2021 Honda Pilot: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - March 20, 2020

Model Preview

The current-generation Honda Pilot debuted back in 2016 and went through a light freshening in 2019 that included updated front and rear designs, a revamped cabin, a new infotainment system with a real volume knob, and more. This look has remained the same since, and we expect it to stay unchanged when the 2021 Pilot hits showrooms.

We expect no design changes when the 2021 Honda Pilot rolls into showrooms, so look for it to continue with the same revamped look it gained in 2019. This updated look included a new trapezoidal grille, revised fog lights, updated headlights, repositioned reverse lights, and a new rear garnish on higher trims. Inside, the update included a new steering wheel, updated gauge readouts, and more. The refreshed tech included the addition of 4G Wi-Fi, enlarged rear-seat entertainment screens, a physical volume knob, and an in-cabin PA system.

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Under its hood, we expect the 2021 Honda Pilot to retain its 3.5-liter V6 engine with 280 horsepower. This engine will continue to pair with a six-speed automatic transmission that’ll deliver power to the front wheels or all four wheels with optional all-wheel drive.

Like many Honda models, the current Pilot is among the safest vehicles in its class, and the IIHS solidifies this with a Top Safety Pick rating. It received “Good” crash-test ratings in all tests other than the passenger-side small-overlap test, which is received an “Acceptable” rating in. It also received a “Good” rating for its LED headlights in the Touring and Elite models. Rounding out the ratings is its “Superior”-rated standard automatic emergency braking system. Other standard safety gear includes adaptive cruise control and active lane control. We expect the safety equipment and ratings to remain the same in the 2021 Pilot.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no official on-sale date for the 2021 Pilot. Based on last year’s release schedule, we anticipate a summer 2020 arrival.

Pricing is also unconfirmed, but with no changes coming, we expect it to remain close to the current MSRP range of $32,770 to $50,840 (destination fees included).

This midsize crossover will compete with the Chevy Traverse, Ford Explorer, and Hyundai Palisade.

Learn more about the current Pilot on sale now »

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