2017 Honda Pilot Release Date, News and Rumors

Latest spy pictures of the 2017 Honda Pilot have revealed quite a lot than before. Although “a lot” here might be an overstatement, buyers should expect some few changes here and there. Most of the facelifts are just meant to burnish the appeal of an otherwise appealing three-row crossover SUV. Below is an up-to-date review based on the latest info on what should be expected from the fresh Honda Pilot redesign. Release date rumors are also covered.

2017 Honda Pilot auto show, side angle, alloy wheels

Ever since its debut as a three-row SUV some three years ago today, the Honda Pilot has been the kingmaker in the segment in a number of ways – fuel efficiency, safety, handling, interior packaging, spaciousness, and performance. And yet, Honda still saw this new model years as an opportune time to recreate it once again albeit mildly. As of this year, around one and half million Pilots have been sold in the USA alone in the past decade. To further cement this reputation, the Honda Pilot has approximately 63% of brand loyalty – paralleling that of the CR-V.

2017 Honda Pilot exterior, rear view, tailpipe, taillights and alloy wheels

Given the Pilot was thoroughly redesigned from ground up last year, it is unlikely it’ll change much this year. Nevertheless, rumor has it that the new model is more family-friendly, has more premium attributes and amenities, and features advanced technologies. I’d assume the advanced technologies are existing ones but a tad bit burnished. Also, even though not noticeable on test mule, comfort and convenience features have been added as well.

2017 Honda Pilot spy shots

Beneath the hood, the new 2017 Honda Pilot comes with a 280 horsepower, 3.5L V6 engine rated at 22 mpg by the EPA for the FWD version. The mill is offered alongside two transmission systems – a nine-speed automatic and a six-speed automatic, and class-leading torque vectoring capability, and an intelligent variable torque management system. Together, these features make the 2017 Honda Pilot the most capable, refined, and most powerful Honda ever created.

2017 Honda Pilot exterior, front angle, headlights, grille and badges

Combine the impressive performance specs outlined above plus reduce running resistance, improved aerodynamics, and further weight reductions, and you’ll realize the 2017 Pilot is one of the best bargains the midsize SUV segment has ever seen. And in total disregard of the excellent all-rounded performance it offers, rivals still keep nipping its heels at every turn. Those not completely sold out on the prudence of the 2017 Pilot should check out alternatives such as the perennial “A” rated 2016 Toyota Highlander, the all-rounded 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and Fe Sport, 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, and the 2016 Ford Flex.

2017 Honda Pilot Release Date USA & Price

2017 Honda Pilot release date

Pricing for the new model starts from around $38,755 – at least from what we hear. As for its release date, the same sources say it should be expected to go for sale sometime in the latter half of 2017 for the USA market.

2017 Honda Pilot Exterior

2017 Honda Pilot front angle, headlights and grille

Although Honda has done quite a commendable job at concealing the exterior details of the new model, our hawk-eyed spy photographers managed to get a detail or two. Up front, changes are subtle, in fact, some quarters might say there’s no difference relative to the outgoing model. At this point, this is what we’re affirmative on – the projector beam headlights’ lenses are aggressive and rakish. The air inlets and chiseled edges evoke a high-performance face of a sports car. Sharp character lines on the hood and front fenders add to the purposeful and muscular stance.

2017 Honda Pilot rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

Just like before, the top-hinged tailgate reduces weight and complexity that goes a long way in reducing weight. It integrates an intermittent rear wiper, and an electric defogger system. Lighting technologies include LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, and LED low-beam projector headlights.

Eight exterior colors should be expected on the new model, just like before.

2017 Honda Pilot Interior Redesign

2017 Honda Pilot interior, steering wheel, dashboard and gear shift knob

Nothing much is expected to change on the interior given the upscale nature and freshness of the existing one. As such, buyers should expect lots of premium touches, soft-touch, and high-quality soft-touch materials.

