2016 Honda Pilot Release Date, Specs, Review, Price – Honda is yet again in the news with its planned release of the new 2016 Honda Pilot vehicle. Some of the highlights will include a flexible and roomy rear seats, fuel efficient within its class, comfortable ride, sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, and high-tech safety features. Feel comfortable to browse through our eye-catching pictures of the brand new Pilot.
Massive and blocky on its exterior but spacious and family-friendly crossover was something one would talk fairly of the previous model, and which Pilot seemed to have tried a little too hard to impress. It mimics Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory (but let me save you the embarrassment of the details for now).
This time round, the new 2016 Honda Pilot will feature a more traditional appearance than its predecessor. It will be backed by a couple of honest improvements that will sure make this 3rd generation an excellent choice for anyone looking for a three-row large crossover.
The automobile giant focused much of its energy towards the interior configuration, which now looks modern by any standard, refined and intuitive. Everyone could attest that the Pilot has always been a roomy and versatile vehicle ever since, however extra headroom and legroom in the 3rd row of seat has been quite an achievement not many vehicles would be able to pull off.
Exterior Review & Interior Colors – 2016 Honda Pilot
For starters, the new Pilot is a three-row crossover Sports Utility Vehicle. It will be offered in three trim variants: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and the new Elite trim. It makes a comfortable seating capacity for up to eight people with the sole exception of Elite model, which reduces the capacity to seven people due to the presence of the second row captain’s chairs.
Standard features that will grace the base LX model will include rear privacy glass, 18” alloy wheels, air-conditioning cruise control, active noise cancellation, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and a 60/40-split folding 3rd row of seat.
Electronic features will include a rear view camera, seven speaker sound system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, USB port and an auxiliary audio jack. The EX model adds fog lights, automatic headlights, LED running lights, keyless ignition and entry, heated mirrors, three-zone climate control, Honda Lane Watch blind-spot camera, eight-way power adjustable driver seat, HondaLink smartphone-enabled features and an upgraded 7-speaker sound system consisting of additional higher powered USB ports, 8” touchscreen interface, satellite radio and Pandora internet radio control.
Moving on to the top of the range models, the Touring will add make all the features and equipment found on the EX-L standard whilst adding a nine-speed auto transmission system, roof rails, automatic engine start/stop, driver memory settings, front and rear parking sensors, second row sunshades and a 10-speaker sound system.
The range topping Elite model will further add LED headlights, 20” wheels, automatic high-beam headlight control, blind-spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, a panoramic sunroof, automatic windshield wipers, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and HD radio, heated second-row captain’s chairs, etc.
Engine Specs – Honda Pilot 2016
Under the hood of every Honda Pilot will be a 3.5L V6 engine capable of yielding about 280 hp and 262 pounds of torque. In terms of transmission system, only the LX, EX, and EX-L models will come fitted with a 6-speed auto transmission system, while both the Elite and Touring models will come equipped with a nine-speed automatic with steering wheel shift paddles and an automatic start/stop system.
Front wheel drive will come standard for all models. the optional AWD system will not only send power front and back, but will also factor in better handling through sending power between the left and right wheels.
As for the EX trims, there will be Snow, Mud, and Sand settings that will certainly improve the effectiveness of various vehicle systems especially in low-traction scenarios. The automaker expects EPA ratings of around 19/27/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the font wheel and six-speed auto. But for the nine-speed auto with the FWD expect 20/27/23 mpg.
When fully loaded, the front wheel models will have a towing capacity of up to 3,500 lbs. while the all-wheel-drive models will be able to pull about 5,000lbs.
Wheelbase: 111 in
Length: 194.5 in
Width: 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: 20/27 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Black Forest Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Dark Cherry Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Steel Sapphire Metallic and White Diamond Pearl
Towing Capacity: 3500 lbs
2016 Honda Pilot Price & Release Date
The Japanese manufacture hasn’t announced the price tag the new 2016 Honda Pilot. However, we should expect the base LX to come with an MSRP of around $30,000. As concerns the release date, the new Pilot will most likely hit showrooms before this fall or the 1st Q of 2016 at the latest.
Most of the competition is already out and may represent a force to be reckon whit, namely the 2016 Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander and the Buick Enclave model, while the 2017 Dodge Durango and 2017 Ford Flex we are getting ready to see next year. The Pilot also needs to consider the fact that the future Mazda CX-9 model and Chevrolet Traverse have been announced and are in the making.