If you are looking for a vehicle that offers a ton of space along with a lot of family-functional features then Honda Pilot could be the perfect match for you. It is an ideal alternative for minivans. Let’s look at some cool features offered by Honda in the mid-size SUV
- 8 seats offered in three rows to accommodate three adults.
- 7 seats in versions with 2 captain chairs
- It features a powerful six-cylinder engine
- 6 trims including the new special edition
- All-wheel drive Pilot offers 19 mpg-city and 26 mpg-highway
Changes in Pilot 2021
Previously available on Touring trim level and upper trims, the 9-speed automatic transmission is standard across all variants. Featuring black 20-inch wheels, there is a new special edition model which sits between EX and Touring trims. It also comes with a foot-activated power tailgate and wireless charging.
Features that are standard across all trims include:
- Paddle shifters
- Dual-zone climate control
- Automatic stop-start system
Trims and Pricing
- LX: $33,370
- EX: $36,050
- Special Edition: $40,080
- Touring: $44,040
- Elite: $49,540
- Black Edition: $51,040
Special Edition is the new offering in the trim. Since the variant is new, there are no considerable reviews on its performance. However, comparing all the features and prices, it seems the most promising variants with features like:
- Hands-free power tailgate
- Leather-trimmed upholstery
- Roof rails
- Second-row sunshades
- Wireless charging
- All-wheel drive is optional
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Blended with 9-speed automatic transmission — Pilot comes with a powerful V6 engine. The 3.5 litre engine produces 280 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque. The mid-size SUV reaches 0 to 60 mph in just 7 seconds flat.
The ride quality IS improved and enhanced, thanks to powerful suspensions and large wheels.
The automobile brand has also kept the steering light which requires very little effort to control and makes the parking easier. It is lighter in weight than other mid-size SUVs. The car has a special aerodynamic that complements sharp cornering.
The brand has outperformed many of its competitors in fuel economy.
- The front-wheel-drive gives 20 mpg in city and 27 mpg on the highway.
- With all-wheel drive, the mid-size SUV achieves 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway
Interior and cargo
Known for its space and practicality — the Honda Pilot offers an array of family-friendly options including a cabin PA system.
8 passengers can easily sit in the car. However, if you want to replace standard seats in the second row with two captain chairs, you can get it but the seats will be reduced to seven.
Every material used inside the car adds to the cosy feeling and passenger comfort. While the car is offered at a moderate price — the pleasant matte finish and high-gloss trim make it look like a luxurious car.
An Excellent Tri-zone Automatic Climate Control System
There are some mid-size SUVs that don’t have a climate control system in the third row. However, the Pilot features a tri-zone Automatic Climate Control System which maintains the airflow in all three rows. The automobile brand has kept the feature easy to use so anyone can utilize it.
You will find 16 cupholders inside the cabin. With large windows and tall height — the driver gets a clear view of the road with remarkable visibility.
- It has 16.5 cubic feet of space behind the third row
- When you fold the third row it extends to 46.8 cubic feet
- When you fold both the third and second row, it extends to 83.9 cubic feet
User-friendly Touchscreen Display
You may have heard about Honda’s frustrating touchscreens in the past. However, the brand has made some awesome changes in the 2021 model and the touchscreen system is extremely easy to use thanks to informative graphics and instructions.
The SUV comes with an eight-inch touchscreen system on EX trim and trims above it. In the trims below, you will find a 5.0-inch screen.
Notable features include:
- SiriusXM satellite radio
- Apple CarPlay
- Android Auto Integration
- Voice Command
Honda Pilot outperforms many of its competitors in several aspects, especially space and functionality. It is a great alternative to minivans. However, when it comes to space and on-road driving, there is no better option than a minivan such as the Honda Odyssey. If you want a bit of adventure with highway driving, then opt for a stylish SUV.
Honda Kuwait has a wide selection of vehicles from SUVs and minivans to sedans and hatchbacks. You can check their website if you want to buy a Honda Pilot or a similar vehicle.