With 2016 around the corner, Honda launches the third generation of its flagship SUV, the Honda Pilot. Now that the Pilot is one of the newest to Honda’s fleet, it comes with all the latest comfort features and technology the brand has to offer. The previous model was big and bulky which didn’t give the image of a family size crossover but the new shape is much more appealing with one of a kind curves running along the side. The Pilot has distinct looks with its new LED lights, which definitely turns heads as the big beast roles by. This will give the very successful brand a chance to come back in the Sport Utility Market and give a great competition for its rivals.
The truck comes available in many different trim levels depending on ones requirements but all come standard with the same engine which is a 3.5L V6. This engine puts out 280HP and 262lb-ft of torque. That is 30HP more and 9lb-ft of torque more than its predecessor. Even though the engine puts out more power Honda claims the all- new Pilot is more fuel-efficient than its previous models. All trim levels come with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission but for those who want the full package and go with the top of the line Touring trim get treated with a class first 9-speed automatic transmission. The base Pilot comes with Front Wheel Drive but All Wheel Drive is an available option. The intuitive AWD system in the Honda Pilot can move power from front wheels to back wheels but also from the left side of the vehicle to the right side.
When it comes to safety, Honda is a brand that equips even their base trim levels with a decent amount of technology, some being traction and stability control, front and side airbags and even a rear-view camera. Honda also offers their “Honda Lanewatch” blind spot camera in the EX and EX-L trim levels. In the Touring line Honda jam packs it with every bit of safety technology it offers, which includes front and rear parking sensors and the Honda Sensing Package. The Honda Sensing Package, which replaces the Honda Lanewatch and equips the SUV with safety features like forward collision warning, lane departure warning and forward lane mitigation system that brakes the care itself.
Sitting into the cabin of the all-new Honda Pilot, one can expect to realize the spacious interior with many sitting space for customers. It resembles the inside of the minivan with a lot of storage and much more space for third row passengers. Talking about the third- row access has been easier than ever and with a push of a button the second-row seats will tilt and slide-forward to give access to the rear seats. The old Pilot had a dashboard made of hard plastic but with the new model the interior has many soft touches around in the interior including the dashboard and door panels. The new Pilot gets Honda’s new infotainment system, which is an all touch system and has no buttons. However, the climate is controlled by physical buttons and touch knobs. Also new for 2016, consumers can opt for a panoramic sunroof, which lets ample amount of light into the cabin. It would be an understatement to say the all-new interior of the 2016 Honda Pilot will give its rivals a very good competition. With so much new stuff the brand offers in the Honda Pilot, competitors will have to come out with something much more than unique to keep up with brands flagship SUV.
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