Accessories to expect include Apple CarPlay, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Bluetooth connectivity. Other changes should be known some few weeks to its release date.

2017 Honda Pilot interior, leather front and back seats

Available Trims

Five trims should be expected for the 2017 Honda Pilot: Elite, Touring, LX, EX-L, and EX.

Engine Specs

2017 Honda Pilot engine

Under the hood of the new 2017 Pilot is a 280 horsepower, 3.5L V6 engine. Maximum towing capacity for the AWD models stands at 5,000 pounds, and 3,500 pounds for the FWD models.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 3 in. (111 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 2.5 in. (194.5 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 6.6 in. (78.6 in.)
Passenger volume: 153 cu ft
Cargo volume: 18.5 cu ft
Curb weight: 4054 lbs
Top Speed: 112 mph
0-60: 6,2 sec
MPG: 19/27 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Modern Steel Metallic, Steel Sapphire Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Black Forest Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Dark Cherry Pearl and White Diamond Pearl
Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs

Safety Review

2017 Honda Pilot safety, Lane Keeping Assist System

In among other things that Honda has offered the Honda Pilot 2017 for safety purposes, it features hot-stamped ultra-high strength steel door rings, a “3-bone” underbody frame design and Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure. Taken together, these technologies and engineering features should help give it a top safety score during crash impact assessment.

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2017 Honda Pilot exterior, front view, green color, headlights and grille

2017 Honda Pilot exterior, rear view, taillights and alloy wheels

2017 Honda Pilot front view, badges, grille and headlights

2017 Honda Pilot exterior, silver color, side view, alloy wheels

2017 Honda Pilot front view, black color, grille and badges

2017 Honda Pilot side view, green color, alloy wheels

2017 Honda Pilot exterior, silver color, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

2017 Honda Pilot rear view, green color, taillights, tailpipe and badges

2017 Honda Pilot trunk and cargo space

2017 Honda Pilot interior, lcd screen

2017 Honda Pilot interior, leather back seats

2016 Land Cruiser Release Date and Review

2016 Land Cruiser Release Date, Review, Price, Interior – Provided that the 2016 Land Cruiser is out we also get a whole new set of features that come with it. The new vehicle is probably the best equipped Land Cruiser ever to be released. It can boast itself with an immense off-road package which is also usable for the suburban lifestyle of the car. Yet all of this comes at a price, an actual price, meaning that this is also the most expensive Land Cruiser to come out to date.

2016 Land Cruiser
2016 Land Cruiser

The new Land Cruiser is a perfect vehicle that will take you through various terrains and enable you to pass hard to reach parts of the world and make it look easy. Its off-roading ability is pretty high and very useful and allows you to thread through any kind of part of the world that was otherwise deemed unreachable. On the other hand, if you do decided to use it to use it for city and highway drives it works just as well as an oversized SUV, but consumes a lot of gasoline like that.

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser rear view, taillights, tailpipe, alloy wheels, white color

The past Land Cruiser vehicles were well known for their ability to travel to paths less traveled on, but the newest as well as for the modern versions have added a bit of luxury to the package. The car still has the ability to pass through any type of terrain available, but now does it with more style and luxury on the inside and more comfort and averseness to the passengers. Read about all the specs of the 2016 Land Cruiser vehicle in this review and make your choice.

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser side angle, alloy wheels

2016 Land Cruiser exterior

The new Land Cruiser’s exterior design can only be described as being big and massive. The overall look of the vehicle gives it an imposing image that you will see coming back on the road at you and will have a great impact on you when you see it driving on the street like that. The vehicle retains its corpulent look as before and even adds some beefiness to it this time, making it the largest and biggest SUV on the road like that. It is bigger than anything that Toyota has to offer, except the Sequoia of course, and is as luxurious-looking as the Land Rover or the Lexus LX 570 vehicle.

