Some have said the Pilot is the epitome of a spacious and comfortable third-row SUV. Some have said the Pilot is the perfect non-minivan-van. Everyone says the Pilot is a refined and well-built SUV that truly shines in long distance travel. Whether you’re taking a day trip to our local covered bridges or skipping over the state line to take in the sites along the Ohio River, you cannot go wrong if you’re riding in your Pilot.
After a surprisingly long period of only minor changes, the Pilot was finally completely redesigned for 2016. Styling is totally new, inside and out. The crossover adds a long list of new features and options, along with some powertrain updates. It is looking and being reviewed as one of the best family-friendly third-row SUVs money can buy.
Despite its large size, the 2016 Pilot managed to shed up to 300 pounds from the previous model years; much of that weight saving comes from an all-new 3.5 liter V-6 engine and available new 9-speed transmission. The Pilot's fuel-economy rating is excellent, coming in at 20 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Not much difference between that and a minivan - and you’re riding so much more stylishly. Drivers have even reported up to as high as 28.6 mpg on the interstate.
At speeds between 40 and 80 miles per hour the Pilot shines; quiet, smooth and equipped with refinement and quality similar to an Acura. The Pilot really gives a sense of being constructed with care and a sense of excellence just a notch above other third-row SUVs, it is a Honda after all.
Owners have been highly impressed with the Pilot's driving experience, praising virtually everything from the engine power to the ride quality and handling. You will find plenty of power under the hood without a lot of engine noise and with an impressive lack of body roll when going around corners. Though the interior has been the emphasis in this redesign, the styling of the exterior has drawn high marks. The boxy look of previous iterations has been replaced by a more dynamic, modern appearance. On the outside, the new crossover is about 3.5 inches longer than previous models; the added space translates into more cargo room on the inside.
The first reaction when checking out the Pilot interior is that it feels like a nice minivan. That means spaciousness and comfort; the two things that matter most in a family SUV where you're looking to be riding for long periods of time. No better compliment for a car in this class.
The functional controls are handsome and rather upscale. The control layout and the push-button transmission frees up room in the center console. And, about that center console. Honda calls it a Tech Locker, you can hide and store your purse, laptop, phone, and other devices. When it’s closed, the compartment acts as an awesome little shelf with easy access for the front passengers.
The numerous bins and holders on each door, up front, plus second- and third-row storage, make road trips clutter-free! Everything now has a place. Another of the nice new features is the push-button second-row seat, which allows easy access to the third row. So easy the kids can do it themselves, even the third row is easy to fold up and down.
With seating for up to 8 people, the five USB charging ports throughout the cabin will be sorely needed. There’s also a standard 110-volt household-style plug for even more power options. And no one will have to fight for a cup holder with twice as many as seats.
Interior room is the one area where vans have typically held the advantage over SUVs, so the Pilot with its cavernous - and clever - interior space for both passengers and cargo eliminates that holdback. Where you might detect it falling a little short of the minivan is the absence of sliding doors and the lowered floor. If that is a non-issue for you, then there is nothing to hold you back from making this vehicle your extraordinarily viable family-car alternative to a minivan.
As for warranty length, the Pilot offers 3 years or 36,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage, along with 5 years or 60,000 miles of powertrain protection.
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on 08/17/2016 at 12:34 PM