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2020 Honda Pilot Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Utsav Arora Automotive Journalist Updated on: December 10, 2019


The Honda Pilot has been one of the most consistent sellers in the large crossover space, which was once dominated by the homegrown giants. Introduced in 2002, it has gone through three generations and multiple changes. For the 2020 model year, Honda hasn’t made many changes to the Pilot, purely because why fix it if it ain’t broken? And there’s nothing wrong with it. The Honda Pilot does most things right; it is powerful, refined, fuel-efficient, practical and is very reliable, just like any other Japanese car.

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Pros

Spacious, Versatile Seating Options

Good Fuel Economy

Plush Ride Quality

Cons

Not an Enthusiasts’ Car, Best if Driven Sedately

Over-Sensitive Safety Features

Poor Access for Third-Row Seats

What's New?

An all-new Black Edition trim level, which gets black exterior highlights. The 2020 Pilot is part of the third generation, which was introduced in 2016. It is largely unchanged from the 2019 model year car. 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31550

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

212 cu.in.

horsepower

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

262 lbs.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

66.3/66.3

dimensions

wheelbase

111 in.

length

196.5 in.

width

78.6 in.

height

70.6 in.

curb weight

4036 lbs.

ground clearance

7.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

152.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

83.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/22/27 mpg

ev range

370.5 mi.

highway range

526.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Pictures

Exterior
 2020 Honda Pilot 3 Quarter View  2020 Honda Pilot Front Seats  2020 Honda Pilot 3 Quarter View  2020 Honda Pilot 3 Quarter View  2020 Honda Pilot Left Side View
Interior
 2020 Honda Pilot Cargo Area  2020 Honda Pilot Rear Seats  2020 Honda Pilot Rear Seats  2020 Honda Pilot Front Seats  2020 Honda Pilot interior

Styles

 2020 Honda Pilot in Black Forest Pearl color  2020 Honda Pilot in Crystal Black Pearl color  2020 Honda Pilot in Deep Scarlet Pearl color  2020 Honda Pilot in Lunar Silver Metallic color
Black Forest Pearl

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Interior

8.0

Safety

9.3

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Honda Pilot LX

LX

power
280hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$31,550 - $33,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $31,550 MSRP (19/22/27) 280hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 8
LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $33,550 MSRP (18/21/26) 280hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic all wheel drive 8

 2020 Honda Pilot EX

EX

power
280hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$34,430 - $36,430


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $34,430 MSRP (19/22/27) 280hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 8
EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $36,430 MSRP (18/21/26) 280hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic all wheel drive 8

 2020 Honda Pilot EX-L

EX-L

power
280hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$37,860 - $39,860


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $37,860 MSRP (19/22/27) 280hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 8
EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $39,860 MSRP (18/21/26) 280hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic all wheel drive 8

 2020 Honda Pilot EX-L Navigation and Rear Entertainment System

EX-L Navigation and Rear Entertainment System

power
280hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$39,860 - $41,860


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX-L Navigation and Rear Entertainment System 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $39,860 MSRP (19/22/27) 280hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 8
EX-L Navigation and Rear Entertainment System 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $41,860 MSRP (18/21/26) 280hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic all wheel drive 8

 2020 Honda Pilot Touring

Touring

power
280hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$42,620 - $44,920


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $42,620 MSRP (20/23/27) 280hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 8
Touring Rear Captain's Chairs 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $42,920 MSRP (20/23/27) 280hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 8
Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $44,620 MSRP (19/22/26) 280hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 8
Touring Rear Captain's Chairs 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $44,920 MSRP (19/22/26) 280hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 8

 2020 Honda Pilot Elite

Elite

power
280hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$48,120


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Elite 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $48,120 MSRP (19/22/26) 280hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 8

 2020 Honda Pilot Black Edition

Black Edition

power
280hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$49,620


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Black Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $49,620 MSRP (19/22/26) 280hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 8

Expert Review

8.4

Overall Rating


For the 2020 model year, there is no generation change and the car gets only minor updates. For starters, there is a new 'Black Edition' trim level. Purists will know that such a trim exists in Honda’s mid-size pick-up truck, the Ridgeline. It gets black elements on the exteriors, and well, that’s about it. It continues to be powered by a 3.5-Liter V6 engine, which can be had with either a 6-Speed Automatic or a 9-Speed Automatic transmission. Front Wheel Drive is standard and there is an option of All Wheel Drive drivetrain for all trim levels. Priced between $31,550 - $49,620, it rivals Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Ford Explorer in the large crossover class of cars. 

