2023 Honda Pilot price increased by $1,070 to start at $40,445

The redesigned 2023 Honda Pilot three-row crossover SUV sports a new look, a stiffer platform, improved technology and a higher price, Honda announced on Tuesday.

The Honda Pilot 2023 The sport starts at $40,445, including a destination fee of $1,295. This is an increase of $2,390 over the 2022 Honda Pilot when it arrives, and $1,070 more than the current cost of the 2022 Pilot, according to the manufacturer’s website.

Honda uses a new 3.5-liter V6 in the fourth-generation Pilot. It produces 285 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, up slightly, but Honda replaced the 9-speed automatic with a 10-speed automatic. The fuel economy rating drops, however, from an EPA-rated 20 mpg city, 27 highway, 23 combined in the 2022 model to 19/27/22 mpg in the 2023 Honda Pilot. Without a hybrid option, the Pilot and its new powertrain can’t keep up with more efficient three-row crossover SUVs, like the 2023 Toyota Highlander hybrid, which has an EPA rating of 36 mpg combined, and the 2022 Ford Explorer hybrid and its combined rating of 27 mpg.

The Pilot’s new all-wheel-drive system can transfer up to 70 percent of the power to the rear, then distribute it to the rear wheels for better distribution, according to Honda. All-wheel drive adds $2,100 to Sport, EX-L and Touring trims, but is standard on Trailsport and Elite models.

The family transporter with up to eight seats has good driver assistance systems, including automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitors, adaptive cruise control and active lane control. The Pilot Sport has LED headlights and rolls on 20-inch wheels, and standard convenience features include a 7.0-inch touchscreen with smartphone compatibility, tri-zone climate control and heated front seats.

The Pilot EX-L is great for functionality with leather seats, a 9.0-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless smartphone charger, power tailgate and 9-speaker audio system -speakers. It’s trimmed in chrome on the outside and rolls on 18-inch alloy wheels. It starts at $43,245, down $1,640 from last year’s EX-L. It costs an extra $300 to outfit the EX-L with second-row captain’s chairs that bump the Pilot up from eight seats to seven seats.

The Touring is about $1,300 more at $47,745 and adds more versatility and refinement. Same as the Elite, it has eight seats, but the second-row middle seat can be removed and stowed under the rear cargo floor instead of collecting cobwebs and swear words in the garage. Other Touring features include a panoramic sunroof, 12-speaker Bose sound, navigation and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Honda Pilot 2023

Honda Pilot 2023

The new Trailsport model has standard all-wheel drive and is $200 less than a Touring AWD at $49,645. Similar to the Honda Passport Trailsport which straddles the difference between all-terrain intention and soft road pretender, the Pilot Trailsport has an extra inch of ground clearance and better articulation, and fits standard 18-inch all-terrain tires. Skid plates protect the underbody and a Trail mode helps control wheel spin by shifting and reducing power as needed. It is equipped with a panoramic camera system and a panoramic sunroof.

On any 2023 Honda Pilot, a new HPD package adds fender flares and bronze or black wheels for $2,950.

The Elite trim tops the 2023 Honda Pilot lineup at $53,325, which is $1,660 more than last year’s model. It features perforated leather upholstery, cooled front seats, a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, color head-up display and surround-view camera system.

Built in Alabama, the 2023 Honda Pilot goes on sale December 12.

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