2020 Honda Pilot Changes, Hybrid, Redesign

The forthcoming 2020 Honda Pilot is a 3-row crossover SUV that can fit up to eight passengers. Furthermore, the most popular family SUV now offers plenty of interior space and advanced safety technology.

The infotainment system is aging and it is no way near some other competitors’ systems. Primarily, the 2020 Honda Pilot is an on-road crossover SUV, the ride is comfortable and the handling is superb. Fuel economy could’ve been better, but it still remains respectable. On top of that, Honda’s latest SUV is powered by a proven V6 drivetrain option. The newest model is currently testing and we got some of the spy photos.

2020 Honda Pilot front

2020 Honda Pilot exterior will be slightly smaller than predecessor

After the two generations of the Pilot model, Honda replaced its boxy styling with a more modern and sleeker appearance. The styling is very similar to the smaller HR-V and CR-V models. On the other hand, the 2020 Honda Pilot will arrive with slightly smaller dimensions, if we compare it with predecessor.

But on the other hand, this crossover SUV looks better than before. The LED headlights design are looking good and the same pattern continues on the taillights.

2020 Honda Pilot interior

2020 Honda Pilot interior is comfy and techy

The 2020 Honda Pilot offers a very comfortable interior with plenty of soft-touch materials and surfaces. The door panels and the dashboard are looking very upscale, especially in a combination with the optional leather seats. The cabin is practical and the cargo area is above average. Even enlarged center console bin offers ample storage space. The navigation system is all-new, and the new interface is looking great, instead of cartoonish. The second-row seats are comfy and are easy to access, while the third-row seats are featuring a one-touch folding system.

The 2020 Honda Pilot has an additional storage below the third-row, under the floor to be precise and it adds an additional three cubic feet of storage. Numerous USB ports are in the offer as a standard and rear entertainment system comes in HD and is optional.

Trim options

Like the previous model, the new one will be offered with five trims LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite. The base one trim LX comes with manual air conditioning, Integrated key/remote, Day-night rearview mirror, cruise control with steering wheel controls, heated steering wheel, full cloth headliner and many more.

This trim is available with front-wheel drive system as standard and all-wheel drive as an option. Both this versions will be offered with eight color options Obisians Forest Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Deep Scarlet, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Steel Saphire Metallic and White Diamond Pearl. However if one chooses the EX and EX-L it will get front ventilated disc brakes, brake assist, dual front side impact airbags, remote keyless entry, rear child safety locks, chrome grille, skid plates. Furthermore, the EX-L will bring leather-trimmed seats, rear entertainment system and Honda sensing.

The last two trims Touring and Elite will be highlights of this model. However, the Touring will come with front wheel drive system and optional all-wheel drive, while the Elite one comes standard with the all-wheel-drive system. The same palette of interior colors will be there on both trims Beige, Black and Gray. However, the Touring trim gets front ventilated disc brakes, immobilizer, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability control, 20-inch Alloy wheels, Honda Sensing. The Elite one will get all features above plus will add heated 2nd-Row captain’s chairs, panoramic roof, blind spot information system and LED Highlights w/ auto On-Off.

Safety features

The safety of the 2020 Honda Pilot will be great thanks to the Honda Sensing suite. It includes a rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, road-departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control and collision-mitigation system. This safety package is optional on the base model, and standard on Touring and Elite trim levels.

2020 Honda Pilot side

2020 Honda Pilot engine, fuel economy and transmission

The only engine option under the hood of the 2020 Honda Pilot is a 3.5-liter V6. This drivetrain returns 280 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque, a 6-speed automatic transmission is available. However, a 9-speed automatic gearbox is available in the Touring and Elite models. This transmission has impressed so far, shifting is smooth and all-wheel drive setup is standard.

In order to improve ride quality on rough terrains such as snow or mud, Honda added a traction-management system. On top of that, an Eco mode is included too and it shuts half of the cylinders for a better fuel economy. Speaking of that, fuel economy it gives EPA city/highway fuel economy of 19/27 mpg for the 6-speed automatic and FWD system and 18/26 mpg for the 6-speed automatic with AWD system. However, with a 9-speed automatic transmission and FWD, it gives 20/27 mpg and 19/26 mpg for the 9-speed automatic with AWD.

2020 Honda Pilot hybrid version rumors

From some sources comes a rumor that this year model will be also available with a hybrid system. Furthermore, this model will be more visually oriented and recognized. From some speculations, the newest 2020 Honda Pilot will use the same engine that is present in model Honda Accord. If that is true the model will come with a 2.0-liter petrol unit and an electric battery.

Just to add that Honda Accord sedan hybrid comes with an output of 215 HP. However, we expect slightly higher output in the new 2020 Nissan Pilot hybrid and also the highlight of this model will be fuel economy.

2020 Honda Pilot rear

2020 Honda Pilot price and release date

The all-new Honda Pilot will keep its existing price which is $33,000. A better-equipped model such as EX and EX-L starts at $35,000 while the Touring trim levels cost $45,500. Honda Pilot Elite model will cost almost $50,000. This crossover SUV will go on sale later next year. The upcoming 2020 Honda Pilot will rival models like Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevy Traverse, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer.

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