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2021 Honda Pilot: Reviews, Photos, and More | CarMax

Plenty of room for passengers, a strong powertrain, and a smooth and comfortable ride—that's what you can look forward to in the 2021 Honda Pilot. This three-row midsize SUV offers seating for up to eight passengers, comes with plenty of convenient storage solutions, and is designed to deliver strong off-road performance. A versatile, functional, and powerful SUV, the 2021 Honda Pilot is a great choice for you and your crew.

While we currently do not have many 2021 Honda Pilots on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2021 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.

  • 2015 - Average prices less than $21,5001
  • 2016 - Average prices less than $25,0001
  • 2017 - Average prices less than $28,5001
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $30,5001
  • 2019 - Average prices less than $33,0001

Here's what you'll learn in this 2021 Honda Pilot review:

Key Specs & Features


  • The 2021 Honda Pilot with front-wheel drive and a 3.5L six-cylinder engine gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined.2

Cargo Space:

  • 16.5 cubic feet behind the third-row seat
  • 46.8 cubic feet with the third-row seat folded down
  • 83.9 cubic feet with both the third- and second-row seats folded down

Towing Capacity:

  • When properly equipped, the 2021 Honda Pilot with the 3.5L V6 can tow an estimated 3,500 lbs.3

Seating Capacity:

  • Up to eight passengers

Engine Options:

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  • The 2021 Honda Pilot comes with a 3.5L six-cylinder engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, delivering 280 horsepower.

Tech Features:

  • Honda Sensing® Suite with driver-assistance features
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration
  • Blind-spot information system with cross-traffic monitor
  • Automatic emergency braking


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5 Reasons to Buy

1. Spacious Cabin

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Thanks to a third-row bench, the 2021 Honda Pilot can seat up to eight passengers. With 32 inches of legroom, the third-row seats are comfortable for even your taller passengers. They are also easy to access, with a one-touch button that folds down the second-row seat—making getting to the third-row bench a hassle-free move.

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2. Lots of Cargo Room

2021 Honda Pilot: Trunk | CarMax

Storage space is a key advantage of owning an SUV, and the 2021 Honda Pilot delivers in this department. Behind the third-row seat, the Pilot offers 16.5 cubic feet of storage space, which increases to 46.8 cubic feet with the third-row seat folded down. The maximum interior cargo volume behind the front seats is an impressive 83.9 cubic feet. What's more, the optional hands-free liftgate and remote trunk release (available on all but the base trim) make getting cargo in and out of the SUV a breeze.

3. Entertainment for All Your Passengers

2021 Honda Pilot: Dashboard | CarMax

In addition to being a practical and functional vehicle, the 2021 Honda Pilot provides an entertaining riding experience. The base LX trim comes standard with a five-inch touchscreen infotainment system; all other trims feature an eight-inch screen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as SiriusXM® Radio. Bluetooth® connectivity is standard on all trims; the Touring and Elite trims are additionally equipped with multi-zone audio and an advanced rear entertainment system with a 10.2-inch screen, Blu-ray™ player, and built-in streaming apps.

4. Helpful Driver-Assistance Features

If you're keen on a vehicle that's equipped with technology designed to help you maintain control and maneuver more easily, the 2021 Honda Pilot has you covered. Auto high-beam headlights are standard on all trims, as are lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and the Collision Mitigation Braking System™. A blind-spot information system with cross-traffic monitor is standard on all trims except the base trim, and a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines is standard across the lineup.

5. Confident Performance

Though the 2021 Honda Pilot owes most of its popularity to its abundant cargo and passenger space and an extremely functional and comfortable interior, it also boasts strong performance and an exciting riding experience. The 2021 Pilot features an intelligent traction management system, which allows you to change the settings and adapt the traction depending on whether you drive on snow, mud, sand, or pavement. The available all-wheel drive can also help improve handling on rough terrain.

What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • LX: Includes a five-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 60/40-split third-row bench, six-way driver seat adjustment, and 18-inch wheels.
  • EX: Adds heated front seats, eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, tri-zone automatic climate control, blind-spot monitor, one-touch second-row seats, and more.
  • EX-L: Adds leather upholstery, power liftgate, sunroof, and integrated sunshades on the second row.
  • SE (Special Edition): Adds roof rails, wireless charging, and hands-free tailgate.
  • Touring: Unlocks an advanced rear entertainment system, navigation system, CabinTalk® In-Car PA System, multi-zone audio, and ambient LED lighting.
  • Elite: Adds a heated steering wheel; illuminated beverage holders on the front- and second-row seats; perforated, heated, and ventilated front seats; and a panoramic roof.
  • Black Edition: Comes with all the features included in the Elite trim, plus special Black Edition exterior details, 20-inch black alloy wheels, Black Edition leather interior, and red ambient LED lighting.

Available Colors

  • Black Forest Pearl (EX-L trim and above)
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Deep Scarlet Pearl (EX trim and above)
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Obsidian Blue Pearl (EX trim and above)
  • Platinum White Pearl
  • Steel Sapphire Metallic (EX trim and above)


  • 16.5 cubic feet behind the third-row seat, 46.8 cubic feet behind the second-row seat, and a total of 83.9 cubic feet of interior cargo volume
  • Seats up to eight passengers
  • Five-inch touchscreen infotainment system on the base trim; eight-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration on all other trims
  • Available leather upholstery, one-touch second-row seating, heated front seats, and USB charging ports

Average CarMax Prices

The 2021 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.

  • 2015 - Average prices less than $21,5001
  • 2016 - Average prices less than $25,0001
  • 2017 - Average prices less than $28,5001
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $30,5001
  • 2019 - Average prices less than $33,0001

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2021 Honda Pilot, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.


The 2021 Honda Pilot was rated overall 5/5 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 2021 Honda Pilot, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Acura MDX

A stylish midsize SUV, the Acura MDX is a luxury vehicle with lots of amenities and high-end materials, topped off with plenty of standard tech features. Model years 2017-2019 are part of the third generation that was introduced in 2013, with base trims powered by a 3.5L six-cylinder engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Standard features on 2017-2019 model years of the Acura MDX include:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • LED headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

Ford Edge

If you're interested in a sporty, nimble vehicle, the Ford Edge is fun choice. This midsize SUV with a comfortable and spacious cabin offers a smooth ride and powerful engine options. Model years 2017-2019 are available with three powertrain options, including a turbocharged 245-hp, 2.0L four-cylinder engine; a 280-hp, 3.5L six-cylinder; and a twin-turbocharged, 2.7L six-cylinder generating 315 hp, all paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2017-2019 Ford Edge offers these standard features:

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • 60/40-split folding and reclining rear seatbacks
  • Automatic headlights

Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue is a small crossover SUV with a well-equipped, upscale cabin that's ready for your daily commute as well as your next road trip. As part of the second generation of Nissan Rogues, model years 2017-2019 are powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that generates 170 horsepower and is combined with a continuously variable automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available on all trims. Standard features on the 2017-2019 Rogue include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Four-speaker sound system with satellite radio

The Bottom Line

The 2021 Honda Pilot is a roomy and comfortable midsize SUV with seating for up to eight passengers, as well as a refined interior lined with upscale materials and an abundance of storage space. It's a great choice for your daily needs, as well as your vacations and road trips.

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1Based on CarMax average prices between January 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. 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 when vehicles 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 for details.
3Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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