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Trims, Powertrain, and Performance

With its lineup of six trims (Sport, EX-L, TrailSport, Touring, Elite, and Black Edition), the ’25 Pilot has an option for every buyer. Most versions of the Pilot can seat up to eight passengers, although the TrailSport’s second-row captain’s chairs reduce seating to seven. Beneath the hood there’s a 285-hp V6 engine producing 285 hp and 262 lb.-ft. of torque joined to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but the TrailSport, Touring, and Black Edition come with all-wheel drive, which is optional for the others.

All trims have a towing limit of 3,500 pounds with FWD, which goes up to 5,000 lb. with AWD. As for fuel economy, the FWD Pilot returns an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. With AWD, it achieves 19 city/25 highway (18 city/23 highway with the TrailSport).

Standout Equipment

The base-level Sport has some great features, like power-adjustable heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, proximity keyless entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, roof rails, a push-button start, three USB-C charging ports, 7-inch driver information display, fold-flat second- and third-row seats, a dual-level cargo floor with a hidden storage compartment, automatic LED headlights, LED fog lights, a 12-volt power outlet, rear privacy glass, and variable intermittent windshield wipers. It also has five modes the driver can select from according to the conditions: Normal, Econ, Snow, Tow, and Sport. With AWD, a Trail & Sand mode will be added, as is the case with all other AWD Pilots.

The EX-L’s improvements are leather upholstery, wireless phone charging, upgraded side mirrors (they’re heated with turn-signal indicators, position memory, and reverse gear tilt-down), a power tailgate, position memory for the driver’s seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, CabinTalk (Honda’s in-car PA system), two additional USB-C charging ports, second-row climate controls and window sunshades, a 12-volt cargo-area power outlet, and a conversation mirror. The jam-packed TrailSport comes ready for adventure with all-terrain tires, a Class III trailer hitch, underbody skid plates, and front and rear recovery hooks. Beyond that, it includes a heated steering wheel, a panoramic moonroof, power-folding side mirrors, a heated windshield-wiper zone, vibrant orange interior contrast stitching, and a 110-volt power outlet.

While the Touring lacks most of the TrailSport’s exclusive amenities, it compensates with a hands-free liftgate, ambient interior lighting, and a removable second-row middle seat that can be stored in the designated trunk compartment. The Elite gets the heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated wiper zone, power-folding side mirrors, and 110-volt power outlet and introduces perforated leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, a head-up display, rain-sensing windshield wipers, auto-dimming side mirrors, a 10.2-inch driver information display, and LED door-trim lighting. The brand-new Black Edition mirrors the Elite’s equipment list, but it adds namesake gloss-black styling.

Advanced Driver-Assist Technology

The 2025 Pilot is set up with a full complement of cutting-edge safety features via the Honda Sensing suite. Every trim has forward collision warning, lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, lane keeping assist, traffic jam assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, automatic high beams, driver attention monitoring, a blind-spot information system, and rear cross-traffic alert. The EX-L and above also include low-speed braking control and front and rear parking sensors. The lower trims get a rearview camera with dynamic gridlines and a built-in camera washer, while the TrailSport, Elite, and Black Edition get an enhanced setup featuring multi-angle camera views (including one for seeing beneath the vehicle).

Infotainment and Connectivity

Staying connected and entertained in the ’25 Pilot is easy through Honda’s excellent multimedia system, which comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, a seven-speaker audio system, and HondaLink connected services. The Sport has a 7-inch touchscreen and a 240-watt sound system with seven speakers. The others upgrade to a 9-inch touchscreen and superior sound, with a nine-speaker (with subwoofer) 245-watt sound unit for the EX-L and TrailSport and a Bose system for the three highest trims. All but the base Sport also add SiriusXM satellite radio, HD Radio, and wireless smartphone integration. Connected navigation, voice recognition, HondaLink subscription services, and a Wi-Fi hotspot are standard in the Touring and above.



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