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2020 Honda Pilot

What’s new

  • No major changes for 2020
  • New top-line Black Edition trim level
  • Part of the third Pilot generation introduced for 2016

Pros & Cons

  • A versatile, roomy interior with spacious rear seats
  • Ride is smooth and compliant in most conditions
  • Better fuel economy than rivals
  • Multiple clever storage compartments
  • Collision warning and adaptive cruise control are overly sensitive
  • Third-row access is narrow
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2020 Honda Pilot Review

You have more choices than ever for a three-row midsize SUV, yet the Honda Pilot, a mainstay of the class, remains one of the best choices available. You'll enjoy roomy seating for up to eight, a quiet interior and a comfortable ride quality. The plush accommodations don't come at the expense of performance either since the Pilot is surprisingly capable when driven on twisty roads. And while we're not totally enamored with the optional nine-speed automatic transmission, there's no doubt the standard V6 has plenty of power to move this large crossover.

Aside from a few driving aids that could stand for a little more operational refinement, the Pilot has no obvious faults. However, there are a few newcomers that you'll want to consider. In its top trim, the Kia Telluride has a few more features than the luxe Pilot Elite, and we've given it a slight edge over the Pilot in our rankings. You might also like the roomier Volkswagen Atlas or the redesigned Ford Explorer. Overall, though, the 2020 Honda Pilot is one of the best all-rounders on the market and deserves a spot on your shopping list.

Notably, we picked the 2020 Honda Pilot as one of Edmunds' Best 3-Row SUVs for 2020.

What's it like to live with the Pilot?

With a spacious cabin, exceptional comfort and a tremendously roomy cabin, the Honda Pilot is the quintessential three-row crossover. As soon as we got behind the wheel of this newest model, our editors universally agreed: The Pilot was the best of the bunch. We immediately reached out to Honda and secured a fully loaded Elite model for our long-term test fleet. Over the course of a year and 25,000 miles, we drove our Black Forest green tester to Las Vegas, Sacramento and Oregon. Usually, it performed the commuting duties typical of a family-friendly SUV. To read about our experiences, read our long-term Pilot test. Note that while we tested a 2016 Pilot, most of our observations still apply to the 2020 model. The only exceptions deal with the infotainment and transmission improvements Honda made for 2019.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

8.1 / 10
The Honda Pilot is space-efficient and smooth-riding, and it provides ample power along with decent fuel economy. You also get plentiful features, a useful cargo area and smart interior storage. This Honda is one of the most well-rounded three-row SUVs you can get.

How does it drive?

7.5
The Pilot is a surprisingly able performer. We tested a Pilot Elite with the nine-speed automatic and observed a 7.0-second 0-60 mph time, which is quicker than most rival midsize three-row SUVs. Slowing down is easy, too. The brakes have a relatively consistent feel and are easy to use in everyday driving. The Pilot's panic-stopping distance from 60 mph (129 feet in our testing) is average for a big three-row crossover SUV.

Twisty mountain roads don't pose a problem for the Pilot ― this large crossover feels lighter than most. There's little road feel from the steering, but it is precise. The Pilot's available AWD system is fine for slippery road surfaces, but this SUV lacks the ground clearance and specific off-road aids such as hill descent control to make it truly capable off-road.

How comfortable is it?

9.0
The Honda Pilot does comfort better than many in the segment. Body motions are well-controlled, but not at the expense of overall ride comfort. Small, high-frequency bumps are dispatched without any issue. The front seats have supportive backs and bottoms, providing hours of comfort. The second-row seats are similarly cushy and can recline and slide.

There's very little tire or wind noise inside the cabin, and the V6 sounds pretty good if you wind it out. Tri-zone climate control works well to keep everyone comfortable.

How’s the interior?

8.0
The Pilot exhibits typical Honda efficiency with smart use of space and practical features. The first and second rows are roomy. The third row is OK, but it's not as spacious as what you'll find in a few other rival SUVs. Still, a single button press tilts and slides the second row forward, making it easy to get into the third row.

Most drivers will be able to find a suitable seating position, though tall drivers might want a little more steering wheel adjustment. The upright seating position gives the driver a more commanding view out than it does in the Honda Odyssey minivan.

How’s the tech?

