Cincinnati, Ohio ? Completing Honda?s total SUV renaissance the all-new Honda Pilot joins the recently introduced HR-V and the refreshed and all time best-selling SUV, the CR-V. This lineup now means Honda has all the latest SUVs at a price and size to fit the requirements of nearly every SUV shopper.
The boxy second-generation Pilot is replaced with a sophisticated body style, sleek muscular lines, broad grille with integrated headlights and even standard LED headlights on the top model. A product of intensive wind-tunnel tuning and weight saving engineering, the slick 2016 Honda Pilot is 3.5-inches longer and weighs about 300 pounds less than the previous model.
Honda?s 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine from the EarthDreams? Technology collection powers all variations of the Pilot. The completely re-engineered engine is rated at 280 hp and has direct injection and a Variable Cylinder Management? system which invisibly shuts off three cylinders when the engine load is relaxed, like on flat roads or ?coasting? down hills.
The 2016 Honda Pilot pricing starts $30,875, including the destination charge, for the front-wheel drive LX and then steps up to $41,900 for the Touring. All-wheel drive adds $1,800 and Honda Sensing package is a bargain for $1,000 extra on the EX and EX-L models. The new Elite trim level is priced $47,300 and includes the AWD, Honda Sensing and everything Honda offers. There are a couple of dozen aftermarket accessories available too.
The original Pilot was a very good SUV, but not overly exciting. That?s all changed with the 2016 Honda Pilot, which adds new spice and significant improvement in styling and technologies. Honda now has a trilogy of top SUVs with the right size for every shopper.