2019 Honda Pilot Review (Hybrid, Changes, Photos)

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The forthcoming 2019 Honda Pilot is a combination of great features, big interior space, and good fuel economy. This 3-row SUV is a great family vehicle and it holds a very high place in this category.

Honda Pilot is coming with newest safety features, boosted interior and upgraded infotainment system. This SUV is primarily an on-road vehicle, it offers a very comfortable ride, good handling and it can fit up to 8 passengers.

2019 Honda Pilot front

2019 Honda Pilot Exterior and Trims

When Pilot had a complete overhaul back in 2016, the manufacturer switched from a boxy to a more rounded appearance. With larger windows and less plastic cladding, Honda Pilot now looks more like a minivan than an SUV. The model comes with five trims LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite.

The exterior is not much changed, but Honda Pilot is no longer standing out in the parking lot. LED accents in the headlights look great, and a taillight design is going in the same direction.

18-inch wheels are coming as standard, and 20-inch wheels are available on Touring and Elite models. Also, higher trims will get you extra chrome materials. A sunroof is standard with EX-L, Touring, and Elite models. An Elite model is coming with a fixed glass panel that will provide more air in the cabin.

2019 Honda Pilot Interior

The interior of 2019 Honda Pilot is offering a lot of soft-touch materials, especially on the dash and doors. The leather seats are very sophisticated and comfortable. Cargo area is more than generous and a center console is bigger than before. It also offers more storage space. The manufacturer decided to update a navigation system. The navigation is now easier to use, but some may not like the “cartoonish” colors on it.

The 2nd-row seats are also comfy and with the one-touch folding option, it can ease 3rd-row access. Standard Honda Pilot is coming with a multi-angle rearview camera, cruise control and audio and phone controls are located on the steering wheel. Tire-pressure-monitoring system is improved as well.

The lights flash when you fill a tire to a proper level of pressure. Additionally, all Honda Pilots are offering a Bluetooth, 4.2-inch screen and push-button start as a standard.

The audio system is upgraded, and features like Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto are included. With higher models, you can get active cruise control, lane-keeping assist and also road-departure migration. You can also update your rearview camera with dynamic guidelines too.

Safety Features and Crash Test Results

The newly model 2019 Honda Pilot will be equipped with many safety. Some of them are VSA Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ABS and Driveline Traction Control, Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags, Airbag Occupancy Sensor, Rear Child Safety Locks, Back-Up Camera and many others. It is interesting to mention that this model in US NHTSA crash test is gained an overall rating of five stars.

2019 Honda Pilot interior

2019 Honda Pilot Engine Specifications

There is only one engine available for the approaching 2019 Honda Pilot. It is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that can produce up to 280 HP and 263 lb-ft of torque. This unit is offered with a 6-speed automatic transmission. With Touring and Elite models you can get a 9-speed automatic gearbox.

All models offer AWD, only on Elite models, this system is coming as standard. This engine also offers an Eco mode that will shut off half of the cylinders in order to improve fuel economy. The interesting stuff is a traction-management system that will be available in AWD and FWD system. This function will help with bad weather snow, mud or other surfaces. It is standard on all models except the LX trim.

2019 Honda Pilot Towing Capacity and Cargo Space

The upcoming 2019 Honda Pilot will also come with the spacious cabin and massive cargo space. The maximum towing capacity of this SUV is 5,000 pounds. This number is for the all-wheel-drive system. However, with the front wheel drive, this SUV is capable to tow maximum 3,500 pounds. So, if you need SUV that with great towing and interior with lots of space this car is an ideal choice for you. The cargo volume for the seat 1 is 83.8 ft³, seat 2 46.8 ft³ and seat 3 16.5 ft³.

2019 Honda Pilot side

2019 Honda Pilot Hybrid model

According to the latest information, Honda Pilot will feature a Hybrid version as well. The powertrain will probably be the same as in the new Accord Hybrid. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor.

However, this motor is AC Synchronous Permanent-Magnet Electric Motor. Combined, it can produce 212 HP and 232 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy for this Hybrid is 49 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway.

2019 Honda Pilot rear

2019 Honda Pilot Release Date and Price

The very beginning of the next year is the most accurate release date we could get at the moment. The all-new 2019 Honda Pilot will cost just over $30,000. The EX and EX-L trims will cost $34,500 and $38,000 respectively.

Touring models will cost around $45,000 while adding an AWD will increase the price for another $1,800. The top-line Elite Model price start at $49,000. Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander are the main competitors.


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