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Powerful, practical, and playful, this SUV is easy to love.

2020 Honda Pilot | CarMax

Thanks to crowd-pleasing midsize SUVs like the 2020 Honda Pilot, family vehicles can be fun and exciting. Jam-packed with technology and driver-assist features, the perennially practical Pilot is an all-star choice. Whether you've got children that need to be ferried to their next appointment or you're just looking for something comfortable for your next vacation, the Honda Pilot is a good choice.

While we currently do not have many 2020 Honda Pilots on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2020 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Honda Pilot with similar features.

Below are average prices of prior model year Honda Pilots at CarMax.1

  • 2016 - Average prices under $28,5001
  • 2017 - Average prices under $32,5001
  • 2018 - Average prices under $34,0001
  • 2019 - Average prices under $38,0001

Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 Honda Pilot review:

Key Specs & Features

MPG:

  • The 2020 Honda Pilot with the standard V6, 2WD, and six-speed automatic transmission or AWD and nine-speed transmission gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined.2

Cargo space:

  • The Pilot's cargo space is generous, with 16.5 cubic feet behind the third row and a maximum volume of 83.8 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded down.

Towing capacity:

  • 2020 Honda Pilot towing capacity is 3,500 lbs. for V6 2WD models and 5,000 for AWD models when properly equipped.3

Seating capacity:

  • LX, EX, and EX-L trims can seat up to eight while the Elite and Black trims seat up to seven. The Touring trim, right in the middle of the selection range, is available with seating for seven or eight.

Engine options:

  • All trims include a 3.5L V6 engine. The LX, EX, and EX-L trims have a six-speed automatic transmission and the Touring, Elite and Black trims include a nine-speed automatic transmission with shift-by-wire and paddle shifters.

Tech features:

  • A five-inch touchscreen is standard on the base LX while EX and above trims include an eight-inch touchscreen.
  • A wireless charging pad is included on the Elite and Black trim levels.
  • Navigation is optional on the EX-L trim and standard on the Touring and Elite trim levels.
  • The base LX includes a five-inch display screen and the EX and above trims step it up to an eight-inch touchscreen with SiriusXM satellite radio, voice command, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™.

Rankings

The Honda Pilot has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists:

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Stacked with Technology

Honda's technology suite, Honda Sensing(r), is very feature-rich. It includes collision-mitigation braking, road-departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning, and lane-departure warning, just to start. Auto high-beam headlights are also standard across the board, along with a multi-angle rearview camera, a tire-pressure monitoring system, and more.

2. Quiet Cabin

2020 Honda Pilot: Front Seats | CarMax

Honda's commitment to a smooth and quiet ride is evident in the technology they use. First, the noise-canceling system eliminates noise and emits an anti-noise signal through the speakers, neutralizing annoying road sounds. The 202 Honda Pilot also uses vibration-damping insulators and high-density plastic sheeting to absorb vibration. Inside the door pillars of the Pilot, insulation and foam are strategically placed to control sound transmission, while custom engine and transmission mounts help the vehicle achieve a ride that is as quiet as possible.

3. Cavernous Cargo Space

2020 Honda Pilot: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

All the way down to the adjustable cargo floor, the 2020 Honda Pilot is configured to maximize the space available. Change up the settings for the floor itself to create a storage compartment under your feet or use the entire space for your passengers to stretch their legs. The seats are easily moved aside and even the base model offers a 60/40 split so you can travel with some gear and your friends and hit the open road. With nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space when all of the seats are folded down, you could certainly throw a few big coolers in the back and tailgate all day without having to run home for more supplies.

4. Smart and Thoughtful Interior Touches

2020 Honda Pilot: Backseats | CarMax

How many vehicles can you think of that offer 15 cup holders spread out among three rows? That's five in the front, six in the middle, and four in the back. No arguing about who gets to put their smoothie in the cup holder, because each passenger can bring more than one beverage and share the space in harmony. Clever storage solutions are sprinkled throughout the 2020 Honda Pilot, providing nooks and crannies for all of the things you need to travel. Map lights are installed in all rows, so your passengers have their own light source during night-time drives. You'll appreciate Honda's CabinTalk™ in-car PA system (available with the EX-L trim equipped with the Navigation package, as well as Elite, and Black trims). This allows you to talk comfortably to your second- and third-row passengers without having to shout over your shoulder.

