2023 Honda Pilot Price, Reviews, Pictures & More | Kelley Blue Book (2023)

The totally redesigned fourth-generation Honda Pilot is exceptionally roomy, loaded with excellent tech, and boasts the segment’s family-friendliest interior trick. Pricing starts at $39,150.

The Pilot has always been a fine 3-row midsize SUV, and a perennial entry on our annual list of best family cars. The new one, of course, is the best yet.

Outside, the Pilot now exudes far more personality with rugged and contemporary styling. Inside, it’s even roomier than the outgoing model, which was already among the segment’s most accommodating. With a slick new second-row center seat that can be removed and stored in back, the Pilot can switch between 7-passenger openness and 8-passenger capacity on the fly.

A new V6 engine delivers ample power via a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission matched with front- or all-wheel drive. And the new TrailSport variant is as serious an off-roader as there is in this segment, and looks the part.

2023 Honda Pilot Pricing

The 2023 Honda Pilot starts at $39,150. The rugged TrailSport starts at $48,350, while the top-of-the-line Elite kicks off at $52,030. We expect the EX-L to be the top-seller. We’d recommend against the Sport for most buyers, with the savings not worth the equipment tradeoff.

  • 2023 Honda Pilot Sport: $39,150
  • 2023 Honda Pilot EX-L: $41,950
  • 2023 Honda Pilot Touring: $46,450
  • 2023 Honda Pilot TrailSport: $48,350
  • 2023 Honda Pilot Elite: $52,030

For comparison, theSubaru Ascent,Chevrolet Traverse, andHyundai Palisade all start in the mid-$30,000 range. The Kia Tellurideis priced from $35.7K, with theToyota Highlanderat $36.4K, and theFord Explorerat around $36.8K. Slightly more upscale and with an off-road heritage, theJeep Grand Cherokee Lbegins at $43K. Honda’s other 3-row vehicle, the Odyssey minivan, runs about $2,000 less than the new Pilot.

Before buying a new Pilot midsize SUV, check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to know what you should really pay. This latest generation of Pilot will no doubt follow in the impressive tire tracks of its predecessor with strong resale values.

(Video) 2023 Honda Pilot | First Look

What’s New for 2023

Welcome to Generation Four of the Honda Pilot 3-row midsize SUV, unveiled in November of 2022. It’s bigger, more versatile, and more powerful than before. And it has greater off-road abilities in the TrailSport model.

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Driving the 2023 Honda Pilot

The new V6 delivers power, acceleration and fuel economy on par with others in the segment, but we found it smoother and quieter than the engine it replaces. The new engine pairs perfectly with Honda’s excellent 10-speed automatic transmission, which finally finds its way into the Pilot.

As for steering and stopping, the new Pilot delivers the same brand of intuitive responsiveness we’ve come to expect from every Honda vehicle. We were particularly impressed by the feel and function of the Pilot’s bigger new brakes.

Out on the highway, power is plentiful, the ride is smooth, and outside noises are kept in check. Our initial testing puts the latest version of Honda’s adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping features among the segment’s best. They’re more accurate, more responsive, and they’re standard across the line. If you regularly drive long distances or in stop-and-go traffic, this alone is a good reason to put the Pilot on your shortlist.

The new Pilot also excels in the many parking lots it’s sure to frequent, thanks to light steering, one of the segment’s tightest turning circles, and no shortage of technological assists.

We’ve spent hundreds of hours driving and researching the current collection of 3-row midsize SUVs, including the fourth-generation Honda Pilot.

Roomy and Flexible Interior

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The bigger and roomier new 2023 Honda Pilot is among the most accommodating midsize SUVs money can buy, including a third row that’s easy to access and downright spacious compared to some others. Depending on trim, the second row comprises a 3-position bench, dual captain’s chairs, or a bench with a center seat that can be removed and stowed under the rear cargo floor. There’s nothing too fancy up front, just well-positioned screens and controls, and generously sized bins, cubbies and cupholders.

(Video) 2023 Honda Pilot | First Drive

Sharp New Look

The new Pilot is bigger, bolder, and boxier than the outgoing version, looking readier for adventure than any of its direct competitors. The big, upright grille, sharp lines, and increased length give the Pilot a stronger presence, and the TrailSport takes it up a notch from there. Count us among fans of the new look.

2023 Honda Pilot TrailSport

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As evidenced during our early first drive of the redesigned Pilot, the new TrailSport version is the most capable off-roader in the 3-row midsize SUV segment outside of the Jeep Grand Cherokee L (which is something of a segment outlier anyway). More than just special badging, wheels, and knobby tires, the Pilot TrailSport sits an inch higher for greater ground clearance, features specially tuned suspension and all-wheel-drive systems, and the gas tank, transmission, and oil pan are protected by steel skid plates built to withstand the entire weight of the vehicle dropping directly onto a rock. It also has front and rear recovery points, a full-size spare tire, and a fantastic new TrailWatch camera system with four cameras that can help the driver position the Pilot just right when navigating rocky, rutted or narrow terrain. Still, some buyers will buy it for the rugged looks alone, and that’s just fine with us.