2020 Honda Pilot SUV Front View
2020 Honda Pilot SUV Front View
2020 Honda Pilot SUV Rear view
2020 Honda Pilot SUV Rear view

8.0/10
Features

 
 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 

9.3/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Honda Pilot Features

8.0/10

The 2020 Honda Pilot is available primarily in six trim levels, namely LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, Elite, and Black Edition. While the lower trims get Front-Wheel-Drive as standard, the Elite and Black Edition trims get standard All-Wheel-Drive. If one wants to opt for AWD in a lower trim, Honda offers it in the lower trim levels as well, for an extra $2,000. Standard features include 60/40 split seats for the third row, LED headlights, a 5-inch display screen for the infotainment and a rear-view camera. As you move up the trim ladder, you get niceties like a sunroof, a powered lift-gate, and leather upholstery. In terms of the equipment list, the base trims of the Pilot are barebones and spartan, however, the top-of-the-line trim is very well equipped, and is on par with rivals. 

Trim

LX

EX

EX-L

Touring

Elite

Black Edition

MSRP (RWD)

$31,550

$34,430

$37,860

$42,620

-

-

MSRP (AWD)

$33,550

$36,430

$39,860

$44,620

$48,120

$49,620

Key Features

Automatic LED Headlights

Heated Mirrors

Sunroof

Roof Rails

Second Row Captain Chairs

Black Exterior Accents

 

60/40 Split-Folding Third-Row Seats

Keyless Entry and Ignition

Powered Liftgate

Sound Reducing Front Windshield

Auto-Dimming and Power-Folding Side Mirrors

Red Interior Trim

 

5-Inch Infotainment Screen with Seven-Speaker Audio System

Tri-Zone Automatic Control

Auto-Dimming Rear-View Mirror

Front and Rear Parking Sensors

Heated Steering Wheel

 

 

 

Power-Adjustable Driver’s Seat

Power-Adjustable Front Passenger Seat

Hand-Free Liftgate

Ventilated Front Seats

 

 

 

8-Inch Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Second-Row USB Charging Ports

Heated Rear Seats

Wireless Charging Pad

 

 

 

Heated Front Seats

 

10-Speaker Premium Audio System

 

 

Apart from the aforementioned features, one can also opt for the various optional packages, that are available with the 2020 Pilot. 

With the EX-L trim, one can opt for the Navigation and Rear-Seat Entertainment Package, which costs $2,000 extra over the regular trim. The second-row Captain Chair’s, which are standard on the Elite and Black Edition trims can be had with the Touring trim as well, for just $300 extra. 

Package Name

Pilot EX-L w/ Navi & Rear Entertainment System (2WD)

Pilot EX-L w/ Navi & Rear Entertainment System (AWD)

Pilot Touring w/ Rear Captain's Chairs 

(2WD)

 

Pilot Touring w/ Rear Captain's Chairs 

(AWD)

 

Package Cost (Additional)

$2,000

$2,000

$300

$300

Key Features 

Navigation System with Rear-Seat Entertainment Screen

Navigation System with Rear-Seat Entertainment Screen

Captain Chairs for the Second-Row

Captain Chairs for the Second-Row

Which trim would we suggest?

With the number of features on offer, we recommend going for the Touring trim, for it offers maximum bang for the buck proposition. Going for the AWD is more practical, and one can also opt for second-row captain chairs, for just $300 extra. 

 

2020 Honda Pilot Engine

For the 2020 Model Year, Honda has retained the existing engines, with an addition of an all-new trim. The Pilot gets a familiar 3.5-Liter naturally aspirated V6 engine, which churns out 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. For the lower trims, transmissions duty is done by a six-speed automatic gearbox, while, for the Touring, Elite and Black Edition trims, a ZF sourced nine-speed automatic gearbox is deployed. 