5. Entertainment and Comfort Tech

2020 Honda Pilot: Tech Dash | CarMax

The 2020 Honda Pilot added a significant number of updates to the infotainment system, including an all-new eight-inch touchscreen with crisper graphics for EX and higher trims. In addition, Honda added more intuitive buttons on the steering wheel to control the tech. The 2020 Honda Pilot benefits from these upgrades and takes it a notch higher with the Black trim, which features a jaunty sport feel.


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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • LX: Includes rearview camera, seven-speaker audio system, five-inch display screen, USB port, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and more.
  • EX: Adds heated mirrors and front seats, power driver seat, eight-inch touch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, blind-spot mirror with rear cross-traffic alert, and more.
  • EX – L: Includes a power liftgate, auto-dimming rearview mirror, sunroof, leather upholstery, and second-row USB ports. There is also an available package to the EX-L that includes navigation and rear entertainment systems.
  • Touring: Features roof rails, front and rear parking sensors, hands-free liftgate, sound-reducing front-door glass, rear heated seats, 10-speaker premium audio system.
  • Elite: Second-row captain's chairs are standard, along with auto-dimming/power-folding side mirrors, heated steering wheel, ventilated front seat, panoramic sunroof, and wireless charging pad.
  • Black Edition: Enhances the Elite trim with black accents and red interior.

2020 Honda Pilot Available Colors

  • Black Forest Pearl
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Deep Scarlet Pearl
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Obsidian Blue Pearl
  • Platinum White Pearl
  • Steel Sapphire Metallic

2020 Honda Pilot Interior

  • Cargo space specs: 83.8 cubic feet with the second and third-row seats folded down
  • Seating capacity: up to eight (up to seven in the Elite and Black trims)
  • Bluetooth is standard on all trims
  • Lockable glove compartment is standard
  • 15 cupholders (five in front, six in the middle, and four in the third row)
  • Lots of storage cubbies

Honda Pilot Average CarMax Prices

The 2020 Honda Pilot is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Honda Pilot.

  • 2016 - Average prices under $28,5001
  • 2017 - Average prices under $32,5001
  • 2018 - Average prices under $34,0001
  • 2019 - Average prices under $38,0001

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2020 Pilot, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

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Safety and Reliability

RepairPal® Reliability Ratings for the 2020 Honda Pilot 4

The 2020 Honda Pilot is a newer model and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. You may also consider other used Honda Pilots with similar features. Below are RepairPal reliability ratings for prior model years of the Honda Pilots.

  • Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating - 3.5/5.0
  • Average annual cost of unscheduled repairs and maintenance: $542.00

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010–2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.

NHTSA Safety Ratings - 2020 Honda Pilot

The 2020 Honda Pilot received overall 4/5 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2020 Honda Pilot, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Honda Passport

In 2019, Honda launched an all-new Passport to kick off the third generation of this popular two-row SUV. Every Passport is standard with a zippy 3.5L V6 generating 280 hp matched with a nine-speed automatic transmission. On the Sport, EX-L, and Touring trims, FWD is standard, and AWD is standard on the Elite trim and optional on the other three. Comfortable and responsive, this five-passenger vehicle is a great choice. These features are available for model year 2019:

  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Seven-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth

Honda CR-V

The fifth generation of this sporty crossover started in 2017 and continues to be widely praised by CR-V owners. The base model includes a 2.4L four-cylinder engine generating 184 hp and upgrading to the EX trim brings along a turbo 1.5L inline-four. Wide openings make this vehicle a snap to get in and out of for you and your passengers, and the interior is spacious and thoughtful. For instance, one convenient trick is the ability to vent all four windows by pressing and holding down the door-unlock button. Furthermore, beautifully-sculpted panels will appeal to your sense of style as a nice bow to tie up this package. These features are available for 2017–2019 models:

  • Offered in 10 stunning colors
  • Power side mirrors
  • Multi-angle rearview camera

Chevrolet Traverse

Equipped standard with both a rear-seat reminder and Teen Driver technology, Chevy's three-row SUV is firmly planted in thoughtful design. With attractive contours and a powerful 3.6L V6, the Traverse stacks up against its competitors in style. Up to eight passengers can fill this SUV and still have room for cargo; the Traverse boasts up to 98.2 cubic feet of space.

  • High-intensity discharge headlamps
  • Chevrolet Infotainment System with seven-inch touchscreen
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system

The Bottom Line

If you're looking for a three-row SUV, the 2020 Honda Pilot is stocked with a bevy of technology features and comfort touches to make every trip a great one. Even if you don't always need eight seats, it's always nice to have room for all the friends and family you want to bring along for the ride.

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1Based on CarMax average prices from December 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
3Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
4RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability.
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