With an MSRP from $29,670, the Honda Pilot comes available in front-wheel drive or a four-wheel drive system that Honda calls “Variable Torque Management.” The Pilot is recognized for durability and quality as well as a smooth driving experience with predictable handling. It is a crossover SUV that marries power to comfort, with available seating up to eight passengers, unit body construction, and a fully independent suspension. All of the elements work together to make the driver and passengers feel more secure as the Pilot securely and safely maneuvers through tricky weather and tough driving situations.
Introduced in 2002, the Honda Pilot has been through two series upgrades, with the first generation setting the tone for the line’s main goals: power and performance. One of the primary draws for drivers is the capable off-road system that the Pilot incorporates via torque management all-wheel drive with locking differential, a grade logic system, and hill start assistance. Changes to the model give the second-generation Honda Pilot the capability to wade through 19" of water.
The engine backing this up is a beefy 3.5-liter V6 married to a five-speed automatic transmission. Despite being so big, the Pilot actually has decent fuel economy thanks to variable cylinder management technology, which gives the engine the fuel it needs and nothing more. Highlights of the newest model Honda Pilots include a number of information and entertainment amenities designed to keep you connected and your ride enjoyable. On the Intelligent Multi-Display system you can control the multi-CD system, Bluetooth streaming, and use voice commands to cue up songs. You will not have to worry about getting lost—or late—with GPS-connected Navigation with FM Traffic. Kids or other passengers in the rear seat can take control of their own comfort with built-in window sunshades and climate control.
When you walk around the Pilot, you will find functional design with contemporary touches. A basic no-nonsense boxy construction has recent updates in the grille and headlights, and in choices of body color, while roof rails and fog lights on upper trim levels can add a sportier look. Another cool and convenient feature--you can operate the power liftgate remotely with your key fob or a button inside the driver’s area.
Built for power and the long-haul, the Honda Pilot is an SUV for those who dream of a truck but love the convenience of an SUV. Today’s families, with busy schedules and lots of gear, will match up well with the space and safety features that come standard in every Pilot. Drivers with big loads who also need a strong engine and the ability to take on difficult terrain will appreciate this vehicle for its rough and ready construction.
HONDA PILOT SAFETY RATINGS
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2014 Honda Pilot five out of five stars for side crash worthiness and a four-star rating for overall safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Pilot a “Good” rating (its highest rank) for moderate front overlap and front test results.
Safety features on the new Honda Pilot include dual-stage multiple front airbags, three-row side curtain airbags with rollover control, electronic stability control, and tire-pressure monitoring. In addition, if a sufficient rear-end impact occurs, the front row active head restraints engage instantly to move up and forward, reducing the likelihood of neck injury.
NOTEWORTHY ABOUT THE HONDA PILOT
Car and Driver magazine named the Honda Pilot its Best Large SUV from 2003 through 2008. Intellichoice named it the Best Value of the Year.