2019 Honda Pilot Review Sandy

The 2019 Honda Pilot Hits its Mark

The Honda Pilot is a model that is loved by many for a wide variety of reasons, it was at one time regarded as looking too much like a minivan, but that criticism has been noted and adjusted by Honda. Honda has made it clear that they have heard what drivers have to say about previous versions of the Pilot, making just about every change that was needed for the 2019 model year.

The Honda Pilot has many available trims, including the 2019 Honda Pilot LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite.

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A Fresh Look

Even though it is taking some of its new styling cues from the Honda Odyssey minivan, the 2019 Honda Pilot is aiming for a more rugged look. The squared jaw and some silver-painted trim pieces shake loose the idea that the newest Honda Pilot will only be seen at soccer practices or at the grocery store, but almost looks like it could go on an adventure, albeit a short one.

The new look is to appease customers that are looking for something that is rugged but is equipped to make sure your kids and their friends have all of the comforts and features that they might need. This isn't to say that it is a bad choice or that it doesn't look more rugged than it did because it succeeds to an extent, just don't let a Honda enthusiast hear you call it a minivan.

Some Welcome Updates for Performance

What many customers appreciate about Honda Pilot models is that it provides a consistent performance for every driver. The 2019 Honda Pilot continues to offer the 3.5-liter V-6 that makes up to 280 horsepower, but some of the higher-tier trims are seeing some changes in other aspects.

A main point of contention was the ZF Nine-Speed Automatic transmission that comes on the Touring and Elite models, as well as the stop/start system for the engine. Both gave a sluggish feeling when doing what they were supposed to, but Honda has made many tweaks to give you the performance that the engine is capable of. More responsive shifts and a shorter delay in the engine restart make a remarkable difference in the enjoyment of driving the 2019 Honda Pilot.

There is still an optional i-VTM4 on-demand all-wheel-drive system available on all trim levels, coming standard on the Elite trim.

Room for Passengers and Gear

A larger vehicle like the 2019 Honda Pilot is designed for maximum comfort and usability. You will be able to fit seven or eight passengers comfortably with up to 153.1 cubic feet of cargo space. You will be able to take the Honda Pilot to any climate for your vacation with the Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control System on most trims, as well as heated seats on all but the base trim, including ventilated seats on the 2019 Honda Pilot Elite.

This doesn't take away from having an incredible amount of cargo space though. Behind the third row you will get up to 16.5 cubic feet, behind the second row there is up to 83.9 cubic feet, and with all the seats folded flat you will have up to 109 cubic feet of cargo space. If that still isn't enough for you, you will be able to tow up to 5,000 pounds to help you be sure that you can bring along everything that you might need.

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Technology and Connectivity

Having three rows makes the 2019 Honda Pilot geared towards a family, especially with rather low cushions in the third row (works best for kids). It includes all of the features that you might need to keep everyone entertained for the ride.

You will no longer need to answer the "are we there yet" questions from rear passengers thanks to screens that show the progress of your ride in a kid friendly way. Passengers will also appreciate available 4G LTE Wi-Fi connections and being able to hear the driver through the CabinTalk system that overrides rear seat entertainment and speakers for whatever is going to come over the intercom. These few features alone help take some of the agonizing portions of a family trip right out of the equation.

The front infotainment system is a five-inch screen at the base level with all higher trims coming with an eight-inch display. This system isn't the highest ranked among manufacturers with some slow movements that can get frustrating, but it comes equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on every trim above the 2019 Honda Pilot LX so that you can have access to your most essential apps.

Safety is Now Standard

As all vehicles should, the 2019 Honda Pilot comes standard with many features that will keep you and your passengers safe while you are on any road or highway. The highly-acclaimed Honda Sensing suite of features is now standard on the 2019 Honda Pilot, offering features like:

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

The Honda Pilot also comes with a Blind Spot Monitor on the EX and above trims, as well as Auto High-Beam Headlights on every trim.

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Wrapping It All Up

With many changes to some major problems, the 2019 Honda Pilot is a model that will impress anyone who gets behind the wheel. It still has some minor drawbacks, but that doesn't stop it from taking a lot of the stress out of travelling with your family. It might have a minor identity crisis with minivan-esque functionality and slightly SUV looks, but one thing is for sure: it will offer what your family is looking for.

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