2021 Honda Pilot: Which Trim is Best for You?

You’ve made the wise decision landing on a 2021 Honda Pilot to be your next family SUV. Now comes the difficult part: Figuring out which Pilot trim to buy. Choices, choices…

Does the price point of a Pilot LX keep your budget grounded, in a good way? Would your teens prefer the added Wi-Fi hotspot of a Pilot Touring? Or do you treat yourself to a Honda Pilot Elite for its panoramic roof and glorious ventilated front seats? Choices, indeed.

Review all seven Honda Pilot trim differences below to compare LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, Elite, Black Edition, and Special Edition models.

2021 Honda Pilot LX


2021 Honda Pilot LX

The Honda Pilot LX is a great midsize/full-size SUV for parents who know a good deal when they see it. It offers standard seating for a family of 8, plus all the tech needed to make a South Florida road trip a memorable one.

Pilot LX Features

280-hp Direct-Injected, i-VTEC® V-6 Engine

2021 Honda Pilot LX - 280hp V6 Engine


This powerful direct-injected V6 makes 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Towing capacity for 2WD models is 3,500 pounds*, while Pilot AWD models can tow up to 5,000 pounds* with proper equipment.

Honda Sensing

2021 Honda Pilot LX - Honda Sensing


Honda’s advanced safety suite, Honda Sensing, includes a ton of driver-assistive technologies that are designed to safeguard you and your whole family. Standard Honda Sensing tech on the Pilot LX include:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist System

Seating for 8

2021 Honda Pilot LX - Seating for 8


Share your next memorable adventure with 7 of your closest friends and family members. With the Pilot, you’ll have comfortable seating for up to 8 riders plus enough storage space in the back for an 82-qt cooler. 

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera

2021 Honda Pilot LX - Multi-Angle Rearview Camera


The Honda Pilot includes a standard multi-angle rearview camera system that allows you to choose between three unique angles—normal, top-down and wide-view—so you always have the best view when reversing.

Other Honda Pilot LX features include:

  • Available Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
  • 9-Speed Automatic Transmission with Idle-Stop
  • 18-Inch Alloy Wheels
  • LED Low-Beam Headlights with Auto-On/Off
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Auto High-Beam Headlights
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Rear Privacy Glass
  • Push Button Start
  • Capless Fuel Filler

Pilot LX Price 

The 2021 Honda Pilot LX 2WD has an MSRP of $32,550*, while the Pilot LX AWD has an MSRP of $34,550*. For a quote on a Honda Pilot LX, contact your South Florida Honda Dealers directly.

2021 Honda Pilot EX


2021 Honda Pilot EX

What are the differences between the Honda Pilot EX vs. LX? Pilot EX models are better equipped for passenger comfort, offering more modern technology, cozier seats, and a full tri-zone climate control system. If you like your SUV with a dash of extra plushiness, choose the Pilot EX over the LX trim.

Pilot EX Features

Includes LX features and adds or replaces with the following:

Intelligent Traction Management

2021 Honda Pilot EX - Intelligent Traction Management


Tap a button and engage Pilot’s Intelligent Traction Management system. Choose from several unique drive modes to maintain traction, stability and driving confidence in a variety of conditions. Pilot LX 2WD models utilize Normal and Snow drive modes, while Pilot LX AWD models offer Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand drive modes. 

Apple CarPlay® Integration

2021 Honda Pilot EX - Apple CarPlay Integration


Pair your iPhone/iPad to your Honda Pilot and you’ll have seamless access to everything from streaming playlists to text messages, right within your built-in center touchscreen.

Android Auto™ Integration

2021 Honda Pilot EX - Android Auto Integration


Have an Android device? No sweat—Pilot LX comes with Android Auto to offer the same level of sophisticated convenience. Simply tap through the touchscreen to access messages, stream music, get driving directions, and more. 

One-Touch 2nd-Row Seats

2021 Honda Pilot EX - One-Touch 2nd-Row Seats


You and your passengers can easily access the third-row with a simple press of a button.

Other Honda Pilot EX features include:

  • Blind Spot Information System (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor
  • 10-Way Power Driver’s Seat
  • Heated Front Seats
  • 8-Inch Display Audio with High-Resolution Touch-Screen
  • SiriusXM®R adio and HD Radio™
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock®
  • Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Fog Lights
  • CabinControl® Remote Compatibility

Pilot EX Price

The 2021 Honda Pilot EX 2WD has an MSRP of $35,230*, while the Pilot EX AWD has an MSRP of $37,230*. For a quote on a Honda Pilot EX, contact your South Florida Honda Dealers directly. 

