Since its inception in 2002, the Honda Pilot series of mid-sized SUVs has managed to stir up quite some attention among car enthusiasts. Initially, the only other crossover SUV made by the Japanese auto manufacturer was the CR-V. Now, in its third generation, the series still maintains its essence and values that have made it a favorite of many. Here is what we can expect with the 2017 Honda Pilot;
2017 Honda Pilot – Improved Body and Interior:
Though its interior has been thoroughly re-imagined, the 2017 Honda Pilot maintains its interior configuration and continues to comfortably accommodate up to 8 people. The entertainment system is up to market standards and includes high-definition multimedia speakers and an 8-inch display screen powered by android. Passengers traveling in the rear will not have to suffer through boredom on a long journey with the car`s 9-inch ceiling display.
The first thing you might notice when looking at the 2017 Honda Pilot`s exterior is that it is slightly bigger than its predecessors with an extra 1.8 inches in wheelbase and 3.5 inches in length. Surprisingly, the increase in size was not accompanied by an increase in weight as the car is 309 pounds less heavy compared to the previous model. The exterior is sleek as opposed to its boxier predecessors with the front grill being redesigned to enhance air intake to the engine. Lighting is ambient with optional LED headlights that automatically switch between high and low beam, LED daytime running light and LED brake lights topped up by a panoramic roof.
2017 Honda Pilot – Engine Offerings and Safety Package:
The 2017 Honda Pilot will roll out with a 3.5 liter V6 i-VTEC petrol unit which will generate about 280 hp. For additional engine efficiency, it comes equipped with a VCM system that is designed to switch off two or more of the six cylinders when they are not in use. The result? Unrivaled fuel efficiency where preliminary results show that the car uses 16 to 26 mpg(miles per gallon). The car dashes 0 – 60 mph in 6.1 seconds which is a 0.8-second increase from its predecessors. Transmission comes in two varieties; a 6 speed and 9-speed transmission gearbox with four operating modes; standard, snow, mud and sand.
After conducting a study, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) concluded that death rates for people driving or traveling in a Pilot were among the ten lowest among all car models in their final report. The 2017 Honda Pilot uses Honda`s Advanced Compatibility Engineering System which comes with a wide array of high-tech safety features that helped it boost its scores in the IIHS crash test. It stops from 70 mph in a mere 180 feet.
2017 Honda Pilot – Price, Release Date and Rivals:
Though there has been no official release date for the 2017 Pilot, it is expected to roll out this summer judging by the manufacturers typical release schedule. Prices are expected to be a little higher than its predecessors soaring up to $32,000.
Always meeting expectations, the Pilot series didn’t require a rethink, just some refinement. The fact that the third generation Pilot has been completely overhauled to meet customer and market demands is a testament to the manufacturer’s dedication to the series.