STATUS: Unchanged for 2020 - The eight-passenger Pilot utility vehicle received styling and content updates for the 2019 model year (along with the HR-V and Civic), and although exterior changes were subtle, they did help make the Pilot less anonymous. Interior changes included a new touch-screen with an actual volume knob (instead of a touchpad button) for the audio system. The Pilot's 280-horsepower V-6 carries over, supported by a six-speed automatic transmission for LX, EX and EX-L, while the premium Touring and Elite (including a new-for-2020 Elite-based Black Edition) have nine forward speeds. The Pilot's available Intelligent Traction Management (i-VTM4) all-wheel-drive system can direct up to 70 percent of the torque to the rear wheels and 100 percent of that to the outside wheel while turning (called torque vectoring). The i-VTM4 can be set to Normal, Snow, Mud or Sand modes, with their own throttle, transmission and torque-distribution settings. A front-wheel-drive Pilot can haul up to 3,500 pounds, while the AWD-equipped model is rated at 5,000 pounds. Whatever the trim level, the Pilot is a comfortable and competent vehicle, with the carrying capacity of a minivan, but with the all-weather, all-road capability normally reserved for serious off-roaders.
Base price (including destination): $32,450
Type: Full-size utility vehicle
Base engine (h.p.): 3.5-liter V-6 (280)
Transmissions: Six-speed automatic; nine-speed automatic (opt.)
Drivetrain: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway): 19/27/22 (FWD) Base weight (lb.): 4,050