Can You Take the 2022 Honda Pilot TrailSport out on the Trails?

It seems an odd question since ‘trail’ is n the name of the 2022 Honda Pilot TrailSport, but it is a fair question. We’ve been duped before by SUVs that wear rugged body cladding but can’t actually handle off-road driving (Here’s looking at you, Toyota RAV4). That said, Honda put some effort into making the Pilot TrailSport SUV a vehicle that can take on some of the off-road paths you’ll find.

Has the 2022 Honda Pilot TrailSport been lifted?

Light Blue 2022 Honda Pilot TrailSport SUV taking on the trails
2022 Honda Pilot TrailSport SUV | Honda

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Yes, Honda lifted the Pilot SUV for the TrailSport trim by 0.6 inches. This might not seem like much, but it could be the difference between clearing an obstacle and looking for a path around items in your path.

What does the TrailSport trim include for this Honda SUV?

Light Blue 2022 Honda Pilot TrailSport on a Dirt Road
2022 Honda Pilot TrailSport on a Dirt Road | Honda

The Honda Pilot TrailSport is new for the 2022 model year. This new SUV includes:

  • Special black-and-orange badging
  • Roof rails
  • Standard AWD
  • Lifted suspension
  • 18-inch black alloy wheels
  • All-terrain tires
  • Fender flares
  • Orange-stitched leather upholstery
  • Wireless charging
  • Navigation system
  • One-touch powered moonroof

Of course, some of the features for this Honda SUV come from lower trims, including:

  • Honda Sensing Safety Suite
    • Forward-collision warning
    • Automatic emergency braking
    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Road departure mitigation
    • Automatic high beams
  • Hands-free tailgate operation
  • Power passenger seat
  • Second-row sunshades
  • Self-dimming rearview mirror
  • Three USB ports
  • Tri-zone automatic climate controls
  • 8-inch infotainment screen
  • Satellite radio
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay

What is the powertrain offered for the TrailSport Trim Level?

Every 2022 Honda Pilot SUV uses the same powertrain. This powertrain is a 3.5-liter V6 engine attached to a nine-speed automatic transmission. This system delivers 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. If you need to tow a trailer behind the Passport TrailSport, the towing capacity is 5,000 pounds. The fuel economy for this SUV reaches 19 city/26 hwy mpg.

How much does this Honda SUV cost?

2022 Honda Pilot TrailSport Near a Lake
2022 Honda Pilot TrailSport Near a Lake | Honda

The TrailSport trim of the Pilot SUV begins at $44,310, giving you a mid-range price. For this price, you’ve got a three-row midsize SUV that can handle some light trail riding and pull a trailer filled with camping gear. This could mean years of family fun in the outdoors with this Honda SUV.

How does the Passport TrailSport differ from the Pilot TrailSport?

The Honda Passport is the smaller sibling to the Pilot SUV. These two SUVs share an engine and most features. The shorter wheelbase of the Passport makes it a more rugged off-road vehicle. The Pilot has three rows of seats compared to two for the Passport.

If you need a third row for some light off-roading, the Pilot TrailSport is the Honda SUV you want to drive. On the other hand, if you’re ready to take on some tougher off-road challenges; the Passport TrailSport could be an ideal option.

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