If you are looking for a smart, stylish, versatile SUV with off-roading capabilities as well as great value for money, you cannot go wrong with the Honda Pilot. Comfortable and stylish interiors, ample space, and rugged performance come together to make the 2017 Honda Pilot that appeals to a wide range of buyers for a lot of reasons.
The Pilot is a three-row crossover SUV that can be a good alternative to a minivan. It comes in LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and the Elite trim levels. All trim levels are eight-seater, with the exception of the Elite, which has second-row captain’s chairs that reduce capacity to seven people. Some of the standard features include a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, a six-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a 60/40-split folding third-row seat.
The Pilot features among the top three-row SUVs, with powerful acceleration, solid braking power, and a lighter feeling than most competitors. Off-road capabilities depend on the drive type: while two-wheel-drive Pilots can handle no more than a little off-roading, all-wheel-drive models are more capable with the active center and rear differentials that distribute power evenly to the wheels and make the Pilot capable of handling both mud and snow.
The build quality and efficiency of the Pilot is commendable, with good use of space and lots of storage. There are practical features like the third-row access with a single-button release, large doors, good seat heights, and highly adjustable front seats and tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The Pilot also offers decent towing capacity, and the spacious interiors make it easy for both passengers and cargo to get in and out.
Technology features have room for improvement but perform well overall. Even though it isn’t the most intuitive or user-friendly, the smartphone integration feature (with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay) does make life easier for a lot of owners. Aside from that, the Pilot comes with HondaLink, Honda’s exclusive telematics system that delivers music, podcasts, radio, and social media feeds, while the smartphone app makes easier to remain connected on the go.
At first thought, the Pilot may seem like an expensive buy, but considering it comes with a powerful V6 engine, roomy interiors, cavernous cargo space, and smooth driveability, it does offer great value. When it comes to all-around features, performance and value, the Pilot is a smart buy.
Source: https://www.caranddriver.com/honda/pilot | Source: http://www.motortrend.com/cars/honda/pilot/2017/