but that goes with the territory. Nonetheless, the standard Pilot offers respectable figures of 13L / 100km for city driving, and 9.3L / 100km when tearing up the highway.
Moving up the trim levels delivers the option of a 9-speed automatic transmission, giving a little more
control at the top and bottom ends of the speed range. The 9-speed option also improves the fuel economy slightly, offering 12.4L 100km in the city and 9.3L / 100km on the highway.
One of the most attractive aspects of larger SUVs is the sense of security they provide while driving. The
Pilot's set of safety features build on this, with highlights including:
- Anti-lock braking system and driveline traction control.
- Front collision warnings, with automatic collision mitigation system.
- Lane keeping assist with departure warnings.
- Separate low pressure warnings for each tire.
- VSA electronic stability control.
- Full range of driver, passenger, and multi-row airbags.
- Back-up camera for safer reversing.
All these systems are backed up by solid physical construction including side impact beams and front and rear roll bars.
Interior and Entertainment
Seating up to seven adults in its three-row setup, the configurable rear seats mean the Pilot can switch to
handling five adults and a full complement of luggage with ease. And with dual-zone front air conditioning and a separately controlled rear HVAC system, all passengers will enjoy a comfortable ride.
Entertainment features meet the usual high quality of recent Honda models, with Apple CarPlay, Android, Auto, dual LCD monitors, streaming audio, and much more all included.
2020 Honda Pilot Price
Honda have set the starting price for the Pilot at $41,290 which is an attractive price for a SUV of this
capability. Even the top-level, super-luxurious Black Edition comes in at just $55,190, with the trim
levels in between spanning the range with no huge lurches in price. But whichever version best fits your needs and budget, contact us to arrange a test drive of the 2020 Honda Pilot so you can experience its features for yourself.