The Honda Pilot is a midsize crossover SUV that probably doesn’t get the acclaim it deserves sometimes. The 2020 Honda Pilot is part of the model's third-generation, and the nameplate has been around since the first-generation of this family SUV was launched in 2002. The CR-V probably grabs more of the attention when it comes to Honda SUVs, but if you're not familiar with the larger Pilot, here's a look at what you’re missing out on.
You certainly can’t accuse the Pilot of trying to be something it isn't. Its exterior is a classic Honda family SUV, but this take on that incredibly popular theme looks as fresh right now as this generation did when it was unveiled in 2016. It's sporty, modern and instantly attractive, and would be hard to say this doesn’t look like a model that was only launched this year. This is a design that's stood the test of time already, and there's no sign of it aging in any way.
There are six trim levels in the 2020 Honda Pilot lineup, which is one or two more than many of its rivals so there's extra choice for buyers right there. The entry-level model is the Pilot LX, and the range then goes to the EX, EX-L, Touring, Elite and the Black Edition. The LX, EX, EX-L and Touring are all standard front-wheel-drive with the option of all-wheel-drive, but the Elite and Black Edition are standard all-wheel-drive.
Even though there are six trims and front- and rear-wheel-drive, every version of the 2020 Pilot comes with the same engine. The unit in question is a 3.5-liter V-6 that puts out 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, which is sent to the front or all four wheels through a standard six-speed automatic transmission in most cases. The other cases are the Touring, Elite and Black Edition, and they get a nine-speed automatic instead.
Unlike a lot of midsize rivals, adults fit perfectly well in all three-rows of the Honda Pilot. The Pilot can accommodate up to eight people, and there's good seat adjustment in almost every trim level. The front seats are superbly comfortable, and the second-row bench is swapped for two captain's chairs in the Elite and Black Edition. There's even a massive 40-inches of legroom in the second-row, and a one-touch button drops the second-row seats to allow easy access to the third-row.
Features and equipment
Most buyers will probably skip the LX, although it still comes with 18-inch alloys, auto headlights, air conditioning, rear privacy glass and a multi-angle rearview camera. EX models add blind-spot monitors, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, a couple of USB charge ports and more. From there the Pilot's standard equipment just gets better and better, and it's hard to not confuse the Elite and Black Edition for genuine luxury models as they're so generously equipped.
For more details and to explore the 2020 Honda Pilot for yourself on a test drive, get in touch with us at Vardaman Honda, the premier choice Honda dealer in Hattiesburg, MS.