The 2022 Honda Pilot Special Edition is a safe haven for those who value practicality but aren’t fans of the minivan lifestyle. To be sure, the three-row SUV lacks the space and adaptability of the Honda Odyssey, with which it shares a base and a quick V-6 powerplant. It compensates for its lack of sliding doors and third-row stretch-out capacity with a higher driving position, optional all-wheel drive, and the ability to tow up to 5000 pounds. It also offers a roomy and pleasant interior, as well as a slew of standard driving aids and popular amenities. Unfortunately, its outer design is completely forgettable, particularly when compared to visually interesting competitors like the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade. While the 2022 Pilot isn’t glamorous or very enjoyable to drive, it is much superior over a minivan for some.
2022 Honda Pilot Special Edition Specs
- MSRP: $42205
- Seating Capacity: 5-passenger
- Engine: V6
- Horsepower: 280 @ 6000 rpm
- Torque: 262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
- Transmission: 9-Speed Automatic Transmission
- Fuel Mileage: 19/26/22 mpg
- Length: 196.5 in
- Width: 78.6 in
- Height: 70.6 in
- Wheelbase: 111.0 in
Engine & Performance
The Pilot’s V-6 engine has a lively sound and lots of power, and we appreciate how the nine-speed automated gearbox is unobtrusive. The Honda isn’t the most cumbersome three-row crossover to drive, but its bulk may make it feel heavy in corners. The 20-inch wheels on the highest trims degrade ride quality somewhat, but they improve the its otherwise odd look. When laden with passengers and goods, the vehicle rides pretty smoothly. Because of its lack of body control, it seems separated from the road at times. Its mild steering makes it simple to handle in parking lots, but it also adds to the disconnected sense on the highway.
Interior & Comfort
The inside of the Pilot special edition is large and functional, with family-friendly options like as an in-cabin PA system available. For those that need to accommodate eight people, most trim levels provide a three-across second row. The bench is replaced by two captain’s chairs in more expensive variants, decreasing the passenger count to seven. However, the low seat cushion in the roomy third row limits its usefulness to children. Its dashboard layout includes simple temperature controls and a well indicated gauge cluster, as well as 16 cupholders throughout the interior. It’s elevated sitting position provides the driver with a commanding perspective of the road, while wide windows and thin inconspicuous roof pillars provide best-in-class vision. This Honda offers a massive cargo compartment and a plethora of handy inside niches. It’s one of the roomiest SUVs in its class, although the luggage capacity differs between the seven- and eight-seat configurations due to a second-row centre console that can’t be removed in the Elite and seven-seat Touring versions. The cargo floor is movable and may be configured to maximise capacity or to create an underfloor storage compartment.
Infotainment and Connectivity
One of its shortcomings is the aggravating touchscreen that is located in the middle of the dashboard; however, Honda did add a volume knob in 2019, which was a welcome addition. It is equipped with an infotainment system that has a touchscreen display measuring 8.0 inches and performs well. It provides access to SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, voice command, and more app features.
Every single Pilot is equipped with a variety of different driver aid technologies as standard. Key features are:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control