With a flexible and spacious rear seats, high-tech safety features, fuel efficient engines, a comfortable ride, and a sophisticated all-wheel drive, make the 2017 Honda Pilot a strong contender in the three-row crossover class. Its release date should be expected in early 2017, according to various reports.
Big and blocky exterior wise, and spacious and comfortable interior wise, the new Pilot is perhaps one of the best family-friendly crossover in the market thanks to Honda’s unique engineering and designs.
It comes with a more traditional look than the previous generation pilot which tried a little too hard to look something it wasn’t, at least according to some opinions. If the new changes and updates we are seeing on the new model are anything to go by, then the Pilot will certainly be on its way to setting the benchmark for other vehicles in the segment.
It has a new styling that more closely matches the smaller CR-V, and is certainly a better choice for a three-row crossover than before. A lot of effort has been spent by Honda in trying to rejuvenate its interior. The result is simply excellent. Once you get seated on the comfortable and supportive seats, an array of audio and climate controls are offered on the central display. Entertainment and convenience features are also available on the standard 8” touchscreen.
The rest of the cabin is stuffed with upscale and soft-touch acoustic surfaces that also double up as sound-deadening materials. Some of the features worth your while include ventilated and heated seats, a heated tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, lane-departure mitigation and warning system, and forward collision warning.
The Pilot steers and handles better thanks to suspension upgrades done beneath its hood. Further weight reductions should be expected as lightweight materials have extensively been used during its construction. The ride is smooth and is befitting of a luxury car, although the handling can’t be categorized as sporty yet. Stability and traction is superb thanks to the controlled and sophisticated AWD system.
The result of these changes and improvements is expected to make the Pilot more appealing and compelling in its category. However, the segment offers several other strong contenders such as the 2017 Toyota Highlander, which is our top-rated SUV and is highly recommended for anyone shopping for a large crossover.
Others include the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse, the stylish and versatile, wagon-like 2017 Ford Flex, and the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe. At the end of the day, you ultimately have to make a decision according to your priorities. But even in the face of these unforgiving bogeys, the 2017 Honda Pilot is nonetheless a well-rounded vehicle with a reputation for high-resale values and reliability than any of its rivals.
Engine Specs – 2017 Honda Pilot
Beneath the bonnet of every 2017 Honda Pilot is a 3.5L V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission system or the optional nine-speed automatic for upper trims. The front wheel drive is standard across the board, but the AWD is available as an option for those who need extra traction.
Effectiveness can also be optimized especially in low traction scenarios by switching on any of the available suspension settings: Snow/ Mud, and Sand.
Honda’s estimates for the 2017 Honda Pilot fuel economy ratings stand at 27/19/22 mpg on the highway/city/combined with the FWD model equipped with a six-speed, and 27/20/23 mpg for that with a nine-speed auto and FWD mode.
Offered Trims – Honda Pilot
The eight-passenger 2017 Honda Pilot crossover SUV is offered in LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite trim levels. The capacity however reduces to seven if you opt for the Elite trim model which comes equipped with second-row captain’s chairs.
Interior Review & 2017 Honda Pilot Exterior Pictures
Some of the accessories to expect include a seven-speaker sound system, four-zone climate control, active noise cancellation, 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, apple carplay, Pandora internet radio, 20-ich wheels, and xenon headlights.
Price & 2017 Honda Pilot Release Date
Recent reports allege the 2017 Honda Pilot release date should be expected early 2017. As for its price, the SUV will go for sale for an MSRP that starts from $30,145. We are working on the available details about its lease terms, and the same shall be updated once they are ready.
Photos – Gallery