The latest one-stop shop for families and adventurers alike is here with refinements all around. Are you ready to welcome your new best friend to the fold?
The now-available 2016 Honda Pilot is the perfect companion to join you and your family on your summer adventures. The completely remod- elled Pilot still has everything that made its predecessor one of the most loved cars on the market, but it also comes with lots of improvements that make it more lovable than ever. What’s more, Honda has given the power train and technology suite a complete makeover to better suit every driver’s needs.The sleek exterior gives it a sporty and aerodynamic appearance, redefining ideas of how an SUV should look.
The best memories are made with a car full of people, and the Pilot gives you the option of bringing plenty of family and friends along for the ride, with seven- and eight-passenger models in the offering. Along with the heated front-row seats, the second-row seats have available heaters and other features that make the fight to sit shotgun a thing of the past. A one-touch button makes it easy to move the second row and let people in and out of the back. The third row provides more space and comfort than ever, and unlike other similar models, is accommodating for adults as well as kids. Three-zone automatic climate controls give everybody the autonomy to choose their preferred temperature. When the seats are not needed, you can simply fold them flat into the floor to create a larger cargo space.
In addition to spacious and comfortable back seats, the available Blu-ray entertainment system comes with a nine-inch display, a remote control and wireless headsets, plus an optional HDMI input to keep everybody in the car happy during long road trips. And everyone is kept safe with stability control, anti-lock brakes and hill-start assist, which keeps the brakes applied on hills to prevent the car from rolling backwards. Add to that six standard airbags and a new body structure that is designed to disperse frontal impact energy, and you have a comfortable people-mover with exceptional safety.
While the Pilot offers security, it doesn’t compromise on speed. The familiar 3.5-litre V6 engine has been refined with an increase in power to 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean you’ll have to empty your wallet at the fuel pump either. Honda’s engineers have worked hard to improve fuel economy despite the increased power, and have exceeded everybody’s expectations at up to 12.4 L/100 km in the city and 8.8 on the highway. Helping to achieve this is Honda’s very own Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), which runs the V6 in six- or three-cylinder mode to save fuel under light engine loads. Also improv- ing efficiency is a standard six-speed and an available nine-speed automatic transmission. Models with the nine-speed also come with idle-stop to save fuel at red lights and in stop- and-go traffic.
The Pilot is not only an impressive locomotive machine but also a cutting-edge tech room. The eight-inch touchscreen operates similarly to smartphones with the ability to interact with hand gestures. The Pilot is also available with HondaLink, which connects your car to your smartphone to schedule service appointments and more. Safety technologies equipped on this model are also state of the art and unprecedented, such as forward collision warnings and automatic emergency braking. These features help you avoid collisions and apply the brakes for you when danger is sensed. The Pilot can even make steering corrections to keep you from wandering out of your lane. With so many great features on offer, you’ll definitely want the Honda Pilot along for your next road trip.
Combining speed with safety and comfort
Improved fuel economy and powerful engine
The new Pilot offers 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque—without raiding your wallet at the gas pump.
Toss in bikes or a kayak, or use the flat floor to lay down an air mattress and camp comfortably in the car.
2016 Honda Pilot starting from $35,490
More info: honda.ca/pilot