What's New for the 2025 Honda Pilot

A blue  2025 Honda Pilot is shown off-road after leaving a Honda Dealer in Middletown.

The much-loved Honda Pilot has launched a new model year, and the team here at your Honda dealer in Middletown is excited about the changes. Our team is obsessed with everything Honda, so any time there is a new release, we do our best to stay in the know so we can provide you with knowledgeable advice about the latest models. The Honda Pilot is a popular pick in the Hudson Valley region, and we are excited to offer it to our community. You’ll be unsurprised that this model year creates a top-of-the-line vehicle featuring a rugged design, great off-road capabilities, and pinpoint on-road dynamics. It's time to take a look at the latest evolution of the Honda Pilot!

2025 Honda Pilot vs 2024 Honda Pilot

Overall, the 2025 Honda Pilot is setting the benchmark for what makes a truly great family vehicle. Although not a new generation, this year, Honda has focused on adding exclusive exterior and interior styling enhancements that work to distinguish the Pilot in the market. The major difference between the 2025 Honda Pilot and the 2024 Honda Pilot is the reintroduction of the high-end Black Edition trim level! The Black Edition trim was last seen for the 2022 model year of the Honda Pilot, and we thought it was gone for good. However, you'll be able to get a new 2025 Honda Pilot Black Edition. The new model year has also dropped the previous lowest trim level, the LX. In a nutshell, the 2025 Honda Pilot has moved upmarket.

As you might expect, the base price of the 2025 Honda Pilot is higher than that of the 2024 Honda Pilot, which makes sense since the lowest trim level is no more. Remember to take that into account when you see the difference in MSRP. Overall, Honda has done a good job keeping prices under control even as economic factors continue to shake up the automobile market. Because of the heartiness and versatility of this vehicle, the 2025 Honda Pilot will likely have dependable resale value down the road.

The Black Edition of the 2025 Honda Pilot

If you want to stand out around Middletown and express yourself with your vehicle, the newly reintroduced Black Edition is the way to go. This range-topping trim level has everything you need to make a statement. You’ll never feel limited with this family-friendly yet exceptionally stylish SUV. The first element of the Black Edition that you’ll notice is the all-black exterior trim. This blackout trim is both elegant and commanding on the road, not to mention it looks cleaner even when we’re getting bad weather. Gloss Black 20-inch alloy wheels will have heads turning no matter where you go.

Inside the Black Edition, you’ll find that the luxurious perforated black leather seats feature red contrast stitching. The steering wheel and door panels also come with trim-exclusive red contrast stitching for a sporty and premium vibe. The sportscar-inspired design is upped by having the trim’s name embossed on the front seats and floor mats. You’ll also be wowed by the red accent lighting that shines throughout the cabin, creating your own Batmobile vibe. If you're a discerning driver who is out to get the most sophisticated vehicle, the Black Edition is where you should look. This trim level starts out at $54,280 and will provide the highest level of luxury available in a Honda Pilot.[a]

A close up shows the grille on a grey 2025 Honda Pilot Black Edition.

Power and Performance in the 2025 Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot is designed to be a reliable and versatile three-row SUV. It continues to be a family-friendly pick year after year. Kids love it for the comfortable interior for long car rides, and parents love it for the cargo space, style, and dynamic driving experience. No matter whether you need to shuffle kids to and from soccer practice or want a slick vehicle to road trip in, you can’t go wrong with a Honda Pilot.

In terms of performance, the Honda Pilot doesn’t disappoint. Like the 2024 model year, the 2025 Honda Pilot is equipped with a hearty 3.5L V6 engine that creates a powerful 285 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated with a 10-speed automatic transition that keeps the Honda Pilot driving smoothly. The powerful engine has plenty of oomph to move this three-row SUV with no problem, even if you’ve got it loaded to the gills with outdoor equipment for the weekend or are towing a trailer.

Because of the responsible and efficient driving experience, the Honda Pilot has good fuel economy ratings despite being a big car. The EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway if you choose a new 2025 Honda Pilot with front-wheel drive.[b] Estimated fuel efficiency only decreases slightly to 25 MPG on the highway if you choose the available all-wheel drive configuration.[b] If you plan on weekend adventures upstate or are looking for even better traction during New York winters, this is a tradeoff many Middletown drivers happily make! If you’re likely to be out in uncertain conditions, Honda's i-VTM4 all-wheel drive makes the Pilot that much more capable.

Space and Cargo

Folks in the Middletown area looking for a big and spacious family vehicle should check out the Honda Pilot. It has seemingly endless space, with room for up to eight passengers to sit comfortably and loads of cargo space. There’s no change between the 2024 and 2025 model years, so you will still get a cavernous 21.8 cu.ft. of space behind the third row of seats. This is plenty if you’re on carpool duty, have lots of kids but need to fit your groceries in, or any number of other applications. When you lower the back row of seats, you create 59.5 cu.ft. of space, and if you need more room, you can lower the second row as well! This frees up 111.8 cu.ft. of space, perfect if you need to fit your Christmas tree or are planning to do some DIY projects with bulky or long equipment. The 2025 Honda Pilot is truly versatile in its design.

A red 2025 Honda Pilot is shown rounding a corner.

Discover the 2025 Honda Pilot

Honda is continually innovating and upgrading its lineup of vehicles, and the 2025 Honda Pilot is no exception. This model year features the return of the top-of-the-line Black Edition trim level so drivers can get peak elegance in their family-friendly ride. Performance, capability, and overall seating and cargo space remain at the Pilot’s high standard. You won’t want for cargo area in this vehicle! You can stick all your kids in the back, relax in the comfortable seats, and hit the road on your next adventure!

At Middletown Honda, we know all about the Honda Pilot from our years of providing the local community with dependable vehicles. We can help answer all of your questions, give you insights and advice you might not even have known you needed, and guide you through the car-buying process. The Honda Pilot has been chosen by countless New York drivers with families looking for a versatile and stylish SUV. Let us help you on your way to finding the same in a new 2025 Honda Pilot! If you’re in the market for a new SUV, we want to be your Honda dealer in Middletown!


[a] MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,395 destination charge, and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $455 charge for premium colors.

[b] 19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/25 highway/21 combined mpg rating for non-TrailSport AWD trims. 18 city/23 highway/20 combined mpg rating for TrailSport. Based on 2025 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.