2020 Honda Pilot in RI
The choices within the midsized three-row SUV segment can seem endless, but there’s an undeniable appeal with the Honda Pilot that keeps sales booming. For the 2020 model year, the Pilot hasn’t changed much, which some might say is a good thing, but Honda has added an all-new and stylish Black Edition. You can get the ’20 Pilot in your choice of the LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, or Elite trim, with all of the above getting their power from a 280 horsepower 3.5-liter V6.
On most of the trims, a six-speed automatic transmission comes standard, although a nine-speed automatic is included with the Touring and above. Front-wheel drive is also standard on lower trims, although you can choose to include all-wheel drive, as most New England drivers would probably prefer. For the Elite and Black Edition trims, though, AWD is standard.
Comfort and Convenience
Standard features on the base LX include LED headlights, 60/40-split folding third-row seats, push-button start, and a rearview camera. The EX will get you plenty more to enjoy, including heated mirrors, keyless entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a conversation mirror, and one-touch slide-and-fold second-row seats. Upgrading to the EX-L trim will get you a sunroof, a power liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, and a power-adjustable front passenger seat.
The Touring adds roof rails, sound-reducing front-door glass, a hands-free liftgate, rear parking sensors, and heated rear seats. The Elite trim lives up to its name with second-row captain’s chairs (reducing seating from eight to seven), auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, and ventilated front seats. The range-topping Black Edition is equipped just like the Elite, although it gets black exterior accents and red interior trim.
Safety & Technology Features
The Pilot has always had a reputation for stellar safety, and drivers will be happy to know that all ’20 Pilot trims come loaded with active safety features. On the LX, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, road departure mitigation, lane keeping assist, and automatic high-beam assist all come standard. The EX adds a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, which carries over to the remaining trims. Unlike many SUVs that only provide safety features with their higher-level trims or optional packages, Honda includes most of them on the base.
The LX is certainly adequately equipped with a 5-inch central display, Bluetooth hands-free, and a seven-speaker audio system with USB and auxiliary inputs, but the EX upgrades to an 8-inch central screen and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The EX-L adds second-row USB charging ports, while the Touring adds Wi-Fi hotspot, a rear-entertainment system, integrated navigation, and a premium 10-speaker audio system. The Elite and Black Edition trims bundle all of the tech from before and add a wireless smartphone charging pad.