All-New Honda Pilot 2024 Specs, Models, Colors – One of the most popular SUVs in the mid-size segment that stands out for its practicality, the Honda Pilot returns for another stint as a 2024 model, fitted with more features than ever as standard. The 2024 Honda Pilot is no longer available in the LX and the EX trims but gains two new trims namely the Pilot Sport and TrailSport. Moreover, features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and LED Headlights are now offered as standard.
Amidst a massive reshuffling in the trims, Honda has decided to keep the most favorite attributes of the Pilot intact for this year. This means that the Pilot continues to offer 5,000 lbs of towing capacity and a very usable 16.5 cu-ft of cargo space on board. For many, however, the 2024 Pilot seems like the SUV version of the Odyssey minivan, which is a hit or a miss for many. Honda has also announced that an all-new Pilot Special Edition is on its way and will arrive later this year. For now, the 2024 Pilot takes on the likes of the Ford Explorer, Subaru Ascent, Toyota Highlander, Kia Telluride, and the Hyundai Palisade.
All-New Honda 2024 Pilot Redesign
There’s not much to report here, and we think the styling of the Honda Pilot is one of its most significant drawbacks – it’s overdue for a redesign. In typical Honda fashion, the Pilot offers excellent practicality, decent standard features, and competitive fuel economy figures, but chooses restrained styling over something more contemporary. Compared to competitors such as the bold Kia Telluride, the Pilot comes across as drab, and that wagon-like side profile does nothing for its street cred. Honda does, however, offer the Pilot in a Special Edition trim, which adds a set of black alloys. The Honda Pilot Black Edition adds even more attitude, but we’re not convinced that it’s enough. Standard features across the range include low-beam LED headlights and LED foglights. All models get a one-touch power moonroof and a power tailgate (hands-free above EX-L level). Elite models offer a panoramic roof. Wheel sizes range from 18- to 20-inch items depending on the trim.
As if the exterior styling of the 2024 Honda Pilot wasn’t dreary enough, the range of paint colors is just as drab. We understand that the Pilot was never meant to be a fashionista, but when you consider the exciting designs coming out of South Korea and elsewhere, Honda could have spent some time considering its paint offerings. In base trim, the Pilot is offered in six colors, namely Crystal Black, Modern Steel, Lunar Silver, and Obsidian Blue. Platinum White Pearl and Steel Sapphire Metallic are $395 special colors. Fortunately, more colors become available higher up in the range. The Touring and Elite add to the EX-L’s list an additional special color: Deep Scarlet. The Black Edition is offered exclusively in Crystal Black or Platinum White, while the Special Edition gets six colors: Crystal Black, Lunar Silver, Modern Steel, and the three extra-cost special colors.
The Pilot’s interior is spacious and practical and can be had with family-friendly options such as an in-cabin PA system. Most trim levels offer a three-across second row, for those who need to seat eight. Pricier models forgo the bench for two captain’s chairs, reducing the passenger count to seven. However, the spacious third row’s low seat cushion means it’s really only practical for kids. The Pilot’s dashboard layout features easy-to-use climate controls and a clearly marked gauge cluster, and there are a whopping 16 cupholders throughout the cabin.
This SUV’s high seating position gives the driver a commanding view of the road, and large windows and thin unobtrusive roof pillars award the Pilot best-in-class visibility. This Honda has a downright cavernous cargo area and loads of useful interior cubbies. It’s among the roomiest SUVs in its class, but the cargo capacity between the seven- and eight-seat configurations is different, as the Elite and seven-seat Touring trims have a second-row center console that can’t be removed. The adjustable cargo floor can be set up for maximum space or to create an underfloor storage compartment.
The biggest leverage of any Honda car is its robust powertrain under the hood. Constant refinement and a modern design approach have bumped up the power numbers significantly. The 2024 Honda Pilot gets a 3.5-Liter naturally-aspirated V6 block coupled with a now-standard ZF 9-speed Automatic transmission. Generating around 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque output, the SUV has left a great impression of robust delivery. With a lengthier, lower stance, and a lighter body, the SUV may gain a couple of seconds for the 0-60 mph sprint.
The 2024 Honda Pilot can sprint 0-60 mph in around 6.2 seconds and cover a quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds, which makes it the fastest in this class. Rivals like Subaru Ascent and Toyota Highlander accelerate the same in 6.9 seconds and 7.2 seconds respectively. The Pilot handles well for an SUV in this segment and offers a plush ride for its passengers on the inside as well.
All-New Honda 2024 Pilot Release Date anD Price
The 2024 Honda Pilot is offered in over 7 trim levels, with prices starting from an MSRP of $36,830 for the base, now new Sport trim, and it goes all the way up to $50,620 for the top-end Pilot Black Edition. The Pilot is on track for a 2024 on-sale date, so we expect to learn more about the new model closer to its debut, which should happen in late 2024