When the Honda Pilot was introduced as a fully updated model in 2016, it acted as the automaker's three-row alternative to a minivan. While the SUV is now entering its seventh model year on sale, the 2022 Honda Pilot is expected to be a carryover model.
The redesigned Pilot arrived with a subdued, yet modern design in 2016. The large SUV featured a two-tiered grille, sharp design on the front fascia, and a ridged hood. These elements help the SUV stand out in the packed segment. The rear end of the current Pilot is more subdued, with triangular taillights and a hidden exhaust outlet. We expect the 2022 Pilot to retain the same design as the current midsize SUV.
Without any expected changes, the 2022 Pilot’s interior will match the current model’s. The midsize SUV has an airy cabin thanks to its uncluttered, straightforward design. Higher trim levels will continue to offer a push-button shifter design that frees up space near the bottom of the center console. Putting ease of use first, the 2022 Pilot will continue to offer well laid-out buttons, though they’ll continue to be on the small side.
On top of its standard 5-inch display, the current Pilot also comes with seven audio speakers, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. Optional features on the SUV include an 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi hot spot, 10 audio speakers, wireless smartphone charging, and navigation. The 2022 Pilot will come with a lot of the same standard and optional tech features as the current Pilot.
Honda is expected to continue to offer one powertrain with the 2022 Pilot. A 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque will power the SUV and is equipped to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will be standard, while all-wheel drive will be optional.
The current Pilot comes with the automaker’s Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety features as standard. It includes forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. In crash-testing conducted by the IIHS, the current Pilot missed out on an award. The NHTSA gave the SUV a five-star overall safety rating.