Affiliate Editor Joel Stocksdale: The Pilot and the Ridgeline undoubtedly are comparable, however I got here out preferring the Pilot. The first purpose is that the Pilot felt extra partaking due to the dealing with. It feels lighter, has a bit much less physique roll, and turns in additional eagerly. The experience is not as comfortable, however contemplating the Ridgeline’s sofa-like feeling, the Pilot’s stiffer tuning nonetheless leaves loads of consolation. And to get one thing that is livelier in corners is well worth the minor sacrifice to me. I truly did not thoughts the 9-velocity automated that a lot, nevertheless it’s straightforward sufficient to go for the 6-velocity unit.
A secondary purpose for preferring the Pilot is for the revamped infotainment system, which has extra to supply than simply the bodily quantity knob. With crisp graphics and textual content, quick responses and logical menus, it is a quantum leap over the ugly, sluggish system within the Ridgeline. I am shocked Honda hasn’t added the system to the pickup and the Civic.
There’s one other facet of this specific Pilot that we have to talk about, and that is the stickers on the hood and the edges. They acquired close to-common derision from the employees, leaving me as the one dissenting opinion so far as I do know. I get that the Pilot does not actually supply a lot to help daring graphics, particularly ones with fake carbon fiber patterns, however I additionally do not think it is fairly so soulless to drive for the graphics to be utterly inappropriate. Extra importantly, although, I respect that Honda is on the lookout for methods to make its in any other case drab crossover a bit extra fascinating and distinctive. I definitely was glad to hop out and never really feel like I used to be driving simply one other plain white, grey or black equipment. These pops of shade on all sides made it stand out a bit, and I really feel there is a lack of that in paint and graphics these days. Now in the event you’ll excuse me, I’ll brace myself for the rebuttal.
Affiliate Editor Reese Counts: Joel is flawed. The graphics are dumb.
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— Reese Counts (@rmcounts) December 18, 2018
Personally, I actually do not care how a vehicle like this handles or steers. The Pilot impresses, however nobody goes to go canyon carving in a Pilot. I simply need a quiet, snug and sensible household hauler. Like most Hondas, the interior is roomy and crammed with a seemingly countless quantity of cupholders and storage bins. I additionally dig the brand new infotainment system and the up to date instrument cluster. I hope each make it to the Ridgeline someday quickly.
My complaints are few. The up to date styling is OK, however I would not name it fairly. The 9-velocity is ok at best and infuriating at worst. It by no means appears to be in the best gear once I want some energy. That stated, the 6-velocity is standard on most fashions and I do recognize that Honda continues to be utilizing a naturally-aspirated V6.
Assistant Editor Zac Palmer: Honda went on the Pilot with mushy brush strokes for the 2019 mid-cycle refresh. There is not something that is drastically totally different from earlier than, however that is as a result of the Pilot was a reliable, aggressive three-rower already. It drives and behaves just like our lengthy-time period Honda Ridgeline — these automobiles share underpinnings, and an entire lot extra too.
The 2019 Pilot’s new tech — up to date infotainment, digital instrument cluster and (gasp!) quantity knob — all play collectively to make the refresh worthwhile on the within. We had the Elite trim (the costliest one) nevertheless it nonetheless felt like a non-luxurious Honda inside, regardless of the tech bells and whistles. This car slants extra towards making life simpler for a big household than treating a driver to an opulent expertise. There’s oodles of usable area, cupholders and retailers galore, and it even inherited the Odyssey’s intercom unit to scold youngsters three rows away.
Usually, I discover the driving expertise of the SUV model of a truck to be, nicely, higher. Driving the Ridgeline and Pilot again-to-again, I discovered myself preferring the dynamics and luxury of the truck extra. Plenty of that stems from the shaky 9-velocity ZF automated Honda smoothed out for 2019. It could be improved, nevertheless it’s nonetheless irritating at occasions in operation because it searches to seek out the appropriate gear in enthusiastic throttle purposes. You lose one mpg for the town score with the six-velocity automated within the EPA test cycle, and belief me, you will not be lacking it.
The Ridgeline has all the time impressed with how uncannily quiet it’s always. There’s much more open area behind you within the Pilot, and I might hear approach an excessive amount of of it within the type of creaks and rattles. Should you’re lifeless set on shopping for an enormous Honda, attempt them each (these in want of seven seats needn’t comply with this recommendation). I might seize the keys to the pickup each time.
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