2020 Honda Pilot

MSRP $33,650 - $49,620

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2020 Honda Pilot Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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The 2020 Honda Pilot has received a mid-cycle update which gives it a better chance to be more competitive against newly refreshed competitors. The front and rear fascia have been changed to make the Pilot look more contemporary. The Pilot has been competitively priced at an MSRP of $31,550 and is amongst the top players in the mid-size three-row crossovers.

2020 Honda Pilot offers a single-engine choice over all the trims - a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 gasoline mill that is rated at 280 hp. This engine has enough grunt to keep the driving experience far off from being anything dull. And being an i-Vtec, post 5,000 rpm this engine sounds mesmerizing. For 2020, the Pilot also is offered with a new Black Edition trim, along with the latest Honda sensing safety gear.

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Pros

Standard Honda Sensing (suite of advanced driver assistance technology)

Potent V6 engine

Plush ride with minimal cabin noise

Cons

3rd-row space is average

Lack of a standard 360-degree rearview camera

Still bulky and isn’t much fun to drive

What's New?

AWD now optional with all the trims

New top end Black Edition trim level

Honda Sensing safety systems now standard across the trim lineup


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39960

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

212 cu.in.

horsepower

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

262 lbs.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

6 speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/13 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

111 in.

length

66.3 in.

width

78.6 in.

height

70.6 in.

curb weight

4287 lbs.

ground clearance

7.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

151.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

83.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1555 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/22/26 mpg

highway range

507.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LX$33,650 onwards

  • 5-Inch central display
  • 60/40-Split folding third-row seats
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Rearview camera
  • Seven-Speaker audio system
  • USB and auxiliary inputs

EX$34,530 onwards

  • 8-Inch touchscreen
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Keyless entry
  • Power-Adjustable driver's seat
  • Tri-Zone automatic climate control

EX-L$37,960 onwards

  • Navigation system
  • Rear entertainment system

Touring$42,720 onwards

  • 10-Speaker premium audio system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Hands-Free liftgate
  • Heated rear seats
  • Sound-reducing front door glass

Elite$48,220 onwards

  • Auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Second-Row captain's chairs
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Wireless charging pad

Black Edition$49,620 onwards

  • Black exterior accents
  • Red interior trim

Colors and Styles

2020 Honda Pilot in Black Forest Pearl color
Black Forest Pearl

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.2

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.2

Safety

9.3

Competition

7.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


Honda Pilot was first introduced in 2003, and since then it has been one of the usual go-to SUVs in this segment. The 2020 Honda Pilot has got a good potent V6 engine, ample cabin space, and excellent safety ratings to its name. And the 2020 model has introduced some great changes too, with the new Black Edition trim joining the lineup. Coming over to the interior of the SUV, the Pilot houses a spacious setup, with over three rows, wherein the third-row even accommodates average-sized adults quite comfortably. The 2020 Honda Pilot competes with the likes of Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, and the newly introduced Subaru Ascent.


8.0/10
Features

8.2/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.2/10
Exterior

9.3/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2020 Honda Pilot Features

8.0/10

The 2020 Honda Pilot is offered in over six trim levels, LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, Elite, and Black Edition with prices starting from an MSRP of $31,550 and goes all the way up to $49,620. LX is the base trim and comes in a standard 2WD configuration, while the optional AWD will set you back by a $2000 premium. For 2020, Honda Sensing is a standard feature offered across the trim lineup. Even better is the new Black Edition trim that graces the 2020 Pilot, with full blacked-out exterior accents.

Trim

LX

EX

EX-L

Touring

Elite

Black Edition

MSRP (FWD)

$31,550

$34,430

$37,860

$42,620

N/A

N/A
MSRP (AWD) $33,550 $36,430 $39,860 $44,620 $48,120 $49,620
 Key Features 60/40 Split, Flat-Folding 3rd-Row Bench Seat In addition to features from the LX trim In addition to features from the EX trim In addition to features from the EX-L trim In addition to features from the Touring trim In addition to features from the Elite trim

 

5-Inch Color LCD Screen

8-Inch Display Audio with High-Resolution WVGA

Idle Start/Stop

Advanced Rear Entertainment System with 10.2-inch High-Resolution Screen

Panoramic Roof

Black Exterior Accents
  LED Low-Beam Headlights with Auto-On/Off

Intelligent Traction Management

Leather-Trimmed Seats

Parking Sensors (front/rear)

