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2019 Honda Pilot Review

The 2019 Honda Pilot is a practical family SUV that is roomy, comfortable, and loaded with tech features. However, its below-average predicted reliability rating relegates it to the middle of our midsize SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Three rows of roomy seats
  • Above-average cargo space
  • Cushioned ride
  • Easy to drive
  • Dated cabin styling
  • Subpar predicted reliability rating

New for 2019

  • Updated available nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Radio volume knob added
  • Additional standard driver assistance features

Rankings & Awards

The 2019 Honda Pilot's #14 ranking is based on its score within the 2019 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2019 Best 3-Row SUV for Families award. Currently the Honda Pilot has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 43 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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Is the 2019 Honda Pilot a Good Used SUV?

The 2019 Honda Pilot is a decent used midsize SUV. Its cushioned ride, sizeable cargo hold, and three rows of roomy seats make it an ideal vehicle for families who spend a lot of time on the road. Additionally, the Pilot comes with an abundance of in-demand technology and safety features.

On the downside, this Honda has one of the lowest predicted reliability ratings in the class, and its cabin could use some updates. Consider the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe or 2019 Toyota Highlander if you want an SUV with an upscale interior and a great predicted reliability rating.

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Why You Can Trust Us

Our Honda Pilot review includes more than just one person's opinion. We’ve collected professional evaluations from 43 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much is the 2019 Honda Pilot?

Based on listings for the 2019 Honda Pilot, the average list price is $26,935. Prices range from $26,935 to $39,533 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Honda Pilot Cost to Own?

The 2019 Pilot’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $31,900, or $6,380 per year. That’s a few thousand dollars above the class average.

2018 vs. 2019 Honda Pilot: What's the Difference?

There are a few differences between the 2018 and 2019 Pilot models. For 2019, Honda updated the optional transmission, revised the audio controls, and made several safety features standard.

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Here are the key changes for the Honda Pilot over the past several years:

  • 2016: completely redesigned with a stronger and more-efficient engine, an available nine-speed automatic transmission, and available features including an 8-inch touch screen, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and the Honda LaneWatch blind spot camera
  • 2017: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became available
  • 2018: no major changes
  • 2019: updated available nine-speed automatic transmission; gained a radio volume knob, available wireless device charging, and standard safety features including forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 Pilot, 2017 Pilot, and 2018 Pilot reviews to help you make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Honda Pilot?

The 2019 Honda Pilot has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five.

2019 Honda Pilot Recalls

There have been 5 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE Recall Date: 07/27/2020
  • Summary: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2019-2021 Pilot, 2019-2020 Odyssey and 2019-2020 Passport vehicles. Incorrect central network software programming may cause several errors to occur that can delay or prevent the rearview camera image from displaying. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 111, "Rearview Mirrors."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 499344
  • Consequence: A delayed or inoperative rearview camera display can reduce the driver's view of what is behind the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Honda will notify owners that updated software is available. Owners have the option to either follow the mailed instructions to download and update the software for free, or visit a dealer to have the software update performed, free of charge. The recall began September 23, 2020. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is Y7Y.
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: Y7Y
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V440000
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE Recall Date: 07/27/2020
  • Summary: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2018-2020 Odyssey, 2019-2020 Passport, and 2019-2021 Pilot vehicles. Incorrect instrument panel control module software can cause the instrument panel to not display critical information, such as engine oil pressure, speedometer, and gear selector position until the next ignition cycle. Additionally, it can prevent the rearview camera image from displaying. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) numbers 101, "Control and Displays" and 111, "Rearview Mirrors."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 607786
  • Consequence: Operating a vehicle without a functioning instrument panel or rearview camera display increases the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the instrument panel control module software, free of charge. The recall began September 23, 2020. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is T89.
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: T89
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V439000
STRUCTURE:BODY Recall Date: 10/30/2019
  • Summary: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2019-2020 Pilot and 2019 Passport vehicles. The front frame left and right side upper members may not have been welded completely to the unibody. As such, these vehicles may fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) numbers 208, "Occupant Crash Protection" and 219, "Windshield Zone Intrusion."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 10
  • Consequence: In the event of a crash, incomplete body welding may provide inadequate protection to occupants, increasing the risk of an injury.
  • Remedy: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicle for missing welds, free of charge. If the vehicle is identified as missing welds, the dealer will offer to repurchase the vehicle or provide a similar replacement vehicle. Owner notification began November 6 2019. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is X6J.
  • Dates of Manufacture: MAY 28, 2019 to JUN 09, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: X6J
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V784000
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE:BELTS AND ASSOCIATED PULLEYS Recall Date: 04/11/2019
  • Summary: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Acura MDX and Honda Pilot vehicles and 2019 Acura RLX, RLX Sport Hybrid, TLX and Honda Odyssey and Ridgeline vehicles. The timing belt teeth may separate from the belt.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 93946
  • Consequence: Teeth separation from the timing belt may result in an engine stall, increasing the risk of crash.
  • Remedy: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicle and replace any affected timing belt free of charge. Vehicles receiving a replacement timing belt will also have the engine inspected and any damaged components will be replaced for free. The recall began June 7, 2019. Honda owners may contact customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is L4M. Acura owners may contact customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Acura's number for this recall is Z4L.
  • Dates of Manufacture: JUL 09, 2018 to SEP 24, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: L4M, Z4L
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V298000
STRUCTURE:BODY:ROOF AND PILLARS Recall Date: 11/27/2018
  • Summary: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2019 Honda Ridgeline and Pilot vehicles. The mounting holes for the clip that secures the right center pillar trim panel may be larger than intended. In the event of a crash necessitating right side curtain air bag deployment, the clip may not hold the center pillar trim panel in position and it may potentially interfere with the curtain air bag deployment. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 214, "Side Impact Protection," and 226, "Ejection Mitigation."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 404
  • Consequence: In the event of a crash, if the curtain air bag does not deploy as intended, it can increase the risk of injury.
  • Remedy: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will install a bracket on the right center pillar that will securely hold the center pillar trim clip, free of charge. The recall began January 22, 2019. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is D3D.
  • Dates of Manufacture: OCT 18, 2018 to OCT 24, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: D3D
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 18V848000

