For years, the minivan was one of the few options that could conveniently and practically meet the demands of large families. Fortunately, that's no longer the case with the ever-growing segment of three-row SUVs and best-selling models like the 2022 Honda Pilot.
Although it's built on the same platform as Honda's minivan, the Odyssey, the 2022 Pilot is a stunning and sophisticated SUV that's efficient and fun to drive; it's everything a minivan isn't. Starting at $37,580, the 2022 Pilot is a remarkable value and comes laden with a host of standard features that make it even more enticing.[a] These features range from the renowned Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist technology to luxuries like heated front seats that come standard on every trim.
The Pilot's lineup has been impressive since its debut in the early 2000s, but the 2022 fleet is even more so with two new additions. The Pilot Sport now starts the lineup as a well-equipped entry-level SUV with a 280-horsepower V6 engine, smartphone integration, and an 8-inch touchscreen display, among many other amenities. Also new for 2022 is the Pilot TrailSport, which prepares the best-selling three-row SUV for the trail with standard all-wheel drive and unique design details. The TrailSport finally eliminates the need for families to choose between practicality and adventure, proving both can coexist in a versatile SUV like the Pilot.
What else can you expect to find in the 2022 Pilot lineup? As the largest SUV in Honda's fleet, the Pilot is impressive from every angle. Here's a closer look at what you can expect from the Pilot, including performance, technology, and trims.
Horsepower (hp): 280
Torque (lb-ft): 262
Fuel Economy (combined MPG): 23 [b]
Have you ever heard someone refer to a three-row SUV as a land yacht? The name is fitting for most behemoths in the segment because they're slow to respond and cumbersome to navigate. The Pilot, however, proves to be the exception as Honda set out to design a three-row SUV that's not only spacious but also responsive and fun to drive. So, how does Honda accomplish such a feat?
The 2022 Pilot is one of the most efficient and fun to drive SUVs in the segment because of the 3.5L V6 engine sitting under its hood. The direct-injection engine features variable cylinder management to optimize performance and efficiency. As a result, it churns out 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque for quick acceleration and agile handling, whether navigating traffic in town or cruising at highway speeds. The Pilot's 9-speed automatic transmission also impacts this performance, delivering seamless shifting enhanced by paddle shifters and the unique shift-by-wire system that replaces the shift lever with a push-button.
Honda extends the Pilot's capability by offering the SUV with front-wheel drive or i-VTM4 all-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive models can tow up to 3,500 pounds, while the all-wheel drive Pilot pushes this capability to 5,000 pounds, making it more than capable of towing a boat, trailer, or camper. This capability isn't mutually exclusive with efficiency, thanks to the 3.5L's design that balances power and efficiency. The Pilot's best rated fuel economy comes from front-wheel drive models, which get an EPA-estimated 20 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway; all-wheel drive models see a slight decrease in efficiency to an EPA-estimated 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway, respectively.[b]
Opting for the Pilot with all-wheel drive gives you even more confidence behind the wheel since it equips the SUV with Honda's Intelligent Traction Management system. Akin to drive modes, the system allows you to choose the best mode based on the terrain or condition. For example, Normal is the default mode, but you can easily switch to Snow, Mud, or Sand via the driver's digital display and integrated buttons on the steering wheel.
Honda is renowned for adopting new technology to enhance the driver experience. This is no different on the 2022 Pilot, with its impressive suite of standard technology across the lineup, giving every driver the confidence they deserve when they get behind the wheel. So, what can you expect to find in terms of cutting-edge tech?
The 2022 Pilot comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen display that's a hub of technology and gives you access to your smartphone via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Depending on trim, you may also find Honda's Satellite-Linked Navigation System, a unique tool that doesn't rely on a cell signal to navigate the best route. Instead, you can confidently explore new terrain in models like the TrailSport, which is destined to venture beyond the pavement. However, when you need to stay connected, you can rely on the Pilot's available WiFi hotspot that transforms the SUV into a mobile office or entertainment venue and can support multiple devices at once.
