|Engine Size:||3.5 L|
|Drivetrain:||Front Wheel and All Wheel|
The fully redesigned 2016 Honda SUV Pilot has gained a more traditional crossover appearance, backed up by improvements that have made this roomy, family friendly third-generation Pilot a better choice for a three-row large crossover than ever before.
Honda has placed its design emphasis on Pilot's interior. You’ll find a more modern, refined cabin that is ergonomically better. The additional leg room provided makes getting in and out, loading and riding (particularly in the third row) far more satisfactory. That being said, ride and handling are improved due to a stiffer structure made with more high-strength steel and a weight reduction of about 250 pounds. The quality of ride is worthy of a luxury car.
You’ll also find more storage spots and cup holders. Up front, a new touchscreen interface brings the Pilot technologically to up to date with its peers. The screen, standard on all but the base LX, gives the Pilot's dash a clean look.
The rest of the cabin has improvements in materials and additional acoustic features that stifle noise very effectively. Honda has also added a more sophisticated Elite model that is loaded with features like a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs, which does reduce seating capacity to seven, and a heated steering wheel. It comes packed with practically every feature as standard.
The Pilot is offered in LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and the new Elite trim levels. All seat eight people with the exception of the Elite, with its captain's chairs reduces seating to seven.
Standard features of the LX model include 18-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, air-conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, active noise cancellation, and a 60/40-split folding third-row seat. Electronic features include a 5-inch central display screen, a seven-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.
The EX model adds automatic headlights, fog lights, LED running lights, heated mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, remote engine start, the Honda Lane Watch blind-spot camera, dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera, three-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power adjustable driver seat (with two-way power lumbar), a conversation mirror, the 8-inch touchscreen interface, HondaLink smartphone-enabled features and an upgraded seven-speaker sound system with two additional higher powered USB ports, satellite radio and Pandora Internet radio control. Also included is the Intelligent Traction Management system that adds a Snow mode for the front-drive version and Snow/Sand/Mud modes with AWD.
The EX-L gets a sunroof, a power tailgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, one-touch sliding second-row seats, a four-way power adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The Honda Sensing package which is available on the EX and EX-L adds adaptive cruise control, a forward collision mitigation automatic braking system, a road departure intervention system, a forward collision warning system, a lane departure warning and intervention system. The EX-L can also be equipped with a navigation system or a rear entertainment system that includes a single overhead screen, HDMI and RCA ports, two additional USB ports for the second row, second-row sunshades and a 115-volt power outlet.
All of these EX-L options come standard on the Touring, which includes roof rails, a nine-speed automatic transmission, automatic engine start/stop, additional noise-reducing acoustic glass for the windows, front and rear parking sensors, driver memory settings, ambient interior lighting and a 10-speaker sound system.
The top-of-the-line Elite model enhances with 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, automatic high-beam headlight control, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross traffic alerts which replaces LaneWatch, automatic windshield wipers, a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs, a heated steering wheel and HD radio.
The reduced weight on the new model also brings together a pair of new transmissions and 30 extra horsepower to raise fuel economy and provide a stronger, upgraded driving experience in the Honda Pilot.