There is plenty to like about the Honda Pilot. Even among its all-star midsize SUV rivals, the Pilot receives high marks for its spacious interior, powerful and efficient V6 engine, and clever storage solutions. The infotainment system’s user interface is intuitive for users and has a physical volume knob that replaces the previous touch-sensitive volume slider. Discover the ins and outs on used Honda Pilots, available now in Carvana’s inventory.



The Pilot won’t wow you with incredible performance, but it’s a pleasant enough vehicle to drive, offering a comfortable ride that rather easily absorbs bumps and ruts in the road. The Pilot also does well minimizing road and vehicle noise when traveling at highway speeds.


For individuals who are used to hauling around gear or a car load full of kids, the Honda Pilot rises to the occasion. With second and third row seating folded down, the Pilot is capable of storing up to 87 cubic feet of cargo. The Pilot’s boxy design also allows it to fit bulkier items that may not normally fit in the storage space provided by other vehicles of similar stature. Additionally, there are numerous bins and pockets throughout the interior that allow for smaller items to be stored with ease.


Compared to other three-row crossovers, the Pilot actually offers legitimate accommodations in terms of room for third row passengers. If you’re looking for a vehicle that will serve you well as an adult-sized people hauler, the Pilot is a solid choice.



The Pilot has been known as a vehicle that feels heavy when taking it for a spin, and in performance testing, that weighty feel is validated. In Edmunds brake testing, the Pilot came to a halt from 60 mph in 130 feet — longer than the average distance for a midsize to large three-row crossover.


As previously mentioned, the Pilot feels like a heavy and large vehicle when behind the wheel. Part of this is due to a slow-shifting five-speed automatic transmission and a lack of overall agility going around corners and operating in tight spaces.


Perhaps the biggest mark against the Pilot is the relatively low-quality appearance of the cabin area. While useful and practical in design, there are an abundance of hard plastics being used, putting it a tier or two below nicer appointed vehicles in the same class.


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Top 10 Reasons to Get a HONDA PILOT

10. An Impressive Fuel Economy

Honda is all about efficiency, and this certainly rings true in how they approach fuel economy. The 2020 Honda Pilot outperforms many of its competitors in terms of miles per gallon. With all-wheel drive and the 9-speed transmission equipped, the Pilot garners 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. On a front-wheel drive model, you can get about 24 mpg combined, which is definitely a decent number for a large third-row SUV.

9. Well-Designed Storage Areas

Honda knows how to cleverly craft a practical, utilitarian interior. There are 16 cubic feet of cargo space when you have all seats in the upright position, and this number tops out at 84 cubes when all seats are folded down. This isn’t as much space as many competitors, but the way Honda designed the load floor to hold items underneath is quite smart. You can also find plenty of small-item storage areas throughout the cabin that is appropriately sized. Even the cup-holders feel like they were designed for all sizes of cups.

8. A Powerful Standard V6 Engine

The standard V6 engine musters up enough strength to get the 2020 Honda Pilot moving quickly on the highway. This 3.5-L engine gets 280 hp. It also happens to get a solid 262 lb-ft of torque, and 6-speed automatic transmission is standard issue on most trim levels. If you want the 9-speed, you will have to opt for the Touring trim or higher. On the 9-speed, you get a zippy acceleration speed (going from 0 to 60 mph) of 7 seconds flat. This is a great time for a vehicle in this segment.

7. Easy-to-use Brakes

Speeding up is easy, and so is coming to a stop. The brakes have a natural feel, and they are easy to modulate in everyday driving scenarios. A panic stop from 60 mph can be made in roughly 129 feet, which is pretty normal for a third-row SUV. The vehicle will track straight on if you have to press down hard on the brakes, and you won’t feel any scary thrusting or wobbling while doing so.

6. Precise Steering and Handling

The 2020 Honda Pilot has remarkably precise steering and handling capabilities. You won’t get a ton of road feel from the steering column, but it does have a natural vibe to it, and steering requires only modest effort. The vehicle handles turns well and has a light feeling to it since it does weigh less than other third-row SUVs. Overall, this aerodynamic design makes getting around on winding roads simple.

5. A Comfortable Ride Quality

Small bumps, large dips, and any other road imperfections are quickly smoothed out by the Pilot. Very little road or wind noise makes its way into the cabin, even at highway speeds. Also, the engine purrs like a kitten, so you will not have to worry about it overpowering your music or conversations with passengers. The interior is designed with comfort in mind, so you and your passengers can enjoy long rides in plush, supportive seats.

