- Honda is adding an LX trim to the 2023 Pilot lineup, dropping the base price significantly.
- The LX starts at $37,295, while the one-level Sport costs just over $40,000.
- We expect to see the 2023 Pilot LX begin arriving at Honda dealers soon.
The new 2023 Honda Pilot joins the CR-V and Civic in reintroducing the base LX trim. The addition of this trim level, which is now listed on Honda’s media website but has yet to begin reaching dealers, drops the starting price by $3,200, bringing the three-row SUV under $40,000.
For $37,295, the 2023 Pilot LX has the same mechanical package as the rest of the lineup, with standard front-wheel drive, a 10-speed automatic transmission and a 285-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine that now has a DOHC. set up All-wheel drive is a $2100 option for the LX.
The base Pilot does do without many features from the higher trims, as it comes standard with a smaller 7.0-inch touchscreen and doesn’t have as many driver assistance features as the one-step-up $40,495 Pilot Sport. It also has dual-zone automatic climate control rather than tri-zone, cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, and only comes in silver, black or white. Honda has yet to release any official photos of the Pilot LX, but we expect it to look similar to the EX-L, pictured above.
Honda previously told C/D that the addition of the LX trim level to the Civic and CR-V was intended to boost production of these models, so we’ll see if the same applies to the new 2023 Pilot, which is believed to arrive in large quantities in the first few months demand will be for sale. In 2022, before the new model goes on sale, Pilot sales are down 30 percent from the year before.
Despite being raised on a steady diet of base-model Hondas and Toyotas—or perhaps because of it—Joey Capparella nonetheless cultivated an obsession with the automotive industry during his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee. He found a way to write about cars for the school newspaper during his college years at Rice University, which eventually led him to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan for his first professional auto writing gig at Car Magazine. He was part of the Car and Driver team since 2016 and now lives in New York.