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2021 Honda Pilot

What’s new

  • New Special Edition trim level
  • Nine-speed automatic now standard on all Pilot trim levels
  • Base LX trim gets dual-zone climate control
  • Part of the third Pilot generation introduced for 2016

Pros & Cons

  • A versatile, roomy interior with spacious rear seats
  • Smooth and compliant ride in most conditions
  • Better fuel economy than rivals
  • Many clever storage compartments
  • Collision warning and adaptive cruise control are overly sensitive
  • Third-row access is narrow
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2021 Honda Pilot Review

The 2021 Honda Pilot is the automaker's largest and most capable SUV. It seats up to eight passengers and has a roomy enough third-row seat for adults. There's plenty of cargo room too, whether you're just loading up some groceries or folding down the rear seats to help a friend move house. We're also impressed by the Pilot's fuel-efficient and powerful engine and exceptional ride and seat comfort.

Among midsize three-row SUVs, the Pilot isn't quite the go-to choice it was when this generation was introduced in 2016. Since then, new competitors such as the Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride have debuted, offering even more space and interior refinement. There's also the Mazda CX-9; it's smaller but in return it gives you a sportier driving experience. But overall the 2021 Pilot is one of our favorites. We recommend putting it right at the top of your research list for a well-rounded family SUV.

What's it like to live with?

If you're interested in knowing what it's like to live with a Honda Pilot, check out our long-term test of the Pilot. We tested a Pilot Elite for a year, driving it over 20,000 miles, commuting with it to work, taking it on road trips, and collecting data all along the way. Note that while we tested a 2016 model, most of our reporting still applies to the 2021 Pilot.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

8.2 / 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 and recorded a 0-60 mph sprint of 7.0 seconds, which is a bit 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 this class of vehicle.

Twisty mountain roads don't pose a problem for the Pilot — this SUV feels more nimble than most. The steering is precise but offers little feel for the road. 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 Pilot rides comfortably both around town and on the highway. Body motions are well-controlled, but not at the expense of overall ride comfort. Small bumps are dispatched without issue. The front seats have supportive backs and bottoms, providing hours of comfort, and 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. The 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 big enough for occasional use for adults, but it's not as spacious as what you'll find in a Kia Telluride or Volkswagen Atlas. Access to the third row is also a bit narrow.

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 a Honda Odyssey minivan provides.

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.

As for driver assist features, the Pilot's adaptive cruise control system isn't nearly as smooth in accelerating and braking as the systems in some rival SUVs. It also only works above 20 mph, which is a bummer for drivers stuck in stop-and-go traffic. The lane-keeping assist feature works fine on straight roads but can be overly intrusive if the road starts to bend.

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 solid — 16.5 cubic feet behind the third row and a maximum volume of 83.9 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. The large door pockets and clever, configurable small-item storage within the center console are among the many places to store your things inside the cabin.

There's a really nice amount of space for car seat installations in the second row with good access to the LATCH anchors. The rear tether points are on the bottom of the second-row seats and are easy to miss if you don't know where to look. The one-button slide access to the third row helps facilitate seat installation back there.

Want to tow? The AWD Pilot's maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds, which matches the capability 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?

8.0
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. The quality of materials and assembly is high for a non-luxury vehicle. 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 about standard for the class, 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 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?

All 2021 Pilots have the same engine and transmission, so picking one largely comes down to your budget and knowing which features you want. In general, we think the midlevel EX-L trim provides the best value. A case can be made for the less expensive EX, but the EX-L adds some useful extras that you'll appreciate having in a family SUV, such as a power liftgate, second-row sunshades and additional USB charging ports.

Honda Pilot models

The Honda Pilot comes in seven trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, SE (Special Edition), Touring, Elite and Black Edition. Most Pilots have seating for eight, though second-row captain's chairs — which reduce capacity to seven — are optional on the Touring and standard on the Elite and Black Edition trims.

All models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 (280 horsepower, 262 lb-ft of torque) that's paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional except on Elite and Black Edition models, which come standard with AWD.

LX
This entry-level Pilot comes with:

  • Automatic LED headlights
  • 60/40-split folding third-row seats
  • 5-inch central display screen
  • Seven-speaker audio system

Standard advanced safety features include:

  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the Pilot and the car in front)
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the Pilot centered in its lane)
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

EX
Adds some desirable features, such as:

  • Keyless entry and heated mirrors
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • One-touch slide-and-fold second-row seats
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration
  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot) with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while in reverse)

EX-L
Comes with a few more extras:

  • Power liftgate
  • Sunroof
  • Leather upholstery
  • Second-row sunshades
  • Second-row USB charging ports

SE (Special Edition)
New for 2021, this Pilot has the above features plus:

  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Hands-free liftgate

Touring
Gets all of the above plus:

  • Navigation system
  • Roof rails
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Heated rear seats
  • Rear entertainment system
  • 10-speaker premium audio system

Elite
Tops the Pilot range with:

  • Second-row captain's chairs
  • Auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Ventilated front seats

Finally, the Black Edition is equipped identically to the Elite but has black exterior accents and red interior trim.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Honda Pilot.