2020 Honda Pilot SUV Engine
2020 Honda Pilot SUV Has a 3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6 Engine

Models

Honda Pilot LX 2WD

Chevrolet Traverse L FWD

GMC Acadia SL FWD

Ford Explorer Base FWD

MSRP 

$31,550

$29,800

$29,800

$32,765

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.5L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.3L Turbocharged Inline-4

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Shiftable Automatic

9-Speed Shiftable Automatic

10-Speed Shiftable Automatic

Power (hp)

280 @ 6,000 RPM

310 @ 6,800 RPM

193 @ 6,300 RPM

300 @ 5,500 RPM

Torque (lbs.-ft.)

262 @ 4,700 RPM

266 @ 2,800 RPM

188 @ 4,400 RPM

310 @ 3,500 RPM

When it comes to competition, the Pilot gets the wooden spoon for the power figures. Torque figures too, are lower than most of the competition and are only ahead of the GMC Acadia. To add insult to the injury, one cannot take manual control of the gears in the Pilot, something which you can do in all the rival cars. That said, the power on tap is sufficient to move this large crossover, however, it totally lacks the grunt offered by the Explorer or the Traverse’s engine. 

How fast is the Pilot?

The Pilot has a big advantage in terms of Engine displacement, which is only behind Chevrolet Traverse’s 3.6L V6. However, power figures are modest for the class, and the lowest among the competition, however, there is a big surprise for all!

2020 Honda Pilot SUV Front View
2020 Honda Pilot SUV 0-60 MPH in just 5.9 sec

Models

Honda Pilot LX 2WD

Chevrolet Traverse L FWD

GMC Acadia SL FWD

Ford Explorer Base FWD

0-60 MPH (Sec)

5.9

7.1

6.2

9.2

Quarter Mile (Sec)

14.4

15.5

15.0

16.9

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.5L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.3L Turbocharged Inline-4

Emission 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 

N/A

8.4*

8.4*

7.3

At 5.9 seconds, the Pilot is the fastest from 0-60 mph sprint. This is mainly due to the lighter chassis and curb weight. Despite having the most powerful powerplant, the Explorer is slowest, both in 0-60 mph and quarter-mile runs. In the quarter-mile timings too, the Pilot is the pick of the lot

How efficient is the braking system ? 

Braking acts as a halo, for a car boasting of capable performance, dynamics, and acceleration timings. While the Pilot doesn’t have mind-numbing power figures, it is adequately powerful for a large SUV, and surely needs good braking power. 

As proven by the Acceleration figures, the Pilot needs good brakes, and it rightly gets those! The front and rear brake rotors are 12.6 inches and 13.0 inches respectively, which are better than the others in the competition. 

Model

Honda Pilot LX 2WD

Chevrolet Traverse L FWD

GMC Acadia SL FWD

Ford Explorer Base FWD

Brake Front (in)

12.6

N/A

12.6

12.8

Brake Rear (in)

13.0

N/A

12.4

12.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

4036

4362

3923

4345

60-0 mph(ft.)

118

120

 

121

Unfortunately, the braking distances of cars are not available at the time of writing this reviews. 

Will you enjoy driving this SUV?

The 2020 Honda Pilot gets a suspension, which is tuned for comfort, rather than for corner cravers. The small road undulations are dismissed with ease, however, the car feels subdued only over large potholes, and the suspension does its job well, especially within the city confines. The composed ride quality is also dependant on the 18-inch tires that are standard on the lower trim levels, thanks in no large part to the high-profile of the tires. Even with the 20-inch wheels that come in the top trim levels, ride quality isn’t severely compromised. However, we withhold our judgment that the lower trim levels of the Pilot definitely ride better. 

2020 Honda Pilot SUV front View
2020 Honda Pilot SUV Front View

As stated earlier, the Pilot is a car meant to carry your family in comfort, and this is where the suspension comes into play! Out on the freeways, the car is agile, however, darting into corners is not its forte. Cabin roll is evident, though not as much as some of the ladder-frame crossovers. Steering is well-calibrated, which offers decent feedback, but does have a slack in the center head position. It is feedback-rich, but isn’t as accurate as the Explorer’s, which has the best steering feedback in the class, hands down!

2020 Honda Pilot Fuel Economy

In a general context, Honda and good fuel economy are a match made in heaven. The Pilot, continuing this tradition, is a fuel-efficient large crossover. With a combined fuel efficiency rating of 22 mpg, it falls in the middle place, slightly more than the Chevrolet Traverse. However, what comes as a shocker is, it lags behind the likes of GMC Acadia and Ford Explorer. 

