2019 Honda Pilot Starts at $31,450
The 2019 Honda Pilot is finally going on sale at dealerships this week and comes with only a modest price bump over the 2018 model. It will start at $31,450, excluding a $995 destination charge, marking only a $550 increase over last year’s base LX trim.
For that, customers get a good amount of new standard features: equipment for the LX now includes automatic high beams, LED headlights and daytime running lights, and the Honda Sensing suite of active safety and drive assistive technologies.
Honda Sensing comes with clever tools like adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking. It’s the same tech that helped the 2018 model earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick award, except now it comes standard.
That pattern carries through the entire range, with various features trickling down the trim levels compared to the 2018 model. Other standard features for the base model include 18-inch alloy wheels, heated door mirror, and a 5.0-inch infotainment system, though you’ll need to upgrade to the EX to get the new 8.0-inch unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
On the top-of-the-line Pilot Elite, which starts at $48,020 you now get auto-dimming side mirrors and, for the first time on the Pilot, wireless phone charging. Also for the first time, the Pilot now offers 4G LTE connectivity.
As always, one of the Pilot’s main draws is CabinTalk, which makes it easy for parents in the front row to communicate to their kids without having to turn around and take their eyes off the road. For 2019, it is joined by a new feature called CabinControl that lets you use your smartphone to control various cabin functions such as the climate control system, audio system, and even the rear entertainment system if you have it equipped.