The Pilot has been a quintessential three-row crossover for years and while the competition is getting stronger every year, this nameplate is still among the most popular models in the segment. However, the current generation has been around since 2015, so it’s no wonder that there are many reports that suggest a complete overhaul. However, we don’t believe that the next year will bring a completely new model. We presume that the Japanese manufacturer will rather stick to its typical 7-year production cycle. So, the 2022 Honda Pilot should carry on in the same way, without more important changes.
This means you may count on a familiar layout, on a crossover that offers a fine balance between comfort and ride quality, on a crossover that comes with a capable V6 engine and with a decent list of standard equipment. As we don’t expect to see more significant changes for the next year, we presume that the 2022 Honda Pilot will hit the market sometime late in 2021.
2022 Honda Pilot Design
For the last model year before a redesign, it’s hard to expect more significant changes, especially when it comes to base design characteristics. Therefore, we have no doubt that the 2022 Honda Pilot will carry on with a familiar layout. This means you may count on a design that offers Honda’s typical mechanics, which are among the best in the business, along with a relatively light and agile chassis. In terms of the size, this crossover features around 111 inches in wheelbase, so it definitely isn’t among the biggest models in the class. That brings benefits in terms of maneuverability without any doubt.
When it comes to styling, the current generation was updated a couple of years ago. For that occasion, we saw revisions to the grille, bumpers, and in a few more areas. So, it’s hard to expect any particular change for the 2022 Honda Pilot. Of course, there is always a chance to see things like new color options.
Bigger interior changes arent expected either. The 2022 Honda Pilot is about to carry in with a familiar cabin layout, which combines quality with practicality. Of course, the model’s age means it probably isn’t the most attractive in the segment. Still, there is really nothing to complain about. Also, the amount of interior room is more than decent, especially if we consider that the overall size is actually smaller compared to rivals.
This is a typical mid-size three-row crossover, which comes with spacious first two rows. The third row is typically tight for the class, so it works best for kids. The cargo area also offers some quite respectable numbers. You may count on 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats, up to 46.8 cubic feet behind the second-row seats, and 83.9 cubic feet behind the first-row seats. Those are above-average numbers for the class.
As we’ve just mentioned, no bigger changes are expected in terms of standard and available equipment either. Therefore, we presume that base models will come with goodies like a 5-inch display, seven speakers, Bluetooth, two USB ports, push-button start and tri-zone automatic climate control. In higher trim levels, you will be able to get tech goodies like an 8-inch touch screen, HondaLink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, HD Radio, wireless device charging, navigation, a rear entertainment system, 10 speakers, and a Wi-Fi hot spot, as well as a panoramic sunroof.
When it comes to safety features, all models currently come standard with things like rearview camera, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights etc. We don’t expect bigger changes in this aspect either.
2022 Honda Pilot Engines
Things under the hood will definitely remain the same. Therefore, we are about to see Honda’s well-known 3.5-liter V6, which in this case delivers around 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That’s quite respectable output for the class, which ensures solid driving dynamics and a convenient ride. The engine comes in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which is now standard in all models.
When it comes to the fuel economy, things are pretty typical for the class. You may count on about 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Of course, AWD models are slightly thirstier, so mpg ratings drop for a bit.
2022 Honda Pilot Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2022 Honda Pilot won’t come before the last quarter of the next year, as there are no bigger changes to come. The price shouldn’t change too much either. So, base versions should go around 32.500 dollars. Key competitors are models like Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder etc.