2021 Honda Pilot

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2021 Honda Pilot
2021 Honda Pilot

Key specs

Base trim shown.


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.

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 4.9
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews


Driving my new Honda Pilot

I'm very happy so far with my brand new Pilot. It handles well and has plenty of pep for highway driving. All the electronics take a while to master, but we are finding even more things about it to like.


the best car ever

rides smooth, smells good everything is new just i love the 2 sun roof tops the tv the 2 head phones and i love the color , i always wanted a white car.


So far so great!

Semi replaced my 2011 Odyssey (kept it for a spare car since it’s still running great with over 200k miles). This was a great transition. Interior is very simple yet has everything I was looking for in a new vehicle. The recent facelift of the Pilot looks good and I got the special edition which added to the appearance.

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