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2019 Honda Pilot

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$31,450 — $48,020 MSRP
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7-8 Seats
21-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Honda Sensing active safety systems standard
  • Cabin quietness
  • Smooth highway ride
  • High-quality interior materials
  • One-touch, sliding second-row seats available
  • Numerous storage spaces

The Bad

  • Handling
  • Soft brake pedal
  • Captain’s chairs available only on higher-end trims
2019 Honda Pilot exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Honda Pilot
  • Restyled for 2019
  • Seats up to eight people in three rows
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • One engine, two available transmissions
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity available
  • Available hands-free power liftgate

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What's changed for 2019 on the Honda Pilot? Watch the video above to find out.

What Is the 2019 Honda Pilot?

Honda’s three-row SUV, the Pilot, is a reliable family hauler packed with standard and optional features. With seating for up to eight occupants, the current Pilot was redesigned for 2016 and is powered by a 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that teams with either a six-speed automatic transmission or, on higher-priced models, a nine-speed automatic. Competitors include the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander.

What’s New on the 2019 Honda Pilot?

The biggest news for 2019 is that Honda Sensing, a suite of advanced safety systems, is now standard on all models. Outside, the Pilot gets a slight refresh thanks to a new front-end design, new bumpers, new taillights and standard LED low-beam headlights. The interior's trim has slightly changed with a revised instrument cluster and upgraded available Display Audio system. Newly optional technology includes Honda’s CabinControl, which allows passengers to control the Pilot’s rear entertainment system and climate controls, and CabinTalk, which gives front-row occupants the ability to communicate with rear-seat passengers through the rear speakers and wireless headphones via a small microphone. Wireless smartphone charging and an in-car 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot are now offered. There’s now an optional hands-free power liftgate that opens when you kick your foot under a certain area of the rear bumper. Upper-level models with the nine-speed automatic get revised transmission tuning for smoother shifts, according to Honda. The fuel-saving auto stop-start system has also been updated to be smoother and provide quicker restarts.

What Features in the 2019 Honda Pilot Are Most Important?

Families will love the available second-row seats that, with one touch, slide to allow easy access to the third row. The newly optional hands-free power liftgate will be important to some shoppers, too. Significantly, the now-standard Honda Sensing system brings a host of active safety features including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist.

Should I Buy the 2019 Honda Pilot?

With a complete redesign a few years back followed by a refresh for 2019, the Pilot is a solid and sound choice we’d recommend when shopping for a three-row SUV. With sharper exterior styling backed by an impressive array of standard safety features, a quiet and refined ride, new high-tech options and lots of practicality, the Pilot gives families many of the things they want in an SUV.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
117 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(5.0)

1st new vehicle, Honda Pulot

by Brenda Boscawen NH from Concord, NH on May 26, 2019

I like the room and the comfort of this vehicle. I could not afford the Volvo XC90, but the Honda Pilot worked out for me. Read full review

(5.0)

Excellent Vehicle

by TimG from Bremerton on May 26, 2019

This vehicle is a great ride it's smooth and handles very well. There is a lot of room in this SUV, I like the outside styling and I'm glad I bought this vehicle. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Honda Pilot currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2019 Honda Pilot LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
marginal

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Honda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Pilot received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

C

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

B

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

C

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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