The 2021 Honda Pilot three-row crossover SUV now comes with a 9-speed automatic across the lineup and a new Special Edition trim. The 9-speed that had exclusively been on top trims now replaces the 6-speed automatic on the outgoing entry-level models and comes with paddle shifters and automatic stop/start.
The 9-speed is marginally more efficient with an EPA rating of 20 mpg city, 27 highway, 23 combined in front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive loses 1 mpg. The 6-speed in FWD was 19/27/22 mpg.
The 2021 Pilot starts at $33,370, including destination fee, a $600 increase due to the uprated transmission and dual-zone climate control on the base LX model. All-wheel drive adds $2,000 across the lineup, except on the Elite and Black Edition models that come standard with AWD.
In addition to the 9-speed transmission and 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6, standard equipment on the 2021…