Deep Red Honda Pilot driving down a curvy road

The new 2019 Honda Pilot is a constant favorite

 The Honda Pilot isn't your typical family vehicle--it's not a minivan, it's not a plodding broad boat, and it's not boring. No, the Honda Pilot is a new kind of family vehicle. It emphasizes fun and function, performance and practicality, and price and features in equal parts. The Pilot has always offered a good balance of the things you want with the affordability that you need, and new updates for 2019 have made it even better.


Trim levels for the 2019 Honda Pilot include the LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite, ranging from a well-equipped but simple base model all the way up to a fully loaded, luxury-level model with all of the bells and whistles.

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Exterior styling

The Honda Pilot may not be quite as flashy as some crossovers--it prefers a smoother and curvier look over the sharp, angular styling that we see from other modern SUVs. But smooth curves don't mean that it becomes a big or bulbous vehicle, susceptible to falling into the minivan trap. (You know, the trap wherein large SUVs try to be the perfect family vehicle, and then turn into slightly-higher-riding minivans.)

Engine and performance updates


The 2019 Honda Pilot comes standard with an impressive 3.5-liter V-6 engine paired to a six-speed or nine-speed automatic transmission. This engine delivers 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, which isn't the most in the segment but is within the top five--and it's a power you can really feel, too. When properly equipped, the Pilot can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Front-wheel drive comes standard on most Honda Pilot trim levels not only to keep starting prices down but to give buyers more choices while they shop--while this may come as a huge shock to diehard AWD enthusiasts, not everyone feels the need to have full-time control over all four wheels. However, should you fall into the former camp, the 2019 Pilot does offer All-Wheel Drive on all of its trims. And, with 7.3 inches of ground clearance, you can really make the most out of your travels.

Tech and connectivity features

The 2019 Honda Pilot offers a wide range of tech features, including a Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control System, a front infotainment system with a standard 5.0-inch display screen or optional 8.0-inch touchscreen, integration through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, available 4G LTE Wi-Fi, rear seat entertainment systems, and a new CabinTalk third-row speaker system.

Interior room and cargo space


The Pilot offers big convenience for families, with up to 153.1 cubic feet of passenger space and plenty of room to stretch out and grow. Heads, shoulders, knees, and toes--there's room for everyone.

But, if you're among those who aren't going to be hauling five or six passengers on the daily, you might be more interested in what room there is for your stuff. Behind the standard third row, the Pilot offers 16.5 cubic feet. Behind the second row, Honda's SUV gives up a hefty 46.8 cubic feet of cargo space and can still seat five comfortably. If you need full cargo capabilities for house hobbies, transporting goods, or going on an adventure, the 2019 Pilot delivers up to 83.9 cubic feet of cargo space.

Some measurements claim up to 109 cubic feet of cargo space, but those figures factor in pushed-forward seats and using floor space as storage. It's possible, but probably only in a pinch.

Safety and driver-assistance features

New for 2019, the Honda Pilot will now offer a standard suite of safety and driver-assistance features through the automaker's Honda Sensing package. These new standard features include:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking
  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keeping System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

These are some of the most advanced driver-assistance features of our time, and they come standard on every new Pilot trim. You can upgrade safety and security even further with a Blind Spot Monitor on the EX trim and above--Auto High-Beam Headlights are available, as well. That's a lot offered on a so-called economy SUV.

At the end of it

Do you really need anything else to convince you that the Honda Pilot is at least worthy of consideration? Sure, there are plenty of worthy rivals--but the Pilot should always be on your short list.

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