The Honda Pilot is offered in five different trim levels: LX, EX, Touring and Elite. The key difference between these models is the range of convenience features and luxury appointments offered. Across the entire lineup, powertrain offerings are essentially the same, with front-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive variants of each model.
All Pilots are powered by a 280-horsepower 3.5L V6 i-VTEC engine that utilizes variable cylinder management to allow the engine to run on just three or four cylinders when cruising or coasting in order to save fuel. This V6 is the workhorse of Honda's lineup and allows smooth, strong acceleration, even with a heavy load. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard while the Touring and Elite models get a 9-speed.
Honda's 4-wheel drive system is called VTM-4 (variable torque management). It automatically sends more power to the rear wheels when needed. For snowy driveways or muddy trails where a slow, steady grip -- and perhaps even a little slip -- would help, the system provides a "Lock" mode that works in first or second gear, up to 18 mph.
The Pilot is laid out more like a car than a truck, and that comes through with better handling, as well as a better on-road ride than might be expected from a big SUV. The rear multi-link, front-strut layout is close to what's offered in Honda's car lineup, while 4-wheel disc brakes, a variable-displacement steering pump and low rolling-resistance tires provide relatively lean performance on the road, with just a bit of added ruggedness. The rear suspension is mounted on a subframe, which helps isolate noise and vibration and acoustic glass helps keep out wind and road noise.
Inside, the Pilot's three rows of seating are laid out well enough to accommodate adults in all three rows, although the tallest passengers are best in the front two rows. The second and third rows have folding seatbacks and feature a 60/40 split, with cargo volume expanding to 87 cubic feet behind the front seats if everything's folded down.
Standard equipment on base Pilot LX models includes a 200-watt 7-speaker audio system with a subwoofer and USB input and remote keyless entry.
EX models add automatic headlights, fog lamps, dual-zone climate control, proximity entry, and an upgraded audio system that features Bluetooth, an 8-inch touchscreen interface and smartphone integration.
Touring models are only available with all-wheel drive and include the 9-speed transmission, 20-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof, heated power-adjustable front seats, adaptive cruise control, 3-zone climate control and an integrated navigation system.
The top-of-the-line Elite adds rain-sensing wipers, heated and ventilated seats, second-row captain's chairs and a heated steering wheel.
The automaker's new Honda Sensing systems package, which is available across all trims, includes a suite of safety-oriented systems that include a blind spot sensor, lane keeping assist, back-up camera and collision detection sensors.
Other options include leather seats, navigation and reat-seat entertainment on all but the LX.
Three Rows Of Seating
Reconfigurable Seating Layout
Ride And Handling
The Honda Pilot gets redesigned for 2016. It now features more rounded styling, a refined and modern interior and a more powerful engine than last year.
The redesigned Honda Pilot crossover utility vehicle is focused toward interior comfort and versatility. It features three rows of seating worthy of a minivan, yet it also incorporates the ruggedness of traditional SUVs. A host of new safety features is available for 2016 and it features a more powerful engine than last year and an available 9-speed transmission.
Engine: 3.5L V6 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC
Transmission: 9-Speed Automatic -inc: Shift-By-Wire (SBW) and paddle shifters
4.334 Axle Ratio
GVWR: 5,842 lbs
Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
Automatic Full-Time All-Wheel
1 Skid Plate
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
19.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
Permanent Locking Hubs
Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
Wheels: 20" Alloy
Tires: P245/50R20 102H AS
Wheels w/Machined Accents
Steel Spare Wheel
Compact Spare Tire Stored Underbody w/Crankdown
Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
Fixed Glass 2nd Row Sunroof w/Power Sunshade
Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
Roof Rack Rails Only
Front Fog Lamps
Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low Beam Daytime Running Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
Radio: AM/FM/HD Premium Audio System -inc: 540-Watt, 10 speakers including subwoofer, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, Bluetooth streaming audio, MP3/auxiliary input jack, MP3/Windows Media Audio (WMA) playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS), Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC), USB audio interface w/1.5-Amp and 2.5-Amp charging ports in front and 2.5-Amp USB charging ports in center console and 2nd-row, 8" display audio w/high-resolution WVGA (800x480) electrostatic touch-screen and customizable feature settings, HondaLink Next Generation, SMS text message function, Pandora compatibility, Song By Voice (SBV) and 2nd-row HDMI interface
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock and Steering Wheel Controls
Window Grid Antenna
2 Wireless Headphones
540w Regular Amplifier
Digital Signal Processor
SiriusXM Radio -inc: SiriusXM services require a subscription after any trial period, If you decide to continue your SiriusXM service at the end of your trial subscription, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349 to cancel, See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com, Fees and programming subject to change, XM satellite service is available only to those at least 18 years and older in the 48 contiguous United States and D.C
2 LCD Monitors In The Front and 1 LCD Row Monitor In The Rear
Entertainment System w/Blu-Ray
Heated & Ventilated Front Bucket Seats -inc: 10-way power driver's seat adjustment w/power lumbar support w/2-position memory, 4-way power passenger's seat adjustment, 1-touch 2nd-row seats, heated 2nd-row captain's chairs and head restraints at all seating positions
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