Are you thinking about buying the new Honda Pilot? The rugged SUV is powerful, capable, and comfortable, making it a great choice for adventures or your family's daily commute. Whether you're interested in the base trim or the high-end Elite trim, you'll be impressed with the standard safety features, technology, and driving performance of all Pilot models.
Though all Pilot trims are very capable on the road, there are some noteworthy differences between them that could impact which one you prefer the most. From luxury design upgrades to more drive modes, we'll go over the unique features of each trim level. Additionally, we'll also review the build options available for each of the Pilot trims.
The most affordable trim available is the LX at $35,950. You'll enjoy entertainment features like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto capabilities, Bluetooth, and a 7-speaker audio system. Additionally, on the LX, you'll have a lot of standard safety features available in all Pilot trims, including adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, and a traffic sign recognition system.
With this base trim, there are only two exterior color options available–black and silver. However, you can pay a few hundred dollars extra for platinum white pearl. Also, on the exterior, the standard option is 18-inch silver alloy wheels. However, if you're willing to pay more, there are five more wheel options available. Inside the cabin, the only option is gray cloth seats.
There are a couple of different engine options available for the LX. The standard (no additional fee) option is a V-6 engine with a 2WD 10-speed automatic transmission. For an additional cost, you can opt for the same engine but with all-wheel drive. Both options are able to generate up to 285 horsepower @6100 rpm.
If you're interested in the second most affordable option, the Sport is available for $39,150. Though it may be one of the lowest trims available, there are still plenty of desirable features and refined design elements throughout the cabin. You'll notice upgraded features such as roof rails, sport mode, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel,
There are three different standard color options (black, blue, and silver) as well as three premium options (platinum white pearl, radiant red metallic, and sonic gray pearl). Also, for the exterior, there are multiple wheel options, including the standard 20-inch shark gray alloy wheels. However, there are not many options for the cabin, as only black cloth is available for the seating.
The powertrain options on the Sport are the same as the LX. If you want the all-wheel drive option, you'll have to pay an additional $2,100.
The EX-L trim costs $41,950. A bunch of luxury features have been added to this trim to make the ride a more comfortable and refined experience. You'll enjoy technology features like a 9-inch touchscreen display, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and a wireless phone charging station. There is also a power tailgate, multiple USB ports throughout the cabin, and power front seats with memory settings.
There are four different exterior paint options available at no extra cost. But if you're interested in premium paint colors, the two options are platinum white pearl and radiant red metallic. There are six wheel options, including the standard 18-inch machine-finished alloy wheels.
In the cabin, there is standard black leather as well as optional gray cloth for specific paint options. You'll also be able to choose a package that has two middle-row captain's chairs instead of the standard three seats. The engines on the EX-L model are the same as the previous trim. However, purchasing the all-wheel drive option unlocks two new drive modes–trail and sand.
The Trailsport is noticeably more expensive than the EX-L, priced at $48,350. However, this trim builds off the EX-L by offering more off-road capabilities. The TrailSport is equipped with seven drive modes, a trail watch camera, an off-road-tuned suspension, skid plates, all-terrain tires, and a class III trailer hitch.
There aren't a lot of standard options to choose from on this trim. The engine and wheels are limited to one option. The exterior paint colors are silver or black, while the interior is black leather. However, there are a few premium colors at an extra cost.
The Touring, priced at $46,450, offers more luxurious features than the EX-L and Trailsport trims. You'll enjoy features like a hands-free tailgate, a moon roof, a Bose 12-speaker sound system, wifi hotspot capability, and a remote engine start.
The exterior of the Touring has multiple choices for paint colors. Additionally, there are 20-inch machine-finished alloy wheels as the standard option, plus three options available at an extra cost. In the interior of the vehicle, you'll be able to choose from black leather and gray leather for certain paint options.
The Elite is the most expensive option of the Pilot trims at $52,030. At this level, you'll have a lot of luxury equipment designed to provide a comfortable riding experience. Exclusively on this trim, you'll find features such as heated second-row seats, a 4-inch head-up display, and LED door trim lighting.
There are four different standard exterior paint trims available, as well as three premium options. You'll also be able to choose from perforated black or brown leather (only available on this trim) for the interior cabin. The 20-inch machine-finished alloy wheels are standard for the trim. However, you can choose from three other wheelset options for an additional cost.
If you're trying to decide between the different trim options for the Honda Pilot, it's a good idea to go over your budget and non-negotiable needs. Though all trims of the Pilot are well-equipped with safety and technology features, you may find that certain trims fit your preferences better than others. If you're ready to test-drive different Pilot trims, visit our dealership to find the option that's best for you.