Despite the plethora of trims, the Honda Pilot comes with only a single engine. Luckily, it’s a good one: a 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.
It’s the transmissions that separate the trims. The lower three all get a six-speed automatic, while the top three use a button-operated nine-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard on all except the Elite and Black Edition trims. Those get all-wheel drive, which is a $2,000 addition elsewhere.
Fuel economy checks in at 19 miles per gallon city, 27 mpg highway, and 22 combined for six-speed models with FWD, or 18/26/21 mpg (city/highway/combined) with AWD. Fuel economy increases slightly with the nine-speed transmission to 20/27/23 mpg with FWD, or or 19/26/22 mpg with AWD.