2021 Honda Pilot Preview: Hybrid, Changes, Redesign, Rumors

The popular mid-size crossover is one of the household names in the class and despite that there are many newcomers with amazing design characteristics, it still manages to mark more than decent numbers. Therefore, we presume that the Japanese manufacturer won’t rush with the redesign and that the 2021 Honda Pilot will come without more important novelties.

The current generation has been around since 2016, but it received a nice update in 2019. For that occasion, we saw both visual and mechanical changes, while new features came as well. Therefore, we expect that the next year won’t bring any particular design change. The current generation is about to remain in production for another year or two. On the other side, we won’t exclude the possibility to see novelties in terms of new standard features. We presume that the trim level organization will remain the same, but that each trim will come with a couple of novelties. The 2021 Honda Pilot should hit the market sometime late in the year.

2021 Honda Pilot

2021 Honda Pilot Redesign

Just like we’ve mentioned, design changes aren’t expected for the next year and the 2021 Honda Pilot should carry on in the same way. This means you may count on the design that has been introduced five years ago, and which has been updated last year. That update has brought a couple of subtle, but quite interesting changes. Of course, the focus was on styling. So, there is a new front end, with a revised grille, headlights, bumper, new fog lights etc. The rear end came with a couple of novelties as well.

On the other side, the mechanical aspect of the vehicle has remained the same and it will until we see a complete overhaul. That will probably happen in a couple of years.


This aspect of the crossover will also remain pretty much the same. The cabin has also received a couple of updates with the last-year update, particularly in terms of the new touchscreen and some revisions of controls on the center stack. The rest of the cabin has remained pretty much the same. Therefore, we presume that the 2021 Honda Pilot won’t bring any particular change either.

In practice, this means you may count on a well-built cabin, which doesn’t look as opulent as you can find in some other models, such as Mazda CX-9 or Hyundai Palisade, but the overall quality is really good. The crossover comes standard with three rows of seats. First two rows are quite comfortable and spacious, while the third one is typical tight for the class. The cargo area is also more than decent, as you may count on about 16.5 cubic feet behind the third row. The overall capacity goes up to 84 cubic feet.



As we’ve just mentioned, there is a chance to see a couple of novelties in this aspect for the next year. Still don’t expect too many changes. Most of the things will remain the same as on the current model, which currently comes standard with things like 5-inch display, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a seven-speaker audio system. Things are mauch better in higher trims, where you can get goodies like 8-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, a moonroof, wireless phone charging, a rear-seat entertainment system etc. We presume some of these things could become standard in the next-year model.

On the other side, the list of safety features is already really long, so we don’t bigger changes for the next year. The current model already comes standard with goodies like  a 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. Additionally, you can get things like blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic alert.

2021 Honda Pilot Engine

Under the hood, the 2021 Honda Pilot will carry on with just one engine in the offer. Of course, we are talking about a familiar 3.5-liter V6 engine, which delivers around 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. While base trims come with a 6-speed automatic transmission, higher trims are available with a newer 9-speed gearbox. This engine offers pretty good driving dynamics, while the fuel economy is decent as well. You may count on about 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which are quite typical ratings for the class.

2021 Honda Pilot rear

2021 Honda Pilot Release Date and Price

Considering that there are no bigger changes to come for the next year, we presume that the launch date will be scheduled for the second half of the year, probably sometime late. The price should also remain pretty much the same, so base models should go around 33.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, Mazda CX-9, Toyota Highlander etc.

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