Compare 2021 Honda Pilot EX-L vs 2021 Honda Pilot Touring

2021 Honda Pilot EX-L vs 2021 Honda Pilot Touring
2021 Honda Pilot EX-L 2021 Honda Pilot Touring


3.5L V6 3.5L V6


280 hp 280 hp

  MPG (City/Highway)

20/27 * 20/27 *


Not available Standard

  Rear Entertainment System

Not available Standard

  Heated Seats

Front Front and Outboard 2nd-Row

  Sound System

215-Watt Audio System with 7 Speakers, including Subwoofer 590-Watt Premium Audio System with 10 Speakers, including Subwoofer

2021 Honda Pilot EX-L vs 2021 Honda Pilot Touring

Serving Elyria, OH

The Honda Pilot has consistently been an excellent option for local SUV shoppers who need a third row of seats in a well-equipped vehicle. Locking your attention on this beautiful model is easy to do, but your next step is to make a selection from six available trim levels. As mid-level trims, the EX-L and the Touring may be the focus of your attention today. What are the differences between these options?


The performance capabilities of these Pilot trim levels are identical. Both trims have a V6, 280-horsepower engine paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. They also come with shift-by-wire, paddle shifters, eco assist, intelligent traction management, hill start assist, multiple driving modes, active noise cancellation, and many other comparable features under the hood.


Throughout the exterior, the differences between the Pilot EX-L and the Pilot Touring are subtle yet meaningful. The EX-L comes with low-beam LED headlights with auto on-off tech, a power liftgate, programmable remote entry, body-colored door handles, and acoustic glass in the windshield. The Touring adds full LED headlights with auto on-off capabilities, a hands-free function for the power liftgate, chrome-colored door handles, and acoustic glass on the side windows and the windshield.


The differences are more pronounced when you climb inside the Pilot’s cabin. The 2021 Pilot EX-L has heated front seats, leather upholstery, Honda Sensing® safety features, second-row sunshades, driver’s seat memory, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and other desired features. The Pilot Touring adds a premium sound system, a wireless phone charger, heated seats in the second row, and a rear entertainment system.

At Great Lakes Honda West, you can count on our sales representatives to support your continued trim comparison in person during your next visit. To schedule your Pilot test drive experience, contact our sales department today.

* 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.