2021 Honda Pilot EX-L


2021 Honda Pilot EX-L

What are the differences between the Honda Pilot EX-L vs. EX? For parents and grandparents in need of an SUV, the midlevel EX-L Pilot trim may offer the most value. Its power tailgate is crucial in this day and age, rear sunshades are perfect for infants, and the two-position memory driver’s seat is ultra-convenient. 

Pilot EX-L Features

Includes EX features and adds or replaces with the following:

Leather-Trimmed Seats

2021 Honda Pilot EX-L - Leather-Trimmed Seats


Enjoy the lush upgrade of premium leather seats throughout the cabin. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is also included on the Honda Pilot EX-L, because your palms are just as important as your glutes.

One-Touch Power Moonroof

2021 Honda Pilot EX-L - One-Touch Power Moonroof


When a windows-down ride just won’t cut it, flip back Pilot’s moonroof to get some more fresh South Florida air. 

Driver’s Seat with Two-Position Memory

2021 Honda Pilot EX-L - Driver's Seat with Two-Position Memory


Pilot’s two-position memory driver’s seat automatically recognizes which key fob is being used, then adjusts its settings to match the driver’s individually selected comfort levels. 

Integrated Second-Row Sunshades

2021 Honda Pilot EX-L - Integrated Second-Row Sunshades


Every Honda Pilot EX-L includes a parent’s best friend: Rear window sunshades.

Other Honda Pilot EX-L features include:

  • Power Tailgate
  • 4-Way Power Passenger’s Seat
  • Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • HomeLink® Remote System
  • Three USB* ChargingPorts
  • Side Mirrors with Memory and Integrated LED Turn Indicators

Pilot EX-L Price

The 2021 Honda Pilot EX-L 2WD has an MSRP of $38,660*, while the Pilot EX-L AWD has an MSRP of $40,660*. For a quote on a Honda Pilot EX-L, contact your South Florida Honda Dealers directly. 

2021 Honda Pilot Touring


2021 Honda Pilot Touring

What are the differences between the Honda Pilot Touring vs. EX-L? Anyone who takes long vacations with young kids and teenagers will want to move up to the Honda Pilot Touring. Unlike the EX-L, Touring Pilot models come with rear entertainment, a premium sound system, and Wi-Fi connectivity. 

Pilot Touring Features

Includes EX-L/Special Edition features and adds or replaces with the following:

Blu-ray™ Rear Entertainment System (RES)

2021 Honda Pilot Touring - Blu-Ray Rear Entertainment System


The Advanced Rear Entertainment System in the Pilot Touring includes a 10.2-inch display and supports HDMI connections, headphone plug-ins, and has on-screen accessibility functions for individuals with disabilities.

Available Heated 2nd-Row Captain’s Chairs

2021 Honda Pilot Touring - Available Heated 2nd-Row Captain's Chairs


Pilot Touring’s front and 2nd-row captain’s chair seats are available with heating. 

590-Watt Premium Audio System with 10 Speakers

2021 Honda Pilot Touring - Premium Audio System


Let your ears enjoy the powerful 10-speaker sound system and subwoofer, which comes standard with every Honda Pilot Touring.

LED Headlights with Auto-On/Off

2021 Honda Pilot Touring - LED Highlights


Honda Pilot Touring’s LED headlights automatically turn on and off, depending on road conditions and time of day. Automatic high-beam lights are also included.

Other Honda Pilot Touring features include:

  • Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate
  • Wi-Fi® Hotspot Capability
  • 20-Inch Alloy Wheels
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™
  • Roof Rails
  • Body-Colored Parking Sensors
  • Blue Ambient LED Lighting and Front Beverage Holders
  • HondaLink® Subscription Services

Pilot Touring Price

The 2021 Honda Pilot Touring 2WD has an MSRP of $43,220*, while the Pilot Touring AWD has an MSRP of $45,220*. For a quote on a Honda Pilot Touring, contact your South Florida Honda Dealers directly. 

