The 2023 Honda Pilot is shaping up to be an important SUV for the Japanese auto giant. Boasting bigger dimensions, a rugged TrailSport variant and new technology, this latest iteration of the Pilot aims to appeal to a new generation of buyers. That includes their budget, with Honda confirming the base trim will start at $40,445 (pricing includes destination), an increase of $1,070 over the previous model.
New Styling Paints a New Picture
The 2023 Honda Pilot is bringing big changes to the SUV, and that includes new exterior styling that’s sleeker than before while still projecting a strong rugged image. The front fascia gets an all-new front grille treatment, and the side profile does a good job highlighting the Pilot’s extra length while also leading the eye to the restyled rear end. TrailSport models take things up a notch and come with extensive amounts of plastic cladding, steel skid plates and exclusive 18-inch wheels shod in rugged all-terrain tires.
The interior is also heavily reworked for 2023 and features new front-row seats that aim to reduce fatigue. A removable second-row center seat cushion allows the space to either make the second row a bench seat or allow a gap for access to the third row. The Pilot’s infotainment system is also updated with a more upright design, physical knobs and hard buttons to balance out the touch sensitive controls, as well as faster software on higher trims. TrailSport models add unique trim to the cabin.
Rugged V-6 Makes More Power, Gets Better MPG
Another big change for the 2023 Pilot is the all-new powertrain: All models are powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 285 horsepower and 262 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Pilot also gets better fuel economy, with front-wheel-drive models getting 22 mpg combined, while all-wheel-drive versions get a slightly lower 21 mpg combined. Unsurprisingly, the AWD-only Trailsport gets the worst fuel economy in the model lineup at 20 mpg combined.
Pricing And Release Date
The 2023 Honda Pilot will go on sale Dec. 12. FWD is standard, and available AWD adds $2,100. Honda also confirmed that the model will get its first ever Honda Performance Development package that adds graphics, fender flares, and bronze or black colored wheels for $2,950.
Full pricing for the lineup is below and includes the $1,295 destination charge:
- Sport: $40,445
- EX-L (eight-passenger): $43,245
- EX-L (seven-passenger): $43,545
- Touring: $47,745
- TrailSport: $49,645
- Elite: $53,325
We look forward to getting behind the wheel of one soon to see if it can handle itself both on pavement and on the trail. That’ll be important against rivals like the 2023 Ford Explorer, which starts at $38,255, and the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, which starts at $44,830.
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