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2019 Honda Pilot: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Senior Pricing Analyst - July 16, 2018
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The Honda Pilot will get mild updates for the 2019 model year. The most noteworthy changes involve a slightly different exterior, a better infotainment system and the addition of standard Honda Sensing.

In terms of overall looks, Honda says the 2019 Pilot features more aggressive styling compared to last year's model. Based on initial photos, this essentially translates to a revised grille bearing a closer resemblance to the redesigned Accord.

Inside, drivers may appreciate an updated infotainment system that brings back a physical volume knob. As before, the Pilot seats up to 8 with a three-row layout. New convenience features will include an optional power tailgate, a rear seat entertainment system with a larger display and Honda's CabinTalk in-car PA system.

Under the hood, expect the vehicle to continue to come with a 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed transmission is standard in most versions, while Touring and Elite versions get a 9-speed unit. For 2019, Honda says it has improved the refinement of the 9-speed. That's good news considering our review found it to deliver inconsistent performance.

Although there have been rumors for the past year or so about a lower-priced 4-cylinder Pilot, this has not yet been confirmed. It's unclear whether that's still on the table for 2019 or perhaps down the line for the 2020 model year. Separately, spy photographers have reported spotted Honda testing what appears to be a Pilot plug-in hybrid.

Safety will get a boost because Honda Sensing is becoming standard on all Pilots. Previously, buyers couldn't get that feature in the base trim and had to step up to the EX and pay an extra $1,000. The system includes automatic emergency braking, active lane-keeping, road departure mitigation and adaptive cruise control.

Stay tuned for a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2019 Honda Pilot will go on sale July 16 at dealers across the country.

Official pricing for the Pilot LX will start at $32,445 including destination. Opting for all-wheel drive adds $1,900 for an MSRP of $34,345. This represents a $550 price increase over the prior year.

At the top of the range, the Pilot Elite reaches $49,015, just a shade under the MSRP of a 2018 Acura MDX with Technology Package.

Deals on the current Pilot continue to be fairly attractive, with an array of lease and finance offers. However, shoppers should be aware Honda doesn't offer rebates like competitors.

Key competitors include the Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, and Chevrolet Traverse.

Learn about the current Pilot on sale now »

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