Pilot tops list in solid class of best 2019 midsize SUVs

by Michel Deslauriers . Nov 23 2018
VolkswagenThe Volkswagen Atlas shared third place on the Car Guide’s midsize SUV list.

Volkswagen

The Volkswagen Atlas shared third place on the Car Guide’s midsize SUV list.

The 2019 Honda Pilot has been chosen as the best buy in the midsize SUV segment by the Car Guide.

For the 2019 model year, the third-generation Pilot benefits from a revised grille, bumpers, taillights and new alloy wheel designs.

In addition, a new Black Edition variant boasts a sinister, monochrome appearance.

Since its introduction in 2003, the Pilot has offered a cabin capable of seating up to eight passengers, and this formula hasn’t changed since.

The SUV gets a new infotainment system with a real volume knob, while features such as CabinControl (for controlling audio and climate settings through a smartphone) and CabinTalk (a built-in PA system so front-seat passengers can talk through the second- and third-row speakers), have been added as well.

Honda reprogrammed the nine-speed automatic transmission in order to make it perform better, while the automatic start-stop system runs more smoothly.

The 3.5-litre V-6 produces 280 horsepower and allows for a maximum towing capacity of 2,268 kilograms. While not perfect, the Pilot’s reliability record is a plus, as is its ride comfort and driving dynamics. The Pilot starts at $41,090 before freight and delivery charges, and all-wheel drive is included.

In second place was the Chevrolet Traverse (MSRP from $38,300 with AWD), which impressed with its spacious and comfortable cockpit, its excellent infotainment system and its list of advanced safety features at a reasonable price.

Third place goes to both the Volkswagen Atlas (MSRP from $39,790 with AWD) and the Subaru Ascent (MSRP from $35,995) for their versatile cabins, their fun-to-drive factor and their capable all-wheel drivetrains.

— LC Media

SubaruThe Subaru Ascent also finished in the top 3 of 2019 midsize SUVs.

Subaru

The Subaru Ascent also finished in the top 3 of 2019 midsize SUVs.

HondaWith seating for eight and high-tech features, the Honda Pilot is tough to beat.

Honda

With seating for eight and high-tech features, the Honda Pilot is tough to beat.

LC MediaThe Chevrolet Traverse finished second on the Car Guide’s 2019 midsize SUV list.

LC Media

The Chevrolet Traverse finished second on the Car Guide’s 2019 midsize SUV list.