Honda 2021 Pilot Adds New Special Edition 9-Speed Automatic Transmission
June 17, 2020 – TORRANCE, California
New Pilot Special Edition offers premium features including 20-inch black wheels and covers, wireless phone charging and hands-free power liftgate
9-speed transmission, paddle shifters and idle stop now standard across the range
Additional improvements to the LX version include dual-zone automatic air conditioning
Honda Pilot 2021 starts arriving at dealerships today with a new Special Edition (SE) version, a standard 9-speed transmission with paddle shifters, dual-zone air conditioning as standard, and a new Platinum White Pearl color available for the Black Edition. The Pilot LX 2021 with 2-wheel drive and the standard Honda Sensing® safety and driver assistance technology display a starting MSRP of $ 32,250 (excluding $ 1,120 in destination and handling). The Pilot LX with Honda’s variable intelligent torque management (iVTM-4®) all-wheel drive system has a starting MSRP of $ 34,250.
The new 2021 Pilot SE builds on the popular EX-L trim with additional features that, until now, have been exclusive to the upper trim. In addition to the EX-L’s generous equipment levels, which include leather seats, second row sun visors and an electrically adjustable driver seat with 2-position memory settings, the new Pilot SE adds 20-inch black wheels, roof rails, front and rear non-slip grille and trim, a hands-free electric tailgate with pedal and a wireless phone charger, for an MSRP of $ 38,960 with 2WD or $ 40,960 with AWD.
Pilot Touring continues to offer premium features, including the Honda satellite navigation system, rear Blu-Ray entertainment, parking sensors, on-board Wi-Fi, heated second row seats, Second row captain’s seats available and exterior styling upgrades that include integrated LED headlights, chrome door handles and more. The Pilot Elite version adds even more, including the standard second row captain’s seats, the transparent sunroof, the ventilated front seats, the electrically folding and foldaway side mirrors, the rain sensing wipers, the heated steering wheel, and more. Black Edition adds black painted wheels, blackout trim on the grille, window surrounds and door frame, red interior lighting and red highlights in the perforated leather. New in 2021, Pilot Black Edition is now available in Platinum White Pearl.
Widely praised for its versatility and family friendliness, Pilot remains a popular choice with consumers. One of the few models in its segment to offer eight seats (seven with optional captain’s seats in the second row), with a capacity of three people available in the second and third rows, Pilot also offers easy access to the third row thanks to the direct key access function available. All Pilot versions are also fitted with Honda Sensing® technology for driver assistance and safety as standard. Other technology highlights include an available 8-inch touchscreen audio system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto ™ integration, an on-board CabinTalk® sound system, wireless smartphone charging and a hands-free power liftgate .
The off-road and all-weather driving capabilities of the Pilot 2021 are assisted by Honda’s intelligent variable torque management system (i-VTM4®) with true torque vectorization. Standard on all AWD models, the i-VTM4® uses an electronically controlled rear differential with hydraulic control to distribute the engine torque between the front and rear axles, and dynamically distribute the torque between the left and right rear wheels. . The advantages are superior handling in all weathers and a neutral and precise steering under power.
The Honda Pilot 2021 is manufactured exclusively at the Lincoln, Alabama auto plant, alongside Odyssey, Passport and Ridgeline, using parts from national and global sources. Its V6 engine is also manufactured in Alabama.
2021 Pilot Price and EPA Fuel Savings Ratings
MSRP1 Including $ 1,120 in destination fees
EPA fuel economy ratings
EX-L (2 wheel drive)
Touring (2 wheel drive)
Touring with captain’s rear seats (2WD)
Touring with rear seats (AWD)
Black Edition (AWD)