8.0
Overall, the Pilot's touchscreen system is easy to use. The navigation system responds quickly, and the 10-speaker audio system sounds great. A Wi-Fi hotspot is included on Touring and Elite models, and users with the Honda CabinControl app can connect to the in-car Wi-Fi and control certain things such as rear cabin temperature and music playlists.

The adaptive cruise control only works above 20 mph, which is a bummer for drivers stuck in stop-and-go traffic. Overall, the Pilot's adaptive cruise control system isn't nearly as smooth as similar features in other cars. Otherwise, all the other systems such as lane keeping assist and blind-spot monitoring work well. Its lane keeping feature, however, can be very intrusive in long, constant-radius corners.

How’s the storage?

8.5
The Pilot is a useful vehicle when you need to carry a lot of stuff. While cargo room is good — 16 cubic feet behind the third row and a maximum volume of 84 cubes with the second- and third-row seats folded — it trails segment leaders. Still, there's generous storage under the load floor, and the space is very usable.

Large door pockets and clever, configurable small-item storage within the center console are among the many places to store your stuff inside the cabin. Want to tow? The AWD Pilot's maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds, which matches that of most V6-powered, three-row SUVs. Front-wheel-drive Pilots are limited to 3,500 pounds.

How economical is it?

8.0
The EPA rates the all-wheel-drive Pilot at 22 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway), which is about midpack for three-row SUVs. On Edmunds 115-mile standardized drive loop, which is made up primarily of highway roads, the Pilot returned 25.2 mpg which indicates that the EPA estimates are realistic.

Is it a good value?

7.5
We tested a fully loaded all-wheel-drive Elite, which is one of the pricier models in the class. However, it provides better comfort, quality feel and a nicer cabin than many competitors, so the price seems justified. Materials and assembly quality are high for a non-luxury vehicle, but are not substantially better than rivals. The soft-touch plastics on the dash combined with high-gloss trim and matte-finish secondary controls look and feel good.

Basic warranty coverage is for three years/36,000 miles with a powertrain warranty for five years/60,000 miles. These are mostly par for the course, as is the three-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance coverage.

Wildcard

8.5
Among three-row SUVs, the Pilot comes across as one of the most well-rounded. Its appealing combination of power and relatively rewarding handling is rare. It's certainly not sporty, but there's a willingness to change direction here that's lacking in similar SUVs, with the exception of the Mazda CX-9. It's also comfortable and offers many conveniences.

Which Pilot does Edmunds recommend?

Though all Pilot trims have strong merits, we suggest going with either the EX or the EX-L. The EX is a significant step up from the base LX and adds desirable tech features such as Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a touchscreen. The EX-L costs more, but a case can be made for it. You get leather upholstery plus some family-useful extras such as an auto-dimming mirror (helps reduce glare at night) and second-row USB ports to ensure your kiddos' electronics are topped off at all times.

2020 Honda Pilot models

The Honda Pilot comes in six primary trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, Elite and Black Edition. All models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 (280 horsepower, 262 lb-ft of torque). A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for most trims, while a nine-speed transmission comes with Touring and above models. Front-wheel drive is standard on lower trims, with all-wheel drive standard on Elite and Black Edition models and optional on other trims.

Most models have seating for eight, though second-row captain's chairs — which reduce capacity to seven — are optional on the Touring and standard on Elite and Black Edition trims.

Standard features for the LX include automatic LED headlights, 60/40-split folding third-row seats, a rearview camera, a 5-inch central display screen, and a seven-speaker audio system with USB and auxiliary inputs. Standard advanced safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, road departure mitigation, lane keeping assist, and automatic high-beam assist.

The EX gets you a lot more, including heated mirrors, keyless entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, one-touch slide-and-fold second-row seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.

Stepping up to the EX-L trim gets you a sunroof, a power liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, and second-row USB charging ports. There's also an EX-L subtrim that adds a navigation system and a rear entertainment system.

The Touring trim gets all of the above plus roof rails, sound-reducing front door glass, front and rear parking sensors, hands-free operation for the liftgate, heated rear seats, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a 10-speaker premium audio system.

The Elite trim comes standard with the second-row captain's chairs plus auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and a wireless charging pad. The Black Edition is equipped identically, but with black exterior accents and red interior trim.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Honda Pilot.

