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2021 Honda Pilot

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


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Seating capacity

196.5” x 70.6”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Honda Sensing active safety systems standard
  • Cabin quietness
  • Smooth highway ride
  • 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
  • Touchscreen multimedia system usability

8 trims

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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Honda Pilot trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • New Special Edition trim level
  • Seats up to eight people in three rows
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • 280-hp V-6, nine-speed automatic standard
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto available
  • Second-row captain's chairs available

2021 Honda Pilot review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Honda Pilot?

The Honda Pilot SUV is a three-row family hauler that seats up to eight people — seven with the available second-row captain’s chairs. The Pilot is powered by a 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. Competitors include the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Kia Telluride and Toyota Highlander.

What’s New on the 2021 Honda Pilot?

A new Special Edition joins the Pilot lineup this year. Based on the EX-L trim level, the Special Edition adds 20-inch black wheels, black exterior accents, a hands-free power liftgate and wireless device charging. Meanwhile, a nine-speed automatic transmission, steering wheel shift paddles and dual-zone automatic air conditioning are now standard. 

What Features in the 2021 Honda Pilot Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • Front-wheel drive 
  • Honda Sensing suite of active safety features
  • 5-inch multimedia screen
  • Seating for eight
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

Available features include:

  • All-wheel drive
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Power moonroof
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Rear-seat entertainment system
  • 8-inch multimedia touchscreen
  • Navigation
  • Front and rear parking sensors

2021 Honda Pilot Vs. 2021 Ford Explorer: How Do They Compare?

The Pilot offers a smooth ride, a spacious and comfortable interior and decent fuel economy. The Explorer was redesigned for the 2020 model year, and while it’s more engaging to drive than the Pilot, its seating arrangement isn’t as comfortable. Both SUVs come with important active safety features, but the Ford’s touchscreen multimedia system is more intuitive than the Honda’s. 

Should I Buy the 2021 Honda Pilot?

With a complete redesign a few years back followed by a significant refresh in 2019, the Pilot is a solid choice in the class. However, newer and more compelling competitors have put additional pressure on it; in our recent three-row SUV comparison test, the Pilot finished last out of seven SUVs.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.8
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This car is dangerous and I was almost killed In it I was

This car is dangerous and I was almost killed In it I was driving and a part under the hood broke and then the steering and the brakes stopped working and now I’m disabled. I’ve worked from the age of 14 until now. N my life’s ruined.


Coleman and Kyle at Honda Hendrick were both amazing they

Coleman and Kyle at Honda Hendrick were both amazing they really worked with us to get us the vehicle we wanted at the rate we were aiming for, I’m so very appreciative and would recommend them both to anyone looking for a new car.


Honda Pilot

The Pilot car is a reliable spacious family suv. Only annoyance is the lane assist appears to be too sensitive especially when driving windy 2 lane roads. Suggest change factory tires for snow driving as opposed to CR-V that held better on standard tires. Only minor complaints vehicle is a good pick.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Honda True Certified+
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 12 months or 12,000 miles from their original in-service date.
Basic warranty terms
4 years/48,000 if vehicle purchased within warranty period 1 year 12,000 miles if vehicle purchased after warranty period expired
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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