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Automotive Editor - March 1, 2018

2018 Honda Pilot OVERVIEW

The Honda Pilot has been a mainstay of the crossover niche since 2002. Even with the segment's burgeoning popularity and the ensuing scramble by automakers to cash in on the stilted-wagon mania, the Pilot remains a top pick amongst buyers. Why? For the same reasons Honda's other mainstream offerings have been successful – it's intuitive, reliable, well-built, and has a dash of that quintessential Honda ingenuity. Unsurprisingly, those traits all persevere into 2018.

What's New for 2018

There are no notable changes for the Honda Pilot for 2018.

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Choosing Your Honda Pilot

Another reason the Pilot sells like hot dogs at a baseball game is because Honda offers so many different versions. With five trim levels, and four of those offering a choice of AWD or FWD, buyers have nine distinct iterations they can choose from. Then there's the options list to consider, which offers further opportunities to turn the straightforward act of picking a Pilot into one with all the simplicity of the Free Bird guitar solo. Specifically, buyers can opt for a rear-seat entertainment system, a navigation system, and the Honda Sensing Suite of safety technologies, which includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning.

Where buyers don't have much of a choice is in the engine bay. All 2018 Pilots come standard with a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Honda fanboys will be happy to hear that the classic VTEC variable valve-timing technology is present and accounted for, and newer advances such as direct-injection and variable cylinder management also play a role here. Somewhat surprisingly, no four-cylinder engine is offered, even though competitors such as the Chevy Traverse and Mazda CX-9 do have four-pot power on tap.

The three lower-tier Pilots use a familiar six-speed automatic, but the top two trims – Touring and Elite – have a nine-speed automatic. The FWD six-speed units have an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 19 miles per gallon city, 26 highway and 22 combined, and AWD models return 18/25/21. The additional cogs of the nine-speed boost the FWD Touring's rating to 20/27/23; the MPG of the AWD Touring and Elite increases to 19/26/22 over six-speed equipped AWD models. Speaking of the AWD system, getting power to all four wheels costs an extra $2,000 across the board.


The bottom rung of the Pilot ladder is the LX, which starts at $31,875 (all prices include the $975 destination charge). Standard features include intermittent wipers, power side mirrors (black), a tilt and telescope steering wheel, push-button start, a seven-speaker sound system, a five-inch color LCD infotainment screen, Bluetooth, speed-sensitive volume control, and a multi-angle rearview camera. There are no available options for the LX – buyers need to bounce up to the higher trims to have access to goodies like navigation and Honda Sensing Suite.


The first step up over the base LX is the $34,305 Pilot EX. It includes LED running lights, Honda LaneWatch (which uses a camera to show the passenger side lane when the right signal is activated), auto on/off halogen headlights, heated power mirrors, smart entry, fog lights, tri-zone climate control, HomeLink, illuminated vanity mirrors, a 10-way power driver's seat, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment display, AppleCarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM radio, and exterior thermometer. The only option is the Honda Sensing Suite.


The middle child of the five-sibling Pilot, the EX-L starts at $37,735. Additional standard features here include a power moonroof, a power tailgate, an acoustic glass windshield, integrated sunshades, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, one-touch second-row seats, a four-way power passenger seat, leather upholstery, and heated seats. This is the only trim level where buyers can choose to equip their Pilot with the rear entertainment system ($1,600), navigation ($1,000), and/or the Honda Sensing Suite ($1,000).


The switch from mere letters to a full word denotes the high-spec nature of the $42,945 Touring trim. It comes with idle stop/start, the nine-speed automatic, heated and powered mirrors with reverse tilt-down function and integrated LED signal indicators, chrome door handles, roof rails, body-colored parking sensors, ambient lighting, illuminated front cup holders, and a 540-watt, 10-speaker sound system. Navigation, rear seat entertainment system, and the Honda Sensing Suite are all standard on the Touring.


As the name alludes, the Elite is the highest trim available, and odds are it'll truly be elite in rarity alone – this is, after all, a $48,445 Pilot. For that not-insubstantial lump sum, buyers get second-row heated captain's seats, auto high-beam headlights, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers, a panoramic roof, LED headlights, a heated steering wheel, perforated front seats, HD radio, a corner and backup sensor indicator, and customizable feature settings.

CarsDirect Tip

The Elite is far too close to $50,000, and the extra features it comes with are frivolous at best. Because of this, we'd avoid it – you're better off buying an Acura MDX if you want a dressed-to-the-nines crossover built by Honda. We'd also stay away from the LX for the opposite reasons – it's too sparsely equipped to be worth the cost savings. So, which one would we pick? The EX. It combines a reasonable price with list of standard features that'll keep most drivers comfortable and satisfied.

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