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You won’t have to be on the roads of Sherwood Park or further outside the Edmonton area for long to see how many excellent three-row midsize crossover SUVs there are now, and the competition keeps getting stronger. The 2023 Honda Pilot has been a firm favourite with North American families for some time now. This year, it rises to the increased challenge from the competition in its segment with an all-new fourth-generation model.
The 2023 Honda Pilot is a new generation of Honda’s biggest crossover SUV, so there’s a lot to unpack if you’re only familiar with the previous generation. The exterior styling is strikingly redesigned, and the new look is sleeker, sharper, and more aggressive than the more rounded look of previous generations. All models get standard LED headlights, brake, tail, and fog lights that help deliver a fresh, modern look for the new Pilot.
This year has five trim levels to choose from, including a new Trailsport trim level that introduces an edgier side to this impressive family hauler. The most affordable version of the 2023 Pilot is Sport, and the rest of the lineup comprises the EX-L, Trailsport, Touring, and range-topping Black Edition. The specifications are all impressive, and there’s plenty of upgraded technology to enjoy at every level.
Under the hood of every 2023 Honda Pilot is the automaker’s tried-and-tested 3.5-litre V-6 powerplant that develops 285 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. All five versions of the new Pilot get Honda’s 2nd-gen Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) AWD system as part of the standard specification. And the power gets to all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission with Shift-by-Wire and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The maximum towing capacity is a useful 2,268 kg, and the Pilot has some decent off-road chops. However, although all models get Integrated Drive Modes for different conditions, this is an area that may convince you to look beyond the base model. The 2023 Pilot Sport has Sport, Normal, Econ, Snow, and Tow models. But from the EX-L and higher, two more modes of Trail and Sand are added.
If you were to assume that everything gets bigger and better as you pay more and go to higher trim levels in the 2023 Honda Pilot lineup, you might get a couple of surprises. For example, although the EX-L is a higher specification than the base Sport model, the EX-L comes with standard 18-inch alloy wheels while the Sport model comes equipped with a set of 20s. The Sport model also gets a sporty black front grille, while the EX-L gets a chrome grille some shoppers might not necessarily prefer.
On the whole, though, the higher you go, the better things get. And the Black Edition gets you the best of everything, as long as you prefer a blacked-out aesthetic to sparkly chrome. If you prefer chrome, however, the Touring has almost identical features without blacked-out styling cues. Both top models have standard perforated leather upholstery, a 10.2-inch colour TFT centre meter display, the Display Audio System with Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System and bilingual Voice Recognition, a colour head-up display, and heated and ventilated front seats.
The 2023 Honda Pilot takes the blueprint of one of the industry’s best and most-trusted three-row midsize crossover SUVs and makes just about everything about it better and more appealing. You don’t have to take our word for it, however. Come and see for yourself with a test drive from Wheaton Honda at 9688 34 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB, or call us at (780) 463-7888 for more details and book an appointment for a time that fits your schedule.