Honda just pulled the sheets on the all-new fourth-generation 2023 Honda Pilot, revealing the “largest and most powerful Honda SUV ever.” Highlights include new styling, a new V6 engine, and a new off-roader trim level. The new Honda Pilot will rival the Chevy Traverse and GMC Acadia.
Outside, the 2023 Honda Pilot shows off a new upright grille, flared fenders, and a wider stance. The overall length was extended by 3.4 inches, while the wheelbase gains an extra 2.8 inches. LED lighting adds a premium feel, while wheel sizing options include 18-inch and 20-inch designs.
One of the big highlights is the debut of the new TrailSport variant, which is offered as the “most off-road capable Honda SUV ever.” Framed as more of a GMC Acadia AT4 rival than a Traverse rival, the new Honda Pilot TrailSport is equipped with all-terrain tires as standard, as well as steel skid plates, greater ground clearance, and off-road suspension tuning.
Inside, the 2023 Honda Pilot can seat 8 passengers total, and is equipped with a flexible seating arrangement that includes a storable second-row. The latest generation also features more space for second- and third-row passengers with an extra 2.4 inches of legroom and 0.6 inches of legroom, respectively, plus more cargo room (up to 113.7 cubic-feet behind the first row and 22.4 cubic feet behind the third row).
Tech highlights include Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist tech with a standard wide-view camera and radar systems. There’s also digital instrumentation with an available 9-inch HD touchscreen and 10.2-inch digital instrument display, and standard 7-inch touchscreen. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also onboard.
As for the greasy bits, the 2023 Honda Pilot is motivated by Honda’s “most powerful V6 ever,” specifically a dual overhead cam 3.5L unit producing 285 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The new V6 connects to a 10-speed automatic transmission. An available second-generation iVTM4 torque vectoring all-wheel drive system is offered as well.
The 2023 Honda Pilot is set to go on sale next month, and will be available in five trim levels, including Sport, EX-L, TrailSport, Touring, and Elite. Production takes place in Alabama. Pricing is expected to start around $40,000.