Illuminated Beverage Holders  
  7 Speakers, including Subwoofer Driver's Seat with 10-Way Power Adjustment, Including Power Lumbar Support

Power Tailgate

Power Tailgate (Hands-Free Access)

Perforated, Heated, and Ventilated Front Seats  
 

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines

Blind Spot Monitoring System (BSI)

with Cross Traffic Monitor

Front Passenger's Seat with 4-Way Power Adjustment LED Low-Beam Headlights with Auto-On/Off Blue Ambient LED Lighting  

We Recommend

For buyers interested in the midsize SUV segment, we would recommend the EX trim. It balances in-cabin luxury, safety features, and technology. For a premium of $2,880 over the base model, you will get a bigger infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and conveniences like push-button start, electric folding second row. If you plan to use your Honda Pilot in the snow, equip it with the optional AWD system that comes with an intelligent traction management system. Moreover, we would also recommend you to look for the optional packages on offer.

2020 Honda Pilot Engine and Performance

8.2/10
Not all 2020 Honda Pilots are the same when it comes to the way they drive. They’re all comfortable and quiet and they all accelerate well, but our rating here applies to the LX, EX, and EX-L trims with their stout 6-speed automatic transmission – TheCarConnection

The 2020 Honda Pilot is one of the few mid-size crossovers that still offer a normally aspirated V6 engine. This 3.5-liter i-VTEC belts out an impressive 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft. of torque. This V6 engine has some real depth and a fantastic sound when pushed to its limits. Surprisingly, this V6 block returns good MPG figures too. The transmission duties are taken care of by a 6-speed automatic in the LX, EX, and EX-L trims. The higher trim levels are equipped with a ZF-supplied 9-speed automatic transmission. The lower variants are equipped with an FWD system. The AWD system is available as an option on all trim levels, although for a premium.

Big three-row crossovers aren’t exactly built for the thrill. And conquering 0-60 times isn’t a priority for the majority of buyers. Still, this feat is achieved by the 2020 Honda Pilot in 6.5 seconds and the quarter-mile is achieved in under 15 seconds. This is due to the lower heft that it carries. One thing that doesn’t work in favor of the Pilot is its peak torque delivery. The peak torque of 262 lb.-ft. is achieved at 4700 RPM. So, you need to push a pedal a little too hard when carrying a full load of cargo and passengers.

There is no doubt that the Honda Pilot is a bulky crossover but it serves its purpose as a comfortable cruiser, as well. The ride prioritizes comfort over everything else. The steering is light which makes the Pilot manageable in tight urban spaces. The Honda Pilot responds to corners well for its size, and with a curb to curb turning diameter of 39.4 feet. You don’t need to sweat out at those U-turns. Front visibility is good but doesn’t compare to the newly introduced Subaru Ascent. Honda Pilot comes off as bulky while the Subaru feels much smaller and nimbler.

Models

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Subaru Ascent

2020 Toyota Highlander

MSRP

$31,550

$32,765

$31,995

$34,600

Engine

3.5-liter NA V6

2.3-liter Turbocharged Inline-4

2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer 4-cylinder

3.5L NA V6

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

CVT

8-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

280 hp @ 6000 RPM

300 hp @ 5500 RPM

260 hp @ 5,600 RPM

295 hp @ 6600 RPM

Torque

262 lb.-ft. @ 4700 RPM

310 lb.-ft. @ 3500 RPM

277 lb-ft. @ 2,000 RPM

263 lb.-ft. @ 4700 RPM

0-60 MPH 6.5 secs 6.8 secs 6.9 secs 6.8 secs
Quarter Mile 14.8 secs 15.3 secs 15.5 secs 15.3 secs

Honda Pilot has equipped with 12.6-inch brake rotors at the front and 13-inch brake rotors at the rear. And under emergency braking, the 2020 Pilot is expected to cover a distance of 117 feet to slow down from 60 mph to a standstill. When properly equipped the Honda Pilot can tow 5000 lbs. of cargo or equipment. The base LX trim is only available with FWD and this trim has a restricted towing capacity of 3500 lbs.

