2021 Honda Pilot Specs

Black 2021 Honda Pilot with AWD driving through snow

With so many models entering the segment, it can seem harder and harder to choose the right crossover SUV to meet your needs, so what makes the Honda Pilot something different? Unlike most 3-row models, it complements the expected commanding performance and go-anywhere capability with the efficiency and agility of a smaller model. It’s adventure ready and yet still sporty on the road and good for everyday driving, even when you’re city-based.

2021 Honda Pilot Engine Options

The Honda Pilot has been designed for peerless performance from the word go, so every trim level comes fitted with the same exceptional 3.5L 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC® V6 for:

  • Up to 280 hp
  • Up to 262 lb-ft of torque
  • Up to 3,500 lbs. of towing with 2WD models
  • Up to 5,000 lbs. with AWD models

That kind of output means finesse at low speeds, confidence when cruising on the highway, and surprisingly track-like agility. As noted by Edmunds: “We tested a Pilot Elite and recorded a 0-60 mph sprint of 7.0 seconds, which is a bit quicker than most rival midsize three-row SUVs.”

Even as you’re relishing the vehicle’s potent performance, you’ll find noise and vibrations perfectly controlled through an Active Control Engine Mount System (ACM) and Active Noise Cancellation™ (ANC) technology, keeping things peaceful inside the cabin.

2021 Honda Pilot Drivetrain Options

The 2021 Honda Pilot makes no compromises when it comes to power, but drivers will have the opportunity to select the right drivetrain to meet their needs. Options include:

  • 2021 Honda Pilot 2WD: Comes as standard with the LX, EX, EX-L, Special Edition, and Touring.
  • 2021 Honda Pilot AWD: The Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4®) AWD System is available across all trims or standard with the Elite.

2WD will make sense for drivers who want to prioritize efficiency ratings, while AWD should appeal to those expecting to encounter adverse weather or more challenging terrain.

Close on 2021 Honda Pilot Intelligent Traction Management dashboard showing options for driving modes

2021 Honda Pilot MPG Ratings

Every 2021 Honda Pilot transmission system is the same – a 9-Speed Automatic (9AT) with Shift-By-Wire (SBW) and Paddle Shifters that delivers power perfectly whether you’re at a crawl or really opening her up.

You can expect to make:

  • Up to an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city* and 27 mpg on the highway* with 2WD models
  • Up to an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city* and 26 mpg on the highway* with AWD models

Efficiency features include:

  • Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®): Shuts down two engine cylinders during steady cruising to minimize fuel consumption.
  • Eco Assist™ System: Provides visual feedback on fuel consumption to coach you into a more efficient driving style over time.
  • Idle-Stop: Shuts the engine off at standstill and then seamless starts it up again when you hit the gas.

2021 Honda Pilot Performance Features

The 2021 Honda Pilot’s Intelligent Traction Management lets you push a button to adjust drive dynamics around changing conditions. You’ll find modes for:

  • Normal and Snow with 2WD models
  • Normal, Snow, Mud, and Sand with AWD models.

That’s just one of the performance features used by the Honda Pilot to deliver such a commanding and composed ride. Further highlights include:

  • MacPherson Strut Front Suspension
  • Multi-Link Rear Suspension
  • Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering (EPS)
  • Front and Rear Stabilizer Bars
  • Power-Assisted Ventilated Front Disc/Solid Rear Disc Brakes
  • All-Season Tires

They’re complemented by a range of active safety features that work intelligently through each and every drive to ensure you remain in full control of the Honda Pilot through every twist and turn. Active safety features include:

  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Tire Fill Assist and Location and Pressure Indicators

Expect Game-Changing Performance from the 2021 Honda Pilot

Nothing quite approaches the Honda Pilot’s ability to gracefully tackle urban traffic before transitioning seamlessly to off-road dominance, and you can experience that capability firsthand by visiting your local Detroit Honda dealer. For any further assistance or to hear about current offers, feel free to get in touch today.

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