2016 Land Cruiser front
2016 Land Cruiser front

The car impresses of course with tits off-road ability as its primal function, but as they have strived to make the Land Cruiser a bit more suburban adaptable it has been given some very nice and very luxury lines to it. The result of this fine craftsmanship is that the car looks pretty handsome now and has a quality look to it. It still has the enormous off-roading ability which was not diminished in any way, but it is capable of doing that at a much higher level and looking very nice at the same time.

2016 Land Cruiser back
2016 Land Cruiser back

Interior

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser interior, lether back seats

There have been many advancements for the design of the interior of the 2016 Land Cruiser. The strive was to make the car as comfortable and as luxurious as possible on the inside and make the passengers feel much more relaxed than before. They have managed to produce some fine work on the inside but it is still not something that could be measured to the Lexus vehicles, for example. The Land Cruiser gets a similar treatment that was used inside the Toyota cars and has a plush inside rich with some good looking and comfy materials. The inside has been quite appropriately made and if they decide to keep the car moving in the same direction for the future it will get even more luxurious inside the models to come.

2016 Land Cruiser interior
2016 Land Cruiser interior

The technological upgrade was not left out here and the Land Cruiser received a respective tech package on the inside. It has a navigation screen matted top and center of the car, also the climate controls are there between somewhere while the off-road controls are placed below. It makes life easier with the technological advancements and makes the drive even more enjoyable with them.

Engine

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser engine

Controlling the 2016 Land Cruiser is going to be the 381-horsepower V-8 engine which carries its power to the four wheel drive. The FWD is combined with a locking differential and the rugged suspension design which allows the immense off-road ability of the car to happen. The engine now uses the newly added eight-speed automatic transmission which besides making better shifting for the car also keeps the fuel economy in balance as well. It keeps the EPA rating at a reasonable level for now and does not allow them to climb up, it also gives the car the ability to speed up from 0-60 mph in a couple of tenths of a second quicker than before and allows the Land Cruiser to have the ability to tow 5,700 pounds.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 4.2 in. (112.2 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 2.9 in. (194.9 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 5.9 in. (77.9 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 16.1 cu.ft. (max 81.7 cu.ft.)
Curb weight: 5815 lbs.
Top Speed: 129 mph
0-60: 6.5 sec
MPG: 13/18 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Blizzard Pearl, Blue Onyx Pearl, Brandywine Mica, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Midnight Black…
Towing Capacity: 5,700 lbs

Price and release date

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser exterior, front angle, headlights andgrille

As we said the 2016 Land Cruiser does not come cheap. All of the given characteristics and comfort enhancements for the car have also raised the price a bit and now comes to a total MSRP of 83,825 USD. The release of the car is scheduled for the upcoming year and you will get to see the Land Cruiser on the roads since April.

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser front view, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

New 2016 GMC Yukon Denali – Release Date, Specs & Info

2016 GMC Yukon Denali Release Date, Price, Review, Interior, Specs – The current GMC Yukon vehicle has only been around for a year now and the 2016 model year is already seeing an update of it. The demands of the competitive market are already high enough and things are stirring at the top of this segment as well, thus many and frequent updates are needed. The highest trim level of the 2016 Yukon car is the Denali trim which does not only come with a Driver Alert Package now, but with many available enhancements and additions to it as well.

2016 GMC Yukon Denali
2016 GMC Yukon Denali

In the looks department not only the Denali but all trim levels are fairly similar to their previous counterparts as many of the feats have been carried over. But there are many changes that were more than necessary and very appropriate to happen. It is not a bad thing to carry some major parts of the car to the next model year as the car is fairly new already and the previous design has still not had much time to age appropriately.

2016 GMC Yukon Denali front angle, grille and headlights

The most major changes actually are concerned about the interior setup and the comfort levels inside. Actually there is a higher level of functionality as the second and third row of seats are removable and foldable and can easily be converted to offer more cargo space for hauling things and transformed back to a setting for hauling people. Read all the specs and information currently available about the new 2016 GMC Yukon Denali vehicle here in this review. Although the new Yukon represents a great vehicle, it is still bested by the top ones such as the Ford Expedition model, Chevrolet Suburban and the newest 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe model.

