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2019 Honda Pilot Arrives at Dealerships Starting at $31,450

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2019 Honda Pilot arrives at dealerships

The 2019 Honda Pilot has now arrived at dealerships nationwide, and despite significant changes and new features, the base model will cost only $550 more than the 2018 version. MSRP is $31,450, excluding a $995 destination charge.

The award-winning eight-seat SUV comes with a variety of exterior styling updates. Honda’s goal was to make the Pilot better reflect its off-road capability, and it started by fully integrating the large fog lights in a new front bumper that looks more aggressive than its processor thanks to a new skid garnish on the lower portion. LEDs are being put to extensive use all throughout the exterior, for the first time the Pilot is available with a hands-free power tailgate.

Under the hood, the nine-speed automatic transmission was adjusted to improve smoothness and acceleration. It will now start in second gear in normal conditions and in first gear on steep grades, at full throttle, or with the driving mode set to S, Sand, or Mud.

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As is the case with all 2019 Honda models so far, the Pilot comes standard with the company’s Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, which includes road departure mitigation, lane keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, and front collision emergency braking.

Also of note are the new tech features. The 2019 Honda Pilot is offered with a new touchscreen system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as an actual physical volume knob, because when you’re driving off-road the last thing you want is to adjust the volume on a touchscreen. The rear-seat entertainment system has been enlarged, and the voice-recognition engine has been streamlined to work with fewer screen prompts.

For a full list of features, make sure to check out our 2019 Honda Pilot overview.

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