Unveiled in 2002 for the 1st time, the Honda Pilot is one of the most successful and popular mid-size crossover SUVs in the market nowadays. Honda made it with a focus on the North American market. The SUV has undergone design changes and new features have been added from time to time since the debut more than a decade back. The SUV shares its platforms with popular Honda models like Accord sedan, Odyssey minivan, and Acura MDX. Pilot’s introduction enabled Honda to make its presence more consolidated in the fast-growing crossover segment. It is the only three-row SUV the Japanese carmaker has. Later it was shipped to Philippines , Russia and proved to be a major success. In the 2017 Pilot, Honda has packed in several new features and made subtle changes in design.
2017 Honda Pilot – Body Styles Changes and other Options
The 2017 Honda Pilot is slightly different in dimension compared to its predecessor. It has smooth body contours, aerodynamic profile, and graceful lines. The stylish front grille is attention grabbing with 3 beams and one of them runs through the width. The new SUV features Led headlamps, a welcome upgrade from the predecessor. The bumper is also bigger and there are 3 inlet sections. The rear section is rather plain in style. The glass area is large as is the tailgate section. Overall, the exterior resembles smaller crossovers like the CR-V. Adequate usage of aluminum has resulted in reduced body weight. The 2017 Honda Pilot is going to be available in a variety of hues. The color choices are Dark Cherry Pearl, Sapphire Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Black Forest Pearl and Obsidian Blue Pearl etc.
The cabin of the 2017 Honda Pilot oozes style and refinement at every square inch. There is no denying the generous cargo capacity. The older generation’s cumbersome navigation system has been replaced with top notch Garmin system. You get five USB ports and HD rear entertainment system is optional. The seats and parts get soft leather and top quality plastic, respectively. The centre console has a multimedia system powered by Honda Connect running Android. The steering wheel has to heat and same is true of the front seats. It can accommodate up to 8 passengers. The 2017 Honda Pilot comes in 5 trims, namely- EX, LX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. When you opt for the elite, the vehicle becomes 7 seaters owing to the captain’s chairs in the middle row. The 2017 Honda Pilot has always got accolades for using latest safety and infotainment technologies in its sedans and crossovers. The new Honda Pilot 2017 is not an exception either! The safety features comprise of rear view camera, collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. You get airbags on all sides, as expected. For optimum comfort and entertainment on the move, there are features like internal zone climate control, Bluetooth, air conditioning, seven-speaker sound system. Options include satellite radio and heated front seats.
2017 Honda Pilot – Main Power Production Unit
Powering the new 2017 Honda Pilot is the 3.5-liters i-VTEC V6 engine. It produces 283 hp which is more than enough for smooth performance across varying terrains. The engine is coupled either with an a speed automatic transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission gearbox. The option for AWD is there for all models. The car can reach 60 mph from zero in less than 9 seconds which is a slight improvement from the older version. This engine has a special VCM system which leads to enhanced mileage. There are 4 driving modes available, namely- Mud, sand, snow, and standard. The city and highway mileage is about 18 and 25 MPG. The only engine that overtakes it is the 290 hp 3.3-liters V6 used in the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe. There is no word on a hybrid engine for the crossover SUV though.
2017 Honda Pilot – Price and Expected Release Date
The new 2017 Honda Pilot will become available at outlets by the 3rd quarter of 2016 or so, as per the reports. Honda will not price it too steep. The entry level trim may carry a price tag of approx $35,000 and the high-end model may be priced at $47000 or little more. Of course, you have to pay extra for additional packages. The new Honda Pilot does come with some much needed and refreshing changes to the design and the feature list is also rather enticing. The pricing strategy is also quite prudent, as it seems. However, the enhancements and new features notwithstanding, the crossover is going to face steep competition upon release. It will lock horns with rivals like 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2017 Ford Flex, 2017 Toyota Highlander and 2017 Chevrolet Traverse. The Toyota SUV is the strongest contender while the Hyundai Santa Fe sports a more powerful engine. However, the reliability and brand image of the 2017 Honda Pilot is something thousands of users count on and this may work in its favor eventually.