2022 Honda Pilot

MSRP $32,400 Est.

Ranked #10 in Suv

7.4

Overall Rating

2022 Honda Pilot Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 9, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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One of the most popular SUVs in the mid-size segment, the Pilot from Honda returns for another stint as a 2022 model, fitted with more features than ever as standard. The 2022 Honda Pilot is no longer available in the LX and the EX trims but gains features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, LED Headlights as standard. The 2022 Pilot also gets a new exterior color in the form of Sonic Gray Pearl.

Those are the changes in terms of features and equipment. With all these changes, the 2022 Pilot now demands a higher asking price compared to its predecessor, nearly $7,000 more than the LX model that was available last year. The Pilot is now available in 5 trims with prices starting at $39,060. Mechanically, the Pilot remains unchanged and still comes with the same old 280 hp producing 3.5-liter V6 motor.

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Pros

Potent response from the V6 motor

Good MPG figures

Cargo space one of the highest in the class

Feature loaded cabin even in the base trim

Cons

Third row isn't accommodating as rivals

What's New?

Standard LED Headlights

Standard 8.0" Infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

LX, EX Trims discontinued


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32400

bodystyle

4dr SUV

engine type

horsepower

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$32,400 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Honda Pilot in Platinum White Pearl color
Platinum White Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Engine and Performace

6.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


"While the 2022 Pilot isn't flashy or remotely fun to drive, for some it's much better than a minivan"- Car and Driver

Amidst a massive reshuffling in the trims, Honda has decided to keep the most favorite attributes of the Pilot intact for this year. This means that the Pilot continues to offer 5,000 lbs of towing capacity and a very usable 16.5 cu-ft of cargo space on board. For many, however, the Pilot seems like the SUV version of the Odyssey minivan, which is a hit or a miss for many. Honda has also announced that an all-new Pilot is on its way and will arrive later this year. For now, the 2022 Pilot takes on the likes of the Ford Explorer, Subaru Ascent, Toyota Highlander, Kia Telluride, and the Hyundai Palisade.

2022 Honda Pilot SUV Three Quarter Front View
2022 Honda Pilot SUV Three Quarter Rear View

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2022 Honda Pilot Features

Honda has revamped the trim structure of the Pilot for the 2022 year as it has eliminated the EX and SX trims from the lineup. However, with that, it has added more features as standard across all the trims which includes features like an 8-inch touchscreen unit with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, LED Headlights, Honda Sensing suite, and more. The Elite and Black Edition trims come with AWD as standard, while AWD comes in as an option in the other three trims.

Trims

EX-L

Special Edition

Touring

Elite Black Edition

MSRP

$39,060 $39,660 $43,620 -
MSRP $41,060 $41,660 $45,620 $49,120 $50,620

Features

Honda Sensing Safety Suite

Adds these over EX-L

Adds these over Special Edition

Adds these over Touring

Adds these over Elite
 

Leather trimmed seats

20" Black Alloy Wheels

Heated front and rear seats

Heated 2nd Row Captain chair seats

Black Edition Exterior trim
 

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

Wireless Phone Charger

Rear Entertainment system

Heated and Ventilated Front seats

Black Edition Leather trim
 

One-touch Moonroof with Powered Tailgate

Hands-free access powered tailgate

Auto On/Off LED Headlights

Panoramic Roof

Red Ambient LED lighting
 

Powered front seats with memory for driver

Black Roof rails

590 Watt 10 Speaker Audio System

Heated Steering Wheel

 

We Recommend

We would recommend you going for the Pilot Special Edition as it offers the best balance between features and price. Fitted with black 20-inch wheels and features like a hands-free power tailgate, leather-trimmed upholstery, roof rails, sunroof, and wireless charging, the Special Edition model fits the bill perfectly.

2022 Honda Pilot Engine and Performance

"The Pilot's V6 has a sporty sound and plenty of power." - CarAndDriver.com

The biggest leverage of any Honda car is its robust powertrain under the hood. Constant refinement and a modern design approach have bumped up the power numbers significantly. The 2022 Honda Pilot gets a 3.5-Liter naturally-aspirated V6 block coupled with a now-standard ZF 9-speed Automatic transmission. Generating around 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque output, the SUV has left a great impression of robust delivery. With a lengthier, lower stance, and a lighter body, the SUV may gain a couple of seconds for the 0-60 mph sprint.