5 star reviews: 45%
4 star reviews: 19%
3 star reviews: 8%
2 star reviews: 8%
1 star reviews: 20%
Average user rating: 3.6 stars based on 75 total reviews

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1 out of 5 stars, Crackling noise infotainment
Jose Jeddery,
EX-L 4dr SUV w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

I purchased a 2020 Honda Pilot with Nav & RES with 24 miles. At 177 miles, a crackling sound and static radio sound began. A week later, the infotainment and the odometer screen would go black and restart within 15 seconds or less. On a typical drive, the infotainment would go dark three times. As soon as it restarted, the crackling hideous sound began again. I took it to the dealership and stated that it was an antenna problem. They ordered one, and as soon as I pulled out of the shop, the system rebooted and the crackling sound started again. I made a u-turn in their parking lot and left it there. It has been two days and mentioned something about an electrical harness. Before you sign any papers, make sure you drive the vehicle considerable to make sure the issues won't be there. Hopefully, it will be resolved soon. I wonder what are my options for the near future if this problem can't be fixed by the dealership and Honda Corp. does not have an answer to this problem.

1 out of 5 stars, Major Electrical Issues
Frustrated Mom,
Touring 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

This is the first time I have ever wrote a review but I feel compelled to do so to prevent others from my experience. I have been a loyal Honda owner for over 20 years and owned over 6 Hondas in my life. My vehicle will be brought into the shop for a third time today for very loud popping noises which now resulted in a complete shutdown of the entertainment system and a temporary blanking out of the speedometer. The situation cannot be resolved thus far with the manufacturer having been engaged by the dealership already. The car has been driven for less than 5,000 miles and owned for 4 months. I wish I had seen other reviews prior to purchasing the vehicle so I wanted to write this to hopefully prevent another Mom from making the mistake I did. Extremely disappointed in Honda.

4 out of 5 stars, Excellent Choice
Sam Dovels,
EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The Pilot in general is a fantastic SUV. I am a bit picky, so I have to nit-pick a little. I'm migrating from an Odyssey, so it's an adjustment for me, especially in the cargo department. I have the EX-L model, with smaller wheels (although so-so design) than the Touring, which helps for a smoother ride. I love the EX-L because it still uses the regular shifter (not push-button gear selector), and it still uses the excellent 6-speed automatic, which is better than the 9-speed in higher models. While the ride is pretty smooth & quiet, it's still not up to Traverse or Highlander (and now Telluride) quality. Unlike many critics, I happen to love the high seating position with a commanding view, and I LOVE the armrests - the only 3-row SUV that offer it. I appreciate the memory seats as well. Seats are very comfortable, but the large console in front intrudes leg room for the center passenger in the middle seat. I would like to have 4-way lumbar support (the Odyssey has it). The rear seat is tolerable, but nowhere as comfortable as a minivan. The backup camera quality at daytime is crystal clear, but grainy at night. When it rains, the raindrops often blocks the view (it should be pushed in deeper). The stereo system is surprisingly good. Remote starter works well & from quite a distance. I would love to have some feedback on the fob. I appreciate the cap-less gas tank; tire pressure indicator; the clock sets itself automatically, even without a built-in GPS system. I also love the red needles on the gauges. Some minor cons: The sun visors cannot always block the sun, especially at the A-pillar. I'd love knobs for the A/C rather than switches. Rear A/C vents is not the best, and would love the controls to be on ceiling, otherwise rear passengers may push the controls by mistake (I locked it for that reason). I like PRDN on the dash so you know which mode you are. As of now you only one letter at a time. The "Honda Sensing" system is very nice but far from perfect. I can't seem to shut off the annoying steering wheel vibration when going outside a lane. Too many false positives on the "BRAKE" message. The adaptive cruise is braking too aggressively. The Accord has a more sophisticated system, like all-speed follow for the adaptive cruise, traffic sign recognition, etc. The Accord also has a better infotainment system, with more actual buttons surrounding the screen. It also have an Analog gauge view instead of the digital cluster. I'd love to have them all on the Pilot. The steering wheel size is pretty big, probably the biggest of any full-size SUV, which makes steering more cumbersome. Give me a Civic size wheel, and add the 2/10 bumps for improved grip. Steering feel is so-so, my old Civic was excellent, even the odyssey had sharper acceleration & steering. In comparison, the Pilot feels a bit clumsy & slow. The volume control buttons on the steering wheel is not too intuitive. Placing volume buttons under the steering wheel (like Chrysler) is so much better. As mentioned above, I would love more cargo room. The Chevy Traverse is currently the best in this regard. I'd also want more cubbies and storage pockets. I would like the wipers to cover another 2 inches or so, it's leaving out way too much, which hampers visibility especially in a snow. I would love a heated windshield and a wiper de-icer which is offered on the Canadian models. Same is with "low washer fluid" indicator. About the infotainment. While light-years better than Honda's previous 2-screen layout, it still have many shortcomings. I would like to have a "divided" screen which show at once many functions, like fuel/mileage info, media, Bluetooth, GPS, etc. Toyota also have a 3-day weather forecast. There should be a top bar always visible (even when in Reverse) with time, date, day of week & outside temperature. I use a USB with a collection of music. To use this system is again very cumbersome. You can't switch to next/previous folder. You can't see the list of the tracks being played. I would love to be able to go back to the album list in middle of playing. When selecting something in a long list, hitting the back button will take you back to the top of the list, not to the folder where you came from. Also the player is not fully gap-less. Bluetooth quality just sucks. I don't use it anymore after countless complains. I tried it with many phones and they all work great on other cars. There is also missing a REDIAL function to the Bluetooth. The engine start/stop button is way too bright red. It should be dimmer and same color as other switches. The cup-holders are useless for smaller size cups. In my Odyssey, there was rubbers to hold tight any size cup. The side windows need a more powerful defrost. I would like all 4 windows Auto up/down. I would love shopping bag hooks behind the driver's seat & rear seat. Visible wiper settings on LCD like Hyundai is very nice. Steam warms up legs, not the feet.

