Take A Sneak Peak At The Refreshed 2019 Honda Pilot
One of the hottest mid-size CUVs in America, the Honda Pilot is a perennial favorite of savvy El Paso TX drivers. The 2019 Honda Pilot will be hitting the streets in just a couple of short months. Since it’s gone a few years without a major refresh, we can expect the new Honda Pilot to display a number of novel mechanical and design tweaks. Here’s a preview of the 2019 model that you can expect to see at Rudolph Honda this fall.
Engine and Transmission
The New Honda Pilot will most likely keep the 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 as the standard motor. Rumors of a two-motor hybrid drivetrain option like the one found in the Honda Accord seem likely. Furthermore, a turbo-charged 2.0-liter inline four could make an appearance if Honda offers a streamlined version of the Pilot featuring five seats. Finally, a switch to using the 9-speed version of Honda’s automatic transmission as the default option seems highly probably for 2019.
Fuel Economy Ratings
The front-wheel-drive version of the 2019 Pilot should achieve 27 mpg on the highway when paired with the V6. All-wheel-drive models with the V6 will likely top out at 26 mpg when it comes to efficiency. A turbo variant will most likely be an exclusively front-wheel-drive affair and get up to 30 mpg. If a hybrid Pilot version becomes available, 60 to 70 MPGe and 35 mpg on the highway could easily be within the realm of possibility.
Based on some photos snapped of camouflaged Pilots in recent months, we can expect the front end of the new model to sport a somewhat different look. The grille, rear lights and headlights will probably have a very Accord-like aesthetic. It’s part of a styling convergence across the Honda line that’ll make the Pilot, Ridgeline and Accord look tremendously similar. All in all, the latest Pilot will boast a more aggressive profile that will stand out.
Interior Features and Layout
The biggest change that we’ll probably see when it comes to the new Honda Pilot is the addition of a five-seat version with a shorter wheelbase. Aside from that, interior detail upgrades will likely be fairly minimal and entail a few new accents made from aluminum or faux wood. It’s a safe bet that the new Pilot’s dashboard won’t be radically different from the setups that buyers have become familiar with over the last few years.
Technology and Entertainment Options
It would be a surprise if the new Pilot deviates much from the winning formula of an 8-inch dashboard display. What you can probably expect to see is a physical volume control dial since so many Honda loyalists have complained about the lack of one. What’s more, it seems likely that niceties like Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto will become standard on all trim levels of the 2019 Pilot lineup.
In the past, features like LaneWatch, Blind Spot Information and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor have been just options on lower trim levels. Expect to see at least one of those features become standard. Outside of a Tesla-esque self-driving mode, there’s not much more tech that Honda can pack into the Pilot. It is more than likely that Honda will upgrade the shocks and springs of the Pilot this year to enhance the handling performance of the base-level 18-inch tires.
Pricing and Expected Release Date
If Honda unveils a smaller 5-seat model of the Pilot, there’s a good chance that this pint-sized version will retail for thousands less than the regular 7-seat variant. Expect the base-level Pilot with the V6 to clock in at about $31,000. As far as the debut date is concerned, you can expect to see the new Pilots hit the showroom floors around September.
Getting the Best Deal on Your New Pilot
It’s a safe assumption that the 2019 Honda Pilot is going to be an excellent CUV that’s even more attractive than the 2018 model. El Paso TX drivers won’t have to travel far to get it when it arrives. The fine people at Rudolph Honda will be ready and waiting to dish out the new goods when they arrive at prices that will be hard to pass up.
* Based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.