New 2024 Honda Pilot Colors, Changes, Models – The Honda Pilot, a perennial best-seller and a standout among midsize SUVs for its versatility, is back for 2024 with more features than ever included as standard equipment. The LX and EX trim levels of the 2024 Honda Pilot are being phased out in favor of two new ones: the Sport and the TrailSport. The 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and LED headlights are now included as standard equipment.
Many people view the 2024 Pilot as little more than a SUVized version of the polarizing Odyssey minivan. Honda has decided to keep the Pilot’s most popular features unchanged despite significantly reorganizing the trim levels. This means that the Pilot’s towing capacity of 5,000 pounds and its cargo capacity of 16.5 cubic feet remain unchanged. As announced by Honda, a brand-new Pilot Special Edition will hit the market by the end of the year. The Ford Explorer, Subaru Ascent, Toyota Highlander, Kia Telluride, and Hyundai Palisade are just some of the competitors the 2024 Pilot faces off against in the market.
New 2024 Honda Pilot Redesign
Not much has changed, and we think the Honda Pilot’s outdated aesthetic is one of its most significant flaws. True to form for Honda, the Pilot excels in utility, comes standard with a good set of conveniences and technology, and achieves good fuel economy ratings. Still, it opts for a conservative design aesthetic. The Pilot looks boring next to the flashy Kia Telluride, and its wagon-like profile doesn’t help its street cred. But a Special Edition trim level of the Pilot is available from Honda, and it comes with a nice set of black alloys. There’s more swagger in the Honda Pilot Black Edition, but we’re not sure it’s necessary. Low-beam LED headlights and LED foglights are standard across the board. All trim levels arrive standard with a power moonroof and power tailgate (hands-free above the EX-L level). The panoramic roof is standard on elite models. The wheel sizes vary from 18 to 20 inches, depending on the trim level.
The 2024 Honda Pilot’s palette of dull colors fits the car’s drab exterior design. We get that Honda wasn’t trying to make the Pilot a fashion plate, but with all the cool cars coming out of South Korea and elsewhere, the company might want to reconsider its color palette. Crystal Black, Modern Steel, Lunar Silver, and Obsidian Blue are the six standard colors for the Pilot. The unique $395 hues are platinum white pearl and steel sapphire metallic. Luckily, as you move up the scale, a wider variety of shades becomes available. Deep Scarlet joins the list of EX-Premium L’s colors on the Touring and Elite trim levels. The Special Edition comes in six colors: Crystal Black, Lunar Silver, Modern Steel, and the three premium colors. At the same time, the Black Edition is only available in Crystal Black or Platinum White.
The Pilot’s Cabin is roomy and well-designed, offering features like a public address system that are great for families. If you need to carry eight passengers, the second row of most trim levels is configured to seat three across. In higher-priced variants, the bench is replaced by two captain’s chairs, reducing seating capacity from seven to five. With a low seat cushion, the roomy third row is only suitable for children. There are 16 cupholders spread out across the Pilot’s spacious cabin, and the climate controls and gauge cluster are both easy to read and use.
The Pilot has the best visibility in its class thanks to its elevated driving position, large windows, and lack of thick, obstructive roof pillars. The Honda’s trunk is enormous and has many convenient storage compartments inside. The Elite and seven-seat Touring trims have a fixed second-row center console that reduces cargo space compared to the eight-seat configuration, despite being among the roomiest SUVs in their class. The cargo area’s floor is removable, so you can either lay it flat for maximum storage or raise it to make a hidden space.
Any Honda’s strongest suit is its engine and drivetrain. The power ratings have been significantly increased due to constant refinement and a modern approach to design. A 3.5-liter V6 engine with natural aspiration and a ZF 9-speed automatic are now standard on the 2024 Honda Pilot. The SUV’s robust performance has impressed critics with its 280 horsepower and 262-pound-foot torque output. The SUV could gain a few seconds in the 0-60 mph sprint if it were longer, lower, and lighter.
Regarding acceleration, the 2024 Honda Pilot is the fastest in its class, able to go from 0 – 60 mph in about 6.2 seconds and travel the quarter mile in about 14.8 seconds. The Subaru Ascent and Toyota Highlander, two significant competitors, achieve 0–60 mph times of 6.9 and 7.2 seconds, respectively. The Pilot handles well for a small SUV, and the ride is comfortable for its passengers.
New 2024 Honda Pilot Release Date and Price
The base, newly introduced Sport trim of the 2024 Honda Pilot, has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $36,830, and the highest-end Pilot Black Edition costs $50,620. The 2024 release year for the Pilot is still on track, so we should find out more about the new model by the end of 2023.