2022 Honda Pilot

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2022 Honda Pilot Review: Family Friendly

The Honda Pilot is a popular option in the ever-competitive midsize SUV market. We've always loved the Pilot for its practicality, but looks wise it has never impressed, and the 2022 model is no different: it seems droopy when compared to the competition. Behind that dreary design lies a highly capable car that offers reliable performance from its 280-horsepower V6 engine, and all models come with a slick-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission. Honda provides the Pilot in a wide range of trims, which means there is something for everyone up and down the price range. There's also a good amount of standard features. Higher up in the range, the Pilot starts to feature some premium equipment but can't match the likes of the Kia Telluride.

Read in this review:

  • Exterior Design 8 /10
  • Performance 8 /10
  • Fuel Economy 9 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 9 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 8 /10
  • Reliability 8 /10
  • Safety 9 /10
  • Value For Money 8 /10
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2022 Honda Pilot Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2021 Pilot?

The biggest news for the 2022 model year is that the two entry-level trims - the LX and EX - have been dropped in anticipation of a new base car that will be launched later and will be focused on younger buyers. For the time being, the near-$40,000 EX-L will serve as the base trim. Standard equipment is shored up as well and all models now come as standard with an eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as LED headlights across the board.

Pros and Cons

  • Frugal engine
  • It's spacious
  • Versatile storage
  • Lots of tech options
  • Uninspiring styling
  • Top models are pricey
  • Not as classy as its Korean rivals

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2022 Honda Pilot Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
3.5L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
3.5L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
Special Edition
3.5L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
3.5L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
3.5L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
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Handling and Driving Impressions

The general rule of thumb when it comes to handling is that if it doesn't look sporty, and it's an SUV, it's most likely going to handle like a moose on ice. That is not entirely true with the Pilot, but there's no hiding the fact that it's a large car. Out on the open road, the Pilot feels stable, even above the speed limit, and in town, the suspension is well sprung for a comfortable driving experience. It's when you start flinging the Pilot through the corners that it starts to show its shortcomings. Flick the Pilot into a bend, and its weight and ride height become immediately apparent. It doesn't like being flung around, yet retains its composure as well as can reasonably be expected for a three-row family crossover. The 20-inch rims that come on higher trims detract from the otherwise pleasant ride quality and we would suggest avoiding them if possible. It should perform relatively well off-road, but we wouldn't put that theory to the test as it is not 4WD enabled.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2022 Honda Pilot a good SUV?

We like the new Honda Pilot for many reasons, the main one being the fact that it does exactly what it says on the label: it's a relatively affordable people carrier with enough room to fit seven or eight people and their stuff, and it does so with high levels of comfort and enough power, while not using too much fuel. The exterior of the Pilot is a sore point: we think it looks dreary when compared to the competition, but it's what's inside that counts. The interior is a basic setup, but it's perfect for what this Pilot is good at, which is driving around loads of people on a regular basis. The engine and transmission combination is also a good one, with the 3.5-liter V6 offering strong performance. With such a broad lineup of trim levels, it is easy to find one that's perfect for you, and there's also a pretty long list of features if you want even more individuality. We wish the infotainment system was more intuitive, but the eight-inch screen does a serviceable job. At the end of the day, you can't really go wrong with buying one of these.

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2022 Honda Pilot vs Kia Telluride

The Telluride is a highly competent product from Korean car manufacturer Kia, and at first glance is the more handsome car. By a mile. The Telluride looks fresh and combines stylistic elements of the Volvo XC90 and Range Rover in a midsize package, which works really well. Power is provided by a 3.8-liter V6 unit that produces 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to either the front or all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. We love its smooth V6 engine, and large families will definitely appreciate the generous interior space with 7 seats, which we might add is more stylish than the Pilot. The ride is beautifully set up, and as is usual with Kia products, you get a ton of standard features. Unfortunately, it's not as fleet-footed as the Pilot. We would still take it over the Honda, though.

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2022 Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander

The Highlander has been around in one form or another for over two decades, and Americans are still buying them in droves, which surely means that it's good, right? That answer is not that simple: the Highlander gets a lot of things right but fails at a few as well. The Toyota is motivated by a 3.5-liter V6 offering 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque. Power gets channeled to the front, or all fours via an eight-speed auto transmission. We appreciate its highly configurable seating arrangement that is perfect for large families on the go, with a total of 8 passengers accommodated. It also comes with a good amount of standard features and a long list of safety tech. On the road, it is composed and quiet, but the Honda is the better car in this regard. On the other hand, the third-row seating is very tight, and we aren't impressed with the cluttered dashboard. We'll take the Honda.

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