Flash Drive

2023 Honda Pilot AWD Transport

Model Tested: 2023 Honda Pilot AWD Trailsport

The redesigned 2023 Honda Pilot AWD Trailsport is the most off-road capable model of the Honda Pilot lineup.

Engine: 3.5-liter V-6, 285 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft torque

Transmission: 10-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive

EPA Rating: 18-mpg city, 23-mpg highway, 20-mpg combined

Base Price: $48,350

As Tested: $48,745


Smooth, responsive V-6 engine

Excellent 10-speed automatic transmission

The handsomely styled Pilot is also a comfortable family cruiser on paved roads.

Good acceleration

Good economy–our best was 25.8-mpg highway

Very pleasant highway ride

Ample drive modes: econ, normal, sport, tow, sand, trail, snow

Hill descent


 Stretch-out front row room

 Heated steering wheel

Panoramic roof lightens interior

Front row comfort and features are excellent with unique Trailsport stitching on the headrests.

Excellent second row Captain’s chairs

Flat floor second rod

 Movable second row seats

OK but snug third row room

Third row best for children

Intuitive infotainment system

Quality interior materials


Two level front door bins

Phone charging padAmple interior small items storage

The second and third row seats fold flat for excellent cargo capacity.

All seats fold flat for cargo

Gap between Captain’s chairs

Power liftgate

Good cargo space behind third row

WOW Factors:

Bolder styling than previous versions

More off-road capable Trailsport model

Pleasant daily driver

Extra storage under cargo deck

Great surround view cameras

There is still good space behind the third row seats and added space under the cargo deck.

Great panoramic roof


Still not crazy about Honda’s odd buttons shifter

Transmission shifts frequently, although smoothly

Bottom Line:

The 2023 Honda Pilot Trailsport AWD is a three-row midsize SUV is the most off-road capable version of the fully redesigned fourth-generation Pilot. The handsomely styled SUV features a nice mix of all-weather confidence with everyday commuting comfort without being overly gimmicky . The

The Trailsport Edition has added ground clearance and more aggressive tires.

Pilot has ample interior room for people and cargo along with lots of impressive standard safety/convenience features. The Trailsport takes a realistic approach to just how much rugged terrain average consumers will encounter on a weekly basis and keeps the overall focus on daily commuting. We think that is a good thing. The Honda Pilot is available in several trim/price levels.