1 out of 5 stars, Bunch of electric issues
Wric,
EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

My pilot has got only a bit over 1000 miles when the cracking and popping sound occurred. Not long after that, the infotainment system keeps showing 6 or 7 issues like engine problem, power steering problems...etc when I start the engine. Now the car is in dealership for analysis. If they can’t fix it, I will probably claim that as a lemon and request a refund.

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NOTE: This video is about the 2019 Honda Pilot, but since the 2020 Honda Pilot is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Big three-row SUVs such as the 2019 Honda Pilot exist almost exclusively for the use of family folks who don't want a minivan. The Pilot has all the interior space of those famous '80s soccer-team haulers, but from the outside it looks truck-like, tough even, especially with a minor face-lift for 2019. Inside, the Pilot makes no attempt to pretend it's about anything but family, with sideview mirrors, a driver-to-headphone intercom, and plenty of seating and safety for small humans. Edmunds special correspondent Elana Scherr immediately acknowledges the Honda's utility but wants to know: Is there any fun to be had when you're piloting the Pilot?

[MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: Got a big family? Not ready for the minivan life? You're probably already looking at the 2019 Honda Pilot. The Pilot is one of Edmunds' top-rated three row midsize SUVs, and it's one of the most-searched vehicles at edmunds.com. Can a big family SUV be both useful and fun? We aim to find out. Ooh, but first, subscribe and visit Edmunds for all your SUV shopping needs. The Pilot is a nice looking machine. It's not too blobby. It's not too square. There are a few updates for 2019, primarily in the LED headlights, which look sleek, and in the tail lights, which look oddly incomplete. This is the top trim for the Pilot-- the nearly $50,000 Elite. It's heavily loaded with options, including 20-inch wheels. Snazzy. Just in case you're watching this Honda Pilot review thinking, ooh it's a hot rod and I'm really going to get some sporty action in this car-- it doesn't even do a burnout. I'm floored right now. It just cuts all the power. [ENGINE REVVING] So you should probably go watch the Porsche versus Corvette review that Carlos and Alistair just did. For the rest of you who actually want a family vehicle, we've got you covered. The Elite is the most expensive trim level you can get in the Honda Pilot. This one that we're driving, which is very heavily-optioned, is $49,000. But they start at $31,000, so the Honda Pilot's really covering both ends of the segment. And you can get almost all the good stuff that the Elite has in the middle at the EX or the EXL level. The Pilot has a 3.5-liter V6 which is rated at 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It's plenty to move this car around, although it isn't super quick. The higher trim levels are backed by the nine-speed transmission, and that transmission was sort of a sticking point for Edmunds in the earlier years. It really searched around a lot and nobody liked it. Honda has done a great job of retuning that transmission. And while I wouldn't call it sporty, I barely even notice it's there, which is what you want in a transmission. And all of the Edmunds reviewers agreed with me that it's way better. The engine has plenty of power, even in its regular drive mode. On a steep hill like the one we're on right now, you might want to put it in the sport mode. It gives you just a little bit more throttle response so that you don't have to floor it to get moving. Along with having a sport mode, there are four different driving modes. There is one for snow, one for mud, and one for sand. What it does is it changes how the power goes to the four different wheels for the all-wheel drive. It also cuts stability control, so if you're in sand or mud where you want the wheels to be able to spin, it'll let you do that so that you don't get stuck. It's really very smart. If you aren't trying to hot rod in your Pilot, fuel mileage is right in the middle of the segment. It is not the best. I think that might be the Mazda. But it's also not the worst. It gets 19 on the street, 26 on the highway, and 22 combined. I've been kind of joking about the Honda being a hot rod or not being a hot rod. But again, you've got to think about why you want this car, and who's going to be