Honda markets the 2024 Pilot in six trims: LX, Sport, EX-L, TrailSport, Touring, and Elite. While most can comfortably seat up to eight passengers, the EX-L and TrailSport swap the second-row bench for a pair of captain’s chairs, making it a seven-passenger configuration.
The powertrain consists of a 3.5-liter V6 engine (output: 285 hp and 262 lb.-ft. of torque) and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but for those seeking enhanced traction, all-wheel drive is standard in the TrailSport and Elite and optional on the other trims. The towing capacity varies, with FWD models capable of pulling up to at 3,500 pounds and AWD versions handling up to 5,000 lb. Each trim offers selectable drive modes, too, with settings for Normal, ECON, Snow, Tow, and Sport. With AWD, Trail and Sand modes are added.
The Pilot’s fuel economy is good too, with FWD versions returning an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. With AWD, most trims get the same 19 mpg city but dip to 25 mpg highway. The TrailSport is the exception because of the weight of its additional rugged features: it achieves 18 city/23 highway.
The LX comes generously equipped with tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, automatic LED headlights, push-button start, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, three USB-C charging ports, and flexible 60/40-split rear seats with one-touch fold for the second row. This trim also has a dual-level cargo floor with a concealed storage bin. The Sport ups its appearance with LED fog lights, roof rails, and a moonroof, while increasing the comfort cabin inside with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, and heated front seats.
While the EX-L doesn’t have roof rails, it gains heated side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down and position memory, plus a power tailgate, a driver’s seat with position memory, leather upholstery, two extra USB-C charging ports, wireless phone charging, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, manual second-row sunshades, and a bigger storage compartment. It also comes with CabinTalk, Honda’s built-in intercom system, which is really handy on road trips when someone is in the third row. While second-row captain’s chairs come standard on this trim, the bench seat can be opted in for those who prefer the increased seating capacity.
Designed for outdoor enthusiasts, the rugged TrailSport is specially equipped with all-terrain tires, underbody skid plates, a Class III trailer hitch, roof rails, front and rear tow hooks, all-weather floor mats, and unique synthetic-leather seats with orange contrast stitching. On top of that, it gets trim-specific gloss-black exterior accents, power-folding side mirrors, a heated wiper zone, a heated steering wheel, and a household-style 110V power outlet.
The Touring shares many features with the EX-L, but it has a stowable second-row middle seat, roof rails, a hands-free liftgate, and in-trunk seat storage. As its name implies, the Elite is the most upscale of the bunch, getting a heated wiper zone, perforated leather upholstery, ventilated front seats with accent piping, a heated steering wheel, heated outboard second-row seats, a head-up display, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down and position memory, a 10.2-inch digital gauge cluster, and a 110V power outlet.
Every trim is supplied with Honda Sensing, the brand’s fully loaded suite of driver-assistance technologies. These include forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, traffic sign recognition, automatic high beams, and driver attention monitoring. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert becomes standard at the Sport trim level. The EX-L and higher also receive low-speed braking control and front and rear parking sensors, while the TrailSport and Elite get a special multiple-view camera system with TrailWatch.
The 2024 Pilot’s base infotainment system consists of a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, and a 7-speaker audio system. The EX-L and TrailSport get a more advanced 9-inch touchscreen system with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD radio, and a 9-speaker audio system. The Touring and Elite get the royal treatment with integrated navigation, voice recognition, a booming 12-speaker Bose with multi-zone audio, and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.