2021 Honda Pilot Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

2021 Honda Pilot Model Overview at Germain Honda of Beavercreek

2021 Honda Pilot

Key Features

  • Starting at $33,725 MSRP*
  • Standard 3.5-liter i-VTEC® direct injection V6 engine with 280 horsepower and 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive features
  • Available Intelligent Variable Torque Management™(i-VTM™) AWD system
  • Available Display Audio touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration with volume knob
  • Optional perforated heated and ventilated front seats with heated 2nd-row captain’s chairs
  • Available Blu-ray Rear Entertainment System (RES) with 115-volt power outlet, HDMI® Interface and integrated 2nd-row sunshades
  • Optional Telematics Control Unit (TCU) AT&T 4G LTE On-Board Wi-Fi Connection
Honda Pilot Exterior

About the Honda Pilot

No matter your destination, the Honda Pilot has the versatility, styling, and innovative tech features to help you get the most out of every mile. As one of the select vehicles in its segment available with 8-passenger seating, the Pilot offers spacious cargo capacity along with customizable seating configurations for greater comfort. Its premium interior and off-road performance capabilities help make it a hit with growing families. Included as standard on all Pilot models, the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies help provide confidence behind the wheel. Optional Satellite-Linked Navigation features turn-by-turn guidance to help you reach your destination safely. It’s also easier than ever to access the cargo area of the Pilot even with your hands full of shopping bags with the optional hands-free power-operated tailgate.

What the Critics Say

“The Pilot is a very comfortable given its above-average ride quality and seat comfort, plus ample space in first and second rows. Ease of use is very high, too, which makes the Pilot a convenient and easy vehicle to live with.” — Edmunds
“All this practicality would be useless if the Pilot were a drag to drive, but Honda has gone to great lengths to ensure that the driver and passenger get an experience that feels more premium than you expect for the Pilot’s price tag.” — Kelley Blue Book

What’s New for 2021

Back to build on its already successful reputation, there are numerous exciting updates shoppers will discover on the 2021 Honda Pilot. This year, every Pilot comes standard with an advanced 9-speed automatic transmission for the perfect blend of responsive acceleration and efficient performance. Additionally, a new Special Edition trim levels makes its debut this year. Positioned between the EX-L and Touring grades, these variants exclusive black exterior accents along with key technology features. Other changes include the availability of a Platinum White Pearl paint option for the Black Edition and standard dual-zone automatic climate control across the entire Pilot lineup.

Honda Pilot Features

2021 Honda Pilot Performance

Performance, Capabilities, and Styling

Bold, confident, and capable — the Honda Pilot demands attention with its striking front fascia featuring standard LED low-beam headlights. At the rear, taillights with amber turn signals and LED backup lights along with an optional hands-free power tailgate add to the premium feel of this SUV. Standard performance comes from a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC® direct injection V6, giving you an ideal blend of response and efficiency. Helping to boost fuel efficiency, this engine features a revised Idle Stop system with a brake pressure trigger for faster restarts. Included as standard on all trims, a 9-speed automatic transmission (9AT) has been enhanced to provide smoother launch and lower speed acceleration. Available on all trim levels, optional all-wheel drive gives you increased grip and confidence across the entire spectrum of road conditions.

2021 Honda Pilot Interior

Luxurious Interior

Upscale materials, luxurious amenities, and useful everyday features help you relax and escape the stress of your commute inside the Honda Pilot. Touring and Elite models are offered with second-row captain’s chairs while EX-L, Touring, and Elite grades come equipped with second-row retractable sunshades. A 590-watt premium audio system with 10 speakers, heated and ventilated front seats, and perforated leather seating surfaces are other examples of upscale features available on the Pilot. Enhanced for simplified use, the available Rear Entertainment System (RES) features a larger screen and can even play CDs in the same drive that plays DVDs and Blu-ray™ media.

2021 Honda Pilot Technology

Groundbreaking Technology

The innovative Display Audio System serves as your centralized location for infotainment inside the Pilot and lets you create customizable shortcuts on its simplified menu interface. Using its available 4G LTE-based Wi-Fi hotspot, you’ll have the capability to support up to 7 devices. It’s even able to stream select “Smart TV”-style videos directly on the Rear Entertainment System (RES) via any Wi-Fi connection. Drivers can also opt for wireless smartphone charging using Qi and PMA charging standards. CabinTalk™ incorporates a HandsFreeLink® microphone to allow simple communication with second and third row passengers using the rear speakers, wireless headphones, or both. This function lets you monitor various functions such as rear climate and the audio system using your compatible smartphone.

2021 Honda Pilot Safety

Cutting-Edge Safety

For the very first time, all Honda Pilot models now come standard with the comprehensive Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive features. Technologies included in this impressive collection are Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), and Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning. Other standard features include automatic high beams and a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera for greater confidence when backing out of a tight parking space. As a result, it comes as no surprise that the 2021 Honda Pilot targets a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Trims & Specs

Pilot LX

Pilot LX

  • Starting at $33,725 MSRP*
  • 280-horsepower direct-injected, i-VTEC® V6 engine
  • Honda Sensing®
  • LED headlights with auto-on/off
  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • 8-passenger seating

Pilot EX

Pilot EX

  • Starting at $36,405 MSRP*
  • 8-inch Display Audio with high-resolution touchscreen, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration
  • Heated front seats with 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock®
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • One-touch 2nd-row seats

Pilot EX-L

Pilot EX-L

  • Starting at $39,775 MSRP*
  • Leather-trimmed interior
  • Power tailgate
  • One-touch power moonroof
  • Integrated 2nd-row sunshades
  • Three USB charging ports

Pilot Special Edition

Pilot Special Edition

  • Starting at $40,435 MSRP*
  • Black Roof Rails
  • Wireless Smartphone Charging
  • Black-Painted 20-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate
  • Special Edition Badging

Pilot Touring

Pilot Touring

  • Starting at $44,395 MSRP*
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™
  • Blu-ray™ Rear Entertainment System (RES)
  • Mobile hotspot capability
  • Blue ambient LED lighting and front beverage holders
  • 590-watt premium audio system with 10 speakers

Pilot Elite

Pilot Elite

  • Starting at $49,905 MSRP*
  • Standard variable torque all-wheel-drive (AWD)
  • Panoramic roof
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • LED front-row map lights

Pilot Black Edition

Pilot Black Edition

  • Starting at $51,395 MSRP*
  • Black Edition Exterior Trim
  • Black Edition Leather Interior
  • 20-Inch Black Alloy Wheels
  • Red Ambient LED Lighting
  • Heated Second-Row Captain’s Chairs

*MSRP includes $1,175.00 destination charge but excludes tax, license, registration, and options. Dealers set own prices.

**20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.