2023 honda pilot Hybrid Redesign, Release Date

2023 honda pilot Hybrid Redesign, Release Date – The Honda Pilot is expected to get its next redesign for the 2023 model year. While Honda has not yet released Pilot redesign specs or photos, 2023 honda pilot Hybrid spy shots published by Motor Authority appear to show a significantly more boxy profile. At the moment, it’s believed that the next-gen Pilot may share stylistic elements with the Ridgeline pickup (pictured above).

2023 honda pilot Hybrid Redesign
2023 honda pilot Hybrid Redesign

2023 honda pilot Redesign

Now in its third generation, the next Honda Pilot could take on a significantly more rugged look in order to battle competing three-row crossover SUVs. While the 2nd-generation Pilot was known for its squarish silhouette, the redesign could be more along the lines of a Toyota Highlander. Sadly, 2023 Pilot engine details, cargo capacity, and changes remain a mystery for now.

Interior

Inside the cabin of the 2023 honda pilot Hybrid: it’s all pretty standard stuff, but before we get into that, it should be worth mentioning that getting in and out of the Pilot is a pleasure due to its moderate ride height and wide-opening doors. Once inside, you’re greeted by a logical space. Everything falls to hand easily, and it’s clear that Honda designed the space with family-friendly ergonomics in mind.

The interior doesn’t feel as upmarket as the Kia, but there’s a feeling of quality that is noticeable around the cabin, which is a classic Honda trait. Sitting high up in the front is a boon for forward visibility, and in fact, visibility is great all round. All cars get a sunroof and the top trims a panoramic roof, which helps lift an otherwise dark interior. It’s a solid effort overall if a bit dull, but the level of quality seals the deal.

2023 honda pilot Hybrid Interior
2023 honda pilot Hybrid Interior

The Pilot is all about maximizing interior space; after all, its primary purpose in life will be to cart youngsters and teenagers to school and back. It also helps that Honda is a master at configuring interiors for maximum practicality with the Touring able to seat 7 passengers or 8 passengers. The majority of trim levels offer a three-across second-row bench and come in an 8-seater configuration, but higher up in the range, this setup is ditched in favor of two captain’s chairs.

As with most midsize SUVs, the front and second row is prioritized in terms of overall space, and the 3rd row is best left to kids and small adults. The headroom comes in at 39.5 inches in the front, 39.9 inches in the middle (or 40.9 for the upper trims), and 38.9 inches in the rear. Legroom is measured at 40.9 inches in the front, 38.4 inches for the second row, and 31.9 inches in the back.

2023 honda pilot Hybrid

Rumors about a Pilot PHEV have been around for a while now, but recent news shows no plans for a Pilot plug-in hybrid. Dave Gardner, the executive vice president of National Operations for American Honda, recently talked to the media about the planned Honda and Acura launches for 2023, which he talked about recently (via The Detroit Bureau).

Unsurprisingly, there isn’t a single PHEV in the works at the moment. Gardner said that the company would move from internal combustion engine vehicles to hybrid electric cars. Still, it would “jump directly” to battery electric vehicles with no internal combustion engine. The first electric cars are the Honda Prologue, which will be on sale in 2024.

Engine Specs

The Honda Pilot will spend most of its life trudging around the suburbs picking up kids from school, going to the grocery store, and perhaps going on a few extended family holidays, so those who buy these cars expect a reliable workhorse. With that in mind, Honda has gone with the traditional and trusted combination of an automatic transmission and a large capacity naturally-aspirated engine which delivers predictable power.

The engine under the hood is a 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated V6, which sends all 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque to either the front or all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission. We are impressed with how perky this combination feels: the engine offers plenty of low-down torque but doesn’t mind exploring the upper reaches of the rev range either. We did, however, note that the transmission could get bewildered from time to time.

2023 honda pilot Hybrid Release Date And Price
2023 honda pilot Hybrid Release Date And Price

2023 honda pilot Release Date and Price

Honda may be preparing to repackage the Pilot. For 2023, the Pilot’s base price is approximately $6,500 more expensive because the company is planning to introduce a new base trim. Whether or not this is a prelude to a higher Pilot base price remains unknown. As of this writing, the model starts at an MSRP of over $40,000, significantly more than it did before.

The 2023 Pilot is expected to have a release date sometime in 2022. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.