The previous version of the Pilot has not been as well received as Honda hoped, so they gave their best with the 2016 Honda Pilot, which is an all-new car on a new platform, offering an all new design, a great thing considering the car was starting to lose a lot of customers. The only real drawback we see with the new model is that in design it looks a bit too much like the Odyssey, making it look more like a minivan than a crossover, which may or may not be fine, depending on the people buying the car. However, there is some science under that design because the new model should be more fuel efficient thanks to its better aerodynamics as well as roomier inside the cabin, which is all it matters for a crossover in this class.
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Release Date and Price
Just like the Odyssey, the 2016 Honda Pilot can carry up to seven people and depending on the model of choice, it can do it in perfect comfort as well which is not that common these days. In order to buy one though there is still some time to wait because the car is scheduled to be ready for sale in the fall of 2015, while the base LX model should now start at $29,995 which is marginally higher than before. The EX and EX-L models will be available for the price of $32,430 and $35,905 respectively. The Touring model will cost $41,020, while the most expensive will be the Elite, priced at $46,420.
Let’s start with the cabin of the new 2016 Honda Pilot because this is probably the most important aspect of the car. As standard it comes with seven seats which is great to have at this price. The base model only comes with good seats which offer enough comfort for seven adults but the top end version of the car comes with highly comfortable front and middle seats which are more similar to those in a luxury limousine rather than in a crossover.
On top of that, the base equipment level is really good, the 2016 Honda Pilot offering five USB sockets which can charge with up to 2.5 Amps of power, a surround audio system, a rear view camera, electric windows, automatic climate control as well as a multifunctional steering wheel. The top end model though also adds leather, satellite navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot with 4G LTE connectivity and more luxurious materials such as aluminum and real stitched leather. Interior colors options include: black, gray, beige.
2016 Honda Pilot Exterior Design
Exterior of the SUV is quite impressive as well but the rounded design which helps it with fuel consumption makes it look a bit too much like a minivan. However, if you don’t mind that then the car is actually really good, offering Xenon headlights as standard, LED tail lights, big 18-inch wheels with low rolling resistance all season tires and even black plastic wraps around the car which should protect the body from small rocks and debris. Options will include a dual exhaust system, as well as fully LED headlights and 20-inch alloys. The SUV will be available in several colors, including Black Forest Pearl, White Diamond Pearl, Steel Sapphire Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Dark Cherry Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl.
Engine, Specs, Fuel Economy
Under the hood of the 2016 Honda Pilot there is also an all-new engine borrowed from the Acura MDX. This is a 3.5L V-6 engine which is naturally aspirated and this time offers direct injection, as well as an active cylinder management system, which switches between 3- and 6-cylinder operation. This should increase the power and its fuel efficiency and early reports suggest that it will have the same output as in the Acura model, meaning it will make 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. That’s a lot more than before.
Unfortunately front-wheel drive will be standard, but an AWD system should also be available. Just like before, a manual gearbox is unfortunately unavailable, but this time the SUV should come equipped with a much better 9-speed automatic sourced by ZF, which should be both smoother as well as faster than the previous 6-speed unit. When it comes to the fuel economy, it ranges between 19-20 mpg in the city, 26-27 mpg on the highway, and 21-23 mpg on average.
So, what do you think of the new 2016 Honda Pilot? Will you be getting one? Let us know in the comments below. And also feel free to check the rest of the photos below. And don’t forget to read all about the new 2016 Honda BR-V and 2015 Honda CR-V.