5 star reviews: 60%
4 star reviews: 10%
3 star reviews: 10%
2 star reviews: 5%
1 star reviews: 15%
Average user rating: 4.0 stars based on 20 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, Love Love Love!
JC,
Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

We've driven a Pilot for 12 years and wanted to try out the competition for something new but quite frankly, after test driving several midsize SUVs in the Pilots class, we came back to it for its overall roominess in all 3 rows (even my 6' tall husband felt the 3rd row was comfortable), its smooth ride, and its features. We have two teenagers and a medium-large dog so we opted for the 2nd row captain's chairs which only came on the Touring or Elite, even though we didn't need all the features of either, the chairs were important to us. The ride is so quiet and smooth, the handling is nimble, pickup is quick. If I had any negatives it would be, I don't like the absence of a gearshift (pushing a button is so strange) and I wish the center console between the captain chairs could be removed. That's it though, we absolutely love everything else!

1 out of 5 stars, Hammer Time
Jon,
Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

Assuming consistent build quality on Pilots is a mistake. Test drove a couple Pilots in late ’19, decided on the Pilot, planned to purchase a ‘20 in early ’20 but things happened. December ’20 test drove a couple ‘21’s, told dealer what trim/color I wanted and they transferred from affiliate store to my home on a Friday night. Never drove it before and Assumed same quality as the ones I’d test driven. (Did same in 2015 with a Toyota and no surprises.) The next week I drove it to town and noticed a constant and nagging hammering on right front upon slow to moderate acceleration that lasted from 1100 to 1500 RPM. Not a tick or a thump – hammering like a hammer on concrete, muffled by the car firewall. Got dealer appt., rode with a master Tech who, after a series of slow take-offs, said “That is Loud”. They got a couple other techs involved at dealership when we got back and it seemed none felt this was acceptable engine sound – too loud. Tech contacted Honda Tech line and waited. What he got back was 2 example audio files and both had the same frequency (crank revolutions) hammering – one with a more metallic tone the other more like hammering concrete, like mine - no difference in decibels between the 2 that I heard. The concrete hammering sound, they said, was normal engine operation. No repairs authorized. The writer and the tech both seemed stunned that Honda Tech line could straight-faced pass this hammering off as normal engine operation. But they can’t tear into it for free and Honda ain’t paying. They both seemed to feel badly for me and they didn’t seem to agree that this was normal or acceptable. Many dealers would agree with the Factory and tell you there’s nothing wrong with it. Not these guys. I don't throw fits or brow beat service folks, they get enough of that without me adding to and I'm an old man with better things to do. So I thanked them for their effort and told them respectfully that I didn't pay $45K to listen to a hammering engine for the next 100K mi. That I'd be moving on past this vehicle soon. The fact that Honda had ready audio files of “normal” engine hammering on Pilots was alarming to me. Never noticed any such hammering on the others I drove – why would I buy one if I had? I read these customer comments on the Pilots and Passports on Edmunds religiously for years (9-speed shifting problems, body seam irregular gaps, etc.) and seemed they had improved somewhat. One thing I noticed is regularly there’s a customer experience that doesn’t read anything like the others. That, to me, points to inconsistent build quality of the product and I overlooked that fact in accepting an unfamiliar car delivered to my door. Unfortunately, I got the booby prize model. Advise you test drive a Pilot At Length, look at everything long and hard and put it through all the paces you can think of before you purchase one. If something’s not just right, get in another and maybe it’ll be better. Or maybe compare with another Brand. I’m trading soon and will eat the dollar loss– fighting with Honda or working the Lemon law process both would take Much time and stressful confrontation; and like I said - I got better things to do.

1 out of 5 stars, DONT BUY THIS CAR
Mr J,
Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

This car is currently involved in a class action lawsuit for the Infotainment system. This system controls the radio, DVD player, map system and basically all of the entertainment features in the vehicle. It experiences cracking and popping noises over the speakers, the system shuts down randomly, turns off DVDs or even shuts off all sound in the car. Honda has known about this problem since 2019 and even with all the problems, still continues to sell the car. After we started having these problems we took it to the dealership 5 times for them to try and fix it. After that failed the dealership told us we needed to work with American Honda to get them to buy it back. After weeks of talking with American Honda we were finally told, "Honda management did not feel that it impedes the vehicle from being operating outside of this CONVENIENCE FEATURE and the vehicle is able to perform its main function. American Honda does not feel that the repurchase of the vehicle is merited at this time." No, I'm not kidding. They admitted that the vehicle is defective and they can't fix it but no they aren't going to buy it back. This system was the sole reason we decided to purchase the Honda Pilot over the Toyota Highlander. I went into the purchase of this car thinking Honda has a great reputation for quality and planned on owning the car for at least 10 years. I expect a company to stand behind their product and honor their warranty in good faith. I will NEVER, EVER consider purchasing another Honda product as long as I live.

