Buyer's Guide

2022 Honda Pilot
Select a Different Model (13 Available): Black Edition AWD
Fuel Economy $ 19 / 26 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 16/82 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 7/7
Horsepower 280@6,000
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2022 Honda Pilot MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Strong acceleration
  • Spacious interior
  • Easy third-row access

Cons

  • Dated interior design
  • Occasional rough shift from nine-speed auto
  • Top trims get pricey

The Honda Pilot could use a full redesign, as the current generation debuted way back in the 2016 model year. This won't happen for 2022, as the three-row SUV soldiers on with the same design, powertrain, and interior. An overhaul in the trim structure, however, means all Pilots are now well-equipped. The Pilot holds its own against popular competitors including the Toyota Highlander and Hyundai Palisade.

What's New

For the 2022 model year, the lower LX and EX trims exit the lineup. They will be replaced by a new, yet unnamed entry-level trim that Honda says will be well-equipped and aimed at younger buyers. A new Sonic Gray Pearl paint color also joins the lineup.

What We Think

Generally speaking, the Pilot has aged gracefully. After all these years, it's still quite competent on the road. It benefits from a smooth ride, and despite its size, precise steering makes it easy to maneuver. The standard V-6 engine is well-tuned and provides quick acceleration, but you may notice an occasional harsh shift from the nine-speed automatic transmission.

Open the doors, and the Pilot offers generous space all around. Even the third row can fit adults in a pinch. Third-row access is easy, too, since the second-row seats slide forward enough to give you ample room to climb inside. We appreciate thoughtful features such as a deep center console to store small items.

Where the interior falls short is its dated look. Still, this flaw wasn't enough to hold the Pilot back from winning a comparison test against the Toyota Highlander, which didn't feel as spacious or drive as well as its archrival.

Despite its age, the Pilot remains one of the more versatile three-row SUVs on the market. With a spacious, practical cabin, abundant safety features, and strong performance, the Pilot ticks off most of the important boxes.

Performance and Fuel Economy

All Pilots utilize a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. This power is routed through a nine-speed automatic transmission. We clocked the Pilot hitting 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, an exceptionally good time in its segment.

Fuel economy comes in at 20/27 mpg on FWD models and 19/26 mpg on AWD models. Those numbers are better than the 2022 Kia Telluride (20/26 mpg with FWD and 19/24 mpg with AWD).

Safety Ratings and Features

The 2022 Honda Pilot earns a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. This rating includes four stars in the front crash and rollover tests, and five stars in the side crash test. The 2021 model doesn't receive a Top Safety Pick designation like some of its competitors. The Pilot is held back by an Acceptable score in the passenger-side small overlap front crash test, which replicates what happens when the right corner of a car strikes an object at 40 mph.

The Pilot comes with a host of standard safety features. These include lane keep assist, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

When looking at the specs sheet, the Pilot isn't as impressive as the Telluride when it comes to cargo space and legroom. But when you actually hop inside the Honda, it feels plenty spacious for people and their gear. Unlike a lot of three-row SUVs, the third row is not a penalty box, offering a decent amount of space for children or adults. The Pilot seats up to eight people, although higher trims have second-row captain's chairs and will only seat seven.

Cargo space (behind first/second/third rows):

2022 Honda Pilot: 83.8/46.8/16.5 cubic feet
2022 Kia Telluride: 87.0/46.0/21.0 cubic feet

Legroom (first/second/third rows):

2022 Honda Pilot: 40.9/38.4/31.9 inches
2022 Kia Telluride: 41.4/42.4/31.4 inches

Technology

The Pilot is equipped with an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Lower trims come with a seven-speaker sound system, but higher trims upgrade to a 10-speaker system. Other optional goodies include a wireless phone charger, on-board navigation, and a rear seat entertainment system with a 10.2-inch screen.

What Is the Honda Pilot Black Edition?

As its name suggests, this model features black exterior accents, including a black grille and black 20-inch alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, look for red ambient lighting and red stitching on the seats, as well as Black Edition badging. The Honda Pilot Black Edition is available exclusively with AWD and in seven-passenger configuration.

Recommended Trim

Honda offers six trim levels for the 2022 model year: the yet-unnamed base model, EX-L, Special Edition, Touring, Elite, and Black Edition. Expect prices to range from somewhere in the mid-$30,000s to more than $50,000 for the top model.

We're most tempted by the $40,000 EX-L trim, which feels upscale with its leather upholstery, heated front seats, and 10-way power driver's seat, as well as its one-touch power moonroof and electronically controlled second-row seats.

Check out our full 2022 Honda Pilot Trim Guide here.

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2022 HONDA PILOT SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V6 3.5 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, 9 Speed Automatic Mode Select
Trim
Black Edition AWD
Class
Full-Size Utility
Horsepower
280@6,000
Standard MPG
19/26
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
7/7
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
36,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
36
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 2.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Honda announces APR rates on select models. 02-28-2022
$500 Honda announces a College Graduate Down Payment Assistance Bonus when leased or financed through HFS. 03-31-2022
$500 Honda announces a Military Appreciation Bonus when leased or financed through HFS. 03-31-2022
$1000 Honda announces a Bonus Cash offer for HFC leases. 02-28-2022
$1000 Honda announces a Loyalty Program for select current owners/lessees that is good towards the purchase or lease on select models. 02-28-2022
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 60 Months - Honda announces APR rates on select models. 02-28-2022
$0 0.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48 Months - Honda announces APR rates on select models. 02-28-2022