2022 Honda Pilot SUV Engine Bay

The 2022 Honda Pilot can sprint 0-60 mph in around 5.7 seconds and cover a quarter-mile in 14.6 seconds. Rivals like Subaru Ascent and Toyota Highlander accelerate the same in 6.5 seconds and 7.2 seconds respectively. The Pilot handles well for an SUV in this segment and offers a plush ride for its passengers on the inside as well.

Models

2022 Honda Pilot

2021 Ford Explorer

2022 Subaru Ascent

2021 Toyota Highlander

MSRP

$39.060

$32,675

$32,295

$35,085

Engine

3.5-Liter V6

2.3 Liter Turbo Inline-4 cylinder

2.4-Liter Intercooled Turbo H-4

3.5-Liter V6

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

ZF 9-speed Automatic

10 speed automatic

CVT

8-speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

280hp @6,000rpm

300hp @5,500rpm

260 hp @ 5600rpm

295hp @ 6600rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

262lb-ft @4,700rpm

310lb-ft @3,500rpm

277lb-ft @ 2000rpm

263lb-ft @ 4700rpm

From the above table, it can be clearly depicted that the most powerful of the lot is the Ford Explorer followed by the Toyota Highlander and the Pilot. Steady acceleration and athletic control are virtues of the new Honda Pilot. In the terms of pricing, the Explorer is on the farther end while the most affordable ones are Pilot and Highlander.

2022 Honda Pilot Fuel Economy

6.0/10

When it comes to three-row SUVs with massive powerhouses underneath, fuel economy is not that good. Honda is known for its exceptional refinement in any configuration. Honda will keep the ZF 9-speed Automatic transmission as standard across all trims. This results in better fuel economy and overall performance. The 2022 Pilot offers a combined fuel economy of 23 MPG. 

Models

2022 Honda Pilot

2021 Ford Explorer

2022 Subaru Ascent

2021 Toyota Highlander

MPG (City)

20*

21

21

21

MPG (Highway)

27*

28

27

29

MPG (Combined)

23*

24

23

24

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19.5*

18.6

19.3

17.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

390/ 526.5/ 448.5*

390.6/520.8/446.4

405.3/ 521.1/ 443.9

375.9/ 519.1/ 429.6

The most fuel-efficient in the segment is the Toyota Highlander but gets a medium-range due to a smaller fuel tank. However, the Subaru maxes out in the range department and can travel the most distance in a full tank of fuel.

2022 Honda Pilot Interior

8.0/10

"Despite being spacious for people and thier stuff, the Pilot's interior is a bit behind the curve with its dated and bland design." - MotorTrend

Honda has always been upbeat in providing plush interior space with maximum utility and engagement. The 2022 Honda Pilot resonates a good mix of luxury and performance from its interior space. Ruggedness along with a premium touch gives a compelling look and feel. The fourth-generation model is expected to get a tweaked interior layout with an updated infotainment setup.

2022 Honda Pilot SUV Dashboard

With a seating capacity of 8, the Pilot features plush seats wrapped in premium leather. Steering mounted controls make accessibility easier. The central grounds are taken by an 8-inch touchscreen interface coupled with a premium sound system. 

With more legroom and headroom, seating comfort is the best-in-class. Overall ergonomics of the car are straightforward with a sporty touch. Latest connectivity options including smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth Wireless, come as part of the 2022 package.

Models

2022 Honda Pilot (expected)

2021 Ford Explorer

2022 Subaru Ascent

2021 Toyota Highlander

Seating Capacity

8

7

7

8

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.1/ 62.0/ 40.9

40.7/61.8/43

41.3/ 61.1/ 42.2

40.7/ 59.3/ 44.2

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.2/ 62.0/ 38.4

40.5/61.9/39

40/ 60.3/ 38.6

39.9/ 59.6/ 38.4

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.9/ 57.6/ 31.9

38.9/54.6/32.2

36.3/ 57.2/ 31.7

35.9/ 55.0/ 27.7

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

16.5

18.2

17.8

13.8

With a plush seating arrangement spread across three rows, the 2022 Honda Pilot offers one of the most capacious cabins in the class. Competitors like the Ford Explorer and Subaru Ascent also offer ample headroom, shoulder room, and legroom but have a lower seating capacity.

