2019 Honda Pilot Vies For Top Honors In Mid-Size SUV Class

Honda currently offers one of the strongest competitors in the three-row mid-size SUV segment with the Pilot; it may not be as exciting to look at or to drive as, say, a Mazda CX-9, but it offers plenty of space and practicality to big families.

For the 2019MY, the Pilot got a styling update, making it look a bit more distinctive thanks to a new fascia with redesigned LED headlights and fog lights and a restyled grille. The rear end follows suit with new taillights, a refreshed bumper and chrome accents.

Power still comes from a 3.5-liter V6 that kicks out 280hp and 262lb-ft of torque. More expensive trim levels get an updated nine-speed automatic transmission, while the cheaper ones stick to a six-speed auto.

The interior can seat eight adults in comfort, featuring all kinds of features that will help parents in keeping their kids calm and occupied, including a 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi and a rear entertainment system with Blu-Ray and streaming video capability. Honda also offers the CabinTalk in-car PA system which helps the front passengers communicate more easily with those in the back.

The instrument cluster features a seven-inch configurable display and there’s a new infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, over-the-air updates and a physical volume knob.

Is the 2019 Honda Pilot the ultimate family hauler for those who don’t want a minivan? Let’s see what Edmunds has to say about it.


  • Craig

    The thing is…. and this applies to ALL SUV’s… I don’t want to pay for all of the ‘toys’ intended to amuse people sitting in the BACK seat. Rarely if ever would anyone be sitting behind me. And there would never be any kids. I’d like a driver focused SUV with all of the bells and whistles with a back seat that is basically police-car-plain.

  • brn

    “Vies For Top Honors In Full-Size SUV”

    Wouldn’t it need to be a full size SUV as a starter?

  • Paul

    Full size?

    • SpongeBob99Swell


      Mid-Size Crossovers are vehicles like the Ford Edge, Nissan Murano (heck Honda is planning to bring back the Passport as one soon)

      • Paul

        Full size: Chevy Tahoe and the like.

        • SpongeBob99Swell

          The Tahoe, Sequoia, Expedition etc, are Full-Size *Body-On-Frame* SUVs. That slot above mid-size ones like the 4Runner.

  • Evan Adams

    You can’t be <6000# and be full size. Try mid at best.

  • Joe Mosely

    Seems like a comfortable little van.

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