in it. And if it's your kids, if it's a baby, and they're sleeping in the back, you don't want a jumpy throttle or aggressive steering ramp. You want everything to be smooth and quiet so you don't wake up whoever's sleeping in the back. The ride quality in this is exactly what you want. I mean, we're in a really rough road right now, and the video guy's asleep back there. I'm sure of it. Honda, like many of the car manufacturers now, is starting to include all its safety features as standard, no matter what trim you get, which I think is fantastic. So you get a backup camera, you get blind spot warning, you get emergency braking. And it'll warn you if somebody's stopped in front of you with a little flashing "brake, brake." And at first, I was like, what's that going to do? But last night, I was not really paying attention. In fact, I was messing with this Eco button here on the dash, and it did the little "brake, brake" at me. And there was a car stopped in front of me unexpectedly. So I guess the emergency braking system might have saved me from crashing into that car, but we didn't have to test it, thankfully. In commercials for family vehicles, you always see these calm, chic parents. And they look beautiful and put-together, and they've got these beautiful, put-together kids in the back who are super well-behaved. In reality, they ought to show somebody who woke up at 4:00 that morning because the dog barfed, and they're trying to get the kids to school and then get ready for work. And there's yogurt spilled on the console and Cheerios flying around in the back. And I think the dog barfed back there again. The Honda designers really thought about how they could help people weather that storm. So it's full of neat little tricks to help parents. [MUSIC PLAYING] Something I really like about the Pilot is the visibility. It's really easy to see out of, and I can tell where all the edges of the car are. And that makes it really simple to park. Even though it's a really big car, it parks like a small one. I did notice that while it has a backup camera, it doesn't have a 360 camera. It has a couple of different views, including the "don't run over your kid's bike" view. And it has a 360 overhead sensor, but it doesn't actually have a 360 backup camera. But because it's so easy to see out of, I don't even miss it. As a parent/chauffeur, you are basically going to be living in here. Lucky for you, it's a pretty nice place. The higher level Pilots have an eight-inch touchscreen which I really like. It looks nice. It's got this frameless construction, and it's also really easy to use. It's not hard to figure out where you want to be on things. While the screen looks very high tech, I actually really appreciate that Honda put an actual volume knob in. It's so much easier than trying to hit a bunch of buttons-- even the buttons on the steering wheel. Your high tech options like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, hotspots, are in the high tech screen. And then more traditional stuff, like say, heating and cooling, is a little bit lower down. Also easy little switches-- individual, driver, and passenger. Or you can sync them together. And if you move further down, you've got a Blu-ray player that goes to a screen in the back for the kiddos, or your easily-bored adult friends. And heated or cooled seats for both driver and passenger. Because these days none of us can get all the technology that we need just from the car, there's a lot of places to deal with your phone. I really like the charging pad in the Pilot, because sometimes these touch charging pads are in either a difficult place to get to, or they take up all of your space. And you really don't want to put anything else on top of them, because they get hot. This one's easy to use. It's non-slip, so the phone stays there. And it doesn't really take up the rest of your storage. There's plenty of space here. You've got cup holders and then a big, huge console here that you can keep all of your snacks in. It really is a big console. And it has a little sliding drawer here, so if there's smaller stuff, you can put that here and you don't have to go digging around in the back there. Another thing I like about the console-- excellent bag storage. It won't slide off in the back. The digital dash is uncluttered and customizable, so you can see exactly what it is that you want to be focusing on. The steering wheel is a little bit different from a lot of the cars that I've been driving recently. Normally