Taking the place of the last year’s boxy model, enters a sleeker, more modern 2016 Honda Pilot to the picture. But that’s just when we talk about the appearance of this, as described by Honda “mainstream three-row SUV segment”. The most significant changes however are under the hood, but we’ll come to that.
Exterior and Interior – Design
First of all, we shouldn’t oversee the fact that the exterior of the 2016 model has undoubtedly become more up scaled, sleeker and kind of muscular. Softer lines and the length bring it very close to a minivan; the front and back are where the most similarities with all the Honda CR-Vs can be seen (look here), but every resemblance to other models stop at the contouring and outline.
Everything else about this new model is unique and fresh. It comes in five trim series: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and the top-of-the-line Elite. Each one has One-Touch Turn indicators, integrated glass antenna, rear privacy glass, LED brake lights and a security system. Additionally, with the Elite model packing a panoramic roof.
The insides of the Pilot welcome you with more room and therefore more comfort. The third row seats provide a surprising amount of leg space and even more storage space when in use. The second row seats tilt forward by simply pushing a button, so no trouble there. This family friendly vehicle provides many safety features as well. There are standard antilock brakes, stability control, airbags (side curtain ones also) plus a rearview camera. On the other hand the Elite model adds a forward collision warning and a collision mitigation system with automatic braking.
An interesting addition to the look from the inside is a ‘locker’ in the center console suitable for fast food storage, purses, anything that might get in your way while driving. For those interested in tech specs, here are few: 8 inch touchscreen is in charge of communication, navigation and, what kinds might be most thrilled about-entertainment. You will be also glad to find out that the interface is now simpler, Android operating system.
The Engine range
Moving on to performance info, and as already mentioned, there are the most significant improvements. It does pack a standard 3.5 liter V-6, but upgraded in many ways. Cylinder deactivation technology and stop/start ignition, the transmission went from five-speed to six-speed with a newly added possibility of nine-speed one (for Touring and Elite), first time for Honda.
The 2016 Honda Pilot is actually smaller and lighter this time, which benefits more horsepower, and according to Honda it goes to 280, with 262 pound-feet of torque, adding a towing capacity of 5000 lbs.
Estimated mpg is 22 (19 city/27 highway). Another thing to mention is the possibility of an optional all-wheel drive, besides the standard front-wheel one. On higher trim editions there are possible modifications for mud, sand and snow. Finally, the 2016 Honda Pilot goes from 0 to 60 mph in 8 sec., with a top speed of 130 mph.
2016 Honda Pilot Price
Arriving in summer 2015, with a price for the LX starting at 29.995$, For the EX 32.430$, the EX-L 35.905$, Touring 41.020$ and finally Elite at a price of 46.420$.
The key opponents: Toyota Highlander and Chevrolet Traverse.