Model

Honda Pilot LX 2WD

Chevrolet Traverse L FWD

GMC Acadia SL FWD

Ford Explorer Base FWD

MPG (City)

19

18

21

21

MPG (Highway)

27

27

29

28

MPG (Combined)

22

21

23

24

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.)

19.5

19.4

19.0

19.2

Range (City/Highway in miles)

371/527

349/524

399/551

403/538

With a 19.5-gallon fuel tank, the Pilot gives a range of 527 miles, which is good, but behind Ford Explorer. Who would have thought a Ford could defeat a Honda in the fuel efficiency race? With a range of 551 miles on the Highway, the Acadia takes the first place. 

2020 Honda Pilot Interior

8.0/10

The 2020 Honda Pilot is essentially an eight-seater, just like the Ford Explorer. However, with the option of captain chairs for the second-row, it can seat seven occupants. The Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia are seven-seaters by default. The cabin of the Pilot feels plush and well put together. On the other hand, it is not as good or luxurious as the Traverse’s but is miles ahead of the Acadia and Explorer’s. 

2020 Honda Pilot SUV Seating area
2020 Honda Pilot SUV Has a 8 Passenger Capacity

The front seats of the Pilot are supportive, with decent bolstering and cushioning. In the lower trims, one will have to settle for the cloth upholstery, while opting for the top trims gets one leather upholstery. Legroom and Headroom at the front may look rudimentary if one refers to the numbers. However, being a smaller crossover than the rivals, Honda has proved that they are the masters of space management, and nobody even comes close to them. Seats in the front and second-row are comfortable and cushy, and one would feel at home in both these rows. However, the third row is best suited for small children, that too for short journeys. 

Model

Honda Pilot LX 2WD

Chevrolet Traverse L FWD

GMC Acadia SL FWD

Ford Explorer Base FWD

Passenger Capacity

8

7

7

8

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

 

40.1/62.0/40.9

41.3/62.1/41.0

40.0/59.4/41.0

40.7/61.8/43.0

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

 

40.2/68.0/38.4

40.0/62.2/38.4

39.6/58.7/39.7

40.5/61.9/39.0

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.9/44.6/31.9

38.2/48.5/33.5

37.2/42.9/29.7

38.9/40.9/32.2

The Explorer, being the biggest SUV here, is expectedly the biggest on space as well, boasting of class leafing headroom and legroom in all the three rows. The Acadia falls short against all its rivals here and is definitely not the pick if space and comfort are one’s priorities. 

What's there to keep you entertained?

All trims od the 2020 Pilot comes with an 8" touchscreen. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is also standard. There is also Sirius XM radio which will allow you to stream hundreds of radio channels via satellites.

The LX trim has 4 speakers while the EX trim comes with 6 speakers. The EX-L trim has a 180-watt audio system with 8 speakers while the top of the line fully-loaded Touring, Elite and Black Edition trims comes with 330 watts premium audio system with 9 speakers.

What's the cargo capacity of this SUV?

It’s a surprise here. The Pilot has a decent cargo volume at 16.5 cubic feet, which is bigger than the GMC Acadia. At 18.2 cubic feet, the Explorer has the second-best cargo volume, however, it’s the Traverse, which takes the cake for the biggest cargo volume, at a humongous 23.0 cubic feet. 

2020 Honda Pilot SUV Cargo volume
2020 Honda Pilot SUV has a Cargo Volume 16.5 cu ft.

Model

Honda Pilot LX 2WD

Chevrolet Traverse L FWD

GMC Acadia SL FWD

Ford Explorer Base FWD

Volume (cu. ft.)

16.5

23.0

12.8

18.2

Interior Features

We know about Honda’s prowess for making spacious cars. Not are they just brilliantly packaged, they are also well loaded. The 2020 Pilot too, is a very well equipped car. A lot of features are carried forward from the 2019 model year. Standout interior features include the following:

  • 60/40 Split-Folding Third-Row Seats
  • Keyless Entry and Ignition 
  • An 8-Inch Touchscreen System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Connectivity
  • Power-Adjustable Driver and Passenger Seat
  • Heated Rear Seats
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
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2020 Honda Pilot Exterior

Let’s be blunt, the Pilot looks like a minivan and not a crossover. Period. In this class, cars like the Traverse and Acadia provide the much needed masculine look that one expects from a large crossover. The Pilot though is far from it and is not going to win any beauty contests. Dimensions wise, it stands somewhere in the middle, with Explorer taking the podium for class-leading dimensions and wheelbase. 

