The Honda Pilot is an eight-passenger midsize crossover SUV. Built to accommodate a wide range of consumer preferences, the rugged yet refined Pilot combines the power of a sedan with the plush and spacious interior of a SUV. For 2013, the Pilot offers a wide range of tech features, including an 8-inch multi-information display and a seven-speaker audio system. The Honda Pilot SUV models include the LX, the EX, the EX-L and the top level Touring.
Horsepower, Torque and Fuel Economy
All trims are fitted with Honda’s 250 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and a automatic transmission which delivers 253 pound feet of torque, enabling the Pilot to accelerate to 60 in 8.9 seconds. We recently took a test drive to get a firsthand experience. The folks at David Hobbs Honda in Milwaukee hooked us up with a loaded Pilot Touring model, and gave us a route that included tight city driving, highway cruising, and even a curvy mountain road. We were amazed at how a vehicle of this size could handle so well. The power output seems perfect, and the way the Pilot can navigate tight spaces, as well as tight turns, you almost feel like you are in a sedan. This engine employs Variable Cylinder Management technology, which enables the Pilot to run on three, four or six cylinders depending on driving conditions. Front wheel drive is standard, and all trims have the option of all-wheel drive, which enables the Pilot to deliver superb handling on the highway as well as rough off-road terrains. Fuel economy ratings are a very good 18/25 cty/hwy MPG.
Pilot Trim Features
The base LX trim comes with standard 17-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, cruise control and an 8-inch center display screen. The EX Pilot has these features in adds more, including 18-inch alloy wheels and fog lights. The EX-L has a sunroof, a power liftgate, a power passenger seat, an optional rear-seat entertainment system as well as a voice-activated navigation system. These features are included on the Touring, which also adds roof rails, parking sensors and driver seat memory functions.
Safety and Tech Features
All Pilot trims come with such safety features as side and curtain airbags, stability and traction control and antilock brakes, and offer Bluetooth connectivity and iPod input. Thanks to its modest price tag of $30,000, and also because of its power and roominess, the Honda Pilot is currently a very popular choice for families.