2021 Honda Pilot: Why it’s the Best SUV for Road Trips

The road-trip season has arrived. Hallelujah! Before you start planning a route and booking a hotel for the family, you’ve gotta ask yourself one important question: Is your vehicle ready for such a journey? If the answer is “no” (or even “probably not”), a new SUV might be in your future. 

Now comes the task of researching the best SUV for family road trips—and there are quite a few of ‘em. But for the money, we feel like the new Honda Pilot is your best bet. It’s large enough for a crew of eight, has high-end comfort from front to back, and comes packed with tech that makes even the longest cross-country trip fly by. What’s not to like about Honda’s minivan alternative? Nada.

Here are a few of the reasons why the 2021 Pilot is our choice for “Best SUV for Traveling.”

Seating for Up to 8

Honda Pilot Cabin

Anyone looking for the most comfortable SUV for road trips needn’t look any further than their Honda dealership. The 2021 Honda Pilot offers ample space and available leather seats for up to eight riders, or you can opt for business-class treatment and choose 2nd-row captain’s chairs that cut passenger capacity down one. 

Rear Entertainment System

Best SUV Entertainment System

If you’ve ever been on a long-distance flight with kids, you know that entertainment is a must. The same can be said about road trips. As such, the best SUV for long trips has something to keep the kids engaged, like Pilot’s rear entertainment system (RES). The RES streams audio apps and DVDs/Blu-ray™ Discs, and users can plug their earbuds in to keep cabin noise to a minimum. 


New Honda Pilot CabinTalk

With an extraordinary list of features that ensure every getaway feels like you’re actually getting away, the new Pilot SUV is suited to become any parent’s best buddy. Just look at Honda’s CabinTalk in-vehicle PA system: Simply push a button on the touchscreen to activate CabinTalk, then speak to all rear-seat passengers as the pilot of your Pilot. Your voice will be projected through the rear speakers as well as any attached Rear Entertainment System headsets. 

Panoramic Moonroof

2021 Honda Pilot Moonroof

It may not be written in stone, but there’s a good rule that any parent should follow when buying an SUV for traveling: Look for a good moonroof. Seriously, the best SUV for cross-country road trips must have a moonroof—no exception.

The new Honda Pilot includes such a moonroof (one-touch power) as well as an available panoramic roof that offers mid- and third-row passengers an expansive view of the sky. If you plan on going stargazing in Arizona this summer, the Pilot makes for an excellent Enterprise. Engage!


Honda Pilot WiFi

No matter how you cut it, our lives revolve around our phones, tablets and laptops. Thanks to AT&T, you’re able to turn your Pilot into a mobile internet hotspot with its available 4G LTE Wi-Fi* connection. Now everyone can binge streamable shows and stay connected to the outside world, even when you’re 1,000 miles away from home.

Excellent MPG

2021 Honda Pilot Fuel Economy

If you’re searching for the best suv for traveling long distances with the family, you’ll be looking closely at MPG. We’ll save you the time and energy: Pilot beats many of the usual suspects in fuel economy. Its EPA-estimated MPG rating equals 20 city/27 highway, for a combined 23 mpg (2WD)*; AWD Pilots return 19 city/26 highway, for a combined 22 mpg*. 

How does that compare to the other large SUVs in the segment? The Pilot AWD Touring beats the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas R-Line (18 combined mpg), Kia Telluride SX AWD (24 highway mpg), Chevy Traverse Premier AWD (20 combined mpg), and Hyundai Palisade AWD (24 highway mpg). 

The Best SUV Accessories

Everyone knows that a long road trip goes better with accessories. Honda Pilot plays the “SUV Accessories” game better than most other 8-seaters. From cargo organizers to crossbars to stain-resistant seat covers, these are a few must-have SUV accessories we recommend.

Cargo Bin Dividers

Honda Pilot Cargo Bin Dividers

Obsess over packing your SUV for a trip? Put everything in its place with Pilot’s rear cargo bin and divider system. 

Roof Rack Cargo Box

Honda Pilot Roof Cargo Box

Not enough room in the back? No problem! Equip an OEM cargo box onto the roof rack crossbars and you’ll be ready to go.

Car Seat Covers

Best Car Seat Covers for Honda Pilot

The daily wear and tear on your Pilot can be brutal—now just imagine how much more use your seats will get on a long trip. With OEM Honda seat covers installed, you can avoid dealing with spills, stains, dog hair, and who knows what else.  


Best Tent for Honda Pilot SUV

Preparing for an Arizona camping trip? Make life easier with a Honda Pilot tent that attaches directly to the SUV’s rear liftgate. It’s comparably priced to your typical camping tents, and there’s no denying how useful it is to have direct access to Honda Pilot’s 2nd-row USB ports and 12-volt power outlet in the cargo area.

All OEM Honda accessories can be ordered at a Honda dealer near you.

Shop Honda Pilot Offers in Arizona

Before your long trip, make a short one to any of our Valley Honda Dealers to check out the new Honda Pilot. To make it worth your while, we’re offering several Honda Pilot deals that will make it cheaper to own one of the best SUVs for family road trips. If you’re looking for a good SUV at a good price, Pilot seems like a no-brainer.

Browse our Honda special offers in Arizona this summer, and don’t forget to request a quote on a new Pilot in Phoenix. We have 10 Honda dealerships serving the Sunshine State, including Prescott, Scottsdale, Tempe, Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Peoria, Avondale, and Surprise. Find your nearest Valley Honda Dealers and start your next adventure on the right foot.


Drive responsibly. Wi-Fi hotspot intended for passenger use only. Some state laws prohibit the operation of handheld electronic devices while operating a vehicle. For safety reasons, only pair devices and launch applications when the vehicle is safely parked. Coverage not available in all locations. 4G LTE Wi-Fi only available on certain models. Requires AT&T data plan.

20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2021 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.