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Equipped with three rows of seats with room for up to eight passengers, the 2022 Honda Pilot is a popular choice among midsize SUVs. Honda offers the Pilot in five different trim levels, each equipped with a V6 engine and front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

2022 Honda Pilot Configurations

In what is likely the Pilot’s final year before a complete redesign, Honda pares the lineup down to five trim levels:

  • Pilot EX-L — With the discontinuation of LX and EX trim levels, the Pilot now comes standard with leather seats, a power sunroof, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a Honda Sensing collection of driving assistance systems, and more
  • Pilot Special Edition — If you like the popular blacked-out look but want a competitive deal, consider the Pilot Special Edition. It also has 20-inch wheels and a wireless smartphone charger
  • Pilot Touring — Touring trim is based on EX-L trim, adding 20-inch wheels, navigation, and available second-row captain’s chairs*. Connected services include a Wi-Fi hotspot, premium sound system, rear-seat entertainment system, and parking sensors
  • Pilot Elite — This version of the Pilot comes with rain-sensing wipers, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and a panoramic glass sunroof
  • Pilot Black Edition — When you black everything out in the Pilot Elite, you’ll have the Pilot Black Edition

In addition to these five versions of the Pilot, Honda will release a new budget-oriented trim level in the fall of 2021.

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What’s New for the 2022 Honda Pilot?

Honda eliminates the most affordable LX and EX versions of the SUV, but says a new budget-friendly trim level will replace them. A new paint color called Sonic Gray Pearl will become available around the same time.

Honda Pilot Competitors for 2022

There is no shortage of competitors to the 2022 Honda Pilot. Those often cross-shopped with the Pilot include the Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, and Toyota Highlander. Chevrolet offers the Traverse to similar customer types, while Ford sells the Explorer. A redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is another alternative along with the Volkswagen Atlas.

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Honda Pilot Features


Comfortable and roomy with good power and performance, the 2022 Honda Pilot provides quality materials and plenty of interior storage space. However, it’s falling behind segment leaders when it comes to style and technology.

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2022 Honda Pilot Safety Features

  • Front Side-Impact Airbags – Standard feature that can account for an improperly positioned driver or front passenger during deployment
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System – Standard automatic emergency braking system
  • Road Departure Mitigation System – Standard lane-keeping assistance system
  • Lane Keeping Assist System – Standard lane-centering assistance system
  • Blind Spot Information System – Standard feature that warns the driver when it is unsafe to change lanes

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2022 Honda Pilot Technology

  • Autolock — Standard feature automatically locks the Pilot’s doors when you walk away from the SUV
  • HondaLink — Connected services system with a free basic plan and available expanded features* on higher trim levels
  • Cabin Control — Standard smartphone app giving rear passengers remote access to navigation, stereo, and climate functions
  • Cabin Talk — Available feature* allows the driver to speak to rear passengers via the stereo speakers
  • Multi-Zone Audio — Available feature* allows custom audio playing through different speakers in the Pilot

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2022 Honda Pilot Powertrain

  • 3.5L V6
  • 280 hp
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive (FWD) with optional torque-vectoring all-wheel drive (AWD)
  • 23 mpg with FWD; 22 mpg with AWD

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2022 Honda Pilot Interior

  • Standard leather seats, heated in front
  • Standard tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Available ambient lighting*
  • Available ventilated front seats*
  • Available heated second-row seats*

*Availability is subject to specific trim level selections

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Pilot Features

  • Seats
    • 3rd Row Seat
    • Power Driver Seat
    • Bucket Seats
    • Heated Front Seat(s)
    • Driver Adjustable Lumbar