2019 Honda HR-V And Pilot Gain Updated Styling And New Tech

Honda is launching significantly upgraded versions of its 8-passenger Pilot SUV and subcompact HR-V crossover, boasting new looks, improved powertrains and better onboard technology.

Both cars will go on sale at Honda dealerships on July 16 (Pilot) and July 24 (HR-V), with new Display Audio systems that feature a physical volume knob, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, plus an expanded application of Honda Sensing.

On the safety front, Honda Sensing will now be standard on all Pilot models, and on EX and higher grades of the HR-V. The Japanese automaker is aiming to integrate Honda Sensing into all vehicles sold in the U.S. by 2022.

“The continued fortification of the Honda light truck lineup with the refreshed 2019 Pilot and HR-V further enhances our already award-winning lineup of Honda SUVs,” stated U.S. Honda exec, Henio Arcangeli Jr.

“With application to HR-V, Honda Sensing is now available or standard on every Honda model, which is both an incredible benefit to our customers and increased value over the competition.”

2019 Honda HR-V

Honda’s sporty subcompact crossover now welcomes new Sport and Touring trims, upgraded styling, better connectivity but also an improved CVT and all-wheel drive system, variable-ratio electric power steering and additional sound deadening.

As previously stated, the 2019 HR-V is available with Honda Sensing for the first time, standard on EX and higher trims. This bundle of safety systems includes Collision Mitigation, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control.

2019 Honda Pilot

As for the Pilot, it now comes with a more aggressive exterior styling, a new hands-free power tailgate and a more refined 9-spede automatic (available on Touring and Elite trims).

Other tech upgrades include 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi, a larger Rear Entertainment System with Blu-Ray and streaming video capability, CabinTalk in-car PA system, CabinControl, a new Display Audio touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, over-the-air updates and a volume knob.

Full details on both models will be available when they go on sale next month.

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  • Dennis Scipio

    I see that the Facelifted Pilot’s steering wheel is ripped straight from the 2018 Odyssey.

    • Jay

      Much better than ripping it from a civic…

    • pjl35

      …and? The last generations of each shared the same steering wheel too.

      • Dennis Scipio

        So, I just realized it, you don’t have to rub it in.

        • pjl35

          lol commenting once = rubbing it in? okkkkkk.

          • Dennis Scipio

            whatever man, ugh,

  • TrevP

    They need to fix the dash on the Pilot. The shift control buttons are too low, it looks weird IMO. MDX has the same issue. They need to follow in the Odyssey/RDX footsteps with an updated dash

  • eye.surgeon

    Hrv needs more power, it’s hopelessly slow.

    • Saviola Seyrenia

      yeah compared to cx3, hrv is slow

  • Soob

    Finally updated the HR-V

  • Joe E

    HR-V looks better / “more premium” to me, Pilot the opposite. Looks more like its sister the Odyssey. The Pilot has never looked quite right since the first gen, IMO.

    • rodriguez256

      I own a 2008 Pilot EXL, I’ve never cared for any newer models after that year. They all looked too square and I didn’t care for the interiors either. I was happy when Honda came out with the lastest model until I actually got to see it. To minivan looking, interior is better but overall a big no for me. I’ll still with my 08 for as long as possible.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    Given that the HR-V offers only a tiny bit more cargo space than the Fit, but costs thousands more for less fuel economy, the only real reason to buy the HR-V and not the Fit is if one absolutely has to have AWD, for which there is an additional premium.

  • Nawfal Amrani

    if you need a big cargo you must choose HR-V.
    the fit is more fuel economy than HR-V .

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