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2016 - 2019 Honda Pilot

2016 - 2019 Honda Pilot
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The Honda Pilot entered its third generation for the 2016 model year, and with it came a completely redesigned vehicle that dropped its boxy look, shed a few pounds, and inches closer to the premium segment as far as interior materials and overall fit and finish. On the outside, the front end is now sportier with thinner wraparound headlight units, a stylish front fascia, muscular hood, sculpted side profile, new taillight units, and a rear end that is far less boxy compared to the outgoing model. Inside, the cabin has been redesigned to provide a more premium feel, despite still be packed full of hard plastic trim. There is a new digital instrument cluster, and eight-inch touch screen display and extra passenger and cargo room compared to the previous model. Honda didn’t do too much to alter the Pilot’s drivetrain for the third-gen model, but it did update the 3.5-liter to include cylinder deactivation, a stop/start function, and a six-speed automatic transmission.

More importantly, however, is the fact that the 2016 Honda Pilot should be safer than the outgoing model, earning “good” ratings for moderate overlap frontal offset, small overlap frontal offset, side impact, and roof strength, which was an improvement over the previous gen model, which received a “poor” rating for small overlap frontal offset and a “marginal” rating for roof strength for the 2009 to 2011 model years. With models like the Toyota Highlander and Chevy Traverse already sporting a more modern design, the new Pilot finally has what it takes to compete in the Large SUV segment once again. With that said, take a look at our detailed review of the new 2016 Honda Pilot below.

Updated 06/28/2018: Honda has updated the 2019 Pilot with a revised exterior look, a revised nine-speed automatic transmission, Honda Safety Sense, and a decent list of optional equipment for the taking. Check out the details in our updated section below.

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Buyers Guide: 2018 Acura MDX Vs. 2018 Honda Pilot

Buyers Guide: 2018 Acura MDX Vs. 2018 Honda Pilot

Two Japanese siblings battle for SUV supremacy

The midsize SUV segment is as hot as ever, with families flocking to dealers to scoop up high-riding ‘utes capable of providing loads of cargo room, passenger comfort, and tech choices. Two of the most popular entries in this space come from Honda, including the Pilot, and, from its premium Acura brand offering, the MDX. But the question is this - which should you buy?

For starters, the MDX is one of the most popular three-row luxury SUVs ever created, with the current model headed for a new fourth generation sometime next year. However, there’s a newly refreshed Honda Pilot out as well, which is set to make its full debut later this month. Choosing between these two can be tricky given how similar they are, but luckily, we’re here to lay out all the important info, bringing it right here to help you pick the right model for your needs.

Continue reading for the full comparison buying guide.

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5 Points Honda Had To Address To Make The 2019 Honda Pilot The Best Pilot Ever

5 Points Honda Had To Address To Make The 2019 Honda Pilot The Best Pilot Ever

As the only 8-passenger SUV in the segment, the Honda Pilot discovered a dedicated base of customers on the U.S. market. In an effort to advance their strategy, the company revealed a facelifted 2019 Honda Pilot only days ago along with the introduction of a smaller, updated 2018 HR-V. Naturally, Honda continuously probed the market, identifying the most important challenges customers faced when using the car. In that regard, Honda updated the Infotainment system, integrated more standard safety gear and, most importantly, brought back the volume knob. And yes; the problematic 9-speed transmission has been comprehensively overhauled as well.

Below are the five most important changes Honda made to the 2019 Honda Pilot.

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2016 - 2019 Honda Pilot

2016 - 2019 Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot entered its third generation for the 2016 model year, and with it came a completely redesigned vehicle that dropped its boxy look, shed a few pounds, and inches closer to the premium segment as far as interior materials and overall fit and finish. On the outside, the front end is now sportier with thinner wraparound headlight units, a stylish front fascia, muscular hood, sculpted side profile, new taillight units, and a rear end that is far less boxy compared to the outgoing model. Inside, the cabin has been redesigned to provide a more premium feel, despite still be packed full of hard plastic trim. There is a new digital instrument cluster, and eight-inch touch screen display and extra passenger and cargo room compared to the previous model. Honda didn’t do too much to alter the Pilot’s drivetrain for the third-gen model, but it did update the 3.5-liter to include cylinder deactivation, a stop/start function, and a six-speed automatic transmission.

