2022 Honda Pilot
2022 Honda Pilot
The 2022 Honda Pilot is a three-row crossover SUV that’s great for families. With seating for up to eight passengers and strong safety ratings, it brings utility with the style of a minivan, not an SUV.
For 2022 Honda has discontinued the less expensive LX and EX models. On the upside, for 2022 it’s added some new models, including the base Sport and Trailsport and Special Editions.
Its 280-horsepower V-6 engine pairs well with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive optional. The cabin is capacious and well-executed.
With front-wheel drive, the EPA rates the 2022 Pilot at 20 mpg city, 27 highway, 23 combined. All-wheel-drive versions slide just 1 mpg.
Every Pilot boasts standard active safety equipment to adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and automatic emergency braking. For 2022, the IIHS gives the Pilot only an “Acceptable” rating for front passenger protection, preventing it from being named as a Top Safety Pick.
Made in Alabama, the Pilot comes in seven models: Sport, EX-L, Special Edition, Trailsport, Touring, Elite, and Black Edition.
Sports cost $38,055 and come with 20-inch wheels and LED headlights. The EX-L starts at $40,285 and has 18-inch wheels, leather seats, heated front seats, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and active safety equipment. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is a $2,000 option.
The Special Edition is about the same price, with a hands-free tailgate, wireless device charging, and 20-inch black alloy wheels.
The $44,845 Touring adds an upgraded audio system, heated second-row seats, and rear-seat entertainment screens.
The $47,845 Elite has second-row captain’s chairs, cooled front seats and a heated steering wheel. The $52,240 Black Edition has less chrome.
The Pilot’s styling is pleasant. It’s a familiar shape to anyone who’s shopped for a three-row SUV, with some spare details calling out its utility, such as big taillights and a tall grille. A new Special Edition package this year adds polished black alloy wheels.
The cabin materials are durable, not flashy, in beige or tan leather. The materials are more of the easy-wash variety, though the Elite hardly lacks for luxury.
The front seats offer good support with standard heating and optional cooling. The layout of the instrument panel is good, and the low dash affords great forward vision.
The Pilot is exceptional in its use of interior space, with excellent room for outboard passengers in the second row. Access is terrific, and there’s more than 38 inches of leg room. Captain’s chairs are available.
A button flops the second row forward, so access to the third row is easy. There’s a good 32 inches of leg room back there, making it inhabitable for adults. Behind the third row there’s about 17 cubic feet of cargo space. With the third row down there’s 46 cubic feet, and with the second row down it expands to a vast 80 cubic feet.
The acceleration of the 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 is smooth, more than it is quick. The 9-speed automatic transmission is mostly slick, but sometimes, not often, it stumbles at low speed. With the optional towing package, the Pilot can lug 5,000 lb.
The Pilot isn’t ready for offroad, especially with the 20-inch alloy wheels. The base 18s ride well enough and work well with nicely-weighted steering for a vehicle of this size.
The 2022 Honda Pilot is in its final year before a redesign. A former Best Car to Buy winner at The Car Connection, the Pilot’s drivetrain, interior space and packaging, and its utility remain strong selling (and buying) points.
—by Sam Moses with driving impressions by The Car Connection