2021 Honda Pilot

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Honda Pilot highlights

Customer rating


  • Good gas mileage
  • Lots of standard tech features on base trim
  • Spacious cabin


  • Smartphone connectivity doesn't come standard
  • Unimpressive exterior design
  • Difficult access to the third row

Mileage (EPA estimate)

19 city, 26 highway, 22 combined

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Stylish and functional for your whole crew

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.

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What is new for the 2021 Honda Pilot?

  • The Pilot is available in a new trim called the Special Edition.
  • The LX trim now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment.
  • The EX-L trim now comes with Cruise Control as standard equipment.
  • The Touring trim now comes with Quad Seats as standard equipment.

2021 Honda Pilot trims

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  • 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.

  • View all Honda Pilot EXs in stock


SE (Special Edition):



  • 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.

  • View all Honda Pilot Elites in stock

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.

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Honda Pilot

1. Spacious cabin

2021 Honda Pilot: Third Row | CarMax

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.

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

2021 Honda Pilot: Engine | CarMax

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

2021 Honda Pilot: Backseats | CarMax

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.

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Standard features on the 2019 Acura MDX include:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration

  • Hatchback with cargo space behind the third row

  • Lane departure warning system

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.7 out of 5

9 customer reviews
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Honda Pilot an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Honda Pilot 15th out of 32 among Midsize SUVs.

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Honda Pilot features and specs

Touring 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Leather Seats
  • Quad Seats
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 40.9"/M 38.4"/R 31.9"

Head room

F 39.5"/M 39.9"/R 38.9"

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Max towing capacity

350/3500 lbs.



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More about the 2021 Honda Pilot

Color options

Exterior 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)

Interior details

  • 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

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