Third generation Honda Pilot was revealed at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. 2016 Honda Pilot is much different than its predecessors and carries a shape which is fitting of its wagon-like ride. SUV crossover has finally said goodbye to a boxy body which it carried with itself for years.
Under the Hood
New 3.5L i-VTEC V6 engine now powers the Pilot. Mid-size, three-row crossover’s exact specs are still shrouded in mystery, but Acura MDX which shares the powertrain with it, delivers 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive can also be ordered across the board. Moreover, new Pilot offers couple of transmission choices as well. If base 6-speed automatic doesn’t suit your needs, you can upgrade to 9-speed automatic gearbox which should help you save some fuel along the road.
Design – Inside and Outside look
2016 Honda Pilot can now definitely steal larger part of the market thanks to its new, more contemporary design. However, it will likewise lose most of its previous admirers which is a double-edged sword. We’ll have to wait and see if this risk was worth taking. Pilot has shed 300 pounds, but it also grew in size at the same time. Additional three and a half inches of overall length have all gone to the third row which makes mid-sizer even more family-friendly. Although grille still consists of stripes, their number has been reduced, and their shape revised. Uppermost stripe even cuts through the headlamps. Out back, Pilot is pretty much like any modern crossover, with its large tailgate and raised bumper.
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All seats can be folded down, and second row seats can be folded individually too, which gives you more options in passenger/cargo balance. Cabin has a new layout which doesn’t have almost anything in common with the outgoing model. Unconventional shape of previous Pilot has been completely discarded, and dual screen display wasn’t appointed as well. Touch screen is positioned at the top of the dash, between couple of angular airvents. Base models are furbished in cloth, while upper tiers offer leather upholstery.
Feature list is rich indeed, and apart from Bluetooth, navigation and USB ports, you can also tick the box next to the rear seat entertainment system which features a roof-mounted screen. LaneWatch is present in Pilot as it is in pretty much any other Honda, and is complemented by other advanced safety systems like blind spot monitors, multi-angle rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, lane keeping assist and a rear cross traffic alert.
2016 Honda Pilot Price & MPG
New model should definitely be more fuel-efficient, but by how much, we still don’t know. Expect 21 mpg combined to rise by at least one point or even more with the new, 9-speed gearbox. $30,000 to $40,000 should remain the price range in which you’ll be able to a Pilot of your own.
2016 Honda Pilot has finally closed one chapter of its life and turned the page. New model doesn’t have distinctive boxy design and unconventional interior. It is more in-tune with currently popular vehicles, but there’s a risk of it becoming just like any other of its opponents.