2019 Honda Pilot and 2019 Honda HR-V Debut

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, Automotive Editor - June 29, 2018

Honda officially debuted its refreshed versions of the 2019 Pilot and HR-V recently and both models get an extra dose of technology, new exterior styling, and upgraded powertrains. The Pilot will go on sale July 16, while the HR-V will be available to purchase on July 24.

Starting with the 2019 Pilot, Honda's eight-passenger SUV gets a new set of LED headlights, an updated grille, and a revised front fascia. The design, according to Honda, is supposed to provide the SUV with a more aggressive look. Honda didn't release any pictures of the Pilot's rear end, but did make a hands-free power tailgate an option.

The Pilot's 3.5-liter V6 goes unchanged, but the nine-speed automatic that it's paired to has been refined. That gearbox is available in the Pilot's Touring and Elite trims.

The rest of the changes to the SUV all deal with technology. New entertainment features include 4G LTE in-car WiFi and a larger rear entertainment system with Blu-Ray and streaming video capability. The Pilot gets a new feature from the Odyssey in the form of Honda's CabinTalk in-car PA system. There's a new touchscreen that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and (finally) a physical volume knob. The automaker's Honda Sensing suite of safety features is standard throughout the entire Pilot lineup and comes with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. Lastly, there's a new gauge cluster that's been plucked from the Civic.

Honda has also made changes to its smallest crossover, the 2019 HR-V. The vehicle gets similar updates as the Pilot, with a new look that includes updated LED lights, revised wheel designs, a new front fascia, and an available ground effects kit. Two new trims have been added to the HR-V lineup, which include the Sport and Touring trims.

Technology has also been added to the HR-V. Honda's Sensing suite of safety features is now standard on EX trims and higher. A new available infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as standard. To make the HR-V more refined, Honda has updated the crossover's continuously variable transmission (CVT) and available all-wheel-drive system. The HR-V has also received extra sound deadening and a variable-ratio electric power steering.

More details on the 2019 Pilot and HR-V will come out before the vehicles go on sale next month.

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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