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2016 LX 4dr Front-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $30,345
2016 LX 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $32,145
2016 EX 4dr Front-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $32,780
2016 EX 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $34,580
2016 EX-L 4dr Front-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $36,255
2016 EX-L 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $38,055
2016 Touring 4dr Front-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $41,370
2016 Touring 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $43,170
2016 Elite 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $46,770
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Overview

Honda’s new subcompact HR-V crossover might be capturing attention, but the company’s biggest model stands ready to grab a growing chunk of the midsize SUV market. Fully redesigned from the ground up for its third generation, the three-row Pilot gains power, space, features and fuel-efficiency, along with improved aerodynamics and a new top-of-the-line trim.

What's New for 2016

Now producing 280 horsepower (up 30), the 3.5-liter V6 engine mates with either a six-speed or nine-speed automatic transmission. Upper trim levels have lost almost 300 pounds, while third-row and cargo space have grown.

Honda Pilot

Choosing Your Honda Pilot

Honda-first features on the new Elite model include 20-inch tires, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, heated steering wheel, and a panoramic glass roof. Built on a carlike unibody platform, Pilot seats up to eight with a second-row bench seat, or seven with the available captain’s chairs. Honda Sensing, a group of safety and driver-assist technologies including Forward Collision warnings, Lane Keeping Assist, and Road Departure Mitigation, is available or standard on upper models.

Front-drive and all-wheel drive Pilots hold a direct-injected i-VTEC 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated 280 horsepower, teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission (nine-speed on upper models).

Expect to get about 22 mpg in combined driving with the six-speed, or 1 mpg more with a nine-speed. All-wheel drive reduces each mileage estimate by about 1 mpg. Fuel economy in highway driving is about the same with either engine.

The Pilot comes in LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and new Elite trims. All versions come with front-drive or all-wheel drive ($1,800 additional), except Elite, which is AWD-only.

Honda Pilot

LX

Entry-level edition comes with V6 engine and six-speed automatic, rearview camera, pushbutton start, Vehicle Stability Assist, tilt/telescope steering wheel, and three-row side curtain airbags.

Honda Pilot

EX

Adds $2,435 to the basic LX’s MSRP and comes standard with a number of helpful features. They include LaneWatch, Smart Entry, Intelligent Traction Management, 8-inch touch-screen audio system with Android operating system, dynamic rearview camera guidelines, heated mirrors, remote engine start, and LED daytime running lights. EX is available with Honda Sensing for an additional $1,000.

Honda Pilot

EX-L

Upgrades EX model to leather upholstery for an additional $2,475, also adding heated front seats and a One-Touch second–row seat. EX-L is available with Honda Sensing features, navigation, or rear entertainment, for a higher MSRP.

Honda Pilot

Touring

Adds $5,125 to the EX-L price. In addition to the nine-speed automatic transmission, Touring includes Blu-Ray DVD rear entertainment and Idle Stop. Standard Honda Sensing group includes Lane Departure and Forward Collision warnings, Collision and Road Departure mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Honda Pilot

Elite

Topping the Touring AWD’s price by $3,600, this new top-level trim is offered only with all-wheel drive. Standard features include Blind Spot Indicator with cross-traffic monitor, panoramic moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, heated steering wheel, and LED projector headlights with automatic high beams.

CarsDirect Tip

EX and Touring promise the best balance of price and features. Touring boosts the MSRP past $40,000, but brings the more modern nine-speed automatic as well as a host of safety/assist features.

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Honda's eight-passenger crossover enjoys a complete overhaul this year with emphasis on passenger comfort, performance and technology. After a period of lagging behind the competition, the Pilot has zoomed back to the top tier of its class.

Pricing and Equipment

The Pilot starts at $30,875 with the budget-friendly LX and goes through a series of trim levels and packages on its way to $47,300.

  • The $33,310 EX gets expanded infotainment and safety technology, while the EX-L adds leather, a power tailgate and a sunroof for $36,765.
  • At $41,900, the Touring packs a rear entertainment system, navigation and additional safety assists.
  • At the top of the line, the new Elite gets second-row captain's chairs, a larger sunroof and standard all-wheel drive (which costs $1,800 on the other trims).

Performance Pros

Honda Pilot

Every Pilot comes with a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 280 horsepower, 30 more than last year. The Touring and Elite get a new nine-speed automatic transmission, while the others make do with a six-speed unit. All except the base LX offer a Snow driving mode, as well as Mud and Sand modes when equipped with all-wheel drive.

Performance highlights include:

  • Handling/steering: We found the Pilot to be altogether more responsive than the old model, thanks no doubt to a 300-pound weight reduction and stiffer body structure. The all-wheel drive system can shift power between the left and right wheels for enhanced traction around curves.
  • Towing capability: All-wheel drive versions are rated to pull up to 5,000 pounds. Only a few crossovers of any size can do better.
  • Fuel efficiency: The Pilot achieves 22 mpg in combined driving with the standard automatic, and 23 mpg with the nine-speed (expect 1 mpg lower with all-wheel drive). It doesn't get any better than that for a V6 vehicle of this size.

Performance Cons

  • We'd like to see the nine-speed automatic make its way into all Pilot models, or at least more than just the top two trim levels. The six-speed doesn't offend, it's just a bit chatty and abrupt by comparison.
  • Keep in mind that the Pilot is still very much a full-size crossover. Don't expect anything approaching a sporty driving experience.

Interior Pros

  • The ability to haul eight passengers without a revolt is no small feat. The Pilot's comfy third row deserves special thanks for keeping the peace.
  • The floor behind the third row features a removable panel for extra storage space when you have a full house.

Interior Cons

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  • Even with the second row all the way forward, climbing into the back isn't as easy as we expected given the otherwise excellent interior layout.
  • The infotainment system relies too much on finicky touchscreen buttons. We'd welcome a conventional knob or two.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

We expect large passenger vehicles to ride smoothly, but the Pilot is downright suave when it comes to isolating its occupants from the road.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Other than being larger, the Pilot's styling does little to distinguish itself from the cheaper Honda CR-V.

The Bottom Line

The Pilot has entered a whole new realm of comfort and sophistication.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 280 HP / 262 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 27 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
8
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 280 HP / 262 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 27 / 23 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
19.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$75
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
83.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
153 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
194.5 "
Exterior Width
78.6 "
Exterior Height
69.8 "
Front Headroom
40.1 "
Rear Headroom
40.2 "
Front Legroom
40.9 "
Rear Legroom
38.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
62.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
62.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,054 Lbs.
Wheel Base
111 "
Turning Radius
19.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Machined Aluminum / 18.0 " Chrome Pvd Aluminum / 20.0 " Black Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored / Front Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
8
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan
Speakers
7
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Smartvent Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Smartvent Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

Used 2016 Honda Pilot for Sale

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Honda
LX
Color: White
Price

$20,483

Mileage

104,970 mi

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Mullinax Ford of Olympia (62 mi)

Phone: (855) 462-4232
Honda
EX-L
Color: Black
Price

$22,923

Mileage

103,301 mi

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Mullinax Ford of Olympia (62 mi)

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Elite
Color: Black
Price

$27,981

Mileage

79,056 mi

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EX
Color: Lunar Silver Metallic
Price

$23,980

Mileage

82,904 mi

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