2020 Honda Pilot Fuel Economy

7.1/10

The 2020 Honda Pilot returns an EPA-rated 20 MPG in the city and 27 miles to the gallon out on the highway. This is with the FWD setup, whereas when equipped with the AWD setup, the figures drop by 1 MPG. Pilot’s V6 engine does surprisingly well for its size and returns a combined MPG of 22. Considering the 280 hp power available on tap, the 3.5-liter engine gets the best of both worlds – performance and healthy gas mileage.

Model

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Subaru Ascent

2020 Toyota Highlander

MPG (city)

19 

21

21 

21

MPG (highway)

27 

28

27 

29

MPG (combined)

22

24

23

24

Fuel Capacity 19.5 gallons 17.9 gallons 19.3 gallons 17.9 gallons

The higher trim models have an improved idle-start/ stop function which improves fuel efficiency. It has been improved in this edition. Now, this feature starts the engine more quickly. Looking at the competition, the updated Ford Explorer delivers a segment-best of 24 MPG combined which is followed by the newly introduced Subaru Ascent and the Toyota Highlander.

2020 Honda Pilot Interior

8.0/10
Practical features such as the easy-entry third row and flat load floor with the second and third rows lowered make a difference when hauling cargo and people - Edmunds

The 2020 Honda Pilot offers seating for eight people. The Pilot was one of the first crossovers to design third-row seats that were actually usable for adult passengers. The seating room in all the 3 rows is well distributed. Getting in and out is easy due to the long doors. Beyond the EX trim level, access to the third-row seats can be done via a push of a button. The seats slide and make enough room for passengers to enter or exit.

The seats have nice cushioning and offer heated and ventilated seats at higher trim levels. The second row has a completely flat floor that helps a lot when seating people for longer journeys. The top Elite trim comes with a standard 10.2-inch screen rear entertainment system and a panoramic roof.

The 2020 Honda Pilot comes with a new 7-inch TFT instrument cluster. The graphics have been tweaked a little. The air-con vents come with a nice trim. The base LX trim is equipped with a basic 5.0-inch LCD screen and higher trims get the 8.0-inch touchscreen display that supports Android Auto and Apple Carplay. This updated unit is more responsive and offers bigger icons. The system offers snappy performance. Finally, Honda has offered a physical knob for volume control.

Some of the infotainment features on offer are-

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Sirius XM Satellite radio
  • WiFi-enabled
  • Navigation

Model

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

 2020 Subaru Ascent

2020 Toyota Highlander

Passenger capacity

8

7

8

8

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.1/ 62/40.9

41.4/61.5/42.9

41.3/61.1/42.2

40.7/59.3/44.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.2/62/38.4

40.6/61/39.5

40/ 60.3/ 38.6

39.9/59.6/38.4

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.9/57.6/31.9

37.8/50.8/32

36.3/57.2/31.7

35.9/55.0/27.7

Cargo Capacity 16.5 cu. ft 18.2 cu. ft 17.8 cu. ft 16.0 cu. ft

Honda Pilot’s cargo capacity behind the third row isn’t the best in this comparison. At, 16.5 cu-ft. Pilot ranks third amongst this comparison. Folding the third row will yield a space of 46.8 cu-ft. and when both the rows are folded (second and third) the maximum cargo space increases to 83.9 cu-ft. The cabin offers lots of spaces to store small items. The center console is bigger now and offers an extending storage tray.

Some of the interior features are mentioned below:

  • Push Button Start
  • Power Door and Tailgate Locks
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
  • Multi-Functional Center Console Storage
  • Lockable Glove Compartment
  • Remote Fuel Filler Door Release
  • Rear Window Defroster with Timer
  • Rear-Seat Heater Ducts
  • Cargo Area Light

2020 Honda Pilot Exterior

7.2/10
While its overall shape remains predominately rounded, for 2020, Honda has tried to toughen it up with more aggressive front and rear styling - KelleyBlueBook

The mid-cycle update of the 2020 Honda Pilot brings a more aggressive look. The 2020 Honda Pilot has a revised front and rear fascia. LED lights are standard across the trim range. The front has a broad chrome grille with piano black inserts below. The taillights have been redesigned. The design comes off as edgier now. Honda has inserted subtle elements to freshen the Pilot’s looks. Moreover, the 2020 Pilot also gets a special Black edition trim, that adds in major exterior accents all around.