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Which Used Honda Pilot Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Honda Pilot comes in six trims: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, EX-L Navi/RES, and Elite. All models feature a 280-horsepower V6 engine and an automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available for all but the Elite trim, which comes standard with AWD.

The base Honda Pilot LX is a fine SUV for many shoppers. It is well-equipped with popular technology equipment and comes with a long list of advanced safety features. If you want a few more infotainment goodies, go with the Pilot EX, which has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, satellite radio, and an 8-inch touch screen. Upper trims add several seating and comfort amenities, as well as a few more driver assistance features.

  • Honda Pilot LX: The base Pilot LX comes with Bluetooth, two USB ports, a seven-speaker stereo, a 5-inch display, push-button start, and cloth upholstery. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.
  • Honda Pilot EX: The Pilot EX gets you all of the base model’s features plus the HondaLink infotainment system, which includes an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The EX also comes with heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, one-touch second-row seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.
  • Honda Pilot EX-L: The midrange Pilot EX-L trim adds a power liftgate, a moonroof, leather upholstery, and a power-adjustable passenger seat.
  • Honda Pilot EX-L Navi/RES: This trim adds navigation, an HDMI port, a 115-volt household-style power outlet, and a rear-seat entertainment system with a 10.2-inch display.
  • Honda Pilot Touring: Moving up to the Touring trim gets you a few more amenities, such as a hands-free power liftgate, front and rear parking sensors, a 10-speaker audio system, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The Touring comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
  • Honda Pilot Elite: The top-of-the-line Honda Pilot Elite features standard all-wheel drive, ventilated front seats, and wireless device charging. It also comes with heated second-row captain’s chairs, which reduce the seating capacity to seven.

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What Does Honda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Honda offers two levels of certification for its certified pre-owned vehicles: HondaTrue Certified and HondaTrue Certified+. Both levels come with a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance, up to two oil changes within the first year of ownership, and a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription.

The vehicle’s model year determines which program and repair coverage it qualifies for. HondaTrue Certified covers vehicles from the 2015 through 2020 model years. For vehicles still under the new-car warranty, Honda extends coverage to four years from the original sale date or 48,000 miles. For vehicles outside the new-car warranty, Honda offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. HondaTrue Certified+ is for 2019 to 2020 Hondas still under the new-car warranty. Honda extends these warranties to five years from the original sale date or 86,000 miles. Additional benefits may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Honda’s CPO program is better than that offered by many other affordable carmakers. Still, Chevrolet, Kia, and Hyundai have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Pilot?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Pilot an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in side crash testing.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Pilot the highest rating of Good in five out of six crash tests. It received the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the passenger-side small overlap front test. The standard headlights received an Acceptable rating for how well they illuminate the road ahead. The available LED headlights in the Touring and Elite trims earned a Good rating.