2022 Honda Pilot SUV Infotainment 

The trunk volume of the Ford Explorer is the best followed by Ascent and Pilot. Ample space behind each row offers great utility. Other features that can be found inside the 2022 Honda Pilot are:

  • Leather-wrapped seats and seating of up to eight
  • Redesigned steering wheel with mounted controls
  • Extended supports for maximum comfort
  • Smartphone Integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Premium sound system (optional)
  • Enhanced accessibility and utility

2022 Honda Pilot Exterior

8.0/10

"We've always loved the Pilot for its practicality, but looks wise it has never impressed, and the 2021 model is no different." - Carbuzz

The 2022 Honda Pilot receives no major changes in terms of the design from the 2021 model. The design language suits all Honda cars with an edgy front and sleeker sides. A new pearl gray color option has been made available in the latest iteration of the Pilot as well as the only significant change for this year.

The front of the SUV showcases a huge chrome-finished grille along with LED headlights and LED DRLs. Massive alloy wheels ensure good traction on all road surfaces and establish dynamic superiority in the long run. The addition of sporty curves throughout the shoulders makes the body agile during cornering and maintains good stability at high speeds. The cargo capacity of the car is expected to increase with a longer body.

Models

2022 Honda Pilot (expected)

2021 Ford Explorer

2022 Subaru Ascent

2021 Toyota Highlander

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,982

4,345

4430

4134

Length (inches)

196.5

198.8

196.8

192.5

Width (inches)

78.6

78.9

76

75.8

Height (inches)

70.6

69.9

71.6

68.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.3

7.9

8.7

8.0

Wheelbase (inches)

111

119.1

113.8

109.8

The Pilot carries on the design that can be seen in the Odyssey Minivan and the Ridgeline pickup. Competitors like Ford Explorer and Subaru Ascent fall in the heavier side but get similar dimensions as the Pilot. Some of the exterior features in the 2022 Honda Pilot are:

  • LED Tallights
  • Auto On/Off LED headlights and LED DRLs
  • Chrome-finished front grille with Piano Black inserts
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels
  • Roof Rails
  • Remote Powered Tailgate

2022 Honda Pilot Safety

8.0/10

Honda has been on the top of the game with its scrutinized quality benchmark and providing advanced safety features. The 2022 Pilot comes packed with the latest safety and driver assistance package, maximum passenger protection, and driving quality. Honda Sensing suite of safety now comes in as standard across all the trims in the lineup. The safety package includes:

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System, 
  • 7-airbags
  • Traction control as standard
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Warning

2022 Honda Pilot Competition

7.0/10

2022 Honda Pilot vs 2021 Ford Explorer

A bigger 3.5-Liter V6 is included in the Honda Pilot while the Explorer gets a Turbo 4 motor. In terms of power numbers, the Explorer outshines Pilot SUV. The exterior design of the Pilot is much more appealing with a lengthy body. Due to an increase in dimension interior roominess is also better than the Explorer.

2021 Ford Explorer

The seating capacity of eight along with multiple creature comforts offer a relaxed drive. Advanced safety systems and driver aids have been added to both cars, improving the overall drive quality and ensuring complete passenger protection against collision.

2022 Honda Pilot vs 2022 Subaru Ascent

The Subaru Ascent competes aggressively by maintaining high standards. In terms of power, the Pilot dominates along with athletic handling and agility. Both cars offer a plush interior cabin. The exterior design of Pilot is evidently striking with Ridgeline-inspired design philosophy.

2021 Subaru Ascent

The front gets LED headlights and DRLs while the sides are more compelling with massive alloy wheels. Standard safety features are included in both packages. Though, the 2022 Pilot gets additional advanced driver assistance technologies.

2022 Honda Pilot Final Verdict

Honda’s biggest selling point is its reliable powertrain underneath. The 2022 Pilot gets a powerful 3.5-Liter V6 along with now-standard ZF 9-speed Automatic transmission. The duo generates robust power for the long run. The handling capability of the car is one of the best-in-class.

The 2022 Pilot comes with an Interior space that reflects a good mix of luxury and sporty vibes. The latest package includes a series of advanced driver aids that enhances driving as well as passenger protection. Overall, the 2022 Honda Pilot certainly comes out on top as one of the best midsize SUVs that you can buy in the market right now.

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