More importantly, however, is the fact that the 2016 Honda Pilot should be safer than the outgoing model, earning “good” ratings for moderate overlap frontal offset, small overlap frontal offset, side impact, and roof strength, which was an improvement over the previous gen model, which received a “poor” rating for small overlap frontal offset and a “marginal” rating for roof strength for the 2009 to 2011 model years. With models like the Toyota Highlander and Chevy Traverse already sporting a more modern design, the new Pilot finally has what it takes to compete in the Large SUV segment once again. With that said, take a look at our detailed review of the new 2016 Honda Pilot below.

Updated 06/28/2018: Honda has updated the 2019 Pilot with a revised exterior look, a revised nine-speed automatic transmission, Honda Safety Sense, and a decent list of optional equipment for the taking. Check out the details in our updated section below.

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There's A Good Chance That Your Older Honda Or Acura Could Kill You

There’s A Good Chance That Your Older Honda Or Acura Could Kill You

The feds are recommending that owners quit driving the cars until fixed

At this point, the whole Takata airbag recall situation has been overplayed about as much as much as BMW has overplayed its 100th-anniversary celebration. But, unlike BMW, there is a good reason we constantly see Takata in the headlines. The company produced enough faulty airbags that the number of U.S. cars being recalled is expected to hit 70 million. The problem? The airbags have been found to shoot shrapnel on deployment – nothing like having a grenade go off in your face, right?

According to Safecar.gov, 8,867,284 airbags have been repaired as of June 17, 2016. That accounts for 5,023,431 driver-side airbags and 3,843,853 passenger-side airbags. That leaves a lot of unfixed airbags out there, but some are more dangerous than others. And, according to federal safety regulators, more than 300,000 Hondas and Acuras could have airbags that are seriously dangerous. That’s right, if you’re driving a Honda or Acura built between 2001 and 2003, you could be driving with a bomb three feet from your face. Have an accident, and it could explode...

According to the NHTSA, the airbags in certain Hondas and Acuras from the early 2000s have a 50-percent chance of exploding should they deploy in the event of an accident. Other Takata airbags have just a 1-percent chance. 50-percent doesn’t sound like very good odds to me. With that said, keep reading to learn about what cars are affected.

Continue reading for a list of affected cars.

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2016 Honda Pilot Review

2016 Honda Pilot Review

Conquering suburbia one driveway at a time

The "SUV or minivan" argument is a perennial one when it comes to vehicles used for moving mass quantities in the suburbs. Minivans would appear to hold an advantage when it comes to passenger and cargo capacity, as well as being easier to drive, but the new-for-2016 third-generation Honda Pilot could singlehandedly tip that balance in favor of the sport-utes.

The Pilot has matured into a high-tech full-size crossover vehicle, with three-row seating and space for up to eight passengers. In fact, Honda has matured the vehicle well past its throwback boxy styling and turned it into a thoroughly modern family hauler that retains the SUV-like towing capacity and bad-road capable suspension that have enabled it to hold its own against heavyweights like the Ford Explorer and Chevrolet Tahoe since 2002. If there’s any downside to the all-new Pilot, it’s that it’s almost too nice to get it dirty. But does the king of the suburban crossovers really need to tackle muddy hills anyway?

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Honda Pilot.

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2016 North American Car And Truck Of The Year Finalists Announced

2016 North American Car And Truck Of The Year Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2016 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year have been announced. All in all, six vehicles made the final cut, including three cars, two SUVs, and one pick-up. The first three will vie for the 2016 North American Car of the Year award, while the latter three will go head-to-head-to-head for the 2016 Truck/Utility of the Year award. Making up the finalists for the North American Car of the Year award are the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, 2016 Honda Civic, and the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Likewise, the three finalists for the North American Truck/Utility of the Year are the 2016 Honda Pilot, 2016 Volvo XC90, and the 2016 Nissan Titan XD.

