2021 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Honda Pilot

2021 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Honda Pilot Comparison Image

There could hardly be a more signature Honda SUV than the 2021 Honda Pilot. For almost 20 years, the Honda Pilot name has helped drive Honda forward into a world increasingly dominated by SUVs and small crossovers. Across those almost two decades, the Pilot has not been slow to adapt and change to keep up with advances in technology, design, and more.

The most recent generation of the Honda Pilot began in 2016, but the SUV is still updating year after year so Pilot buyers always get the best possible Pilot they can get. Even from the 2020 to the 2021 model years we see a few changes that make the latest version better than those that came before it. Progress is the name of the game for the popular Honda SUV, and this chart helps to illustrate how things have changed in just one year.

2021 Honda Pilot


2020 Honda Pilot

Standard on All Trims Three Zone Climate Control Availability Available EX Trim and Above
9-Speed Automatic Standard Transmission Availability 6-Speed Automatic Base with 9-Speed Automatic Available on Higher Trims
LX, EX, EX-L, Special Edition, Touring, Elite, Black Edition Trim Levels LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, Elite, Black Edition

Model Year Comparison Analysis

It is never a good sign when a model eliminates a trim level, and the reverse is true, it is a good sign when a model adds a new trim. The 2021 Honda Pilot gains the Special Edition, a trim that is great for drivers who love interior technology and convenience. The Special Edition also has roof rails, 20-Inch black alloy wheels, and an automatic power tailgate. With this trim, shoppers can find the best balance of available technology and a competitively low overall price. This trim alone might be the biggest reason to get the 2021 over the 2020 Honda Pilot.

Features Available on the 2021 Honda Pilot

  • Red Ambient LED Lighting
  • Black Leather Interior
  • Black-Chrome Accents
  • Leather-Trimmed Steering Wheel and Perforated Leather Seats
  • Panoramic Roof
  • Multi-Zone Audio
  • Heated Front Seats and 2nd-Row Captain’s Chairs
  • And More!

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