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Trims and Powertrain

Honda offers six trims for the 2024 Pilot: LX, Sport, EX-L, Touring, TrailSport, and Elite. Their power source is a 3.5-liter V6 making 285 horsepower. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard with the LX, Sport, EX-L, and Touring, which are eligible for the all-wheel drive (AWD) that the TrailSport and Elite get standard. A ten-speed automatic transmission completes the powertrain.

With AWD, the Pilot can tow up to 5,000 pounds (towing maxes out at 3,500 pounds with FWD). The EPA-estimated fuel economy for the FWD-equipped Pilot is 19 mpg around town and 27 mpg on the open road, which changes to 25 mpg on the highway for Pilots with AWD. The TrailSport is rated for 18 city/23 highway.

LX

The base LX has a second-row bench for eight-person seating. For standard features, it gets proximity keyless entry, cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button ignition, LED exterior lighting, rear privacy glass, power exterior mirrors, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, a 7-inch driver information display, USB media and charge ports, and 18-inch wheels. Honda Sensing, the proprietary grouping of advanced safety technologies, comes standard and consists of forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, road departure mitigation, traffic jam assist, adaptive cruise control, a driver attention monitor, automatic high beams, and traffic sign recognition. The multimedia system uses a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen to manage the seven-speaker sound system, smartphone integration (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), Bluetooth, and hands-free text messaging.

Sport

The Sport has the same multimedia setup as the LX (a 7-inch touchscreen and seven-speaker audio system with smartphone integration, Bluetooth, and hands-free texting). It adds comfort with remote start, heated front seats, a ten-way power driver’s seat, a four-way power front passenger seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Its exterior is improved with LED fog lights and 20-inch wheels. Blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert joins the safety technology array.

EX-L

A pair of captain’s chairs can be opted for in the EX-L to give the second-row passengers additional space and comfort while reducing passenger capacity to seven. This mid-grade trim also receives leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, a third zone for the automatic climate control, a power tailgate, position memory for the driver, rear door sunshades, heated power exterior mirrors with integrated LED turn indicators, sound-reducing windshield glass, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, SiriusXM satellite radio, the CabinTalk intercom system, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Low-speed braking control (for parking and low-speed maneuvering) and front and rear parking sensors are added to the previously mentioned list of safety technologies at this level, while the multimedia touchscreen increases to 9 inches while two more speakers are added (for a total of nine).

TrailSport

The TrailSport is differentiated by its off-road attributes: a specially tuned suspension, an extra inch of ground clearance, underbody skid plates, front and rear recovery points, and the TrailWatch camera system, which gives the driver a better view of obstructions off the pavement. It gets the second-row captain’s chairs by default and is otherwise equipped like the EX-L, but with the addition of a panoramic moonroof, a heated steering wheel, a heated windshield, simulated leather upholstery with orange stitching, gloss-black exterior treatments, and a trailer hitch.

Touring

The Touring is geared toward comfortable road trips, and so it focuses on amenities to that end rather than trail driving. It starts with the EX-L’s standard equipment list and adds a multi-function second-row bench with a stowable middle seat, expanded proximity keyless entry (which also unlocks the rear doors), LED interior lighting, sound-reducing glass for the front doors, a hands-free tailgate, and 20-inch wheels. Its sound system is upgraded to a 12-speaker Bose unit, and the multimedia system adds navigation, access to HondaLink remote services, and Wi-Fi hotspot capability.

Elite

The Elite mirrors the Touring’s standard equipment but with these additional amenities: a heated steering wheel, a heated windshield, perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats in the second row, a head-up display, a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Like the TrailSport, it receives the TrailWatch monitor, while also getting the same multimedia upgrades as the Touring (navigation, access to HondaLink remote services, Wi-Fi hotspot capability, and a Bose sound system with a dozen speakers).

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