The popular mid-size crossover is getting closer to the end of the production cycle. After the last-year refresh, we may presume that the current generation will remain in production for a couple of more years. Therefore, it’s not hard to predict that the 2021 Honda Pilot probably won’t feature any major change. Moreover, we expect to see the same overall layout we can see in the current model, not just in terms of the styling, but in terms of other design characteristics as well.
Under the hood, we won’t see changes despite that many reports still suggest electrification. On the other side, we may see a couple of novelties in terms of the standard equipment. Still, those would be quite minor additions. This model year won’t be particularly interesting for those who are searching for novelties. Therefore, we expect the launch date in a typical time of year, sometime near the end of 2020.
2021 Honda Pilot Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, we don’t expect to see any particular change. The current model has a couple of more years until the redesign and if we consider that the model was updated last year. For that occasion, we saw a couple of interesting novelties. Parts like headlights, grille, bumpers etc. were revised. Changes were subtle but very nice. All in all, the current model still looks quite decent and will remain competitive for a couple of more years for sure.
Mechanically, there is really nothing to complain about. This crossover delivers a pretty smooth ride and a great level of comfort. Therefore, the chassis setup will definitely remain the same.
Once again, there are no bigger changes to come. The recent update hasn’t brought too many novelties. Still, there is a new infotainment system, which works pretty well. It’s not the most intuitive system on the market, but it definitely won’t drive you crazy. Other than a new infotainment system, things are pretty typical in this crossover. The overall cabin look seems pretty decent. Of course, younger rivals look more opulent, but the Pilot also features a lot of quality materials.
On the other side, practicality has always been Pilot’s strong point. With 111 inches in wheelbase, this crossover may not be the largest vehicle in the class, but the amount of space is great. All three rows are adult-friendly, which isn’t the case with most rivals. Standard setup has eight seats, but if you pick second-row captain’s chairs, it goes down to seven. Also, the cargo area is generous as well. You can count on about 16.5 cubic feet behind rear seats, while the overall volume goes up to 85 cubic feet.
When it comes to features, we could see a couple of additions in the new model. Still, the overall trim level organization and list of standard equipment should remain pretty much the same. A new Black Edition trim level has been added to the lineup. It comes with a variety of exclusive styling details, but the list of features is quite similar to the Elite trim.
The base model remains a little bit short in terms of standard equipment. It still uses a small 5-inch screen and comes with a quite short list of standard tech features, including Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a seven-speaker audio system. Things are much better in higher trim levels, where you can get an 8-inch touchscreen, 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, wireless charging, moonroof etc.
When it comes to safety, there is really nothing to complain about. All models come standard with things like rearview camera, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control. Moreover, you can also get more advanced features like blind-spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross-traffic alert.
2021 Honda Pilot Engine
No changes are expected under the hood. Despite many reports are suggesting electrification, we are pretty sure that won’t happen before the redesign. Therefore, the 2021 Honda Pilot will carry on with a familiar 3.5-liter V6, which is good for about 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A 9-speed transmission has been revised and now works even better.
The performances are very good. You can count on a strong acceleration, smooth ride and also a quite efficient ride. An average fuel economy goes around 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which are typical ratings for the class.
2021 Honda Pilot Release Date and Price
Considering that there are no bigger changes to come, we expect that the 2021 Honda Pilot will arrive by the end of next year. When it comes to the price, the current model starts at around 31.500 dollars and we don’t expect bigger changes in the future.