Honda Pilot 2021
- FUEL TYPEPetrol
- MILEAGE20 MPG City / 27 MPG Highway
- ENGINE3471 cc
- CAR TYPESUV
- FUEL ECONOMY20 MPG City / 27 MPG Highway
The 2021 Honda Pilot is a trendy alternative to a minivan, but its third row isn't as roomy and it's hardly more stylish. Still, this SUV boasts an available all-wheel-drive system, lofty seating height, and a fair amount of ground clearance—traits that many crossover shoppers desire. This Honda also has a speedy and fuel-efficient V-6 powertrain that doesn't disappoint. However, those looking for a gratifying driving experience may want to look elsewhere. The Pilot does provide a cavernous cabin, with ample cargo space and small-item storage, and its host of standard driver assists and popular infotainment features help it compete with rivals such as the Volkswagen Atlas and Toyota Highlander. Although the 2021 Pilot isn't the snazziest mid-size crossover out there, it's versatile and inoffensive enough to appeal to a wide range of people.
What's New for 2021?
For the 2021 Pilot lineup, Honda added a new Special Edition model and made the nine-speed automatic transmission standard. Previously, the nine-speed was offered only on the Touring trim level and up. Lesser versions had a clunky six-speed automatic. The Special Edition slots between the EX and Touring trims and advertises black 20-inch wheels, a foot-activated power tailgate, and wireless charging. All 2021 models come standard with paddle shifters, dual-zone climate control, and an automatic stop-start system. To compensate for these many upgrades, Honda raised the Pilot's base price by $600.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- LX - $33,775
- EX - $36,455
- Special Edition - $40,485
- Touring - $44,040
- Elite - $49,945
Black Edition - $51,445
We think the Pilot Special Edition represents the best combination of features and price. It includes black 20-inch wheels, a hands-free power tailgate, leather-trimmed upholstery, roof rails, second-row sunshades, a sunroof, and wireless charging. We'd also add all-wheel drive for $2000 because it increases the Pilot's maximum tow rating from 3500 pounds to 5000.
Features & Options
Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA) ★★★★★
The 2021 Honda Pilot earned a five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but it was not named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Every Pilot has a host of standard driver-assistance technology. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Honda's warranty is entirely average for its class. Hyundai, for example, offers one that's significantly longer, and Toyota provides the added bonus of complimentary scheduled maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance