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2019 Honda Pilot: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

  November 10, 2017
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For 2016, the Pilot got an all-new look that gave it a more stylish and, dare I say, sporty appearance. It also ushered in a more premium interior and an updated powertrain. With the 2019 model likely arriving in less than a year, we could see a mild refresh and maybe even a new base engine.

With its looks still pretty fresh, Pilots likely won't be getting very many visual changes for 2019. If it does get a refresh, look for it to be mild and maybe include updated bumpers and headlights.

The Pilot’s interior is also still very new, so the chances of seeing much of an overhaul in there remain slim. We could see a few very minor changes here and there, like maybe to the infotainment system and some controls.

For 2019, we expect the Pilot’s 3.5-liter V6 engine to remain the same at 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The current vehicle pairs it with a nine-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive as standard. All-wheel drive remains an option.

2017 Honda Pilot

We could, however, see this V6 become an option and a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which it would borrow from the Civic Type R, become the base engine. Of course, this wouldn’t be the 306-hp monster that the Type R has, but it should be quite competent at 260 to 275 hp. Stay tuned for possible developments.

The current Honda Pilot aced the IIHS safety tests and earned a Top Safety Pick+ designation. Unless the IIHS decides to change up its requirements for this rating, which it’s done many times, we expect the 2019 Pilot to have the same rating. Keep in mind, though, that to get this rating, you’ll have to opt for at least the EX trim and purchase automatic emergency braking as a part of an optional package.

Pricing & Release Date

While it’s too early for an official release date on the 2019 Pilot, we expect it to arrive in late 2018.

Given it’ll only have mild updates, we expect the V6-powered 2019 Pilot’s pricing to remain close to the current model’s price range: $31,720 to $48,195 (destination fees included). The four-cylinder model, however, may cut a few thousand dollars from the lowest price. We'll update this page as information becomes available.

The key competition for the 2019 Pilot will include the Toyota Highlander, Ford Edge, and Nissan Murano.

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2017 Honda Pilot

2017 Honda Pilot

2017 Honda Pilot

2017 Honda Pilot

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