The Pilot has been long overdue for a complete redo, and Honda gave it this much-needed makeover in 2016. With the redesign still fresh, we expect Honda will leave the Pilot as-is for at least a few years. We anticipate the 2018 model will have few, if any, changes compared to the current model.
Since we expect it to be a carryover, don’t expect any noticeable changes to its look or feel. Expect the Pilot to continue to come with standard 18-inch wheels at the entry level, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, a 5-inch display audio system with seven speakers, a rearview camera and more.
For buyers hoping to get the latest and greatest, reports indicate the current Pilot will undergo its first major update for the 2019 model year.
Expect the powertrain to continue without any changes from the current 3.5-liter V6 that cranks out 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive will continue to come standard, with all-wheel drive as an available option. Shifting duties on the current Pilot are handled by either a standard six-speed automatic transmission or an optional nine-speed automatic.
Safety is not an issue for the current Pilot, and with no changes expected, we anticipate its IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation will carry on. Keep in mind that to get this rating, you’ll have to add the optional Honda Sensing package, which includes the requisite forward collision warning, auto emergency braking and more. Without this, the Pilot is still a Top Safety Pick.
Expect a full review closer to the vehicle's launch.