The 2019 Honda Pilot will arrive onto Canadian dealer lots on August 24, bringing with it a long list of upgrades.
The numerous changes include a bold exterior styling, an available new hands-free power tailgate, substantial powertrain refinements, upgrades to connected-car technology, a standard new Display Audio touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a volume knob. The 2019 Pilot LX carries a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $41,090 and tops out at $53,990 for the new Black Edition.
Combined, the upgrades to Pilot reinforce its capabilities while emphasizing the state-of-the-art technology and family-friendly character that has made it popular among midsize three-row SUVs. Pilot also remains one of the few models in its segment to offer eight-passenger seating (seven-seats with the optional second-row Captain’s Chairs), with three-person capacity in both the second and third rows, and with third row access by the available One-Touch Walk-In feature.
For 2019, Honda will introduce a new, Canadian-exclusive Black Edition trim featuring gloss black accents, black wheels, darkened headlights and tail lights, red ambient lighting and red-accent stitched leather seats on the interior and Black Edition emblems on the exterior.
All 2019 Pilot’s features a bold front and rear styling to compliment the Pilot’s robust all-weather driving capabilities, supported by Honda’s standard intelligent Variable Torque Management system (i-VTM4) with true torque-vectoring. Standard i-VTM4 uses an electronically-controlled, hydraulically-actuated rear differential to apportion engine torque between the front and rear axles, and dynamically distribute torque between the left and right rear wheels. The benefits are superior all-weather handling, and neutral, accurate steering under power.
In addition, the 2019 Pilot’s nine-speed automatic transmission, available in the Touring 7 Passenger, Touring 8 Passenger and Black Edition trims, gets new tuning for enhanced drivability and smoother shifts, while Pilot’s Idle Stop system now provides quicker restarts and more seamless operation.
Pricing & NRCan Fuel Economy Ratings
|Model / Trim / Drivetrain||Transmission||MSRP1||NRCan Mileage Rating
|Pilot LX (AWD)||6AT||$41,090||13.0/9.3/11.3|
|Pilot EX (AWD)||6AT||$43,090||13.0/9.3/11.3|
|Pilot EX-L Navi (AWD)||6AT||$46,890||13.0/9.3/11.3
|Pilot Touring (AWD)||9AT||$52,490||12.4/9.3/11.0|
|Pilot Touring w/ Rear Captain’s Chairs
|Pilot Black Edition w/ Rear Captain’s Chairs