Dimensionally, the 2020 Honda Pilot has an average standing. The only figure that comes out different is its curb weight. At 4036 lbs., the Pilot is one of the lightest vehicles in this segment, which also aids in better acceleration figures. The competition has an edge over Honda here, the Ascent offers a whopping 8.7-inches of ground clearance and also offers a larger wheelbase which translates to more passenger volume.

Model

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Subaru Ascent

2020 Toyota Highlander

Curb weight (lbs.)

4036

4345

4430

4145

Length(in)

196.5

198.8

196.8

194.9

Width(in)

78.6

78.9

76.0

76.0

Height(in)

70.6

69.9

71.6

68.1

Ground clearance (in)

7.3

7.9

8.7

8.0

Wheelbase (in)

111.0

119.1

113.8

112.2

Some of the exterior features on offer are-

  • Hands-Free Powered Liftgate
  • Roof Rails
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • 20-inch blackened alloy wheels
  • Sound-reducing front door glass

2020 Honda Pilot Safety

9.3/10

Honda plans to offer the Honda Sensing suite of driving aids as a standard feature on all its models by 2020. With this mid-cycle update, the 2020 Honda Pilot gets standard Honda Sensing which takes its safety ratings to an even higher level. The 2020 Honda Pilot receives "Top Safety Pick+" from IIHS, while the federal testing agency, NHTSA gives an overall 5-star rating. All of the said trims are loaded with the best-in-class active and passive safety tech.

Some of the Safety Features on offer are-

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

2020 Honda Pilot Competition

7.0/10

2020 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Ford Explorer

The 2020 Ford Explorer is the vehicle that has been dominating this segment for ages now. In its base trim, it is equipped with a V6 engine that belts out 288 horsepower. The Explorer is one of the heaviest vehicles in this segment. It has a lot of positives like a spacious cabin, mild off-roading capacity, and the option to choose from a lot of three engines.

The Honda has a single-engine on offer – a 3.5 Liter V6. Ford Explorer offers similar features as the Honda Pilot but that does reciprocate to a bigger price tag. Honda benefits from clever pricing and a decent spread of features across the trim levels.

2020 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Subaru Ascent

The newly introduced Ascent is powered by a four-cylinder boxer engine. Transmission duties are taken care of by a CVT automatic transmission. Ascent is one of the few driver-oriented three-row SUVs available in the market. Although, it won’t carve corners, but even for its size, it feels smaller and nimbler to drive. The turbocharged engine really gets this vehicle moving.

And when it comes to standard features, Ascent wins the game by an unfair margin. Unlike its competitors, it comes equipped with standard AWD, Subaru’s Eyesight safety system, and offers the best in segment passenger volume.

2020 Honda Pilot Final Verdict

Honda Pilot has always been one of the better-selling vehicles in this segment. With the updates received, the 2020 Honda Pilot comes off as a more contemporary vehicle. Although not everything works out for this Honda, the competition offers better cargo space and third-row seating. The Pilot also missed out on a standard 360-degree camera which is a great feature for a vehicle of its size. Moreover, it isn’t the nimblest 3-row crossover out there. Most buyers in this segment wouldn’t mind trading off the sporty nature in favor of comfort and utility. And the 2020 Honda Pilot certainly checks all the right boxes.


2020 Honda Pilot Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How good and comfortable are those Pilot rear seats?

The 2nd row is pretty wide and can seat 3 people with immense comfort. With good back and thigh support, it won't feel tiresome on the long drives. However, it'll be a tussle for tall people to adjust on the 3rd- row becuase of the cramped leg space.

What is the warranty period of the Honda Pilot?

The 2020 Honda Pilot gets an overall warranty of 3 years or 36,000 miles and a separate powertrain warranty of 5-years or 60,000-miles, whichever comes first.

Is the new Infotainment better than before?

Surely, the newly laid 5-inch infotainment is smooth, intuitive and responds well to swipes and touches than ever before. It has got a variety of feature and app updates as well including the navigation system. With the EX trim, you get an even better infotainment with 8-inch display.

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