It’s a perennial all-star, a three-row king, a family-favorite SUV that’s been building upon its success for nearly two decades. Of course, we’re talking about none other than the Honda Pilot. Now, following a brilliant ’19 facelift, the 2020 Honda Pilot is putting its glorious past in its rearview and focusing on the next decade of dominance. And dominate it shall.
2019 vs. 2020 Honda Pilot: What’s New?
For 2020, the Honda Pilot invites an all-new range-topping trim to the lineup: Black Edition. Every ’20 Pilot Black Edition SUV comes standard with all-wheel drive, robustly red trimmings inside the cabin, dark exterior accents, red LED ambient lighting, and swanky 20-inch black alloy wheels. A specialty Crystal Black Pearl paint color is also an option.
To say this top-of-the-line Honda Pilot is luxurious would be the understatement of the year. A visit to your closest South Florida Honda dealership will prove it.
Advanced All-Wheel Drive Helps the Pilot Soar
Honda’s iTVM-4 torque-vectoring system is an electro-mechanical blessing. Although drivers can adjust terrain driving modes, this system can handle it all with aplomb. It distributes front- and rear-axle power perfectly through a rear differential, allowing the Pilot to manage everything from sloppy, rain-drenched highways to curvaceous Miami roadways.
Its standard 3.5-liter V6 (290 hp and 262 lb.-ft. of torque) is wedded to an available 9-speed transmission — and it’s a marriage that epitomizes every “happily ever after” tale you’ve heard. The engine sounds sporty enough to tackle a drag race, yet there’s a somewhat elegant and quaint hum from the hood when you press down on the accelerator. It shifts well, maneuvers like one of the best SUVs in America, and can even tow up to 5,000 pounds with relative ease. (Maybe it is the best SUV in America.)
Class-Topping Fuel Economy
When it comes to mpg, the new Honda Pilot is a charming example that you can have your cake and eat it, too. The Pilot returns up to 27 mpg* on the highway and 19 mpg* in the city, earning it a place atop the “most fuel-efficient SUV” list. Those are better EPA-estimated figures than rivals like the Buick Enclave and Hyundai Santa Fe XL.
An Ode to (Cabin) Space
Like its Honda Odyssey cousin, the Honda Pilot’s calling card is its practical, roomy interior. It features leather seating for up to eight passengers – and multiple seating configurations, for good measure – a one-touch seating system, and 2nd-row captain’s chairs. Legroom in the very back row is quite nice, especially for tykes, toddlers, and third cousins. The 2020 Pilot can even be had with up to 16 cupholders throughout the cabin.
The Pilot’s cargo capacity maxes out at 109 cubic feet with all its seats down. Handy cubbies line the cabin, including a creative underfloor storage area and large center storage compartment, and extend carrying space a bit.
Creature Comforts Galore
Lucky owners of the Pilot receive a nice platter of amenities and tech, including:
- CabinTalk® in-car PA system
- CabinControl® and HondaLink® service
- Heated and ventilated seats
- One-touch power moonroof
- Panoramic roof
- Tri-zone climate control
- Wireless phone charger
- Advanced Rear Entertainment System
- Hands-free power tailgate
- Apple CarPlay®
- Android Auto™
- Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™
- Blind spot information system
- Cross Traffic Monitor
- Multi-angle rearview camera
Additionally, the 2020 Honda Pilot comes standard with Honda Sensing, which includes:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System
- Road Departure Mitigation System
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Lane Keeping Assist System
Test Drive a 2020 Honda Pilot in South Florida
Among 8-passenger SUVs, the Pilot knows no competition. Whether you need a daily commuter or a family-hauler for weekend getaways to Miami Beach, The Honda Pilot should be on your “must check out” list.
Visit any of our South Florida Honda dealerships to see and test out the 2020 Pilot. Contact your nearest South Florida Honda Dealers location to schedule an appointment or learn more about our Honda SUV incentives.
* Disclaimer: 19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT trims. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT trims. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT trims. Based on 2020 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.
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