5 Fast Facts: 2016 Honda Pilot
The Pilot is Honda’s flagship SUV, offering seating for up to 8. The 2016 model year marks the first of the model’s third generation, and it has been re-engineered from the ground up, with upgrades to interior quality and more standard comfort and convenience features on all trim levels. The new, line-topping Elite trim includes 20-in. wheels, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, heated steering wheel, and a panoramic glass roof.
Here are some more facts about the new 2016 Honda Pilot:
1) The 2016 Pilot receives a new engine from Honda's EarthDreams Technology powertrain series: a direct-injection, 3.5-liter, SOHC, i-VTEC V-6 engine with cylinder deactivation. Two new advanced transmissions, and a new intelligent variable torque-management (i-VTM4) all-wheel-drive (AWD) system with Intelligent Traction Management and torque-vectoring capability, are available. The engine generates 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque—an increase of 30 horsepower and 9 lb.-ft. over the previous model.
2) The new Pilot adopts the next generation of Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure along with a 3-bone underbody frame design and new hot-stamped ultra-high-strength steel door rings.
3) Elite trim includes second-row captain's chairs, providing for easy walk through between the second and third rows for a 7-passenger configuration, in addition to the standard second-row, 3-person 60/40 split seat for 8-passenger seating capacity. The Interior includes up to 5 USB ports. Additional available ports and plugs include an auxiliary jack for nearly any audio player, HDMI port for a gaming console or other similarly connected device, two headphone jacks, and up to three 12-volt power outlets and a 115-volt AC outlet.
4) This year’s Pilot features 3.5 inches of added overall vehicle length, enabling a 1-in. longer tandem seating distance and a 1.3-in. longer cargo area that can hold an 82-qt. cooler without compromising third-row seating capability, according to Honda.
5) The available AWD system, for the first time ever in a Honda vehicle, dynamically distributes engine torque between the left and right rear wheels for superior all-weather handling and neutral, accurate steering, Honda says.