2020 Honda Pilot Near Springfield


Despite the wide selection of SUVs on the market today, the seven- or eight-passenger Honda Pilot remains a top contender in this class – and for good reason. Because of its continued success, Honda is holding fast to the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” motto for their largest vehicle in the 2020 model year. One exciting change, though, is the introduction of the Black Edition, a version with a sleek and refined all-black finish that promises to grab its share of attention.

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Trims and Standard Equipment

The ’20 Pilot comes in an array of trims – LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite – each getting its power from a smooth 3.5-liter V6 that stirs 280 horses and 262 pound-feet of torque. While a six-speed automatic transmission is standard on most trims, a nine-speed automatic comes on the top two. Front-wheel drive is standard on the lower trims, with all-wheel drive available; AWD comes standard on the Elite and Black Edition.

The base LX receives automatic LED headlights, 60/40-split flat-folding third-row seats, and a rearview camera system. If you upgrade to the EX, you’ll notice a big jump in standard features, such as heated mirrors, keyless entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and one-touch slide-and-fold second-row seats. If you opt for the EX-L you’ll appreciate that it comes with a sunroof, a power liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, and second-row USB charge ports.

The Touring gets all of that plus roof rails, sound-reducing front door glass, front and rear parking sensors, a hands-free liftgate, and heated rear seats. At the top of the heap, the Elite comes standard with the second-row captain’s chairs, auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, and ventilated front seats. At the top of the heap, the all-new Black Edition gets the same equipment, but it comes with black exterior accents and red interior trim.

Safety & Technology

State-of-the-art active safety features are generous across all trim levels. Even the base trim comes with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, road departure mitigation, lane keeping assist, and automatic high-beam assist. The EX adds to these a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, which carries over to the remaining trims. Also, the ’20 Pilot received a five star crash-test safety rating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is the organization’s highest safety distinction.

The LX is outfitted with a 5-inch central entertainment/communication display, a seven-speaker audio system, and USB auxiliary inputs. The EX upgrades to an 8-inch screen and adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With the EX-L, a second-row USB charging port is included, while the Touring gets integrated navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a premium 10-speaker audio system. The Elite and Black Edition add a wireless smartphone charger.