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2019 Honda Pilot

$31,450 — $48,020 MSRP
SUV
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

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.

2019 Honda Pilot First Drive

by Brian Wong
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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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

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(5.0)

Good car and we were very satisfied with it

by K&K from Matamoras, PA on November 15, 2018

Reliable, terrific in snow. Best car we have owned. Liked the Honda Pilot so much we bought another. Would definitely recommend this for a family car. Read full review

(5.0)

Great car I especially like the new safety tools

by EAD from Scranton on November 13, 2018

Very Happy with repurchase. This is the second pilot I have owned. I also owned 2 Honda odsessys. The new safety tools and very helpful. Especially the blind spot warning. I have 3 child who are ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Honda Pilot currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Honda Pilot has not been tested.

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

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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