2019 Honda Pilot
The 2019 Pilot is a midsized family SUV designed with an impressive array of safety and comfort features. There are five trim levels of the pilot: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite, all available with intelligent AWD (standard in Elite). Honda Sensing, a collection of driver aid technologies, now comes standard in all but the LX. The available HondaLink capability connects with smartphones and allows seamless access to the contacts, music, and apps on the device, plus lost vehicle location and other services. For New Englanders looking for an all-weather SUV, traction management for snow is available in the EX and higher.
All trims come standard with a powerful 280 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. A six-speed automatic comes standard in the first three trims, while the two higher trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters for those who want a little mre control of the gear shifts. This fuel-efficient SUV gets up to 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.
Safety and Technology
Honda has made safety a top priority across its lineup, and the ’19 Pilot is no exception, with Honda Sensing included on all trims. This impressive driver-aid suite is designed to alert the driver to imminent obstacles and reduce the chance of a collision. Its features include a collision mitigation braking system that helps bring the vehicle to a stop to avoid frontal collisions, a road departure system that detects when a driver crosses lanes without signaling, adaptive cruise control to maintain safe distances during highway driving, and lane-keeping assist that adjusts steering to help the Pilot remain centered in its lane. Additional driver assistance features available include blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross-traffic alert. There are advanced airbags all around, including three-row side curtain airbags with rollover sensors.
The infotainment system in the base-level Pilot has a five-inch touchscreen. On the EX and higher, this system is upgraded to an eight-inch display with HD radio and SiriusXM. HondaLink, which comes standard in all trims except the base LX, lets you seamlessly connect with smartphones and has other features that allow drivers to locate their stolen or parked Pilot, receive notifications when a warning light comes on, and receive a check-in from agents in the event of a collision. Satellite navigation comes standard in the Touring and Elite trims and is optional in the EX-L. Wireless phone charging comes standard in the Elite. The top two trims (Touring and Elite) receive hands-free power tailgates and parking sensors, along with a ten-speaker rear entertainment system and a 10.2-inch high-resolution screen equipped with a Blu-Ray player and built-in streaming apps.
Passenger Comfort/Cargo Space
Eight passengers can comfortably fit in the Pilot’s three rows of seating with the standard second-row bench seat for three, and seven passengers with the available pair of second-row captain’s chairs. Tri-zone automatic climate control and heated seats come standard in the EX and up for cold-weather comfort. The Elite also comes with a panoramic roof, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. With all of the seats in use, there will be 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space, expanding to 46.8 cubic feet with the third row folded down. If you have front-row passengers only, you can fold down both back rows to get a voluminous 83.9 cubic feet of cargo area.