2020 Honda Pilot vs 2019 Honda Pilot
2020 Honda Pilot 2019 Honda Pilot


3.5L V6 3.5L V6


280 280

  MPG (City/Highway)

19/27 * 19/27 *

2020 Honda Pilot vs 2019 Honda Pilot

Serving Chattanooga, TN

Crossovers have gained exceptional popularity by taking the spacious, flexible interior of the SUV and placing it on a road-savvy unibody frame. As lovely as this arrangement sounds, it’s not complete unless high quality is part of the package. That’s where the Honda Pilot comes in. This crossover brings a reputation for reliability made possible by the Honda approach of making small, steady design changes to every model year they manufacture. To see how this method succeeds so well, compare the 2019 and 2020 Honda Pilot.


With a rock-solid power plant under the 2019 Honda Pilot’s hood, it’s no surprise it’s back to energize the 2020 Pilot. This 3.5-liter V6 with Eco Assist bears 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. As with the 2019 Pilot, the 2020 model year offers a choice of a 6-speed automatic transmission in the LX, EX, and EX-L versions or 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters in the Touring, Elite, and Black Edition models. With the 6-speed transmission, expect 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. Switching to the 9-speed transmission delivers 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. Choosing all-wheel drive trims a mile per gallon from each of these ratings.


Retaining the 2019 Pilot body, the 2020 Pilot presents a subdued muscularity in its stout, curvaceous profile featuring a series of creased ridges evenly placed along with the hood. Subtle molding accentuates the doors while a sturdy front bumper parts compact, detailed upper and lower grilles. Small, elongated headlights flow naturally from the chrome of the top grille before narrowing into sharp outer corners. Their power comes from the same LEDs that illuminate the pincer-shaped rear taillights bridging the liftgate. There are eight total color choices, including Lunar Silver Metallic, Deep Scarlet Pearl, and Obsidian Blue Pearl. For 2020, White Diamond Pearl has been replaced by Platinum White Pearl.


The 2019 and 2020 Honda Pilot come in LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite editions, but the 2020 model year goes a bit further. In keeping with its incremental philosophy, Honda made one noticeable change with the Pilot Black Edition. This addition gives buyers a unique experience by bathing the exterior in Crystal Black Pearl that’s intensified with the inclusion of a black front grille and black tire rims. Inside, black leather upholstery is accompanied by red stitching and red ambient lighting. Otherwise, both years include a 5-inch touchscreen, 215-watt 7-speaker audio, air conditioning, and the Honda Sensing® suite of active safety capabilities in the entry-level LX edition. Higher trims incorporate such things as an 8-inch touchscreen, moonroof, dual-zone climate control, blind-spot monitoring, 10-speaker sound, a 115-watt outlet, and a wireless charging station plus much more.

For both the 2019 and 2020 Honda Pilot, customers can look forward to a roomy, inviting cabin stocked with a multitude of luxuries. Honda provides something extra, though, in the form of top-notch quality. To see what a genuinely reliable crossover is like, drop by our dealership and try out a Honda Pilot today.

Photos are for comparison purposes only.
* 19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT trims. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT trims. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT trims. Based on 2020 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.