As announced by Honda, the redesigned Pilot 2023 has a new look, a tougher platform, improved technology and a higher price; this is something that those who once thought of buying this SUV did not expect, and it still does not occupy the niche of buyers.
Honda states that the 2023 Pilot Sport starts at $40,445. That’s a $2,390 increase over the 2022 Honda Pilot when it first arrives, and $1,070 more than the current cost of the 2022 Pilot.
The pilot drives a new fourth-generation 3.5-liter V-6. It produces 285 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque and is paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission that replaces the 9-speed transmission.
Its fuel efficiency rating, though, drops from the EPA-estimated 20 mpg city, 27 hwy, 23 combined in the 2022 model to 19/27/22 mpg in the 2023 Honda Pilot, so it’s less efficient.
Without a hybrid option, the Pilot and the new drivetrain can’t keep up with more efficient three-row crossover SUVs like the EPA-rated Toyota Highlander Hybrid and Ford Explorer Hybrid at a total of 36 mpg. 27 mpg.
Honda says the Pilot’s new all-wheel drive system can transfer up to 70 percent of the power to the rear and then distribute it between the rear wheels for better distribution. The AWD system adds $2,100 to the Sport, EX-L and Touring trims, but is standard on the Trailsport and Elite trims.
In terms of safety, it brings some driver assistance systems including automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitors, adaptive cruise control and active lane control.
The Pilot Sport features LED headlights and 20-inch wheels, and standard comfort features include a smartphone-compatible 7.0-inch touchscreen, three-zone climate control and heated front seats.
The Pilot EX-L captures the perfect spot with its leather seats, 9.0 inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless smartphone charger, electric tailgate and 9-speaker audio system.
The exterior is chrome-plated and features 18-inch alloy wheels. It starts at $43,245, which is $1,640 more than last year’s EX-L. It costs $300 more to equip the EX-L with second-row captain seats that turn the Pilot from eight to seven.
The Touring is about $1,300 more at $47,745 and adds even more versatility and refinement. Like the Elite, it seats eight, but the middle seat in the second row can be removed and placed under the rear cargo floor instead of collecting cobwebs and swearing in the garage.
Other Touring features include a panoramic sunroof, 12-speaker Bose audio system, navigation and Wi-Fi hotspot.
The new Trailsport model has standard AWD and is $200 less than a $49,645 AWD Touring.
Like the Honda Passport Trailsport that bridges the gap between off-road and smooth-road claim, the Pilot Trailsport has an extra inch of ground clearance and better articulation, and fits stock 18-inch all-terrain tires.
The skid plates protect the lower body, and the Trail mode helps control wheel spin by moving and reducing power as needed. It comes with a surround view camera system and panoramic sunroof.
On any 2023 Honda Pilot, a new HPD package adds fender flares and bronze or black wheels for $2,950.
Elite hardware is $53,325 at the start of the 2023 Honda Pilot series, or $1,660 more than last year’s model. It has perforated leather upholstery, cooled front seats, a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, a color head-up display and a surround-view camera system.
The extraordinary 2023 Honda Pilot goes on sale December 12, where it was manufactured in Alabama.
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