The previous version of the Pilot that’s a common sight on the roads in and around Martinsville, Danville, Rocky Mount, and Greensboro is understandably highly regarded, but the 2024 Honda Pilot is part of a generation that takes the three-row midsize crossover to new levels of style and desirability. You don’t have to look far to see how competitive the midsize SUV segment has become, but the stunning Honda Pilot more than rises to the challenge and sets a high standard for others to try and match.
The 2024 Honda Pilot is the second year of a new generation of Honda’s largest crossover SUV, and it takes this well-regarded family hauler to new levels of excellence and desirability. The exterior styling hits you right away as it’s sleeker, sharper, and more aggressive than the slightly rounded aesthetic of earlier models. Every version of the 2024 Pilot comes with standard LED headlights (auto on/off) and LED brake, tail, and fog lights that give the midsize SUV a distinctly contemporary style.
There are six trim levels to pick from for the 2024 model year, including a rugged Trailsport trim level that brings an edgier and more off-road style to the Pilot. The first model in the lineup is the 2024 Honda Pilot LX, and then the lineup goes to the Sport, EX-L, Trailsport, Touring, and top-of-the-line Elite trim levels. Every model boasts an impressive standard specification, and a raft of advanced technology is a standout element of the Pilot’s impressive redesign.
Every version of the 2024 Honda Pilot comes with the brand’s tried-and-tested 3.5-litre V-6 powerplant under the hood that produces 285 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. Trailsport and Elite trim levels come with Honda’s 2nd-gen Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) AWD system as part of their standard specification, and it’s available as an option for the other three models. A 10-speed automatic transmission with Shift-by-Wire and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters is standard, regardless of whether you have all-wheel drive.
Also, regardless of whether you have two- or all-wheel drive, every 2024 Pilot features Integrated Drive Modes for different driving conditions. However, while two-wheel drive models get Sport, Normal, Econ, Snow, and Tow driving modes, all-wheel drive models get a Trail and Sand drive mode as well as the other five.
It’s common for people to assume the higher the trim level, the better the specification. But the 2024 Honda Pilot throws a couple of curveballs that deserve consideration. For example, although the EX-L and Trailsport are higher trim levels than the base LX and Sport models, they get standard 18-inch Machine-Finished Alloys with Pewter Gray Inserts, while the Sport model comes equipped with standard 20-inch Shark Gray Alloys. The Sport model features an appropriately sporty black front grille, but others get a chrome grille that may not be preferable.
In general, however, the higher you go in the lineup, the more impressive the overall specification. But all versions of the new Pilot get one of the class’s most comprehensive lists of advanced safety features. The standard Honda Sensing suite of driver-assistive features includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Lane Keeping Assist System, Traffic Jam Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Traffic Sign Recognition System, Auto High-Beam Headlights, Driver Attention Monitor, and a Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor.
Vehicles that can accommodate up to eight people used to be pretty uninspiring. But the 2024 Honda Pilot proves you can now have a vehicle with up to eight seats that can be as desirable as it’s practical. Discover what the latest Honda Pilot is all about with a test drive from Nelson Honda at 2500 Greensboro Rd, Martinsville, Virginia, or call us at (276) 632-9741 for more information about pricing and availability, and we can schedule an appointment for a time that suits you.