2021 Honda Pilot Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

2021 Honda Pilot Model Overview at Germain Honda of Dublin

Honda Pilot

Key Features

  • Starting at $33,370 MSRP*
  • Standard 3.5-liter i-VTEC® direct injection V6 engine with 280 horsepower and 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive features
  • Available new Display Audio touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration with volume knob
  • Available Intelligent Variable Torque Management™(i-VTM™) AWD system
  • Optional perforated heated and ventilated front seats with heated 2nd-row captain’s chairs
  • Available Blu-ray Rear Entertainment System (RES) with 115-volt power outlet, HDMI® Interface and integrated 2nd-row sunshades
  • Optional Telematics Control Unit (TCU) AT&T 4G LTE On-Board Wi-Fi Connection

Honda Pilot Exterior

About the Honda Pilot

No matter where your journeys take you, the Honda Pilot has the versatility, styling, and groundbreaking tech features to help you create memories that last a lifetime. As one of the few vehicles in its segment available with 8-passenger seating, the Pilot gives you spacious cargo capacity along with customizable seating configurations for enhanced comfort. Its luxurious interior and off-road performance capabilities help make it a hit with growing families or those living active lifestyles. Included as standard on all Pilot models, the Honda Sensing® collection of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies help inspire confidence behind the wheel. Available Satellite-Linked Navigation offers turn-by-turn guidance to help you arrive at your destination safely and on time. It’s also virtually effortless to access the cargo area of the Pilot even with your hands full of shopping bags thanks to the optional hands-free power-operated tailgate.

What the Critics Say

The Pilot is a very comfortable given its above-average ride quality and seat comfort, plus ample space in first and second rows. Ease of use is very high, too, which makes the Pilot a convenient and easy vehicle to live with.” — Edmunds

All this practicality would be useless if the Pilot were a drag to drive, but Honda has gone to great lengths to ensure that the driver and passenger get an experience that feels more premium than you expect for the Pilot’s price tag.” — Kelley Blue Book

What’s New for 2021

Building on its reputation for success, the 2021 Honda Pilot is back with a selection of exciting revisions for the new model year. Every Pilot now comes equipped with a sophisticated 9-speed automatic transmission that balances performance and efficiency. New this year is a new Pilot Special Edition grade that’s positioned between EX-L and Touring models. Special Edition trims receive key technology features along with eye-catching black exterior accents. Finally, Platinum White Pearl is now an exterior color choice on Black Edition trims and a dual-zone automatic climate control system is now included as standard on every Honda Pilot.

Honda Pilot Features

2021 Honda Pilot Performance

Performance, Capabilities, and Styling

Athletic, confident, and capable — the Honda Pilot stands out with its bold front fascia featuring standard LED low-beam headlights. The rear of the Pilot now comes fitted with amber turn signals and LED backup lights along with an optional hands-free power tailgate for a more premium look. For an unrivaled combination of efficiency and response, the Pilot comes standard with a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC® direct injection V6. In an effort to increase fuel efficiency, this engine features an enhanced Idle Stop system with new programming and a new brake pressure trigger for faster restarts. A 9-speed automatic transmission (9AT) comes standard on all trim levels, giving you smoother launches and better low-speed acceleration. Available on all trim levels, optional all-wheel drive gives you increased grip and confidence across a complete range of road conditions.

2021 Honda Pilot Interior

Luxurious Interior

Premium materials, upscale amenities, and ergonomic everyday features help you relax and unwind on your commute behind the wheel of the Honda Pilot. Touring and Elite trims are available with second-row captain’s chairs. Second-row retractable sunshades are standard on EX-L Pilot grades and above. Perforated leather seating surfaces, heated and ventilation functions for the front seats, and a 590-watt premium audio system with 10 speakers are other examples of luxurious options of the Honda Pilot. Updated for the new model year, the optional Rear Entertainment System (RES) features a larger screen and can even play CDs in the same drive that plays DVDs and Blu-ray™ media.

2021 Honda Pilot Technology

Groundbreaking Technology

Featuring customizable shortcuts and a simplified menu interface, the Pilot comes standard with an all-new Display Audio System for quick access to your favorite media. When you use the optional 4G LTE-based Wi-Fi hotspot with support for up to 7 devices, you can stream select “Smart TV”-style videos directly on the Rear Entertainment System (RES) via any Wi-Fi connection. Helping you stay connected on the go, you can charge up using optional wireless smartphone charging featuring both Qi and PMA charging standards. CabinTalk™ incorporates a HandsFreeLink® microphone to allow for quick communication with second and third row passengers using the rear speakers, wireless headphones, or both. This new function lets you control various functions such as rear climate and the audio system using your compatible smartphone.

2021 Honda Pilot Safety

Advanced Safety

All Honda Pilot models now come standard with the groundbreaking Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive features. Technologies included in this impressive collection are Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), and Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning. Other standard features include automatic high beams and a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera for increased confidence while backing out of a tight parking space. As a result, it comes as no surprise that the 2021 Honda Pilot targets a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Trims & Specs

Honda Pilot LX

Pilot LX

  • Starting at $33,370 MSRP*
  • 280-horsepower direct-injected, i-VTEC® V6 engine
  • Honda Sensing®
  • LED headlights with auto-on/off
  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • 8-passenger seating

Honda Pilot EX

Pilot EX

  • Starting at $36,050 MSRP*
  • 8-inch Display Audio with high-resolution touchscreen, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration
  • Heated front seats with 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock®
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • One-touch 2nd-row seats

Honda Pilot EX-L

Pilot EX-L

  • Starting at $39,480 MSRP*
  • Leather-trimmed interior
  • Power tailgate
  • One-touch power moonroof
  • Integrated 2nd-row sunshades
  • Three USB charging ports

Honda Pilot Special Edition

Pilot Special Edition

  • Starting at $40,630 MSRP*
  • Black Roof Rails
  • Wireless Smartphone Charging
  • Black-Painted 20-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate
  • Special Edition Badging

Honda Pilot Touring

Pilot Touring

  • Starting at $44,040 MSRP*
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™
  • Blu-ray™ Rear Entertainment System (RES)
  • Mobile hotspot capability
  • Blue ambient LED lighting and front beverage holders
  • 590-watt premium audio system with 10 speakers

Honda Pilot Elite

Pilot Elite

  • Starting at $49,540 MSRP*
  • Standard variable torque all-wheel-drive (AWD)
  • Panoramic roof
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • LED front-row map lights

Pilot Black Edition

Pilot Black Edition

  • Starting at $51,040 MSRP*
  • Black Edition Exterior Trim
  • Black Edition Leather Interior
  • 20-Inch Black Alloy Wheels
  • Red Ambient LED Lighting
  • Heated Second-Row Captain’s Chairs

*MSRP includes $1,120.00 destination charge but excludes tax, license, registration, and options. Dealers set own prices.

**20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.