The Pilot further proves that Honda thinks of everything with features like CabinControl and HondaLink. How often do your passengers get to control the cabin temperature or what you're listening to? This is no longer the case for passengers who have the CabinControl app on their smartphones, which allows them to adjust the climate, change the music, and more with the touch of a button. Likewise, the HondaLink app gives you remote control over the Pilot, allowing you to lock and unlock the doors, check its fuel level, and more from your smartphone.
Beyond smartphone apps, smartphone integration, and navigational tools, the 2022 Pilot also has an array of features working behind the scenes to keep you safe when you're on the road. For example, every trim in the lineup comes equipped with Honda Sensing. This suite of safety and driver-assist tools keeps you focused and minimizes the potential for collision. Honda Sensing includes tools like Honda's Lane Keeping Assist System, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Road Departure Mitigation System. Beyond these standard tools, you'll also find features like the Blind Spot Information System, Cross Traffic Monitor, and a multi-angle rearview camera that enhances your view behind the SUV with normal, top-down, and wide-angle views.
Variety is the spice of life, and Honda knows it with the Pilot's expansive lineup that guarantees there's a model for every budget and driving need. The Pilot's lineup sees two new additions for 2022: the entry-level Sport and the off-road-ready TrailSport. The Sport starts the Pilot family at $37,580 and is far from basic with its heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, one-touch second-row seats, smartphone integration, and LED lighting.[a] It's also equipped with the Honda Sensing suite and the Intelligent Traction Management system with Snow mode.
The EX-L builds on the Sport's features by adding luxuries like a one-touch power moonroof, leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and power front seats with driver's memory. The EX-L's power tailgate makes accessing the 109.2 cubic feet of rear cargo space easier, but the Special Edition model takes that ease to the next level by adding a hands-free access feature that opens the tailgate with a quick kick of your foot under the rear bumper. You'll also find the Special Edition adds wireless phone charging, black roof rails, and unique 20-inch black alloy wheels.
The new TrailSport trim readies the Pilot for the trail with its 18-inch black alloy wheels, rugged tires, and suspension lift. Together, these updates add 0.6 inches to its ground clearance, while the model's black trim, fender flares, and orange-on-black badging further distinguish it on and off the road. In addition, its interior complements the exterior design with orange accent stitching and features like its one-touch power moonroof that adds even more enjoyment to your time on the trail.
Completing the Pilot's lineup are three luxury trims: the Touring, the Elite, and the Black Edition. The Touring is ideal for families since it comes equipped with a rear entertainment system and a premium 10-speaker audio system. Heated front and rear seats add comfort and are also staples on the Elite and Black Edition. The Elite adds a panoramic roof for an expansive view of the sky and makes the cabin more luxurious, spacious, and versatile with its second-row captain's chairs and heated and ventilated front seats. The Pilot's most luxurious trim is the Black Edition, with its exclusive exterior and interior design features like its unique badging and Black Edition leather trim. It's also the only Pilot in the lineup to feature red ambient LED lighting that further distinguishes it, along with its 20-inch gloss-black alloy wheels.
What do you find most attractive about the 2022 Honda Pilot? Are you drawn to models like the TrailSport that combine luxury with adventure? Or is your family more suited to the Touring with its rear entertainment system that guarantees your passengers are entertained and comfortable during every journey?
Models like the 2022 Pilot make our jobs easy here at Classic Honda of Midland, which leaves us to focus on our customers and how we can better serve you. To do that, we offer a unique car-buying and owning experience that puts you first throughout every step of the process. By making you a priority, our goal is to build a genuine relationship with you where we get to know more about what you want and need in your next SUV. This helps us ensure that the Pilot is the perfect three-row SUV for all your needs.
Beyond making you a priority, we tailor your experience at our dealership to your needs. Our commitment to transparency and integrity guarantees that you always know what you're getting when you shop with us or entrust us with your vehicle. Amenities like freshly brewed coffee and other refreshments, WiFi access, courtesy loaner vehicles, and our easy financing simply sweeten the deal and make us one of the leading dealers in the region.
[a] MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,225 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for premium colors.
[b]20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for non-TrailSport AWD trims. 19 city/25 highway/21 combined mpg rating for TrailSport. Based on 2022 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.