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The Honda Pilot is a midsize SUV introduced in 2003. It is a three-row, front- or all-wheel drive model powered by a V6 engine. Offering room for seven or eight, the Honda Pilot is one of the best-selling models in its segment.

2016 to Present: Honda Pilot

Beginning with the 2016 model year, Honda introduced the third-generation Pilot, which is the largest SUV in the automaker’s lineup. Honda offers the Pilot in LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite trim levels. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available for all models except for the Elite, which gets all-wheel drive as standard equipment.

Each Honda Pilot is powered by a 3.5-liter, V6 engine making 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. All LX, EX, and EX-L editions are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Touring and Elite editions are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The 2016 Honda Pilot is EPA-rated as high as 20/27 mpg city/highway.

The Honda Pilot features a horizontal grille, wraparound lighting assemblies, a pronounced lower grille and available fog lights. Upper and lower character lines grace its profile, and higher trim levels include rocker panel trim. Each model comes equipped with alloy wheels set within all-season tires.

The Pilot’s beltline rises near the rear axle and meets the rear liftgate. A rear spoiler, wraparound tail lamps and chrome embellishments are present. Roof rails, acoustic glass and a power liftgate are available.

The interior offers a generous 152.9 cubic feet of passenger space. All models offer seating for eight, except for the Elite edition, which offers room for seven. The Pilot Elite replaces the second-row bench seat with a pair of captain’s chairs. The storage space behind the third-row seat measures 16.5 cubic feet. There’s 46.8 cubic feet behind the second row and 83.8 cubic feet behind the first row. Towing capacity is 3,500 pounds for front-wheel drive models and 5,000 pounds for all-wheel drive models.

All Pilots come equipped with keyless entry, push-button start, power accessories, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, air conditioning, map lights across all three rows, and a cargo light. Trim level upgrades include three-zone climate control, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 115-volt power outlet and ambient lighting.

At least nine to as many as 15 beverage holders are present, as well as up to three 12-volt outlets (one for each row). A seven-speaker audio system is standard and a 10-speaker audio system is available. Bluetooth connectivity, an auxiliary input jack and multiple USB ports are included. Some models include SiriusXM satellite radio, Pandora Internet Radio and navigation.

The Honda Pilot comes standard with a rearview camera, and there are a number of optional safety features. This SUV is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award recipient.

Chief competitors for the Honda Pilot include the Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, Dodge Durango, Toyota Highlander, Buick Enclave, Ford Flex, Mazda CX-9 and Hyundai Santa Fe.

Earlier Honda Pilot Models

The first-generation Honda Pilot was offered from 2003 to 2008. That model is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 240 to 255 horsepower, depending on the model year. It comes paired with a five-speed automatic transmission.

The second-generation Honda Pilot was offered from 2009 to 2015. That model is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 250 horsepower. It also comes paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. In 2013, Honda refreshed the Pilot, adding standard features like a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port and an 8-inch color display screen in the center stack.