I find that the radio controls tend to be on this side. But on the Pilot, they're over here on the left. And it's the adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist that's over here on the right. The Pilot's available in five different trim levels. And in the lower levels you get cloth seats, and in the upper levels you get a leather, leatherette? I think it's a leatherette. Most of the materials are sort of leathery, rubbery, soft plastic-- easy to clean. Even the console cover, which looks like it has a texture, is actually very smooth. So you'd be able to wipe spilled yogurt off that very quickly. The seats are very adjustable. I had no problem getting into a driving position that fit me. My husband had no problem getting into a driving position that fit him. They move all over the place. There's also plenty of room between you and a passenger, because if you have a big family, you're going to need your space. Everything about the Pilot is meant to make it easier to communicate with your family in the back, and to keep an eye on them. For example, inside this little glasses case is a wide angle mirror. I can see you back there. There's also CabinTalk, which will go through the speakers or the headphones, so your kids can't pretend that they didn't hear you. What's the deal with shifters? They're all different now. Like, I had no problem with the traditional shifter. For a push button shifter, it does have one benefit, which is each button feels different. And it has a different motion to activate it, which means that you're not going to accidentally go in reverse when you want to go into drive. Plenty of room in the back of the Pilot, as you'd expect. If you're an adult, totally comfortable. Got cup holders. You've got charging ports and USBs. And you've got your own climate controls, including heated seats. But really, the backseat of a Pilot is meant for kids. So you can easily fit two car seats here and have room to move around them, which is a big deal. And there's entertainment. [MUSIC PLAYING] Hi. The selling point for a three-row SUV is obviously the third row. So how is it back here? It's actually pretty comfortable. You've got nice, squishy seats. Got big cup holders and a big armrest. And you've got a window, so you don't feel like you're in a dungeon. You could take the whole Girl Scout troop out. However, that little lass in the middle here-- she's not going to be very comfortable for long. There's a big hump of plastic that goes right in the middle of your lower back. Ow. Normally the cargo segment of a review is not very exciting. It's basically, how much is there? 16.5 with the seats up. 83.9 with all of them down. That's not the best in the segment, and it's actually fairly small with the seats up. But it's how they use that space that's really smart. Watch. Looks like a normal trunk, right? Carpeted. Things don't roll around. Ooh, but look. First of all, there's space underneath here. But even smarter-- [TAPPING] They knew that sometimes you're going to be doing things where your gear gets dirty and you don't want to put it on the carpet. So they made this reversible. Now it's easy-to-clean plastic. [TAPPING] Almost everything about the Honda Pilot is perfectly designed for parents, except for how you put the seats down. If you came in here with a baby in one arm and groceries in the other, you're going to have to put something down. A lot of the competitors have a button on the side, which is great, because you can kind of hit it with an elbow or just with a tap of the finger. But this is a strap. You have to kind of lean all the way over so it doesn't thump down. Even worse is bringing it back up. And this is the Elite. You would think it would have a button. [MUSIC PLAYING] I'm not going to lie to you and tell you that the Honda Pilot is a fun car to drive. But you know what? It's not meant for that. It's meant to be a safe and reliable way to transport you and your family to do the things that you love. [CAR BEEPING] It may not be a fun car to drive, but it will take you to have fun. It's a good thing you didn't bring a bigger plane. [MUSIC PLAYING] [PLANE ENGINE ROARING] I'm ready. Ooh, it's fast. [LAUGHING] Yippee! Ooh. JIM DESAUTELS: [LAUGHING] ELANA SCHERR: It just spins. Oh, my goodness. [PLANE ENGINE ROARING] For more information on the Pilot and all its competitors, visit us at Edmunds. Make sure you subscribe for more videos like this, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Features & Specs

