2023 Honda Pilot: Redesign Info, Pricing, Photos, Release Date

Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - November 7, 2022
2023 Honda Pilot

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Honda is introducing a fully redesigned Pilot for the 2023 model year. The midsize SUV arrives with Honda’s more upscale design, a redesigned V6 engine, and a new TrailSport trim for increased off-roading capability. The full redesign ushers in the fourth generation of the Pilot.

The 2023 Honda Pilot adopts Honda’s new design that can be found on the new CR-V. The front end of the SUV features a square grille, while the rectangular headlights are blockier than before. Compared to the previous generation, which had a rounded front fascia, the Pilot has a more squared-off design for a more rugged look. The silhouette of the Pilot portrays its attempt to be more rugged than before with a blocky rear end. The oval taillights have shrunk and are smaller than before, a modest rear spoiler sits on top of the liftgate, and the rear bumper has a more prominent rugged design.

The interior design of the 2023 Pilot has changed drastically for the new model year. The cabin also moves to sharing a similar design to Honda’s new CR-V and Civic with a simple dashboard, an infotainment screen that sits on top of the dashboard, and a streamlined center console. Compared to last year, the 2023 Pilot has grown in size, now utilizing a wheelbase that 2.8 inches longer. The larger size results in 2.4 more inches of legroom in the second row and 0.5 inches of third-row legroom. The Pilot will be available with a removable middle seat in the second row that can be stowed underneath the cargo area. Additionally, the Pilot’s cargo capacity has expanded to 114 cubic feet of total cargo space.

2023 Honda Pilot Interior

Standard tech features on the 2023 Honda Pilot will include a seven-inch digital instrument cluster and a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A nine-inch touchscreen with wireless smartphone compatibility is available. The Pilot will also be available with a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, a wireless charging pad, navigation, and a 12-speaker Bose audio system. We expect Honda to provide more details on the 2023 Pilot closer to the SUV’s on-sale date.

Every Pilot comes with an updated 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will be standard with the Pilot, while Honda’s second-gen torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system is available.

Just like the new CR-V, the 2023 Pilot gets Honda’s updated Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety features. The suite now has a new camera and a revised radar system. Standard safety features will include forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, and traffic jam assist.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2023 Honda Pilot will be available in five different trims: Sport, EXL, TrailSport, Touring, and Elite. Honda hasn’t announced pricing for the SUV yet, but we expect it will be more expensive than the current Pilot prices which range from $39,375 to $53,165 with destination. The new Pilot is expected to go on sale next month.

With a full redesign, the 2023 Honda Pilot is more competitive against options like the Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, Jeep Grand Cherokee L, Subaru Ascent, and Toyota Highlander.

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