6 Ways Honda Improved the Honda Pilot
April 17 2016, The Honda Way
The New 2016 Honda Pilot is a significantly revamped version of Honda's popular three-row crossover SUV, and the improvements are noteworthy enough that it is making the Pilot a clear 2016 winner in a number of head-to-head comparisons with others in its class. Here are some of the highlights that may catch your attention:
More Style, Better Aerodynamics
Honda has made the Honda Pilot a more streamlined, muscular-looking beast, with a redesigned roofline, chrome-accented front grille and available projector-beam LED headlights, for example, that adds up to a vehicle that's more stylish than stodgy. Available 20-inch alloy wheels help with performance as well as ramp up the style meter.
Added Power, Less Fuel Consumption
The new engine included in the 2016 Honda Pilot offers a frankly irresistible combination of increased power and stingier fuel consumption. These are words we like to hear, and though just about every carmaker makes the claim on their latest models, Honda's Pilot is the real deal. The 3.5L i-VTEC V6 engine offers 30 more horsepower than before and provides plenty of punch even when your Pilot is fully loaded with people and gear. It also features available idle stop, allowing for engine shut-off when stopped and a restart when the brake pedal is released. The Variable Cylinder Management system, meanwhile, automatically switches the motor between 3 and 6 cylinders as dictated by driving conditions, further optimizing fuel economy.
Available 9-Speed Transmission with Push-Button Shifter
Driving enthusiasts will love this available feature, which infuses the automatic-transmission driving experience with some sporty exhilaration. With this option steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters give the driver more say when climbing or descending terrain.
Class-Exclusive 8th Seat
Second-row bench seats make the Honda Pilot the only vehicle in its class to be able to accommodate eight occupants, without cramping anyone's personal space and comfort. Available one-touch second-row seats and second-row captain's chairs (on Touring and Elite versions) make access a cinch and comfort a given.
The Latest Tech Features
Whether it's with entertainment, comfort or safety in mind, the tech features in the new Honda Pilot are very 2016, if not next year, especially when compared to what you get in the Pathfinder, Explorer and other competitors. Honda has left virtually nothing out of the list of standard or available tech features developed over the past couple of years when putting together its new iteration of the Pilot. Adaptive cruise control, heated steering wheel, 1st and 2nd-row seat cooling and heating, lane-keeping assist, crash mitigation and more: this year's Pilot leaves even last year's model far behind, and it's hard to imagine the 2016 model being outdated anytime soon. Good news if resale value down the road is something you consider when shopping for a car.
Cargo Space Galore
You might think the newly streamlined contours of the sexier 2016 Pilot impact the cargo space available inside, but it isn't so. Smart design, as well as folding captain's chairs and split 60/40 third row seats give you plenty of flexibility to fit in what you need to. Consider also the available reversible cargo lid to maximize passenger safety.