The 2019 Honda Pilot Performance

The 2019 Honda Pilot Performance

The 2019 Honda Pilot is a three-row SUV that offers drivers a spacious cabin filled with comfort and technology that the whole family can get excited about. But it’s the Pilot’s impressive power, capability, and efficiency that makes it a quintessential SUV ready for adventure and still provides plenty of refinement and “a pleasant ride,” according to U.S. News and World Report.

  • AWD available on all models
  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Active safety features boost performance

Engine and Power

A 3.5L V6 engine powers the Pilot, producing up to 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. It offers drivers quick and agile acceleration, which makes some trickier driving situations, such as merging or passing on the highway, much easier in the Pilot. The LX, EX, and EX-L models all come paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that will deliver the power generated under the hood to either the front wheels or to all the wheels, when equipped with AWD. The top tier Touring and Elite trims upgrade to a 9-speed automatic transmission with Shift-by-Wire.

2019 Honda Pilot Engine

Fuel Efficiency

2019 Honda Pilot Rear

With so much power and capability, many drivers might be surprised at the Pilot’s impressive fuel economy. Depending on whether 2WD or AWD is right for you, the estimates will vary slightly, but every model will achieve class-leading efficiency. That means it’s not just a better choice for the environment, it also saves time and money with less frequent stops to the gas station.

  • 6-speed Transmission with 2WD – 19 city / 27 highway / 22 combined mpg*

  • 6-speed Transmission with AWD – 18 city / 26 highway / 21 combined mpg*

  • 9-speed Transmission with 2WD – 20 city / 27 highway / 23 combined mpg*

  • 9-speed Transmission with AWD – 19 city / 26 highway / 22 combined mpg*


As the standard, the Pilot comes equipped with a 2WD configuration, delivering power to the front wheels. But for drivers who prefer it, AWD is available on every trim level from the entry-level to the top of the line. Opting for AWD will provide more stability and control on the road and increase the Pilot’s towing capacity.

  • Standard 2WD, except for the Elite trim level

  • Available AWD across all trim levels and standard on the Elite trim level

Ground Clearance

Ground clearance is the distance between the road and the lowest point of the underside body of the Pilot. Having a high ground clearance is a key attribute for utility vehicles and allows them to stray off the beaten path and traverse different types of terrain without scraping the mechanics underneath. The Pilot has a ground clearance of 7.3 inches, so whether you’re heading to a remote campsite or going off the road, the Pilot will stay high above it all.

2019 Honda Pilot Exterior
  • Towing Capacity

    For drivers who need their SUV to be able to tow larger loads, such as RVs, boats, and more, the Pilot is ready to tow an impressive 5,000 lbs when equipped with AWD. Attempting to haul cargo that exceeds your vehicle’s towing limits is extremely dangerous, but for drivers who only need to tow lightweight trailers, teardrop campers, jet skis, and more, the 2WD version might be more than enough with a capacity of 3,500 lbs.

    • 2WD – 3,500 lbs.

    • AWD – 5,000 lbs.

Active Safety Features that Boost Performance

The Pilot has a long list of safety features that enhance its performance despite weather conditions or less than ideal roads. These features help the Pilot maintain good tractive control, come to a complete stop more quickly in an emergency braking situation, and prevents dangerous skidding on loose road surfaces.

  • Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control
  • Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Electronic Brake Distribution
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Tire Fill Assist and Location and Pressure Indicators
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
2019 Honda Pilot Driving

Test Drive Today

Find out more information on the 2019 Honda Pilot by contacting us or visiting your nearest West Michigan Honda Dealer. Explore current offers and sit behind the wheel to experience the Pilot first-hand with a test drive today.


*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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