Sales of the fourth-generation Honda Pilot, including a new TrailSport version, start next month.
The 2023 Honda Pilot comes with a modernized exterior, a more sophisticated and roomy interior, increased cargo volume, and Honda’s most powerful ever all-new DOHC 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 285 hp and 262 pound-feet of torque.
The vehicle’s new 2nd-generation i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system improves off-road capability.
Depending on a trim level, the new premium interior features a multi-function removable 2nd-row middle seat, new front Body Stabilizing Seats, a 10.2-inch digital instrument display, and 7- or 9-inch Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatible touchscreens.
Also, the Honda Pilot is the only model in its class with seating for 8 and an opening panoramic sunroof.
Among the tech goodies, there are 7 available drive modes, including Sport, Tow, and Trail, a new wide-view camera and radar, Hill Descent Control as standard, next-gen airbags, and a TrailWatch camera system for navigation of obstacles.
The new version – Pilot TrailSport (in the photo) – comes with standard all-terrain tires, off-road suspension tunings, steel skid plates, and higher ground clearance.
Customers can select from 5 trim levels: Sport, EX-L, TrailSport, Touring, and Elite.
What We Think of the Model
The Honda Pilot is a good midsize family SUV, but it is one of the most expensive vehicles in its class (base price).
Despite plenty of active safety features offered by the Pilot, its predicted reliability and safety scores are below average.
So, when choosing a midsize SUV, you’d better consider more contenders, for example, the Hyundai Palisade or the Kia Telluride, which have nice interiors and are well-packed with new tech.
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