Honda Pilot 2017, The 8 Seater Modern Family SUV
Although the Pilot has been a reliable workhorse, the Honda Pilot manufacturer has redesigned the 2017 model well before its release for sale worldwide. This year, power will still come from a direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 engine that features variable cylinder management and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission on the LX, EX, and EX-L models, or a nine-speed auto on the Touring and Elite models.
Honda Pilot offers a host of standard features and more in it diverse 5 trims, some of the available feature will include a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, USB port, and a 4.2-inch LCD infotainment screen. The EX builds on those features, adding Honda LaneWatch, HondaLink, larger 8-inch touchscreen, Pandora radio, power sunroof, and daytime running lights. The EX-L adds leather seats, while navigation and a rear seat entertainment system are optional. The Touring adds even more features like front and rear parking sensors, blue ambient LED lighting, roof rails, and a premium audio system. The top-of-the-line Elite features HD radio, automatic high beams, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, corner and backup sensor indicators, a panoramic sunroof, and LED headlights.
While the Pilot has seating for up to eight passengers, the Elite model replaces the second-row bench seat in favor of two captain’s chairs. Cargo space is on par with its competitors at 16.5 cubic feet behind the third row seats, 46.8 cubic feet with those seats folded, and 83.9 cubic feet with both the second and third row seats folded. However, the Elite model’s cargo space is slightly reduced by roughly an inch.
The 2017 Honda Pilot has the potential to once again earn an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, as there have been no changes from the 2016 model that achieved the designation. Standard safety features include front, side, and curtain airbags, ABS brakes, brake assist, multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, while optional features include Honda Sensing that adds collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Honda Lane Watch is standard on the EX, EX-L and Touring models, with auto high-beam headlights and blind spot monitoring with cross traffic monitoring comes standard on the Elite model.
The redesigned Pilot got rid of the sharp corner design for the predecessors, making the exterior styling more attractive. While the Pilot may look more like a crossover and less like a Suburban, the interior is reminiscent of a minivan, with one-touch second-row seats and cargo area beneath the rear load floor.
Most importantly it has conquered and it is one of the quickest three-row crossovers on the market, hitting 0-100 kmh in a 6.5 seconds as it competitor’s rug behind. Among others ,Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander.
A lot of seven-passenger SUVs spend most of their lives hauling one person, but not in my world anymore. Whether it’s entertaining friends and family or moving a whole lot of stuff, big SUVs pull their weight around here. Our long-term Pilot is no exception. Sure, the beast is all sex appeal and sportiness, but the Pilot gets a lot of love when people need to get things done. When our friends aren’t using it to tour deserts or to haul equipment and food for picnics, staffers are making airport runs, taking groups out, moving, and in the case of the boss, hauling surfboards without having to mount a roof rack. Hope you will all enjoy the maiden ride.