New Eyes Mean a New Top Safety Pick+ Rating for the 2019 Honda Pilot

By Justin Cupler | August 24th, 2018

Despite being only a few years removed from a full redesign, the 2019 Honda Pilot went through a significant refresh. Following that refresh, the IIHS retested the Pilot for safety and found the changes pushed it to a new level.

Visually, the 2019 Pilot boasts a new front fascia that includes a new bumper with larger fog light housings, a new grille with an updated Honda “flying wing” design, and a chrome band above the headlights, which feature newly standard LED low-beams. Around back, the updates include revised taillights with LED reverse lights. The profile shows off a new chrome strip on the rockers.

Other updates included a refinement of the nine-speed automatic transmission and making the Honda Sensing suite of safety equipment standard. While the latter is a great gesture, it doesn’t impact the IIHS safety ratings because the institute already considers all optional safety gear in its testing process. What led to the Pilot moving from a Top Safety Pick in 2018 to the Top Safety Pick+ rating in 2019 are the all-new available LED high-beam headlights.

The 2018 Pilot offered low-beam LED headlights only, so the high-beams were halogens, resulting in an “Acceptable” rating that disqualified it from the sought-after Top Safety Pick+ rating. In 2019, the optional LED high beams fix several of the 2018 model’s nighttime left-side visibility issues. These improvements were enough to earn the 2019 Pilot a “Good” headlight rating and get the Top Safety Pick+ designation.

This makes the 2019 Pilot one of only four midsize crossovers to earn the 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ classification.

Come by Garber Honda serving Rochester, New York today to test drive the Top Safety Pick+ 2019 Honda Pilot. Want to make sure we have your favorite color in stock first? You can check out our online inventory before stopping by.

Posted in Model Highlight