The IIHS grades collision avoidance systems on a different scale. The Pilot received the highest rating of Superior for the effectiveness of its front crash prevention features.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Forward collision warning
  • Collision mitigation braking
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

Available advanced safety features:

  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rear cross traffic alert

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2019 Honda Pilot Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Honda Pilot or 2019 Honda CR-V?

The 2019 Honda CR-V is a top-ranking vehicle that won our 2019 Best Compact SUV for the Money award. The midsize Pilot has a longer list of standard and available safety features than the CR-V, as well as about 8 more cubic feet of cargo space. However, the CR-V has a higher predicted reliability rating, better fuel economy estimates, and a more stylish cabin with a bit more first- and second-row legroom than the Pilot. If you can do without a third row of seats, the CR-V is the way to go.

Which Is Better: 2019 Honda Pilot or 2019 Volkswagen Atlas?

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas offers almost as much interior space as the Pilot and about 10 more cubic feet of cargo space. The VW's cabin sports modern styling and mostly quality materials. Its infotainment system is responsive, has user-friendly menus, and comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are optional in the Pilot. The Atlas also has tilting and sliding second-row seats. When it comes to performance, the Volkswagen has the handling advantage. However, the Honda has a stronger engine than either of the Atlas' offerings. These are both good used midsize SUVs, but the Atlas is a better vehicle overall.

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2019 Pilot Performance

How Does the 2019 Honda Pilot Drive?

The Pilot isn't the most agile SUV in the class, but it offers a smooth ride and easy handling. It can also manage some light off-road duties.

Honda only offered one engine option for the 2019 Pilot: a V6 that provides more than enough power to get this SUV moving. Still, several rivals have stronger base engines, as well as even more-potent available engines. For 2019, Honda refined the available nine-speed automatic transmission, which offers smoother shifts than in previous models.

  • Base engine: 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard six-speed automatic; available nine-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Honda Pilot Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Pilot’s fuel economy estimates are typical for a midsize SUV.

  • Six-speed automatic, FWD: 19/27 mpg city/highway
  • Six-speed automatic, AWD: 18/26 mpg
  • Nine-speed automatic, FWD: 20/27 mpg
  • Nine-speed automatic, AWD: 19/26 mpg
2019 Honda Pilot Towing Capacity

The Pilot can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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2019 Pilot Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Pilot Seat?

The three-row 2019 Pilot seats eight people in its standard configuration. Upgrade to the available second-row captain’s chairs, and that number drops to seven. Each seat is comfortable, supportive, and spacious. The available second-row captain’s chairs are especially comfortable. The third row is roomy enough for adults, which is rare for a three-row SUV. Still, they probably won’t be comfortable on anything longer than a short trip.

The cabin features mostly quality materials, though its design is outdated compared to several competitors. Outward visibility is good for the driver.

Standard seating features:

  • Cloth upholstery

Available seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • One-touch folding second-row seats
  • Second-row captain’s chairs
  • Heated second-row captain’s chairs
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Honda Pilot?

The 2019 Pilot has four complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, including three for the second row and one for a third-row outboard seat. There are two upper tether anchors for the remaining third-row seats.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The top tether anchors can be hard to locate or easy to confuse for other hardware, and some of the lower anchors are difficult to maneuver around.

2019 Honda Pilot Features

The Pilot’s base infotainment system is pretty simple and fairly easy to operate, but the upgraded touch-screen system offers smartphone integration features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Honda added a volume knob for the 2019 model year. This is a small but much-needed improvement over the frequently maligned touch-sensitive controls used in older models.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 5-inch display, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a seven-speaker stereo
  • Available infotainment features: the HondaLink infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an additional USB port, an HDMI port, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, a 115-volt household-style power outlet, wireless device charging, and a rear-seat entertainment system with a 10.2 inch screen
  • Additional standard features: push-button start
  • Other available features: remote start and a moonroof

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2019 Honda Pilot Dimensions

Honda Pilot Cargo Space

The Pilot has 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 46.8 cubic feet behind the second row, and 83.9 cubic feet behind the first row. That’s a good amount of cargo space for a midsize SUV. A power liftgate and a hands-free power liftgate are available.

There are also plenty of large interior storage cubbies and pockets, as well as a compartment beneath the Pilot's cargo floor.

2019 Honda Pilot Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 4.5 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,036 to 4,319 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Honda Pilot Built?

Honda built the 2019 Pilot in Alabama.

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