Family-Friendly, High-Tech 2018 Honda Pilot Goes On-Sale
  • Pilot maintains strong position in three-row SUV segment
  • Increased Pilot production in Alabama boosting availability and sales
  • Recognized in 2017 by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Car for Families

The 2018 Honda Pilot goes on-sale tomorrow with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 of $30,900 (excluding $975 destination and handling). The Honda Pilot has long been a top model in the three-row SUV segment and continues to receive accolades, including the 2017 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Award and U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Cars for Families.

The three-row 2018 Pilot is powered by a 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC®V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM™) paired with a smooth-shifting 6-speed or 9-speed automatic transmission (6AT or 9AT). This fuel-efficient yet powerful engine produces peak horsepower of 280 and torque of 262 lb.-ft.2, with an EPA fuel economy rating of up to 20/27/23 mpg for 2WD models and 19/26/22 mpg for AWD variants (city/highway/combined).

2018 Pilot Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Trim/Drivetrain Transmission MSRP1 EPA MPG Rating3
(city/highway/combined)
LX / 2WD 6AT $30,900 19/27/22
LX / AWD 6AT $32,800 18/26/21
EX / 2WD 6AT $33,330 19/27/22
EX / AWD 6AT $35,230 18/26/21
EX w/Honda Sensing / 2WD 6AT $34,330 19/27/22
EX w/Honda Sensing / AWD 6AT $36,230 18/26/21
EX-L / 2WD 6AT $36,760 19/27/22
EX-L / AWD 6AT $38,660 18/26/21
EX-L w/Honda Sensing / 2WD 6AT $37,760 19/27/22
EX-L w/Honda Sensing / AWD 6AT $39,660 18/26/21
EX-L w/Navi / 2WD 6AT $37,760 19/27/22
EX-L w/Navi / AWD 6AT $39,660 18/26/21
EX-L w/RES / 2WD 6AT $38,360 19/27/22
EX-L w/RES / AWD 6AT $40,260 18/26/21
Touring / 2WD 9AT $41,970 20/27/23
Touring / AWD 9AT $43,870 19/26/22
Elite / AWD 9AT $47,470 19/26/22

The Honda Pilot’s roomy cargo area provides a high level of utility without compromising third-row space. Getting in and out of the third-row is easy as well thanks to a large entryway and available one-touch slide and fold second-row seat. The 2018 Honda Pilot further bolsters its family-oriented user friendliness by way of advanced in-vehicle connectivity, such as Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration.

Along with the majority of Honda’s lineup, the 2018 Pilot can be equipped with the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, which is available as a standalone option on EX and EX-L trims and standard on Touring and Elite trims. Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW). Additional safety and driver-assistive features on the 2018 Pilot include a standard multi-angle rearview camera and available blind spot information (BSI) with Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, respectively.

Honda Pilot was designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., in Los Angeles and Ohio. The Pilot and its V6 engine are produced exclusively by Honda Mfg. of Alabama plant in Lincoln, Alabama, using a mix of domestic and globally-sourced parts.

For more information and high-resolution photography and video, please visit www.hondanews.com/channels/pilot. Consumer information is available at www.automobiles.honda.com/pilot.

News Reporter