2023 Honda Pilot Arrives At Dealers This Year For Under $40,000

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Here's where that stacks up against the competition.

Honda revealed the all-new Pilot SUV earlier this month, but the Japanese automaker wasn't ready to announce pricing until now.

The 2023 Honda Pilot officially hits dealerships on December 12, 2022, with a $39,150 MSRP for the base Sport trim with front-wheel-drive. That price doesn't include the $1,295 destination charge, which officially makes the Pilot cost $40,445 at the low end. Adding all-wheel-drive adds $2,100, bringing the price to $41,250.

Last year's Sport grade was $38,080, so this 2023 model represents a $1,070 increase. Considering how the Civic Type R jumped from $37,895 to $42,895, it could have been worse for the Pilot. Honda's three-row SUV is more expensive than similar options from Chevrolet, Hyundai, Kia, Subaru, Toyota, and Volkswagen.

In fact, it's one of the priciest vehicles in its segment in terms of the base price, but it comes with strong standard content.

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The story gets better as you move up the trim ladder, with the five variants competing relatively well on pricing and feature content.

Pricing for the EX-L begins at $41,950 for the eight-seat model ($44,050 with AWD) while opting for a seven-seat configuration with second-row captain's chairs brings the cost to $42,250 ($44,350). Stepping up to the Touring costs $46,450 ($48,550 with AWD).

Honda has added its rugged Trailsport trim to the larger Pilot, costing $48,350 with AWD included as standard. Finally, the fully-loaded Elite trim packs standard AWD starting at $52,030. A new $2,950 HPD package adds fender flares, bronze or black wheels, and special graphics.

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All Pilot trims come with a revised 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

This V6 now delivers 285 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The Pilot manages 19/27/22 mpg city/highway/combined in FWD guise. These figures drop to 19/25/21 with AWD and further still in the Trailsport (18/23/20), likely due to the tires.

The Pilot may be expensive, but its standard features list includes a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a fully digital instrument cluster, three-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, LED headlights, and 20-inch wheels. Optional equipment consists of a nine-inch screen with wireless CarPlay/Android, a wireless charger, a panoramic roof, 12-speaker Bose audio system, ventilated front seats, and more.

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