2021 Honda Pilot Elite


2021 Honda Pilot Elite

What are the differences between the Honda Pilot Elite vs. Touring? The Elite Pilot trim does everything the Pilot Touring can do, but better. Instead of just a singular one-touch moonroof, it adds a panoramic roof for rear riders. Instead of just a leather steering wheel, it adds one that heats up. Instead of available heated 2nd-row seats, it comes standard with them. This is the epitome of sophistication.

Pilot Elite Features

Includes Touring features and adds or replaces with the following:

Panoramic Roof

2021 Honda Pilot Elite - Panoramic Roof


The enormous panoramic roof on the Pilot Elite delivers world-class views to passengers in both back rows. Stargaze till your heart’s content!

Heated 2nd-Row Captain’s Chairs

2021 Honda Pilot Elite - Heated 2nd-Row Captain's Chairs


Standard on every Pilot Elite trim are heated mid-row captain’s chairs. Stay cozy, friends. 

Heated and Ventilated Front Seats

2021 Honda Pilot Elite - Heated and Ventilated Front Seats


Perforated and ventilated front seats make the Pilot Elite one of the best SUVs for South Florida drivers. Go sweat-free this summer.

Heated Steering Wheel

2021 Honda Pilot Elite - Heated Steering Wheel


If you do ever venture north of South Florida in the winter, you’ll be glad to have Honda Pilot Elite’s standard heated steering wheel.

Other Honda Pilot Elite features include:

  • Standard Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4®) All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) System
  • Multi-Zone Audio
  • Automatic-Dimming, Power-Folding Side Mirrors
  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Illuminated Front- and Second-Row Beverage Holders
  • LED Front-Row Map Lights

Pilot Elite Price

The 2021 Honda Pilot Elite AWD has an MSRP of $48,720*. For a quote on a Honda Pilot Elite, contact your South Florida Honda Dealers directly. 

2021 Honda Pilot Special Edition


2021 Honda Pilot Special Edition

What are the differences between the Honda Pilot Special Edition vs. EX-L? If the price jump from the EX-L to the Touring is too steep, the Pilot Special Edition model is a great compromise. Sitting between the Pilot Touring and EX-L, the Pilot SE adds exclusive roof rails and 20-inch wheels, plus a couple Touring features. 

Pilot Special Edition Features

Includes EX-L features and adds or replaces with the following:

Wireless Phone Charger

2021 Honda Pilot Special Edition - Wireless Phone Charger


The front console’s wireless charging pad provides a hassle-free way to keep your smartphone powered up. Its rubberized top prevents your phone from sliding around, too.

Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate

2021 Honda Pilot Special Edition - Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate


Loading and unloading just got easier thanks to Honda Pilot’s hands-free access power liftgate. Simply kick your foot under the rear bumper and the tailgate opens automatically.

Roof Rails

2021 Honda Pilot Special Edition - Roof Rails


Every Special Edition Pilot comes with roof rails, which are optional on all other Pilot trims. You can also purchase crossbars to add bike racks, ski attachments and more.

20-Inch Black Alloy Wheels

2021 Honda Pilot Special Edition - Black Alloy Wheels


Exclusive to the Special Edition and Black Edition Pilot models are 20-inch black alloy wheels. Fancy!

Pilot Special Edition Price

The 2021 Honda Pilot Special Edition 2WD has an MSRP of $39,260*, while the Pilot Special Edition AWD has an MSRP of $41,260*. For a quote on a Honda Pilot Special Edition, contact your South Florida Honda Dealers directly. 

2021 Honda Pilot Black Edition


2021 Honda Pilot Black Edition

What are the differences between the Honda Pilot Black Edition vs. Elite? Like the Special Edition, Pilot Black Edition models come with the exclusive Pilot roof rails and black alloy 20-inch wheels. But the Black Edition is the king of all Pilots, offering all Pilot Elite features, including standard AWD, as well as a specially designed cabin and exterior.

Pilot Black Edition Features

Includes Elite features and adds or replaces with the following:

Black Edition Exterior Trim

2021 Honda Pilot Black Edition - Black Edition Exterior Trim


The distinctive look of the Pilot Black Edition comes from the black chrome accents on the front grille, window trimmings, door handles, side mirrors, and rear bumper. Bold. Aggressive. World-class. Just what you expect from the most expensive Honda Pilot trim.

Black Edition Leather Interior

2021 Honda Pilot Black Edition - Black Edition Leather Interior


Its leather-trimmed steering wheel and perforated leather seats are embellished with bold, red stitching. 

