By Rick Popely on June 11, 2014
Most significant changes: New Special Edition model slots between the EX and EX-L
Price change: $200 increase on returning models
On sale: Now
Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2014
Once Honda slaps a "Special Edition" label on one of its vehicles, a redesigned model can't be far behind. Honda historically introduces SE models a year or so before it launches a new generation. Because the Pilot's upscale cousin, the Acura MDX, was redesigned for 2014, expect a new version of the Pilot SUV for 2016.
The Special Edition adds to the EX trim level's equipment with pewter gray aluminum wheels, a power moonroof, satellite radio and a DVD rear entertainment system. SE base prices are $33,120 with front-wheel drive and $34,720 with all-wheel drive, not including the $830 destination charge, or $1,000 more than an EX.
The eight-passenger Pilot returns with a standard 3.5-liter V-6 and five-speed automatic transmission and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive on all models. In addition to the EX, SE and EX-L (leather) price levels, it comes in base LX and top-shelf Touring trim levels. As per Honda's usual practice, options are limited, and you may have to move up a price level to get a particular feature. The rear-entertainment system is standard on the SE and Touring, for example, and a $1,600 option only on the EX-L. Navigation is standard on the Touring, a $2,000 option on the EX-L and not available on other models. If you want the rear entertainment and the navigation systems, Touring models are the only ones that have both.
Standard on all models is a three-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance plan. Previously, roadside assistance was included only with extra-cost extended service contracts.
Honda says the 2015s are on sale now, but currently there are more than 19,000 2014 Pilots in Cars.com's inventory. Honda is offering incentives deals on the 2014s through July 7, so you will likely find a better deal on a leftover 2014 Pilot that, aside from the SE, is a carbon copy of the 2015s.
Contributor Rick Popely has covered the auto industry for decades and hosts a weekly online radio show on TalkZone.com . Email Rick