2022 Honda Pilot Preview: What to Expect?

The current generation of Honda’s mid-size crossover has been around for about five years. Knowing Honda’s typical production policy, it’s pretty clear that the redesign is near. However, it definitely won’t happen next year, but rather a year or two later. This also indicates that the 2022 Honda Pilot is about to carry on in the same way. We are about to see a familiar layout, though we won’t exclude the possibility to see changes in terms of new color options and features. Other than that, things are about to remain the same.

This means you may count on a crossover that is strong in so many fields. The Pilot has always been famous for its versatility and the current model is no exception. It offers a smooth ride and a powerful V6 engine, along with a comfortable cabin and one of the biggest cargo areas in the segment. All these things make the Pilot still competitive, despite that most competitors are younger and fresher.

2022 Honda Pilot

2022 Honda Pilot Redesign

As the redesign is getting near, it becomes obvious that there is no room for bigger updates, especially in terms of base design characteristics. After all, the current model isn’t that old and in terms of mechanics and chassis design, it is still pretty amazing. Of course, there is Honda’s famous engineering, while we also like the suspension and chassis setup, which is on the soft side. The ride is very smooth and comfortable, which makes this crossover great on longer journeys.

In terms of the styling, we saw a facelift two years ago, which has brought a number of subtle changes. We saw revisions on bumpers and grille, new wheels and color options etc. Therefore, it’s hard to believe that the 2022 Honda Pilot could come with anything more significant.

Interior

Things shouldn’t be any different on the inside either. This Honda is one of the most versatile models in the class and one of the main reasons is a spacious cabin. Even though the wheelbase is nearly average for the segment, the amount of passenger room is great, especially in the first two rows. The third row can also accommodate adults, which is a rare thing in the segment.

2022 Honda Pilot Interior

When it comes to the cargo area, the Pilot continues to impress. You may count on about 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats, up to 55.9 cubic feet behind the second-row seats, and up to 109.2 cubic feet behind the first-row seats. Those are some of the highest ratings in the segment, comparable with some full-size BoF SUVs as well.

The overall quality is good. You can find nice materials all around the cabin and there is really nothing to complain about in this aspect. On the other side, we can’t say that for aesthetics, which are relatively bland, compared to younger rivals, especially in lower trim levels, where the list of standard features isn’t particularly long.

Features

The thing we definitely don’t like about this crossover is that base versions are pretty stingy in terms of standard equipment. Unfortunately, we don’t expect that the 2022 Honda Pilot will change too much in this aspect. Moreover, things are about to remain pretty much the same. So, you may count on goodies like tri-zone climate control, push-button start, a 5-inch display, seven speakers, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. Fortunately, there are many things to get in higher trim levels. You can get 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, panoramic sunroof and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

When it comes to safety features, the current model comes standard with goodies like forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beam headlights.

2022 Honda Pilot Engine

Under the hood, the 2022 Honda Pilot will certainly continue in the same way. You may count on a well-known 3.5-liter V6, which puts out around 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A 9-speed transmission is standard. The acceleration is good, while everything looks very refined.

2022 Honda Pilot Specs

When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on about 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is about average for the segment. The max towing capacity goes up to 5.000 pounds, which is also average for the segment.

2022 Honda Pilot Release Date and Price

Since there are no bigger changes to come for the next year, the 2022 Honda Pilot should arrive in a typical time, sometime in the last quarter of 2021. The price should also remain pretty much the same as in the current model, which starts at around 33.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like VW Atlas, Chevy Traverse, Subaru Ascent etc.

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