Honda’s Pilot three-row SUV was refreshed for 2019 and carries on for 2020 largely unchanged but with a new top-of-the-line Black Edition. That’s in addition to a $100 price bump for starting prices across the rest of the lineup, which is arriving at dealers now.
The Black Edition builds on the current Elite top trim level, which includes standard all-wheel drive and heated second-row captain’s chairs; it adds a dash of black-trim macho to the family-oriented Pilot, as well as an upgraded interior look. The Pilot’s new edition is darker even than its black-trimmed new 2019 Passport two-row SUV cousin and is similar to the related Honda Ridgeline pickup’s blacked-out top model. It comes only with a Crystal Black Pearl paint job and the theme, which figures to scare the children in the car-pool lane, continues with black-painted 20-inch alloy wheels and a black finish on the grille, headlight and foglight trim, side and window trim, and the door handles.
Inside the Black Edition, the monochromatic black theme is broken up a little with devilish red accents that include red dot accents on the front- and second-row leather seating surfaces and red accent stitching on those seats, as well as on the door panels and steering wheel. Completing the ambiance is red accent lighting for the dashboard, doors and center console.
The new Black Edition starts at $50,715 (all prices include $1,095 destination, unchanged from 2019) and is a $1,500 premium over the Elite, which starts at $49,215 for 2020. All Pilots have a 280-horsepower V-6, and lower trim levels use a six-speed automatic, while higher trim levels (Touring, Elite and Black Edition) get a nine-speed automatic. Torque-vectoring all-wheel drive is standard on the Elite and Black Edition and is a $2,000 option on all other trim levels, a price that’s up $100 from 2019.
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The remainder of the 2020 Pilot lineup with standard front-wheel drive starts at $32,645 for the base LX, while the next-up EX starts at $35,525. The EX-L starts at $38,955 and adds navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system for $2,000, a price that is $400 more than in 2019. The Touring trim level starts at $43,715 and adds second-row captain’s chairs for an unchanged $300. You can compare features by trim level here.
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