2013 Honda Pilot

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What's New for 2013:
  • Standard triple-zone automatic climate control
  • Standard 8-inch color in-dash display screen
  • Standard reversing camera
  • Standard Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming
  • Standard 2GB hard-drive CD library
  • Standard USB port
  • Obsidian Blue Pearl exterior paint color

Exterior Features
The 2013 Honda Pilot is an 8-passenger, 3-row crossover SUV available in LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels. The Pilot LX is equipped with power side mirrors, dark-tinted rear privacy glass, Class III towing hitch receiver, and 17-inch steel wheels.

Interior Features
The 2013 Honda Pilot LX is equipped with automatic climate control, rear air conditioning, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and cruise control. Floor mats and sliding sun visors with illuminated mirrors are also standard, as well as a cargo light and a trip computer. For 2013, the Pilot LX adds a new 8-inch in-dash color display screen, 2GB CD library hard drive, USB port, and Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming. Images from the standard reversing camera are displayed on this new screen.

With all three rows of seats in use, the 2013 Pilot can carry 18 cubic feet of luggage. Fold the third-row seat down, and the SUV offers 47.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold the second-row seat down, and a maximum of 87 cubic feet of cargo volume is available.

Optional Features
The 2013 Honda Pilot EX adds triple-zone automatic climate control with a humidity sensor, outside temperature display, 10-way power driver's seat, satellite radio, and a universal remote control. Exterior improvements include body-color exterior trim, fog lights, and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

The 2013 Honda Pilot EX-L offers leather seats, heated front seats, power front passenger's seat, power sunroof, and power tailgate. Pilot EX-L buyers can add a navigation system with a multi-view reversing camera or a rear-seat entertainment system, but these extras cannot be ordered in combination with one another.

The 2013 Honda Pilot Touring trim includes both the navigation system and the rear-seat entertainment system. Additionally, the Pilot Touring offers a premium sound system, front and rear park-assist sensors, memory for the driver's seat and mirror settings, integrated side mirror turn signal indicators, roof rails, and a unique alloy wheel design.

Under the Hood
The 2013 Honda Pilot's 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine features Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology, which allows the engine to operate on 3 or 4 cylinders when cruising or coasting in order to conserve fuel.

A 5-speed automatic transmission with grade logic control is standard, delivering power to the Pilot's front wheels (2WD). Honda's Variable Torque Management 4WD is optional, and features a Lock mode for greater low-speed traction at speeds under 18 mph, according to Honda.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Honda Pilot are:

  • Pilot 2WD: 18/25/21 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Pilot 4WD: 17/24/20 mpg

The 2013 Honda Pilot features an Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which is designed to channel crash energy around the passenger cabin in the event of a crash. The Pilot also has 6 air bags, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and a traction and stability control system. The Pilot EX-L with navigation and the Touring trim also have individual tire-pressure monitor sensors and a multi-view reversing camera.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated the 2013 Pilot's crashworthiness as this overview is written.


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