Buyers at dealerships like the Berkeley Honda dealer looking for a full-size, three-row family SUV that can seat up to eight passengers should take a look at the 2021 Honda Pilot. There’s lots of room for passengers; even the third row can comfortably accommodate adults. If you’re looking for cargo space, the Pilot has it in spades. There’s plenty of room to take along anything you’ll need to carry, from a full load of groceries to large items from the local home supply store. The Pilot’s potent engine provides confident driving, and the power doesn’t come at the expense of fuel economy.
For 2021, Honda adds a new Special Edition trim level that slots between the EX and Touring models. The nine-speed automatic transmission previously only available on the Touring trim is now standard across the lineup. According to the Honda dealer serving Berkeley, all trim levels now come standard with an automatic stop-start system, dual-zone climate control and paddle shifters.
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The automotive media continues to give the Honda Pilot high marks. The reviewers at Kelly Blue Book wrote: “There are many things in the 2021 Pilot’s favor. The cabin is roomy and versatile... Although most buyers probably won’t venture too far into the wilderness, the Pilot has more than a smattering of off-road talent. Factor in the comfortable ride, strong-yet-refined V6 engine, plus enviable resale values, and recommending the 2021 Pilot becomes an easy decision.”
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The 2021 Honda Pilot is offered in seven trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, SE (Special Edition), Touring, Elite and Black Edition. Powering the Pilot is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 280 horses and 262 lb-ft, mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox. The Elite and Black Edition trims get standard all-wheel drive, while the others get standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive.
Fuel economy is exceptional. The 2021 Pilot delivers an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway (FWD) and 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway (AWD).*
Standard features for the base Pilot LX trim include cloth upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a 5-inch screen, an audio system with seven speakers, Bluetooth and two USB ports. Advanced driver assistance features that come standard include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, collision mitigation braking, automatic high-beam headlights and a rearview camera.
The top-range Elite trim comes with second-row captain’s chairs (that reduce seating capacity to seven), a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors, and a panoramic sunroof. The Black Edition adds black exterior touches and red interior trim.
Safety is important to buyers looking for a new family SUV. The Honda Pilot is very safe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2021 Pilot its highest overall safety rating of five stars.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.