Honda is rightfully proud of passenger cars such as the Civic and Accord, but its SUVs aren’t too shabby.
The Honda CR-V and Honda Pilot are the cornerstones of the Honda line-up and the 2020 Pilot, which is now arriving in dealership, comes with additional technology plus the addition of a new Black Edition trim.
The Pilot Black Edition is positioned at the very top of the line and with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $49,620 plus a $1,095 destination charge and features exclusive styling touches that distinguish it from the rest of the Pilot family.
Like the Honda Ridgeline Black Edition, the Pilot Black Edition comes exclusively in Crystal Black Pearl paint and includes Black Edition badges on the grille and tailgate.
Pilot Black Edition also includes black-painted 20-inch alloy wheels, and blackout treatments for the grille, headlight trim, side trim, door handles, window trim and fog light accents. Inside, there is red accent lighting for the dash, doors and center console, with red accent stitching on the front and second row captain’s chairs, door panels and steering wheel.
The Black Edition logo also is embossed on front seats and floor mats, and the front and second-row seats also get a red accent to the perforated leather seating surface.
The 2020 Pilot LX with standard two-wheel drive carries a starting MSRP of $31,550, excluding $1,095 destination and handling, and comes with the full suite of Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive systems as standard equipment.
The all-wheel drive Pilot LX carries a starting MSRP of $33,550 and adds Honda’s exclusive i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system.
The 2020 Pilot’s styling introduced to Pilot last year emphasizes its capabilities while highlighting the state-of-the-art technology and family-friendly character that has made it one of the most popular midsize three-row SUVs.
Pilot also remains one of the few models in its segment to offer eight seats or seven with the optional second-row captain chairs, with available three-person capacity in both the second and third rows.
Third row access is made simple and easy by the available One-Touch Walk-In feature. In addition to standard Honda Sensing, technology highlights include an available 8-inch touchscreen Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, CabinTalk in-vehicle public address system, wireless smartphone charging, and a hands-free power tailgate.
Touring, Elite and Black Edition trims feature 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi capability/compatibility, enabling expanded subscription-based HondaLink services that include Amazon Key In-Car Delivery2, geo-fencing and speed alerts for parents of teen drivers, a stolen vehicle locator, enhanced roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, remote start, and even personal concierge services.
The 2020 Pilot’s robust off-road and all-weather driving capabilities are assisted by Honda’s available intelligent variable torque management system with true torque-vectoring.
Standard on all AWD trims, i-VTM4 uses an electronically-controlled, hydraulically-actuated rear differential to apportion engine torque between the front and rear axles, and dynamically distribute torque between the left and right rear wheels.
The benefits are better all-weather handling, and neutral, accurate steering under power, according to Honda’s engineers.