2021 Honda Pilot Adds Special Edition Trim

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Honda is expanding the Pilot’s available trim levels with the addition of a new Special Edition (SE) trim. The new SE trim comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive as standard. Where the SE creates a gap from other trims in the Pilot line is when it comes to standard features.

Building off of the EX-L’s list of standard features, the SE adds things that were once only reserved for higher trim levels. A wireless charger, a hands-free power liftgate, 20-inch black alloy wheels, and roof rails as standard. Pricing for the SE trim with front-wheel drive starts at $40,080 including destination, which is $600 more than the EX-L trim and $3,960 less than the Touring trim. The difference in pricing makes the SE a better value option than the EX-L trim.

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The rest of the Pilot lineup sees minor changes. For 2021, every Pilot now comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission as standard. Before, only the Touring, Elite, and Black Edition trims came with the nine-speed gearbox, others came with a six-speed automatic unit. The entry-level LX trim gets a modest increase in pricing, as it now costs $600 more than before, while the range-topping Black Edition sees a price increase of $200. Dual-zone automatic climate control and automatic stop/start are now standard throughout the Pilot lineup.

The changes don’t do a lot to change the Pilot, which remains a safe option in the packed midsize SUV segment. The stylish SUV has comfortable seats, good performance from the standard V6 engine, and a great list of safety features. The addition of the nine-speed automatic transmission as the standard gearbox throughout the lineup is a good change, as it was the preferred unit.

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, Automotive Editor

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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