Tough, practical, and well-equipped, the 2018 Honda Pilot is among the best crossover SUVs of the new model year. Back without notable changes, the Pilot holds its own as both a people mover and a light off-road vehicle. Its roomy interior can accommodate up to eight passengers, while its car-like handling make traversing city streets a breeze. There is a lot to love about the Honda Pilot even though you won't find any year-to-year technology upgrades in this year's model. That said, the Pilot's five loaded trims offer something for buyers of all different price points. Want to take the new Pilot for a test drive? If so, read on to learn more about the 2018 Honda Pilot and all of its best options.

Tough, practical, and well-equipped, the 2018 Honda Pilot is among the best crossover SUVs of the new model year…

Back without notable changes, the Pilot holds its own as both a people mover and a light off-road vehicle. Its roomy interior can accommodate up to eight passengers, while its car-like handling make traversing city streets a breeze. There is a lot to love about the Honda Pilot even though you won't find any year-to-year technology upgrades in this year's model. That said, the Pilot's five loaded trims offer something for buyers of all different price points. Want to take the new Pilot for a test drive? If so, read on to learn more about the 2018 Honda Pilot and all of its best options.

Let's start with the trims. The base LX trim comes standard with LED brake lights, Bluetooth, push-button start, 18-inch wheels, a 5-inch LCD screen and eight-passenger seating. The other EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite trim levels of the 2018 Honda Pilot get nicer progressively with additional features such as the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, LED headlights, a panoramic moonroof, remote engine start, leather upholstery, a power liftgate and an 8-inch touch screen.

The higher trim levels of the Honda Pilot get one-touch buttons, which skillfully scoot the second-row seats forward to increase accessibility to the third-row. Also, the Pilot comes with a flip-down conversation mirror that allows the driver to see everyone in the Pilot's cabin as is the case with most school buses. The Honda Pilot's sole engine is a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder unit with 280 horsepower, 262 lb.-ft. of torque, and either a six-speed or nine-speed automatic transmission, depending on your trim of choice.

While front-wheel drive is standard, Honda Pilot buyers can spec all-wheel drive in all trims. All-wheel drive comes standard in the Elite trim. Even with decent upgrades and driving hardware, the Honda Pilot is designed more toward comfort and thriftiness than ordinary driving feel. Fuel economy is 20 city mpg, 27 highway and 23 combined on the front-wheel drive or 19/26/22 on the all-wheel drive.

Some buyers are a little concerned about the safety features of the 2018 Honda Pilot. With a multi-angle reversing camera as a standard safety feature for all trim levels, Pilot buyers have to scale their budgets way up the trim lineup to get any enchantments. The EX trim is fitted with Honda's LaneWatch system, which uses a camera mounted in the right mirror for effortless maneuver when making parallel parking or right-hand turn. The Honda Sensing safety feature, which is standard on the Touring and Elite trims, comes optional on EX and EX-L trims. The safety feature bundles adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist feature, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. The IIHS independent tester agency calls the Pilot a Top Safety Pick +. In the category of family and utility transportation, Honda Pilot is a frontrunner.

The 2018 Honda Pilot is creatively nipped, tucked and knobbed to be a big family hauler. It has a child-friendly interior, high seating position, and vast cargo space suitable for suburb-dwelling families. The Pilot offers great towing capacity and an efficient 3.5-liter V-6 powerful engine. In other words, the reconfigurable interior design of the 2018 Honda Pilot provides shoppers with multiple options for cargo, people or a combination of both. Therefore, if you are looking for a three-row crossover that is focused towards safety, then the Honda Pilot is a worthy pick.