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Model Year Comparison: 2020 Honda Pilot Vs. 2021 Honda Pilot

Model Year Comparison: 2020 Honda Pilot Vs. 2021 Honda Pilot

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Missouri motorists who are shopping for a highly versatile and refined new family SUV for sale can always count on the Honda Pilot to deliver the goods. Honda's dedicated three-row SUV is the modern family vehicle that comes standard with comfort, safety, technology and V6 performance!

If you're like other Columbia, MO, area drivers searching for a spacious new mid-size SUV, then you already have the Honda Pilot on your radar. But which version of this roomy Honda sport-ute will you choose for your family?

The 2020 Honda Pilot and the new 2021 Honda Pilot are now available, and there are some key differences between the two. The team here at Columbia Honda has compiled a comparison review, detailing the ways that these Honda SUVs differ.

Let's review how the new 2021 Honda Pilot compares to the 2020 model year edition, including trims, features and pricing. That way, you can determine which version makes the most sense for you and your family. We'll start with what's new on the 2021 model!

What's New for 2021?

Honda is known for continually updating and upgrading its automobiles to ensure each model keeps leading its segment in quality, refinement, technology and value. The Pilot SUV is no different from other Hondas in this regard. The 2021 model year of the Pilot sees significant enhancements, as well as an all-new trim!

Big news for the Pilot is that for 2021, every version gets Honda's new 9-speed automatic transmission. On previous models like 2020 editions, the 9-speed gearbox was reserved for higher trim levels, and the Pilot came standard with a 6-speed unit. With nine forward gears, the 2021 Pilot is always in the right place of the powerband to deliver excellent efficiency or responsive power. This newly standard transmission also aids the new Pilot with increasing its EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings.

There are other new standard features for 2021, too. Dual-zone automatic climate control, and automatic engine start-stop system and paddle shifters for that 9-speed automatic are included, no matter which edition of the 2021 Pilot you choose.

Columbia Honda is excited to announce the arrival of the new Special Edition of the Pilot! The Special Edition slots between the EX-L and Touring and presents motorists and their families with a well-appointed, stylish and attractively priced SUV.

Step into the 2021 Pilot Special Edition to enjoy:

  • 20-Inch Black Alloy Wheels
  • Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate
  • Black Roof Rails
  • Black Grille and Exterior Trim
  • Wireless Phone Charger

Fuel-Efficient Performance

The 2021 Honda Pilot and its standard 9-speed transmission improve over the 2020 Pilot's already fuel-efficient performance. A 2020 Pilot 2WD (two-wheel drive) with its standard 6-speed automatic (6AT) achieve an EPA-estimated 22 mpg* in combined city and highway driving, while the 2021 Pilot 2WD models return a combined fuel economy rating of 23 mpg**. Both offer impressive efficiency when compared to other three-row SUVs!

When you add Honda's advanced all-wheel drive (AWD) to both models, we once again find the 2021 Pilot just edges out the 2020 model regarding efficiency. Each 2021 Pilot AWD trim is rated at an EPA-estimated 22 mpg** combined city and highway fuel economy. The 2020 Pilot AWD 6AT trims with the 6-speed transmission performs well, too, with a 21 mpg* rating in combined city and highway driving.

Pilot Doesn't Mess With Success

Honda knows that the 2020 Pilot is one special sport-ute, that's why much of its features have carried over for the 2021 model. The latest Pilot is more like the 2020 edition than it is different, which just shows you that Honda doesn't mess with a good thing!

No matter if you select a 2021 or 2020 Pilot, you'll experience Honda's expeditious 3.5-liter V6 engine. With 280 hp plus 262 lb-ft of torque, you'll undoubtedly have the performance and capability to transport up to eight occupants, haul cargo or tow a trailer with complete confidence in your Honda.

Shoppers of the 2020 and 2021 Pilot will appreciate that Honda has included its complete suite of driver-assistive and safety technologies comes standard on both of these models.

The Honda Sensing® package of advanced driver aids featured on these Pilot SUVs includes:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Lane Keeping Assist System

Other innovative Honda safety features abound on every 2021 and 2020 Pilot, including a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera that boasts normal, wide and top-down viewing modes. The standard auto high-beam headlights add further convenience and safety to your drive.

Which exterior paint color do you prefer on the Pilot? The 2020 and 2021 editions share the following exterior paint options:

  • Platinum White Pearl
  • Black Forest Pearl
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Deep Scarlet Pearl
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Obsidian Blue Pearl
  • Steel Sapphire Metallic

For those drivers eyeing the exclusive 2021 Pilot Special Edition, you can have your new Honda SUV in these colors:

  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Steel Sapphire Metallic
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Platinum White Pearl

Shop for Your Family's New Pilot SUV in Columbia, MO

Ready to slide into the cockpit of a new Honda Pilot? If you're on an SUV search around the Columbia, MO, area, turn your focus to Columbia Honda, where we offer a superb selection of Honda's three-row family SUVs for sale. With an array of trims, colors and configurations available, you are sure to find a Pilot SUV with a family-friendly price that has your name on it!

The 2020 Honda Pilot boasts a starting MSRP of $31,650***.

The 2021 Honda Pilot has a starting MSRP of $32,250***.

We welcome Jefferson City, MO, area SUV buyers to schedule a tour and test drive and apply for Honda financing online now. Consider our new and pre-owned car specials as well as current Honda offers and incentives so you can make your family's upgrade to a Honda Pilot highly affordable!

*19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT trims. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT trims. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
**20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
***MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,120.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

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