The Honda Pilot is expected to get its next redesign for the 2023 model year. While Honda has not yet released Pilot redesign specs or photos, 2023 Pilot spy shots published by Motor Authority appear to show a significantly more boxy profile. At the moment, it's believed that the next-gen Pilot may share stylistic elements with the Ridgeline pickup (pictured above).
Now in its third generation, the next Pilot could take on a significantly more rugged look in order to battle competing three-row crossover SUVs. While the 2nd-generation Pilot was known for its squarish silhouette, the redesign could be more along the lines of a Toyota Highlander. Sadly, 2023 Pilot engine details, cargo capacity, and changes remain a mystery for now.
The midsize SUV segment has seen a significant amount of growth, especially with bestselling hits like the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade. Will the next Pilot be a better alternative to these popular SUVs that have commanded hefty dealer markups? That remains to be seen. An early report suggests Toyota may introduce a larger SUV called the Grand Highlander.
Honda may be preparing to repackage the Pilot. For 2022, the Pilot's base price is approximately $6,500 more expensive because the company is planning to introduce a new base trim. Whether or not this is a prelude to a higher Pilot base price remains unknown. As of this writing, the model starts at an MSRP of over $40,000, significantly more than it did before.
The 2023 Pilot is expected to have a release date sometime in 2022. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
Pictured: 2021 Pilot