2020 Honda Pilot Changes, Release Date, Hybrid

After the facelift, the 2020 Honda Pilot will come up only with minor changes. One of the new things we will have on this SUV is a hybrid engine. Besides that, the Japanese company could add a trim level, and modify features list for existing. All in all, the 2020 Pilot won’t disappoint.

Well, upcoming changes are so modest, so 2020 Honda Pilot Hybrid will easily steal the show. Under the spotlight, the new Pilot will have to bring something special with an electrified petrol engine. Besides that, we can expect all we usually presume – a seven and eight seating layout, a lot of safety equipment, and a reliable petrol engine.

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Honda Pilot Specs

Since the start of the new generation in 2016, the Pilot SUV is using a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. It has shown as a reliable source of power mated to a six- or nine-speed automatic transmission. Besides this choice, buyers of the 2020 Honda Pilot will be able to pick between the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive modes. All drivers will be very impressed with the performance of the new ZF transmission. Also, the 2020 Pilot is offering an Eco mode for fuel saving.

2020 Honda Pilot Hybrid

As said, the highlight of the new SUV is going to be a new drivetrain. The 2020 Honda Pilot Hybrid is finally arriving, after many speculations. However, we are still not sure if the base V-6 is going to be the base for this unit. Also, Honda is considering to launch a plug-in hybrid variant.

2020 Honda Pilot Hybrid Spy Shots

First spy shots are already here. According to these images, the 2020 Honda Pilot is going to be a plug-in hybrid. A large patch on the camouflage right above the wheel on driver’s side indicates so. That is the spot where usually the electric charger is attached.

2020 Honda Pilot hybrid spy shots

Gas Mileage

The new system is there to improve everything. The mid-size SUV can count on a slight boost on the power output. But, the biggest improvements are coming for the gas mileage. The best fuel economy with the conventional drivetrain comes when it is using a nine-pace gearbox. This mix returns 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on highways. The hybrid would definitely offer around 25-26 mpg for an urban drive. A plug-in hybrid system will have an extra option to drive using only the electric battery. Experts believe the car will have a range of around 30 miles.

2020 Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander

One of the main competitors of the 2020 Honda Pilot will be the Toyota Highlander. Well, in the same class are the Dodge Durango and Ford Explorer.  But currently, only the Highlander is coming with a hybrid engine is a mid-size three-row SUV class. The 2020 Pilot will be the next one, although Ford announced the Explorer Hybrid as well. Whatsoever, Honda is making a step forward with a PHEV model. This one is above others, so it will be interesting to see the response from the entire segment.

2020 Honda Pilot engine

2020 Honda Pilot Release Date

Fans of the Pilot SUV expect the model for 2019 and its facelift. However, we know which changes it brings. Also, the Japanese company is free to develop the next update and bosses made the decision about the 2020 Honda Pilot Hybrid. This SUV is coming soon and spy photos are there to confirm it. However, the exact release date is still uncertain.


The base version of the 2020 Honda Pilot will keep the price tag that is going to hang from 2019 version. Buyers will purchase it from $31,500. However, the price of a hybrid model is harder to predict. If we take its main competitor, Toyota Highlander, we will find the price of $37,000. It could be the starting cost of the 2020 Pilot Hybrid to be competitive.

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