The family-friendly practicality of a minivan like the Honda Odyssey is tough to match, never mind beat, but if a three-row vehicle with seating capacity for up to eight people is what you need then the 2021 Honda Pilot is one of the very best that represents seriously good value for money.
Along with that eight-seat capacity, the Pilot features powerful engines, superb infotainment and connectivity, and class-leading levels of standard passive and active safety tech that’s so important for a family vehicle like this. Whether you’re on a short trip to Villa Heights or a weekend vacation to Smith Mountain Lake State Park, the Pilot is the perfect vehicle for all your needs.
If you like to have plenty of trim levels to choose from when buying a new vehicle, you’ll love what you find with the 2021 Honda Pilot. That’s because there are now no less than seven different trim levels to choose from, which means there are 2021 Honda Pilots to suit a wide range of buyers and budgets.
The entry-level 2021 Honda Pilot model is the LX, which is then followed by the EX, EX-L, Special Edition, Touring, Elite and range-topping Black Edition. Whether you want a vehicle to take you and your clubs to Beaver Hills Gold Club or for ferrying the kids and their friends to places like the Virginia Museum of Natural History, there’s a Honda Pilot that’s perfect for the job.
There are no high-revving, small-displacement turbo-four engines that could struggle with a full load going uphill in the Honda Pilot. Instead, all versions of the 2021 Honda Pilot stick with a tried and tested 3.5-litre V-6 producing a substantial 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, which gets sent to the front or all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission.
All-wheel-drive is an available option across the 2021 Pilot lineup, but the Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) AWD System comes standard with Elite and Black Edition versions of the 2021 Pilot.
EPA fuel economy ratings for front-drive versions of the Pilot are 20mpg in the city, 27mpg on the highway and 23mpg combined. Those who want the extra capability of all-wheel-drive will be pleased to know that the gas-consumption penalty is minimal with AWD versions being rated at 19mpg in the city, 26mpg on the highway and 22mpg combined.
LX models are anything but basic, with standard equipment including automatic emergency braking, dual-zone climate control, eight-passenger seating, a multi-angle rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control and a touchscreen infotainment system that’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.
Stepping up a grade to the EX doesn’t cost much and adds the likes of a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, one-touch second-row seats, heated front seats, a driver’s seat with 10-Way power adjustment, programmable remote entry, LED foglights, and an upgraded infotainment system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen.
Elite models get standard features that make the Pilot feel like a luxury SUV that would normally cost you considerably more than the Honda, while the range-topping Black Edition gets all those features along with an extra level of menace thanks to a raft of blacked-out styling cues.
Active and passive safety features are particularly important for a vehicle designed to carry as many people as the Pilot caters for, but you don’t have to go for the highest trim levels to get the latest advanced safety features. Standard equipment in every 2021 Pilot includes ABS brakes, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, a Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, hill-start assist, LED daytime running lights, tire pressure monitoring, Trailer Stability Assist and Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control.
At lower trim levels the 2021 Honda Pilot is a great value, eight-seat SUV that can take you and your family anywhere you need to go in considerable comfort and safety, and it just gets better and better from there. Top trim levels are packed with high-end features, but base models cover far more than the basics and really do represent exceptional value for money.
You don’t have to just take our word for it though. Come as see for yourself what the 2021 Honda Pilot has to offer you and your family with a test-drive from us today here at Nelson Honda, conveniently located at 2500 Greensboro Rd in Martinsville, Virginia.