Which Honda Pilot Trim is Right for Me?

November 12th, 2020 by

2021 Honda Pilot Trim Levels

The new 2021 Honda Pilot is the new high performance, dynamic style family SUV. To help you meet your desired needs and wants, Hendrick Honda at Charlotte has taken the time to compare all trims of the new 2021 Honda Pilot models, from the Honda Pilot LX to the Honda Pilot Black Edition. To shop the different Pilot models at our dealership at Hendrick Honda at Charlotte, NC, search our website and find your favorite in our Honda Pilot inventory, then pair it with our current Honda Pilot lease offer. Contact us at (888)-851-9988 to talk with the Hendrick Honda members.

2021 Honda Pilot LX

There were several standard safety features and advanced technologies for the 2020 Pilot that made it an outstanding value, however, Honda added even more exciting features for your drives, with the upcoming 2021 Pilot LX edition.

The LX Pilot has a powerful, direct-injected engine that not only offers brisk acceleration, power passing and towing capability, but is also fuel-efficient, which makes it very convenient for long road trips with your family and friends. Although the 2021 Honda Pilot LX has the basic and standard features, it offers high-tech monitoring features such as Honda Sensing and a Multi-angle Rearview Camera, which is a safety technology designed to alert you to anything that could be overlooked when driving, keeping the driver and passengers safe.

The interior of the new 2021 Honda Pilot LX has undergone some updates. Want to take everyone on your trip with you and do it in comfort? For as many as eight passengers, the Pilot provides comfortable seating and also has enough storage space to accommodate an 82-quart cooler behind the third-row bench.The Pilot is spacious and convenient enough for drivers and passengers making your next adventure in Charlotte and nearby cities fun!

Here’s what’s new about the Honda 2021 Pilot LX:

  • 3.5L V6 engine with nine-speed automatic transmission with idle-stop
  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • LED daytime running lights and low-beam headlights
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Push button start

2021 Honda Pilot EX | EX-L

Upgrade your entertainment value when you opt for the 2021 Pilot EX or EX-L. For miles to come, you and all your passengers will remain happy. The new 2021 Honda Pilot EX and EX-L have their differences and similarities.

Both trims have the flexibility and easy access to the third row with simply pushing a button which makes it easy for families on the go. The Intelligent Traction Management system in both EX and EX-L lets you retain traction, stability and driving trust in a wide range of situations with the press of a button. Two-wheel drive trims have two modes: Snow and Standard. Four modes feature all-wheel-drive trims: Natural, Snow, Mud and Sand. This system can be helpful to drivers by maintaining confidence and safety in driving no matter what the weather condition may be.

The major differences between the new 2021 Honda Pilot EX and EX-L models are the leather-trimmed seats, Drivers Seat with Two-Position Memory, Three USB ChargingPorts and Side Mirrors with Memory and Integrated LED Turn Indicators.

The upgraded EX-L interior that features leather-trimmed seats and other leather accents, the EX-L gives you that cozy feel. You will not only ride in luxury with leather-trimmed seats throughout the cabin, but also treat your passengers to the same cushy, luxurious experience, while getting some fresh air or a wider view of Charlotte with the one-touch power moonroof.

When it’s time to hit the road, the Two-Position Memory feature helps two separate drivers to set and easily access their ideal seating position and to help make moving in and out of the car much faster. Three USB ChargingPorts can be very beneficial and convenient for long road trips for passengers in the back and not having to reach over to the front to use the USB ports.

Overall, you get more luxury and options from the EX-L trim. Whether or not you are looking to purchase the higher trim that contains any of those options as basic features just depends on what you are seeking in an SUV, overall, you are getting what you pay for.

2021 Honda Pilot Special Edition

The Black Edition launched in 2020 with the Honda Pilot model. This year we have the debut of the Special Edition, also called as the SE trim level, for the new 2021 Honda Pilot SUV. Adding to the 2021 Honda Pilot EX-L trim features, but with more key features and specs, the 2021 Honda Pilot Special Edition contains:

  • Wireless phone charger
  • Hands-free access power tailgate
  • Roof rails
  • 20-in. black alloy wheels

Are your hands full and you don’t have an extra hand? All that is required for Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate is a kick under the bumper to access the rear cargo space. This makes it perfect for drivers and passengers when going grocery shopping or even making a large purchase. The new 2021 Honda Pilot SE includes a hassle-free charging zone that is easy to reach and use is provided by the wireless phone adapter in the front console.

Only the Special Edition and Black Edition of the new Honda Pilot includes 20-inch alloy wheels that will catch others attention on the road.

2021 Honda Pilot Touring | Elite | Black Edition

Looking for a 2021 Honda Pilot trim that would keep the kids occupied in the back seats? The Touring is a regular trim that kids would enjoy with a Blue-ray Rear Entertainment System (RES) and built-in streaming applications. The Integrated Rear Entertainment System (RES) is perfect for families with kids for enjoyable journeys around Charlotte and nearby cities. RES also promotes an accessibility option for people with disabilities that offers on-screen audio input.

With auto-on/off functionality, light up the roads with LED headlights included in the 2021 Honda Pilot Touring and Elite trim. While the LED headlights allow you to see more of what is on the road, they use less energy and feature automatic high-beams that if necessary, can activate or disable.

  • The 2021 Honda Pilot Elite takes things up a notch with additional features that are not present on any other trim including:
  • Panoramic Roof
  • Heated 2nd-Row Captain’s Chairs
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel

The large panoramic roof on the Pilot Elite and Black Edition gives passengers in the second and third rows stunning, open views. It’s a light for your eyes, whether it’s used for stargazing or for having a clearer glimpse of Mother Nature.

The new 2021 Pilot Elite and Black Edition makes it more comfortable on cold days by including a heated steering wheel to give your hands a shot of campfire-like energy as you drive.

In addition Black Edition’s striking appearance, body-colored door handles and exterior mirrors contribute to creating a bold, aggressive look, this upgraded 2021 Pilot trim includes high-tech technology performance to make a great impression. The new 2021 Honda Pilot Black Edition trim also includes these features and more:

  • 20-Inch Black Alloy Wheels
  • Red Ambient LED Lighting
  • HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
  • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
  • Voice Activated Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning

Comparing the 2021 Honda Pilot Trims

All in all, the Honda Pilot 2021 is a car that’s wide enough to promise all 7 different trim styles. The LX has high-tech monitoring characteristics despite being the base trim standard. A lot of shoppers will probably skip the LX in order to get a bit more entertainment opportunities and ease of access in the EX trim. The EX-L brings luxurious elements to a relatively low trim level. The Special Edition combines plenty of luxurious options and a few functional enhancements. The Touring Trim may be one of the most common choices for shoppers with large families who often fill all the seats and use the rear entertainment system. The Elite may be the top trim for some, as not everyone likes the new blackened trim trend.

If you are trying to invest as least as you can, while deliberating about the various trims, you can generally skip right over the LX trim. Definitely going from it to the EX trim adds the most features and is not too hard on the wallet.

Comparing the different trim models without assistance can be difficult to determine which option suits your specific needs. Contact us at Hendrick Honda in Charlotte today to learn more about the new 2021 Honda Pilot Trim models or shop our online inventory. We’re looking forward to answering your questions and getting you scheduled for a test drive!