Honda Pilot: Take Flight
One of America's first mid-size crossover SUVs when it was introduced in 2003, the Honda Pilot remains a favorite for adventurers and families alike. The Pilot is back for 2015 with a redesigned and more aerodynamic body, new safety features, and new interior design.
Whether you plan to head for the mountains or simply roll around town, the Pilot is still a solid choice for a family car -- especially now that it boasts more room for passengers in its third-row seat.
Externally, the redesigned layout (headlights and front grill) give the Pilot a distinctive new look in the front.
The Honda Pilot comes in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. At the higher end the Pilot comes with plenty of optional goodies, such as a rear-view back-up camera, a new navigation system and 17-inch alloy rims. The Pilot's available entertainment features and options are the top of the line, such as available XM satellite radio and more (see Interior below).
Traction control and an array of airbags throughout the cabin optimize the safety of all passengers. The Pilot offers the "LATCH" system to adjust the seatbelt heights for kids. There's even a rollover sensor system that knows when and how to deploy the airbags. All-Wheel Drive readies this burly ride for adventurous journeys.
The Juice: The Pilot's Engine
Boasting a 250 horsepower 3.5L V6 engine with 253 lb-ft torque, Honda's Variable Cylinder Management and Variable Torque Management systems truly put the auto-pilot in Pilot. Meanwhile, the Pilot delivers up to 18 mpg city/25 highway, making it one of the more fuel-efficient mid-size crossover SUVs on the market today.
Inside the Pilot
The Pilot's roomy interior offers a third-row seat, upgraded this year to actually have room for adults. Its cargo capacity of 87 cubic feet, and the 16 configurations of the rear seat rows, guarantee that the Pilot will stand up to even the most gear-heavy road trips. In terms of goodies and gizmos, there's an array of interior choices:
- voice-activated USB controller for your music
- Bluetooth wireless for your cell phone
- 10-speaker audio system (Touring model)
- DVD entertainment system for rear passengers
- leather upholstery
- heated front seats
- sunroof on some models
New for the 2015 Pilot
The Pilot's redesigned body boasts a more linear, tough-looking exterior and better insulation from exterior noise. Other upgrades for 2015 include a power tailgate with a lift-up glass pane for easier access to your gear.
Whether your choosing this year's model or an earlier Honda Pilot, you'll feel like a true pilot once you're behind the wheel.