2 out of 5 stars, "Utility" part of SUV is expensive!!!
Mark,
EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

It's a $2471 adder to get that 5000 lb tow rating. Down to $1400 for just adding the dealer-installed hitch for 3500 lbs. Roof rack is a $600+ adder. If you want to do anything more than haul people, it gets expensive. I haven't seen other SUV options so expensive to add towing. If you have an SUV full of people for a trip, you'll need that roof rack. Ouch!

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NOTE: This video is about the 2019 Honda Pilot, but since the 2021 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

SE 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
SE 4dr SUV AWD
3.5L 6cyl 9A
MSRP$40,960
MPG 19 city / 26 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower280 hp @ 6000 rpm
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EX-L 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
EX-L 4dr SUV AWD
3.5L 6cyl 9A
MSRP$40,360
MPG 19 city / 26 hwy
SeatingSeats 8
Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower280 hp @ 6000 rpm
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EX-L 4dr SUV features & specs
EX-L 4dr SUV
3.5L 6cyl 9A
MSRP$38,360
MPG 20 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 8
Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower280 hp @ 6000 rpm
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SE 4dr SUV features & specs
SE 4dr SUV
3.5L 6cyl 9A
MSRP$38,960
MPG 20 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower280 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Pilot safety features:

Blind-Spot Monitoring System
Alerts you if a vehicle is lurking in your 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
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Honda Pilot vs. the competition

Honda Pilot vs. Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride is one of our favorite family haulers. It has an excellent balance of performance and comfort thanks to a powerful V6 and a plush, quiet interior. The Telluride's technology features are impressive too, with an easy-to-use infotainment interface and responsive controls. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Kia Telluride as we live with one for one year and 20,000 miles.

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Honda Pilot vs. Volkswagen Atlas

Although it's got rugged styling on the outside, the inside of the Volkswagen Atlas is rather comfortable and the high-end materials make it feel like it's bordering on luxury SUV territory. We aren't huge fans of the Atlas' subpar fuel economy, but it's a pleasure to drive. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Volkswagen Atlas.

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Honda Pilot vs. Mazda CX-9

The Mazda CX-9 is one of the sportiest three-row SUVs in its class. It offers impressive handling, confident braking, and smooth but admirable acceleration. The interior has a decidedly premium feel, especially on higher trim levels including the Signature. Third-row seating and cargo capacity, however, aren't top-notch. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Mazda CX-9.

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FAQ

Is the Honda Pilot a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Pilot both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.2 out of 10. You probably care about Honda Pilot fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Pilot gets an EPA-estimated 22 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 2021 Honda Pilot?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Honda Pilot:

  • New Special Edition trim level
  • Nine-speed automatic now standard on all Pilot trim levels
  • Base LX trim gets dual-zone climate control
  • 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 2021 Honda Pilot a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Honda Pilot is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Pilot and gave it a 8.2 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Pilot is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Honda Pilot?

The least-expensive 2021 Honda Pilot is the 2021 Honda Pilot LX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $32,250.

Other versions include:

  • SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $40,960
  • EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $40,360
  • EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $38,360
  • SE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $38,960
  • Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $48,420
  • Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $45,220
  • Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $44,920
  • EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $36,930
  • Touring 4dr SUV w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $43,220
  • Black Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $49,920
  • EX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $34,930
  • Touring 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $42,920
  • LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $34,250
  • LX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $32,250
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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 SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), and SE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A). For a full list of Pilot models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Honda Pilot

2021 Honda Pilot Overview

The 2021 Honda Pilot is offered in the following submodels: Pilot SUV. Available styles include SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), SE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Touring 4dr SUV w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Black Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), EX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Touring 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), and LX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A).

What do people think of the 2021 Honda Pilot?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Honda Pilot and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Pilot 4.0 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 2021 Pilot.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Honda Pilot and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 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 2021 Honda Pilot?

2021 Honda Pilot Black Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

The 2021 Honda Pilot Black Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $51,040. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda Pilot Black Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is trending $4,226 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,226 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $46,814.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda Pilot Black Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is 8.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2021 Honda Pilot Black Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the Moses Lake area.

2021 Honda Pilot Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

The 2021 Honda Pilot Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,040. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda Pilot Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is trending $3,722 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,722 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $42,318.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda Pilot Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is 8.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2021 Honda Pilot Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the Moses Lake area.

2021 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

The 2021 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $41,480. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is trending $3,444 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,444 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $38,037.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is 8.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2021 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the Moses Lake area.

2021 Honda Pilot SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

The 2021 Honda Pilot SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,080. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda Pilot SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is trending $3,397 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,397 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $38,683.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda Pilot SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is 8.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2021 Honda Pilot SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the Moses Lake area.

2021 Honda Pilot Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

The 2021 Honda Pilot Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,340. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda Pilot Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is trending $3,750 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,750 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $42,590.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda Pilot Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is 8.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2021 Honda Pilot Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/Rear Captain's Chairs (3.5L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the Moses Lake area.

Which 2021 Honda Pilots are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Honda Pilot for sale near. There are currently 59 new 2021 Pilots listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $38,445 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Honda Pilot. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $3,531 on a used or CPO 2021 Pilot available from a dealership near you.

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Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 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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