EX-L 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
EX-L 4dr SUV AWD
3.5L 6cyl 6A
MSRP$39,860
MPG 18 city / 26 hwy
SeatingSeats 8
Transmission6-speed automatic
Horsepower280 hp @ 6000 rpm
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EX-L 4dr SUV features & specs
EX-L 4dr SUV
3.5L 6cyl 6A
MSRP$37,860
MPG 19 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 8
Transmission6-speed automatic
Horsepower280 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Touring 4dr SUV features & specs
Touring 4dr SUV
3.5L 6cyl 9A
MSRP$42,620
MPG 20 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 8
Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower280 hp @ 6000 rpm
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EX-L 4dr SUV AWD w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System features & specs
EX-L 4dr SUV AWD w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System
3.5L 6cyl 6A
MSRP$41,860
MPG 18 city / 26 hwy
SeatingSeats 8
Transmission6-speed automatic
Horsepower280 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Pilot safety features:

Blind-Spot Monitoring System
Alerts the driver if a vehicle is lurking in a blind spot and beeps if the turn signal is activated in that direction.
Honda Sensing
Includes items such as forward collision mitigation with auto braking and road departure intervention. Standard on all trim levels.
Parking Sensors
Indicates how close the vehicle is to objects with visual and audible alerts.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover17.5%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good

Honda Pilot vs. the competition

Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander is fully redesigned for 2020 and looks to be a significant upgrade over its predecessor. It rides on a new platform that Toyota says improves agility and ride quality, and it grows a few inches for extra third-row legroom and increased cargo capacity. A hefty number of advanced driving aids are standard, and the previously optional V6 now powers every non-hybrid model.

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Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX

The Acura MDX is essentially a Pilot in formal wear. This three-row luxury SUV is slightly more powerful, but the major differences come down to the Acura's greater list of optional features and more upscale interior. Though it's roughly the same size, the MDX offers slightly less cargo capacity due to a different cargo hatch design.

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Honda Pilot vs. Ford Explorer

Like the Highlander, the Ford Explorer is redesigned for 2020. After taking a front-wheel-drive detour in 2011, the Explorer is once again rear-wheel drive, though it retains the crossover (car-like) construction of the previous model. First impressions are positive, and we especially like the diverse powertrain lineup that includes a standard turbocharged four-cylinder, a powerful V6 and an economical hybrid.

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FAQ

Is the Honda Pilot a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Pilot both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.1 out of 10. You probably care about Honda Pilot fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Pilot gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg to 23 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Pilot ranges from 16.0 to 16.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Honda Pilot. Learn more

What's new in the 2020 Honda Pilot?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Honda Pilot:

  • No major changes for 2020
  • New top-line Black Edition trim level
  • Part of the third Pilot generation introduced for 2016
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Is the Honda Pilot reliable?

To determine whether the Honda Pilot is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Pilot. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Pilot's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2020 Honda Pilot a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Honda Pilot is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Pilot and gave it a 8.1 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Pilot is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2020 Honda Pilot?

The least-expensive 2020 Honda Pilot is the 2020 Honda Pilot LX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $31,550.

Other versions include:

  • EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $39,860
  • EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $37,860
  • Touring 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $42,620
  • EX-L 4dr SUV AWD w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $41,860
  • EX-L 4dr SUV w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $39,860
  • Black Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $49,620
  • LX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $31,550
  • Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $44,620
  • EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $36,430
  • LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $33,550
  • Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $44,920
  • EX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $34,430
  • Touring 4dr SUV w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $42,920
  • Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $48,120
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What are the different models of Honda Pilot?

If you're interested in the Honda Pilot, the next question is, which Pilot model is right for you? Pilot variants include EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Touring 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), and EX-L 4dr SUV AWD w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 6A). For a full list of Pilot models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Honda Pilot Overview

The 2020 Honda Pilot is offered in the following submodels: Pilot SUV. Available styles include EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Touring 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), EX-L 4dr SUV AWD w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 6A), EX-L 4dr SUV w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Black Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), LX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A), EX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Touring 4dr SUV w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A), and Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A).

What do people think of the 2020 Honda Pilot?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Honda Pilot and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Pilot 3.6 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Pilot.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Honda Pilot and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Pilot featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Honda Pilot?

Which 2020 Honda Pilots are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Honda Pilot?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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