Red Ambient LED Lighting

2021 Honda Pilot Black Edition - Red Ambient LED Lighting


Pilot Black Edition’s interior red ambient LED lights provide yet another touch of class from the center console and cup holder, all the way to the door handle and front footwells.

Pilot Black Edition Price

The 2021 Honda Pilot Black Edition AWD has an MSRP of $50,220*. For a quote on a Honda Pilot Black Edition, contact your South Florida Honda Dealers directly. 

Find Your Honda Pilot SUV in South Florida

Still have questions about which new Pilot to lease or buy? We’d be glad to answer them for you. 

Contact a Honda dealership near you to speak with one of our salespersons and set up a test drive for any (or all seven) Honda Pilot trims you’re interested in. Your South Florida Honda Dealers serve the entire region, including: Miami, Miami Lakes, Greenacres, Davie, Riviera Beach, Miami Beach, Delray Beach, Florida City, Stuart, Fort Pierce, Pompano Beach, Hollywood, Coral Springs, and Fort Lauderdale, FL. 


Disclaimers:

MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,175 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for select premium colors. $395 charge only applies to 2021 models. 

Maximum towing capacity for AWD models is 5,000 lbs. Maximum towing capacity for 2WD models is 3,500 lbs. Towing requires the addition of the Honda accessory towing kit, trailer harness and hitch ball. Please see your Honda dealer for details.

Honda wireless phone charger is compatible with both Qi and Powermat wireless charging standards. Check with your device’s manufacturer for wireless capability. 

Snow Mode only on 2WD trims. Snow, Mud and Sand Modes on AWD trims. 

Depending on use, Apple CarPlay can share certain user and vehicle information (e.g., vehicle location, speed and other operating conditions) with the connected iPhone. See Apple’s privacy policy for details regarding Apple’s use and handling of data uploaded by CarPlay. Use of CarPlay is at user’s own risk, and is subject to agreement to the CarPlay terms of use, which are included as part of the Apple iOS terms of use. CarPlay vehicle integration is provided “as is,” and Honda cannot guarantee CarPlay operability or functionality now or in the future due to, among other conditions, changes in CarPlay software/Apple iOS, service interruptions, or incompatibility or obsolescence of vehicle-integrated hardware or software. See dealer for details. Only use CarPlay when conditions allow you to do so safely. 

Depending on use, Android Auto can share certain user and vehicle information (e.g., vehicle location, speed and other operating conditions) with Google and its service providers. See Google privacy policy for details regarding Google’s use and handling of data uploaded by Android Auto. Use of Android Auto is at user’s own risk, and is subject to agreement to the Android Auto terms of use, which are presented to the user when the Android Auto application is downloaded to the user’s Android phone. Android Auto vehicle integration is provided “as is,” and Honda cannot guarantee Android Auto operability or functionality now or in the future due to, among other conditions, changes in Android Auto software/Android operating system, service interruptions, or incompatibility or obsolescence of vehicle-integrated hardware or software. See dealer for details. Only use Android Auto when conditions allow you to do so safely. Android and Android Auto are trademarks of Google LLC. 

The systems are not a substitute for your own visual assessment before changing lanes or backing up, and may not detect all objects, or provide complete information about conditions, behind or to the side of the vehicle. System accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object, and speed. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions. 

Always visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up, as the rearview camera and cross traffic monitor may not provide complete information about conditions at the rear of your vehicle. Monitor cannot detect all objects behind or to the side of a vehicle and may not detect a given object; system accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object, and speed. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions. 

The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is standard on Touring, Elite and Black Edition trims in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. (Honda HD Digital Traffic service only available in the United States, except Alaska.) Please see your Honda dealer for details. 

LKAS only assists driver in maintaining proper lane position when lane markings are identified without a turn signal in use and can only apply mild steering torque to assist. LKAS may not detect all lane markings; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions. 

CMBS cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. System designed to mitigate crash forces. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions. 

Road Departure Mitigation only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use and can apply mild steering torque to assist driver in maintaining proper lane position and/or brake pressure to slow the vehicle’s departure from a detected lane. RDM may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions. 

ACC cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. ACC should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather or on winding roads. ACC only includes a limited braking function. Driver remains responsible for slowing or stopping the vehicle to avoid a collision.