2021 Honda Pilot Review
The 2021 Honda Pilot – Large, Refined and Impressively Hi-Tech
From the most basic features available as part of the base model, such as its high powered V6 engine and Honda Sensing technology, to the more advanced additions of the Honda Pilot Touring and the new Special Edition trim, the brand new 2021 Honda Pilot definitely has a lot to offer. Seen as one of the top SUVs in its segment, the Pilot was fitted with some of Honda’s most advanced technology, and its elegant, aerodynamic body will capture your attention each time it passes by. With a large and roomy interior, improved fuel economy – especially with the AWD versions – and an overall smooth and balanced ride, this Honda 7 passenger SUV is undoubtedly going to be a favorite among the 2021 Honda lineup
2021 Honda Pilot Styling – Elegant and Aerodynamic
Luxury, refinement, elegance and an attention to detail when it comes to incorporating those traits into an overall rugged, yet aerodynamic exterior design will be just some of the qualities that you might find impressive when eyeing the new Honda Pilot for the first time. The front grille is designed to set the stage for the aggressive layout and chrome features included as part of the Pilot’s exterior. The sculpted headlights and smooth body lines add to the aerodynamic effect and make the car’s entire design flow in an artistic fashion, as the unique designs of the imposing looking 20-inch alloy wheels will attract your attention from the start. The new exterior features of the Honda Pilot Black Edition are some of the most impressive, as Honda’s most advanced trim for this model features a variety of exclusive elements like its 20-inch black alloy wheels, gloss-black styling for the front grille and distinctive black chrome accents that make the rear bumper and window surrounds look catchy and aggressive.
The Main Interior Features
Interior comfort is the main strong point of the 2021 Honda Pilot, and you will definitely notice that as soon as you get in. The Pilot’s interior is large, practically designed and with a layout that offers balanced seating for up to 8 people. It has lots of great storage compartments, and if you want to carry large items in the back, the 109 cubic feet capacity cargo volume obtained by folding the two rear seat rows will be a welcome surprise. The cabin comes with comfy leather seats and second row captain chairs, as well as Honda’s unique One-Touch 2nd Row feature, which provides easy electronic access to the second row. The CabinTalk feature is another unique addition that makes it easier for the driver to talk to passengers in the rear seats, making it one of the most useful hi-tech features a family car can have. Finally, when it comes to the more advanced interior elements of this Honda 3 row SUV, if you invest a little more to get one of the top tier trims, you can also get luxury features like a one-touch power moonroof, heated and ventilated front seats and tri-zone climate control to keep all your passengers happy and comfortable.
The Power and Performance of the 2021 Honda Pilot
The Pilot LX comes with a 260-hp, 3.5 liter V6 engine that can deliver up to 262 lb-ft of torque, dwarfing the performance of many other competing SUVs, since the well-calibrated engine is standard even on the cheapest Honda Pilot model. With newly enhanced features like Honda’s variable cylinder management (VCM), the direct-injected engine’s performance shows an improvement compared to past models, as its acceleration, power and towing capacity have all been increased. Although the Pilot starts out as an FWD model in the cheaper LX and EX trims, it comes with an impressive all-wheel-drive system and Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4®) as part of more advanced trims such as the Elite model. The AWD system knocks a point off the fuel economy rating of the SUV, so that the new Honda Pilot is one of only a few models in its segment with a city MPG rating lower than 20, its 26 MPG highway rating being nearly equally as impressive.
2021 Honda Pilot: Trim Levels and Pricing
There are a total of six trim levels offered by Honda for this model, most of which are priced around the $40k range, although the Honda Pilot LX, EX and EX-L models are quite affordable, with a starting price of just over $32k for the base level. The next trim is a brand-new trim level for the Pilot, known as the Honda Pilot Special Edition. It is considered one of the most well-balanced for its price, with such features as a hands-free power tailgate, large, 20-inch black wheels, sunshades for the second row and even a sunroof. The Touring model is the first one that comes with a rear entertainment system and a more powerful, 590W audio system, while the Honda Pilot Elite and Black Edition trims bring to the table such impressive luxury features as a panoramic roof, heated and ventilated front seats and the elegant, red ambient lighting along with many impressive styling features that are unique to the luxury Honda Pilot Black Edition trim.
Advanced Technology and Safety Features
The new 2021 Honda Pilot definitely comes with a lot of awesome technology that you can already start enjoying with the base model and some of the less expensive trims like the Honda Pilot EX, which offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard. The LX itself already has advanced features such as a multi-angle rearview camera, and once you check on the more Honda Pilot EXL and Touring, you’ll get a one-touch power moonroof and handy wireless features. Many additional tech features are included in the new Special Edition and Touring trims, as well as the most expensive of the Honda Models, with the Honda Satellite-Linked navigation system, WiFi hotspot support and the Cabin Control feature, which allows passengers to control the music and climate systems from their smartphones, are among the top most impressive tech features that the Pilot has to offer. Additionally, with a 5-star crash safety rating and safety features such as forward collision warning, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control available as standard as part of the Honda Sensing Suite, the 2021 Honda Pilot is not only one of the most stylish and versatile new SUVs on the market, but also among the safest you can get at such an accessible price.
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The 2021 Kia Telluride
While the new Pilot is one of the leading SUV’s in the market, there are some excellent alternatives. One that you should consider is the 2021 Kia Telluride. The Telluride does everything the Pilot does and more. It is one of the best-looking SUV’s on the road, it has a larger engine with more horsepower, comes with a much longer warranty, and most importantly, is a safer vehicle for you and your family. While both vehicles get a five-star safety rating (as most new SUV’s do), on the important Offset Crash Test (officially the “small front overlap test”), the Pilot only achieves an “average” rating while the Telluride gets the highest possible rating of “Good”. The Telluride also gets better fuel economy, because its transmission utilizes eight gears, while the Pilot’s only has six. The Telluride and Pilot are within half an inch of each other overall, but the Kia has a longer wheelbase, which helps in ride quality. And even though they’re nearly identical in overall size the Telluride has a smaller turning radius, making it easier to handle, which is an important feature in a large SUV. The Telluride has over four cubic feet more passenger space inside, and four more cubic feet of cargo space. The Telluride also has a much better warranty. The basic warranty is five years or 60,000 miles compared to the Pilot’s warranty at three years and 36,000 miles. The powertrain warranty is ten years and 100,000 miles compared to the Pilot’s at five years or 60,000 miles. The Telluride’s design is also newer, being introduced as a 2020 model, so it will be a while before a redesign, where the Pilot’s current body style was introduced in 2016 so the design is dated, and it’s due for a redesign soon.