Honda Pilot: Another SUV Success Story

Honda Pilot

If you are thinking of moving many people at one go every other time than you can go for a minivan or a SUV. A great SUV for picking up a group of people is the Honda Pilot. Chiefly made for the American market it’s hard to deny the overwhelming success this SUV has enjoyed over the past couple of years. Looking more like an Acura than a Honda, the Pilot has a lot of great features to dispense. Coincidentally, as for its looks this could be because it has the Odyssey underpinnings, while sharing a platform with the Acura MDX.

What’s In a Name?

The Pilot is sold almost exclusively in North America. Other countries where it is sold are the Dominican Republic, Phillipines, Russia and Ukraine. Finally, it is sold as the Honda MR-V in the Middle East.

The History

The Honda Pilot was introduced in 2002 as 2003 model. It was a huge success managing to sell over 100,000 in 2004. The first Pilot was designed by Honda’s Ricky Hsu back in 1999.

The Current Model

Currently, the Pilot has reached its third generation, which was launched at the February 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Later in May it went on production and in June it went on sale.

The Variants

This 3-row mid-sized SUV comes in a number of trims:

  • LX
  • EX
  • EX-L
  • Touring
  • Elite

Honda Pilot

The Powertrain

Powering the Pilot is a 3.5L V6 that churns out 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. The power is a 30 hp upgrade on its predecessor. The engine performs excellently as it has 300 pounds less to deal with as compared to its previous model. A 6-speed auto serves the LX, EX and EX-L trims, while a 9-speed auto serves the Elite and Touring trims. As to which transmission is better the 9-speed auto offers better acceleration.

The Interior

Through clever designing the interior has been crafted to be roomier. You’ve got heated and cooled front seats and heated rear seats. The second and third row fold in seconds to give you access that much faster. You’ve also got Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, a power moonroof, an 8” touchscreen amongst other great features.

The Exterior

The appearance of the new Pilot is less box-like, and has really gone all the way to adopt streamlined curves, thus removing the former sharp edges it used to have. Also, the alloy wheels have become standard in the new model.

Our Verdict

Honda need to be commended for a job well done for the new Pilot. This car has stuck to everything that has made it irresistible to customers everywhere. The interior is spacious loaded up with tech and climate control. The exterior is visually quite sumptuous. Compared to rivals Honda is up there necking it out with the Durango no doubt. If you truly want to know that the Pilot is a great car you should look at all the awards it has received like the Kelley Blue Book’s 2016 “Best Buy Award.” Simply a car that will take you and your group/family anywhere with relative ease and comfort.

If you are thinking of purchasing a Pilot you should start to budget from $ 30,145.

The Pilot is a great SUV by all means, but does it have the lead on its competitors like the Durango or Highlander? Have your say, leave a comment.

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