4. An Excellent Tri-zone Automatic Climate Control System

Some third-row SUVs haven’t nailed down the proper design for tri-zone automatic climate control, but Honda has. The 2020 Honda Pilot has a system that delivers airflow to all three rows. If you want cold air, the system quickly pushes it into the cabin. Same with the heat. The controls for it are easy to use, too.

3. A Comfortable Driving Position is Easy to Find

Most drivers will have no problem finding a comfortable driving position. The driver’s seat is power-adjustable, and its upright position allows the driver to see more clearly through the front windshield. The slender roof pillars make visibility fore and aft quite clear, and there is a standard rear-view camera in case you need to see what is behind you while backing out of a tight parking space.

2. A User-friendly Touchscreen Display

In the past, Honda’s touchscreen display has been nothing short of frustrating. After making some adjustments for the 2019 line-up, Honda’s system is more user-friendly than it used to be. The 2020 Honda Pilot has an 8-inch touchscreen on the EX trim level and above. Its graphics are clear, and the buttons are fairly easy to push. There is still a learning curve, but it is a lot shorter than it once was.

1. High-quality Interior Materials

For being a moderately-priced vehicle, the Pilot’s materials are high-quality. The soft-touch materials have a pleasant feel, and the panels flow together seamlessly. Nothing can be heard rolling around while driving, and the matte finishes and high-gloss trim give the Pilot a hint of luxury.

Reasons Not to Buy a 2020 Honda Pilot – The Cons

1. Overly-Sensitive Driver Aids

One of the things Honda really needs to improve is several driver aids – in particular, adaptive cruise control and collision warning. They are both overly-sensitive, which can prove to be a hazardous distraction. Adaptive cruise control only works when you are driving above 20 mph, so this feature is ineffective when you are in slow, stop-and-go traffic. Lane keeps assist can also be a bit obnoxious.

2. The Third Row is Difficult to Access

Getting to the third row can be difficult if you are a bigger adult. There is a button you can press that will slide the second row forward, but only smaller adults and children will really benefit from this. The access path is just too narrow for larger adults to quickly get through.

3. It Isn’t Meant for Off-roading

The 2020 Honda Pilot is not meant for off-roading adventures. Its ground clearance is too low, and the vehicle lacks off-roading essentials like hill descent control. The AWD system is solid on slick road surfaces, but it was not designed with uneven dirt roads in mind. Keep the Pilot on the beaten, paved path.

4. The Steering Wheel Doesn’t Adjust Enough for Taller Drivers

Taller adults might find that the steering wheel does not adjust to a high enough position for them to feel comfortable. It will not be a huge deal for anyone else, but there could be more adjustment options available for those of us with longer legs. It is a minor gripe, sure, but it is an area where Honda could improve.

How it compares to the competition:

2020 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander

The 2020 Honda Pilot faces strong competition from the 2020 Toyota Highlander. The Highlander is similarly priced and comes with a ton of standard infotainment and safety features. It also gets good fuel efficiency from its standard V6 engine. However, the Highlander’s base 4-cylinder engine is incredibly weak, and the touchscreen display is an absolute mess. To top it all off, Toyota does not offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on the Highlander while Honda has standardized them across their entire fleet. It is definitely something that makes buyers scratch their heads and mutter “Huh?”

2020 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Acura MDX

The 2020 Acura MDX is a luxury vehicle, unlike the Pilot. Therefore, you can expect to find a lot more leather and glossy surfaces. You will also be paying a little bit more, even though the MDX is well-priced for a luxury SUV. Its V6 is powerful. Additionally, the ride quality is also considerably smooth. The biggest downside to owning the MDX is that the two-touchscreen infotainment system is difficult to use. It is more of a distraction than it is helpful. The controls are not intuitively designed. Also, adaptive cruise control is incredibly sensitive to MDX.


For the price, you get a lot of great features and functionality on the 2020 Honda Pilot’s EX trim level and higher. A lot of people will likely skip the base LX trim, even though it is a decent base for its class. The Pilot offers good fuel economy, a cozy interior, and controls that are intuitively laid out. If you can cope with the false alarms from collision warning and adaptive cruise control’s touchy-ness, then you will likely find the Pilot to be suitable for your everyday needs.

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