What are the Differences Between the 2021 and 2020 Honda Pilot?

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparison, Honda Pilot on Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 at 8:00 am
2021 Honda Pilot Elite in scarlet red and 2020 Honda Pilot Elite in blue

2021 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Honda Pilot

How does the 2021 Honda Pilot model compare to its previous model year? From Atlantic Honda, it’s the 2021 Honda Pilot vs the 2020 Honda Pilot!


2021 Honda Pilot Special Edition – Specs and Features


2021 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Honda Pilot – Color Options 

Both the 2021 Honda Pilot and the 2020 Honda Pilot share the same 8 color options, which are: 

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

2021 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Honda Pilot – Engine Specs 

Both the 2021 Honda Pilot and the 2020 Honda Pilot share the same baseline and only engine option. That would be a 3.5L V6 engine that produces up to 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque

2021 Honda Pilot Elite exterior shot parked on a cliff of yellow dirt with mountains in the background
2021 Honda Pilot Elite exterior rear shot with Deep Scarlet Pearl paint color

2021 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Honda Pilot – Fuel Economy 

The 2020 Honda Pilot with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive has a city fuel economy of 19 MPG*, a highway fuel economy of 27 MPG*, and a combined fuel economy of 22 MPG*. 

The 2020 Honda Pilot with a 6-speed automatic transmission and AWD has a city fuel economy of 18 MPG*, a highway fuel economy of 26 MPG*, and a combined fuel economy of 21 MPG*. 

The 2020 Honda Pilot with a 9-speed shiftable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive has a city fuel economy of 20 MPG*, a highway fuel economy of 27 MPG*, and a combined fuel economy of 23 MPG*. 

The 2020 Honda Pilot with a 9-speed shiftable automatic transmission and AWD has a city fuel economy of 19 MPG*, a highway fuel economy of 26 MPG*, and a combined fuel economy of 22 MPG*. 

The 2021 Honda Pilot with front-wheel drive has a city fuel economy of 20 MPG**, a highway fuel economy of 27 MPG**, and a combined fuel economy of 23 MPG**.  

The 2021 Honda Pilot with AWD has a city fuel economy of 19 MPG**, a highway fuel economy of 26 MPG**, and a combined fuel economy of 22 MPG**. 

2021 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Honda Pilot – Pricing 

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

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

2021 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Honda Pilot – Transmission 

The 2020 Honda Pilot comes with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission and an available 9-speed shiftable automatic transmission

The 2021 Honda Pilot comes with a standard 9-speed shiftable automatic transmission

2021 Honda Pilot – What Else is New? 

Additional changes and upgrades to the 2021 Honda Pilot model include: 

Idle Stop – Standard Across Trim Levels 

LX Trim Upgrades – Including Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control 

New Special Edition (SE) Trim Level 

Paddle Shifters – Standard Across Trim Levels 


2021 Honda Pilot – Fabric and Upholstery Seating Options


For more information on the 2021 Honda Pilot model, please browse through our online inventory and contact us here at the Atlantic Honda dealership located in Bay Shore, New York within Long Island. 

*Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-package/condition, and other factors. 

**Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-package/condition, and other factors. 

***MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,120.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices. 

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