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Refreshments all around for the 2019 Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot in its current form debuted for the 2016 model-year. For its fourth go-around the SUV gets a number of revisions to keep it fresh for battle in its segment.

For the moment, the announced changes concern the American edition, but we can be pretty confident that the essentials will be the same for the model Canadian consumers buy later this year.

First and foremost are the changes affecting the SUV’s styling. The front end gets a new, more-aggressive fascia that includes a bumper integrating larger openings for the anti-fog lights. The front grille also gets some light retouches, and the upper chromed band now extends above the light clusters. In back, the design of the lights has been modified, while chrome accents have been added to the mix. The alloy wheels have been given new styling as well.

2019 Honda Pilot
Photo: Honda
2019 Honda Pilot

In terms of tech, the Pilot has been updated with the availability of a new touchscreen incorporating new technologies, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. And lo and behold, a knob has been brought back for the volume of the audio system. This is no joke; the automaker took such a beating from users regarding its absence, we’re seeing it reappear in model after model that gets renewed.

The other significant addition has to with safety; the Honda Sensing package is now part of the standard equipment in all iterations of the Pilot.

Honda Pilot 2019
Photo: Honda
Honda Pilot 2019

While the 3.5L V6 under the hood remains unchanged, its partnership with a 9-speed automatic transmission in the Touring version results in improved performance. During low-speed acceleration, it starts its business in second gear to provide more smoothness. It will function this way when Snow mode is selected in order to make starting off the line easier.

The stop-start system, meanwhile, promises quicker and less-noticeable transitions inside the cabin.  

Honda’s press releases details the modifications brought to each trim of the 2019 Pilot. We’ll have to wait to know the precise details for the versions that will be sold here in Canada, because it’s in this respect that the differences in models on each side of the border are most noticeable. It’s quite common for the two markets to receive different configurations.