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A roomy and versatile family SUV.

Honda Pilot Review | CarMax

If you need a minivan but want an SUV, take a close look at the 2019 Honda Pilot. This extremely capable and family-friendly crossover offers a smooth ride, proven powertrain, and an expansive cabin that's designed to make the daily grind more enjoyable—and convenient. With space for up to eight passengers and plenty of cargo room, the Pilot will get you where you need to go with ease.

Key Specs & Features

  • All 2019 Honda Pilots are powered by a 3.5L V6 engine that makes 280 horsepower. For most trims, that engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission—Touring and Elite models get a nine-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard across the model line, with optional all-wheel drive available (and standard on Elite models).
  • Front-wheel drive 2019 Pilots with six-speed automatic transmissions get an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in city driving, 27 miles on the highway, and 22 miles combined.1
  • The 2019 Honda Pilot offers seating for seven or eight passengers. Depending on the trim selected, the Pilot offers second-row captain's chairs as an available seating configuration. For models that carry eight, the second row is a split-folding bench seat. Pilot EX-L models and above offer a power-fold-and-slide mechanism for seat adjustment and movement to the back row.

Rankings

  • 5th - Best SUVs with 3 Rows

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Fresh New Style For 2019

Changes to the design make the Pilot slightly more aggressive in appearance, thanks to a revised front fascia, new taillights, a new bumper, and chrome accents. The redesigned grille is bolder, with a chrome band extending above the headlights. The lower portion of the front bumper is also restyled. In back, new taillights feature amber turn signals and LED backup lights. There's also a new chrome strip that runs along the side of the SUV, and the 18-inch wheels have a new, more aggressive style.

2. Roominess and Versatility

Honda Pilot Review: Front Seats | CarMax

If you're looking for an SUV with minivan-like room, the Pilot has you covered. Eight passengers get plenty of room, with a split-folding third-row seat. Models that sit seven passengers offer captain's chairs in the second row. Either way, the Pilot is designed for easy entrance and exit, thanks to power-fold-and-slide seats (available on the Pilot EX-L).

Honda Pilot Review: Backseats | CarMax

3. Lots of Power

Honda Pilot Review: Engine | CarMax

The 2019 Honda Pilot's 3.5L V6 engine is more than capable for day-to-day errands and more, as is the standard six-speed automatic transmission. For the 2019 model year, Honda refined the nine-speed transmission on the Touring and Elite models. For example, when in Drive and under light-to-moderate throttle, the nine-speed will start in second gear for a smoother launch. Overall, the 2019 Honda Pilot's powertrain offers capable power (280 hp) and a smooth ride.

When it comes to towing, the 2019 V6 Honda Pilot can pull up to an estimated 3,500 pounds in front-wheel drive when properly equipped; the all-wheel drive version is estimated to tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.2

4. Plenty of Cargo Room

Honda Pilot Review: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

If you haul more than just people, the Pilot offers plenty of cargo room that's easy to use—even when seating passengers. For example, the 2019 Honda Pilot's cargo room measures 18.5 cubic feet behind the third row. Behind the second row, the Pilot offers 55.9 cubic feet, and the Pilot provides a robust 109 cubic feet in total. That's a lot of groceries, golf bags, or moving boxes!

5. Upgraded Infotainment Features

Honda Pilot Review: Tech Dash | CarMax

The 2019 Honda Pilot offers Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration on EX-or-higher trims. Also standard on EX and above models is the Honda Display Audio system. It boasts an eight-inch touchscreen that uses personal-device gestures such as swipe, tap, and pinch to control the vehicle's audio system. The interface is designed to simplify the use of the system and make it customizable for the owner.



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What You Need to Know

2019 Honda Pilot Trims

The 2019 Honda Pilot is a front-wheel-drive SUV that's powered by a 3.5L V6 engine that makes 280 hp and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. A nine-speed transmission is standard on Touring and Elite models. Honda Sensing® driver-assistance technology is available on all Pilots. This includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ with Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist System, and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). All-wheel drive is optional for all trims, but standard on the top model Pilot Elite. Standard equipment across all trims includes:

2019 Honda Pilot LX

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • Five-inch touchscreen
  • Seven-speaker audio system with USB/aux inputs

2019 Honda EX

  • LED fog lights
  • Keyless entry
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Power-adjustable driver seat
  • Eight-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration

2019 Honda EX-L

  • Sunroof
  • Power liftgate
  • Rear-seat window shades
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather upholstery

2019 Honda Pilot Touring

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Roof rails
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Hands-free liftgate operation
  • WiFi® hotspot
  • 10-speaker audio system

2019 Honda Pilot Elite

  • Second-row captain's chairs
  • Power-folding rearview mirrors
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Ventilated front seats

Exterior Colors

  • Black Forest
  • Crystal Black
  • Deep Scarlet
  • Lunar Silver
  • Modeler Steel
  • Obsidian Blue
  • Steel Sapphire
  • White Diamond

Interior Colors

  • Beige
  • Black
  • Gray

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Thanks to its focus on usability and convenience, the Toyota Highlander has long been a family staple. It has three rows that fit up to eight passengers and is widely known for comfort and cargo room in a conservative and clean styling—inside and out. In fact, the Highlander's interior is a model of clean lines and smart storage design. Powered by a 3.5L V6 engine that gets 295 hp and 263 lb.-ft. of torque, the 2019 Highlander also boasts ample power. There's also a hybrid version of the Highlander.

The Bottom Line

When it comes to capable, family-sized SUVs that fit seven or eight passengers, there are many excellent models to choose from—but few that offer the Pilot's purpose-built combination of power, room, and versatility. Looking to learn more about the Honda Pilot? Check out these related resources:

1Fuel 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.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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