The 2021 Honda Pilot ranks 19 out of 23 Affordable Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Honda Pilot, as well as reliability and safety data.
The 2021 Honda Pilot is ranked:
#19 in Affordable Midsize SUVs
#19 in Affordable SUVs with 3 Rows
#32 in Affordable Crossover SUVs
Although the 2021 Honda Pilot pleases critics with its roomy interior, many competing SUVs offer a higher-quality cabin and a better driving experience.
Most reviewers say that the 2021 Honda Pilot’s standard V6 engine is responsive and provides enough power for most drivers. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard, which some test drivers mention can be slow to downshift. The EPA reports that the 2021 Pilot gets 20/27 mpg city/highway, which is good for a three-row SUV. Critics praise the Pilot’s strong brakes and quiet, comfortable ride. However, many say that slow steering and a high center of gravity make the Pilot cumbersome through turns, and that newer midsize SUVs offer handling that’s more composed.
Test drivers are pleased that the Pilot’s cabin is functionally designed, with ample small-item storage and a usefully shaped cargo hold that is easy to load. Most report that the 2021 Pilot offers great outward visibility from the driver’s seat, as well as ample legroom in the second and third rows, which is unusual for the class. Auto writers say that the Pilot’s audio, climate and navigation controls are logically positioned. unavailable on the Pilot, including blind spot monitoring and ventilated fronts seats. The Honda Pilot comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a USB port and a seven-speaker stereo system. Available features include a 10-speaker stereo system, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, front and rear parking sensors and a power sunroof.