2016 GMC Yukon Denali, black color, rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

2016 GMC Yukon Denali exterior

It could be hard to tell the difference between the 2015 and the 2016 base GMC Yukon vehicles as most parts are carried over, except the electronics which is a new addition to the car now. There is a new feature that includes the now easily accessible and easily useable liftgate which you can open using your foot. This feature is a standard one on the Denali trim which you can get it as an optional one on every other trims available. The wheels have also changed and grown and the highest and best level is available for the Denali of course. The GMC Yukon Denali comes with 20-inch wheels as a standard option while the added optional one can grow up to 22-inch ones.

2016 GMC Yukon Denali front
2016 GMC Yukon Denali front

There is an added change which includes using the new color patterns, but they all come at an extra cost. While the Crimson Red Tintcoat is available for all models as an optional color, the White Frost Tricoat is an exclusive choice only possible for use on the Denali trim for now. A special addition now is the Driver Alert Package which enhances the safety of the car. It may be used on the inside but it faces on the outside and keeps you alert for all of the trouble and danger that comes from the outside of the vehicle. The 2016 Yukon Denali is not just a fun car to drive but also a safe one as well.

2016 GMC Yukon Denali back
2016 GMC Yukon Denali back

Interior

The inside does also does not features any major dramatic changes. The 2016 GMC Yukon inside is fairly similar to before and as there is a difference between the trims levels of the vehicle, the base one has mostly some similar characteristics to before. But the most important part is that the second and third row if seats is able to fold flat completely. There is a power fold option given as an optional one which makes the job of transforming the back side of the car available for cargo transport. If you are using your Yukon for transporting cargo, the combination of the power folding back side of the car and the added tail gate makes you job much easier and quicker and a lot convenient.

2016 GMC Yukon Denali interior
2016 GMC Yukon Denali interior

On the dash all version have a infotainment screen with the running GMC’s IntelliLink software which enable you to control all the major parts of the vehicle. The SiriusXM satellite radio and 4G LTE Wi-Fi services come for free for a period of three moths and can be extended afterwards for regular use. Especially for the Denali trims of the Yukon GMC and upgraded instrument cluster comes available. It comes bearing a second eight-inch display with three selectable themes and even adds an optionally added heads-up display.

2016 GMC Yukon Denali interior, back seats

Engine

The 2016 GMC Yukon Denali trim comes with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine as a standard option. This powertrain is the strongest one available for all trims levels of 2016 Yukon cars now as it is able to produce an output of 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. This is an engine option which comes fitted to a Corvette Stingray car and based alone on that fact you can estimate how powerful the engine can be. The engine also uses the EcoTec3 technology and comes standard with a lot of interesting new features that are added. Active Fuel Management, Variable Valve Timing, and Direct Fuel Injection.  are just some of the addition that boost the performance of the engine.

2016 GMC Yukon Denali engine

Specifications

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 8 in. (116 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 11.9 in. (203.9 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 8.5 in. (80.5 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A ft³
Cargo volume: 15.3 ft³
Curb weight: 5379 lbs
Top Speed: 113 mph
0-60: 7,3 sec
MPG: 16/23 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Bronze Alloy Metallic, Crimson Red Tintcoat, Iridium Metallic, Light Steel Gray Metallic, Midnight Amethyst Metallic, Onyx Black, Quicksilver Metallic and Sparkling Silver Metallic
Towing Capacity: 8500 lbs

Price and release date

The 2016 GMC Yukon Denali trim gets released with the base version. IN fact, the entire fleet gets the same release date all at once and it is going to be offered next year in the beginning of the year, actually somewhere in February. As there are both 2WD and 4WD options of the Yukon Denali available, the former one is priced at $68,415 while the later one can be yours of a price of $71,415 base MSRP.

2016 GMC Yukon Denali front view