2020 Honda Pilot SUV
2020 Honda Pilot SUV Has a 4036 lbs Curb Weight.

Model

Honda Pilot LX 2WD

Chevrolet Traverse L FWD

GMC Acadia SL FWD

Ford Explorer Base FWD

Curb weight (lbs)

4036

4362

3923

4345 

Length (in)

196.5

204.3

193.6 

198.8

Width (in)

78.6

78.6

75.4

78.9

Height (in)

70.6

70.7

66.0 

69.9 

Ground clearance (in)

7.3

7.2

7.2 

7.9

Wheelbase (in)

111.0

120.9

112.5

119.1

What has shocked us the most is, this Honda has the lowest wheelbase in its class, surprising for a brand which is known for brilliant packaging and space maximization. In terms of looks alone, the Explorer looks most butch and imposing, while the Pilot looks like a minivan of sorts. 

Exterior Features

Just a glance at the vehicle and it’s easy to understand why the Pilot doesn’t look bad, despite the conservative looks. Honda has played it safe, with cuts and creases all over. In contrast, the Traverse, Acadia and Explorer, all of them are boxy and look like traditional SUVs. While the Pilot isn’t a bad looking car by any means of imagination, it is nowhere as imposing or butch as other cars of its class. However, to make the car stand out, Honda has given subtle classy and elegant touches, to make it look a class apart. Some of the standout exterior features include the following:

  • LED Headlights
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Hands-Free Powered Liftgate
  • Roof Rails
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2020 Honda Pilot Safety

9.3/10

Safety is one of the most important aspects of a car, and the 2020 Pilot totally lives up to expectations. The 2020 model year is loaded to the gills with safety features. Even the lower trims are very well equipped. While mandatory safety features like seven airbags, traction and stability control, and a rear-view camera, the Pilot boasts of the following driver-assistance features as standard:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Braking 
  • Road Departure Mitigation 
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Automatic High-Beam Assist

Moving up to higher trim levels gets you additional safety features like Blind Spot Monitoring, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert System. 

2020 Honda Pilot Competition

Honda Pilot vs Chevrolet Traverse

Going by the specs alone, the Traverse appears to be a better car. Look beyond the numbers though and as a package, the Pilot comes out as a more practical and versatile product. The second row in the Pilot is more spacious and thus, more usable, and it is a similar story with the third row. The Pilot is also more efficient, not to mention the bullet-proof reliability that it brings along. Overall, the Traverse is a better car to drive, but the Pilot is a better package to own and live with. 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse
2020 Chevrolet Traverse

Honda Pilot vs GMC Acadia

The less said the better. Not only is the GMC below par on specs, as a package too it lags miles behind. The Pilot isn’t just more powerful and practical, it is a better car in every aspect, and much earlier to own and live with. 

2020 GMC Acadia
2020 GMC Acadia

Honda Pilot vs Ford Explorer

Choosing just one car from these two is probably the toughest. While the Explorer is big, butch and more practical, the Pilot is more car-like to drive and easier to live with. If Pilot gets a V6, the Explorer gets a small engine but is the most powerful in this class. Whilst the Pilot brings Japanese build and reliability with it, the Ford brings strong American lineage and brilliant driving dynamics. Phew! It’s a close call between the two. 

2020 Ford Explorer
2020 Ford Explorer

 

2020 Honda Pilot Final Verdict

The 2020 Honda Pilot is built on Japanese principles of Quality, Performance, Efficiency, Safety, Durability, and Reliability. In terms of specs, it does not boast of overwhelming power and space, however, it does boast of best in class refinement and good fuel economy. When it comes to safety, the Pilot comes with a host of driver-assistance features as standard and is easily one of the best cars. However, the Ford Explorer trumps the Pilot in every possible way, be it features, power or space. The Honda Pilot is for the practical Joe’s, who want a good package with strong reliability. For the purists, it’s the Ford Explorer, which proves it’s worth as abetter car in almost every possible way.