Want a car that is stylish, efficient at the same time can fit in your whole extended family comfortably, well then your Pilot is speaking to you.The Honda Pilot being a 3-row crossover can fit in 8 people more than comfortably. A 280 horsepower, 3.5 liters V-6 engine coupled with a six-speed transmission, (top variant Touring and Elite versions get a 9 speed automatic) coupled with either front two wheels or four wheels depending on the version you choose provides plenty of torque for all those tricky situations. Although this car cannot boast about itsoff-roading capabilities yet its four wheel variant is good enough for those tricky situations in snow, mud or sand. The car shines in its touring capabilities with its promised maximum fuel economy of 29 miles per gallon and its comfortable and plush suspension. The third row, although it provides plenty of room for children and alike, it won’t leave much room for their baggage which is quite common in a car of this category.
• Vehicle Class: Sports Utility Vehicle
• Curb Weight: 4054(lbs)
• Wheelbase: 111(inch)
• Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.5gallons
• Fuel Economy: 19-29mpg
• Engine: 3.5L V6 SOHC 24-Valve i-VTech
• Power: 280hp @ 6000rpm
• Torque: 262 Nm @ 4700rpm
• Transmission: 6/9 speed automatic.
• Drive Train: 2/4 WD
The company claimed fuel economy is quite accurate. With highway testing, the fuel economy turned out to be 26 miles per gallon. The Honda pilot truly shines when it is loaded with passengers and luggage. Its plush suspension provides a smooth experience and dumps out all those little bumps, thus providing a great touring experience. The interior space of the car is large enough to carry all sorts of people and stuff. For a road trip it’s good enough to carry thousands of calories worth of snacks and yet being able to recover and reach it at any time, unlike in some other cars where it vanishes into an irrecoverable hole. The entry level front wheel drive Pilot is equipped with push button start, rear view camera, adjustable tilting and telescopic steering wheel, and stereo system that have both Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The higher models have remote starting, foldable second-row seats that fold at a push of a button, ambient lighting, and climate control.
The first major con that is quite perceivable is the unrefined automatic transmission. Although the car has amazing acceleration figures, owing to the fact that it has a 280 hp engine, the engine braking caused when you take your foot off the accelerator is quite noticeable. Apart from this, it has a scratchy cruise control which tends to jump in and out quite often. The boot space after having the third row of seat is quite small at 16 cubic feet. The auto start and stop function of the car is also not calibrated properly. As a result, the car has shut down often during parking maneuvers. The huge exterior dimensions of the car can be a problem for some, especially in tight parking lots.
Honda Pilot 2016 receives a solid 3.5 stars out of 5. It has amazing cabin space and engine capacities, but its unrefined transmission makes the user a lot more to desire.