Honda Pilot Trim Levels

Thanks to lots of space and safety features, the Honda Pilot is a great SUV for families. It offers peace of mind, plenty of cargo room, and lots of features to choose from. Everyone can comfortably ride in the Pilot and enjoy the journey. So, which trim has all the features and amenities you’ve been looking for?

To help drivers in Abington, Willow Grove, and Glenside, Pennsylvania, decide, Honda of Abington takes a closer look at the trim levels of the Honda Pilot. This guide to 2021 Honda Pilot trim levels will help you find out which of these fantastic trims has the features you and your family will need on the road.

The Honda Pilot: A Quick Look

As a full-size SUV, the Honda Pilot excels in having enough room for everyone and everything. Seating for eight means that plenty of family and friends can come along for the ride. The 152.9 cubic feet of passenger volume is best appreciated when you break it down by row:

2021 Honda Pilot Interior Measurements
1st Row 2nd Row 3rd Row
Headroom 40.1 inches 40.2 inches 38.9 inches
Legroom 40.9 inches 38.4 inches 31.9 inches
Shoulder Room 62.0 inches 62.0 inches 57.6 inches
Hip Room 59.1 inches 57.3 inches 44.6 inches

As you can see, everyone will have plenty of room inside the Pilot. If you fold the rear rows down, you can store large items and luggage in up to 109 cubic feet of cargo space. You’ll also enjoy fewer stops at the pump thanks to an EPA-estimated 20 city and 27 highway in front-wheel drive versions.1

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Honda Pilot LXHonda Pilot LX


The base trim of the Honda Pilot runs on a 3.5L V6 engine that gets up to 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with front-wheel-drive, but the Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4®) all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is available.

The exterior features 18-inch wheels, LED low-beam headlights, LED brake lights, and rear privacy glass. Inside, you’ll find seating for eight with cloth seats. You and your passengers will find the cabin large and comfortable.

Once you fire up the engine with the standard push button start, you’ll spot a sleek 5-inch LCD screen in the middle of the dashboard. It comes with Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, so you can safely make hands-free calls and stream music.

You can also use this screen to check behind your SUV, using the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera. It’s just one of the safety features that’ll give you more awareness during your drive. The Honda Sensing® system comes standard and can help you avoid accidents, with features that include:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Road Departure Mitigation System

As a total package, Honda Sensing® is a comprehensive suite of driver-assistive technologies designed to keep you and your many passengers safe and protected from life’s unexpected moments. This system makes the Honda Pilot a great choice for a family on the go.

Pilot EX


The Honda Pilot EX has the same powertrain as the base trim but adds convenient amenities. For example, the heated side mirrors will help you melt the frost on cold winter mornings, while LED fog lights give you better visibility during storms.

You can also get in and out while the keys are still in your pocket, thanks to Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock®.

The interior also offers a more convenient way to get in and out of the back seats, with sliding one-touch second-row seats. It’s also more comfortable with the tri-zone automatic climate control system, heated front seats, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

This trim also includes more technology. It adds an 8-inch touch-screen, more smartphone compatibility, more music, and extra safety features. Some of the tech that comes standard includes:

  • Blind Spot Information System (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor
  • SMS text message function
  • SiriusXM® Radio

As you drive the Honda Pilot EX, you can stay connected safely thanks to Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ technology. These systems let you bring your phone’s home screen to the centrally located touch-screen to access your messages, contacts, maps, music, and more.


The L in Honda Pilot EX-L might as well stand for luxury. It comes with leather seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

It also adds some great amenities, like a power tailgate, one-touch power moonroof, an automatic-dimming rearview mirror, and a 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat.

The HomeLink® Remote System allows you to access features of your home from the comfort and convenience of the driver’s seat. You can arm your home security system, turn lights on and off, open your garage door, and more.

Special Edition

If you want your ride to feel a little more special, the Honda Pilot Special Edition is the trim for you. You’ll have hands-free access to the power tailgate and a wireless phone charger to make the Pilot even more convenient and high-tech. The included roof rails allow you to tie down extra-large cargo, giving you more options for long hauls.


The Pilot Touring takes things up a notch. It has a more eye-catching design, with 20-inch wheels and a set of roof rails. The interior also has a chic look, with blue ambient LED interior lighting and illuminated beverage holders.

There’s also more technology on board. The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic can take you on the fastest route with turn-by-turn directions. Your favorite playlist will sound better than ever with the 590-watt premium audio system, which includes 10 speakers and a subwoofer.

Wherever you go, everyone can stay connected with a built-in Wi-Fi® hotspot. Plus, you can get your passengers’ attention with the standard CabinTalk® in-car PA system. This trim also makes packing easier, with a hands-free access power tailgate.

Honda Elite


All-wheel-drive comes standard on the Honda Pilot Elite. It lives up to its name by adding ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats as well as replacing the second row with a pair of captain’s chairs, giving occupants more room.

This trim feels more open, with a center aisle and large panoramic roof. You’ll also have extra comforts in the driver’s seat thanks to the heated steering wheel.

Black Edition

The Honda Pilot Black Edition sports a bold design, both inside and out. It runs on black alloy wheels and features black roof rails, gloss black door handles, and all black accents.

The interior comes with black leather and daring red ambient LED interior lighting. The scheme throughout the cabin gives the Black Edition a sense of heightened luxury and opulence, making its presence known to all around it.

Test Drive the Honda Pilot

Visit Honda of Abington to learn more about each of the Honda Pilot trim levels and test drive the one that feels right for you. There’s no better way to experience these quality SUVs than with hands-on time at Honda of Abington.

Whichever trim you’re interested in, it’ll provide you with a comfortable and convenient drive around Abington, Willow Grove, and Glenside, PA.

1 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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