Choose Your Trims on the 2019 Honda Pilot
The refreshed 2019 Honda Pilot has a long list of upgrades that includes a new hands-free power liftgate, more powertrain options, and additional smartphone connectivity. The award-winning SUV provides seating for eight and comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Just like the rest of the Honda lineup, the 2019 Pilot adopts standard Honda Sensing, making the advanced driver-assistive tech and safety features a part of the entire lineup.
But with five trims to choose from – LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite – it can be tough to decide which is right for you. Below is a breakdown of what’s standard on each trim and how much they cost so you can get just the features you need at a price that fits your budget. Note that all these come standard with front-wheel drive and have optional all-wheel-drive available for $1,900 except the Pilot Elite, which comes standard with all-wheel drive.
Starting at an MSRP of $31,450, the Pilot LX rolls on 18-inch alloy wheels and boasts LED headlights and running lights. Standard Honda Sensing brings automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keep assist to this trim. It has the smallest of the infotainment screens available at 5 inches with Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming but no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
Going up one trim level offers you so much more at an MSRP of $34,330. The Pilot EX comes standard with keyless entry, tri-zone climate control with separate controls for the second row, heated front seats, blind-spot monitoring, and one-touch up/down functionality for the power windows. The infotainment screen grows significantly to 8 inches, and features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Starting with this trim, you could opt for Honda’s CabinControl system that lets you use a smart device to control the infotainment and rear climate control.
Upgrade to this trim to get unlock the leather upholstery – the “L” literally stands for leather here. The Pilot EX-L, starting at $37,760 caters more toward features for the whole family with two USB ports in the second row, second-row sunshade, and rear-seat entertainment. You’ll also get CabinTalk that uses the driver’s microphone to speak to passengers in the rear like a PA system. Pack up for your trip with the power liftgate and maintain visibility with the auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Starting at $42,520, the Pilot Touring delivers slightly more comfort in the second row with captain’s chairs available for $300 extra. You’ll lose a seat, but gain three-zone ambient lighting. Under the hood, the transmission goes from a six-speed automatic to a more robust nine-speed automatic. This trim adds parking sensors, heating elements in the second-row seats, a 10-speaker audio system, and a hands-free power liftgate.
Go big or go home with the Pilot Elite starting at MSRP $48,020. This all-wheel-drive-only version of the Pilot comes with a panoramic moonroof, standard captain’s chairs, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and rain-sensing wipers. Notable firsts for the Pilot include wireless charging and auto-dimming side mirrors.
With so many options and distinction at each trim, there’s sure to be a 2019 Honda Pilot trim that fits your needs. The 2019 Pilot arrives later this year but you can test drive a 2018 model with us today. View our complete inventory online now.
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