2020 Honda Pilot Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

2020 Honda Pilot Model Overview at Germain Honda of Ann Arbor

Honda Pilot

Key Features

  • Starting at $32,645 MSRP*
  • Standard 3.5-liter i-VTEC® direct injection V6 engine with 280 horsepower
  • Standard Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive features
  • Available new Display Audio touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration with volume knob
  • Optional perforated heated and ventilated front seats with heated 2nd-row captain’s chairs
  • Available Intelligent Variable Torque Management™(i-VTM4™) AWD system
  • Available Blu-ray Rear Entertainment System (RES) with 115-volt power outlet, HDMI® Interface and integrated 2nd-row sunshades
  • Optional Pilot-first Telematics Control Unit (TCU) AT&T 4G LTE On-Board Wi-Fi Connection

About the Honda Pilot

Regardless of your destination, the 2020 Honda Pilot offers style, versatility, and cutting-edge technology to help you make the most of every mile. As one of the few vehicles in the segment which offers 8-passenger seating, the Pilot delivers generous cargo capacity and customizable seating configurations for added capability. An updated exterior emphasizes the off-road capabilities of the Pilot without altering its instantly-recognizable design that’s become a hit with growing families.

Now standard on every 2020 Pilot, the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies help inspire confidence behind the wheel. Available Satellite-Linked Navigation features turn-by-turn guidance to help you arrive at your destination promptly. A hands-free power operated tailgate makes it easier than ever to access the cargo area — even with your hands full of shopping bags.

Critic Reviews

The Pilot is a very comfortable given its above-average ride quality and seat comfort, plus ample space in first and second rows. Ease of use is very high, too, which makes the Pilot a convenient and easy vehicle to live with.” — Edmunds
All this practicality would be useless if the Pilot were a drag to drive, but Honda has gone to great lengths to ensure that the driver and passenger get an experience that feels more premium than you expect for the Pilot’s price tag.” — Kelley Blue Book

What’s New for 2020

Building on the success of last year, the Honda Pilot returns for 2020 mostly unchanged. However, a new range-topping Black Edition trim level is now available. Now the highest trim level in the Pilot lineup positioned above the Elite trim, the Black Edition comes standard with all-wheel drive, heated second-row captain’s chairs, along with unique exterior and interior treatments. All Black Edition models include Black Crystal Pearl exterior paint, black-painted 20-inch alloy wheels, and eye-catching black exterior trim. Inside, drivers will enjoy a premium black leather interior featuring red contrast stitching along with red accent lighting.

2020 Honda Pilot Features

2020 Honda Pilot Exterior Styling

Style, Performance, and Capability

Athletic, composed, and versatile, the Honda Pilot stands out with its aggressive front fascia featuring standard LED low-beam headlights. New features found at the rear of the vehicle include new taillights with amber turn signals and LED backup lights and an available Pilot-first hands-free power tailgate.

A standard 3.5-liter i-VTEC® direct injection V6 produces 280 horsepower, offering a balanced combination of power and efficiency on the Honda Pilot. An upgraded Idle Stop system further improves fuel economy thanks to new programming and a new brake pressure trigger for quicker restarts. On Touring and Elite models, the standard 9-speed automatic transmission (9AT) has been refined for smoother launch and lower speed acceleration. All-wheel drive is available on every trim level of the Honda Pilot for superior grip across a variety of road and weather conditions.

2020 Honda Pilot Interior

Premium Interior

You’ll find premium materials, luxurious amenities, and practical features which make the interior of the 2020 Honda Pilot a great place to relax and unwind. Updates for the new model year include a new steering wheel with simplified controls and new instrumentation. Second-row captain’s chairs are now available on both Touring and Elite models while second-row retractable sunshades are available on EX-L, Touring, and Elite grades. Perforated leather seating surfaces, heated and ventilated front seats, and 590-watt premium audio system with 10 speakers are only a few examples of luxury features available inside the Honda Pilot. Improved for 2020, an optional Rear Entertainment System (RES) offers a larger screen and can even play CDs in the same drive that plays DVDs and Blu-ray™ media.

2020 Honda Pilot Display Audio System Apple CarPlay

Innovative Technology

Offering customizable shortcuts and simplified menus, an all-new Display Audio System is your hub for infotainment inside the 2020 Pilot. An optional 4G LTE-based Wi-Fi hotspot can support up to seven devices and enables “Smart TV”-style video streaming of select video content directly to the Rear Entertainment System (RES) via any Wi-Fi connection. Also available for the first time on the Pilot is wireless smartphone charging, using the Qi and PMA charging standards. CabinTalk™ incorporates a HandsFreeLink® microphone to allow simple communication with second and third row passengers using the rear speakers, wireless headphones, or both. An all-new CabinControl™ lets you control various functions such as rear climate and the audio system using your compatible smartphone.

2020 Honda Pilot Honda Sensing Safety Features

Advanced Safety

Every 2020 Honda Pilot comes standard with the comprehensive Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive features. Technologies found in this impressive collection include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), and Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning. Other standard features include automatic high beams and a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera for peace of mind when backing out of a tight parking space. As a result, it comes as no surprise that the 2020 Honda Pilot targets a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Trims & Specs

2020 Honda Pilot LX

2020 Pilot LX

  • Starting at $32,645 MSRP*
  • 280-horsepower direct-injected, i-VTEC® V6 engine
  • Honda Sensing®
  • LED headlights with auto-on/off
  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • 8-passenger seating
2020 Honda Pilot EX

2020 Pilot EX

  • Starting at $35,525 MSRP*
  • 8-inch Display Audio with high-resolution touchscreen, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration
  • Heated front seats with 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock®
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • One-touch 2nd-row seats
2020 Honda Pilot EX-L

2020 Pilot EX-L

  • Starting at $38,955 MSRP*
  • Leather-trimmed interior
  • Power tailgate
  • One-touch power moonroof
  • Integrated 2nd-row sunshades
  • Three USB charging ports
2020 Honda Pilot Touring

2020 Pilot Touring

  • Starting at $43,715 MSRP*
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™
  • Blu-ray™ Rear Entertainment System (RES)
  • Mobile hotspot capability
  • Blue ambient LED lighting and front beverage holders
  • 590-watt premium audio system with 10 speakers
2020 Honda Pilot Elite

2020 Pilot Elite

  • Starting at $49,215 MSRP*
  • Standard variable torque all-wheel-drive (AWD)
  • Panoramic roof
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • LED front-row map lights
2020 Honda Pilot Black Edition

2020 Pilot Black Edition

  • Starting at $50,715 MSRP*
  • Black Edition Exterior Trim
  • Black Edition Leather Interior
  • 20-Inch Black Alloy Wheels
  • Red Ambient LED Lighting
  • Heated Second-Row Captain’s Chairs

*MSRP includes $1,095.00 destination charge but excludes tax, license, registration, and options. Dealers set own prices.

**19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT models. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT models. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT models. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT models. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.