Our Favorite Features and Tech

Traffic Jam Assist
The 2023 Honda Pilot can pretty much drive itself through stop-and-go traffic, watching its surroundings and working the accelerator, brakes, and steering. If you’re a regular participant, this capability should be at or near the top of your list of must-have features. Impressively, it’s standard across the Pilot lineup.

Walk Away Close
Press a button, grab all the bags or boxes you can handle, and when you walk away (with the key on you), the Pilot will kindly close the tailgate behind you. Touring and Elite only.

(Video) 2023 Honda Pilot TrailSport | First Drive

Removable/storable seat
The Touring and Elite trims also feature a second-row bench with a removable center seat. When in place, you have seating for eight. Fold down the seatback and it provides an armrest and cupholders for the two outboard positions. Remove it entirely and you’ve opened up an easy pathway to the third row. It stores very conveniently beneath the rear cargo floor, so you’re always ready to welcome an eighth passenger again. This is minivan-level flexibility.

Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
Only the base Sport trim requires a cable, while the rest of the 2023 Pilot range has wireless smartphone integration as standard. We just love the convenience.

Wireless phone charging
Fitted as standard in the four upper trims. It’s great to see features like this making their way out of expensive vehicles and into more affordable rides.

Finger rest
The trouble with touchscreens is that you have to touch them. You could drive over a bump and suddenly end up with Liszt when you wanted Lizzo (or the other way around). The touchscreens in the new Pilot (7-inch in the Sport, 9-inch in the rest of the range) are recessed into the dashboard by almost an inch, giving users something to rest their hands while making inputs.

New V6 Engine

Same, but different. The 2023 Pilot SUV has a naturally aspirated (no turbos or superchargers) 3.5-liter V6, just like its predecessors. But this is a new engine, making more power than any Pilot has enjoyed before. Honda is renowned for making smooth and refined V6 engines, and this one is pleasantly muscular. Replacing a 9-speed transmission, a new 10-speed automatic transmission in the 2023 Pilot feeds power to the front wheels in basic form (FWD), or to an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system that’s standard in the TrailSport and Elite trims, optional elsewhere. Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds, which is easily enough for a trailer with an ATV or a couple of dirt bikes, that kind of thing. Fuel economy figures are about typical for the segment.

3.5-liter V6
285 horsepower @ 6,100 rpm
262 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm
EPA combined fuel economy: 22 mpg (FWD), 21 mpg (AWD), 20 mpg (TrailSport)

More Honda Pilot fuel economy information is available on theEPA’s website.

3-Year/36,000-Mile Warranty

The 2023 Honda Pilot is covered by Honda’s basic new-vehicle warranty for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever happens first. The powertrain has its own coverage of five years or 60,000 miles. These arrangements are typical for the class. Honda includes two years or 24,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance as well.

(Video) All New 2023 Honda Pilot - INTERIOR (official)

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Our Expert Ratings come from hours of both driving and number crunching to make sure that you choose the best car for you. We comprehensively experience and analyze every new SUV, car, truck, or minivan for sale in the U.S. and compare it to its competitors. When all that dust settles, we have our ratings.

We require new ratings every time an all-new vehicle or a new generation of an existing vehicle comes out. Additionally, we reassess those ratings when a new-generation vehicle receives a mid-cycle refresh — basically, sprucing up a car in the middle of its product cycle (typically, around the 2-3 years mark) with a minor facelift, often with updates to features and technology.

Rather than pulling random numbers out of the air or off some meaningless checklist, KBB’s editors rank a vehicle to where it belongs in its class. Before any car earns its KBB rating, it must prove itself to be better (or worse) than the other cars it’s competing against as it tries to get you to spend your money buying or leasing.

Our editors drive and live with a given vehicle. We ask all the right questions about the interior, the exterior, the engine and powertrain, the ride and handling, the features, the comfort, and of course, about the price. Does it serve the purpose for which it was built? (Whether that purpose is commuting efficiently to and from work in the city, keeping your family safe, making you feel like you’ve made it to the top — or that you’re on your way — or making you feel like you’ve finally found just the right partner for your lifestyle.)

We take each vehicle we test through the mundane — parking, lane-changing, backing up, cargo space and loading — as well as the essential — acceleration, braking, handling, interior quiet and comfort, build quality, materials quality, reliability.

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