The distinction of being named the North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year is something that automaker’s take pretty seriously. Last year, the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford F-150 took home the awards in their respective categories. Not surprisingly, both Volkswagen and Ford spent a great deal of time touting the awards they received to the public. Expect more of the same from the eventual winners of the two categories, all of whom, it must be said, are part of some pretty competitive segments in the industry.

The Civic and the Malibu, in particular, are direct competitors so being named the car of the year will give the winner a huge amount of bragging rights over the rest of the segment. The same holds true, albeit to a lesser extent, for the Pilot and the XC90. Both are SUVs and while one is considered a premium SUV, the two models are still part of the ever growing SUV market in North America.

The final round of voting is scheduled to take place on January 4, 2016. The two winners will then be announced in a ceremony at the start of the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 11, 2016.

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2015 Chicago Auto Show - Honda Pilot Vs. Competition

2015 Chicago Auto Show - Honda Pilot Vs. Competition

Following the updated 2015 CR-V and the all-new subcompact HR-V, Honda is rounding out its lineup of utility vehicles with the redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot. As one of the bigger introductions at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, the third-generation Pilot replaces the current Pilot, which is severely outdated among the extremely crowded segment of three-row, mid-size crossovers. And things are about to get even busier with Volkswagen planning a new three-row crossover and Subaru rumored to be bringing one back.

Making a better case for the Pilot as a substitute for gas-guzzling SUVs, Honda starts things off with a more modern powertrain and a cleaner, more contemporary exterior design, but it is staying mum on official details and pricing. With the 2016 Pilot going on sale this summer, though, these specs won’t be withheld for long. Until then, check out what the new Pilot is going up against.

Click past the jump to read more about where the 2016 Honda Pilot stands in regards to its competition.

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2015 Honda Pilot Special Edition

2015 Honda Pilot Special Edition

Facelifted for the 2012 model year, the Honda Pilot SUV remained basically unchanged for 2014, keeping its boring, highly criticized exterior looks. Now if you were hoping that will change for 2015, then you’d better start relaxing those fingers, because the boxy, three-row SUV is holding onto its current specifications for one more year.

There is a notable change in the Pilot lineup, however, coming in the shape of a brand-new Special Edition trim. Sounds familiar? It should, because we’re talking about the same strategy Honda pushed with the aging Ridgeline pickup truck last year.

Essentially a well-equipped model fitted with a couple of exclusive features, the Pilot SE resides between the EX and the EX-L trims and can be had in both two-wheel and four-wheel-drive configurations. The Special Edition benefits from the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine as the rest of the Pilot lineup, meaning it can carry up to eight people and tow up to 4,500 pounds with input from 250 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque.

In charge with transferring the power to the wheels is a five-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control. The unit can be paired with Honda’s VTM four-wheel-drive system for AWD capability. Helping the SUV cope with tougher terrain is a fully independent suspension with a MacPherson strut at the front and a multi-link unit with trailing arm to the rear.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Honda Pilot Special Edition.

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2014 Honda Pilot

2014 Honda Pilot

The 2014 Honda Pilot has a lot going for it, and buyers will be wise to open a space in their minds to this midsized SUV.

Here’s the thing: the Pilot may be classified as such, but really there are hints of full-sized characteristics in this baby. Start with the interior, which has ample enough space to comfortably fit up to eight passengers. That’s full-sized right there. Also factor in the typical Honda stamp of reliability and fuel efficiency, which, again, is a star on the Pilot’s windshield.

It’s hard to find a whole lot of things to be wary of on the Pilot. But if there is one, you have to look outside where the Pilot isn’t exactly lighting the world on fire with its aesthetics. Sure, the dimensions are right, and it does have nice maneuverability, but the fascia looks totally boring.

Still and all, buyers who have to think of family trips on their next SUV purchase would be wise to consider the Pilot, snoozy looks notwithstanding.

Click past the jump to read more about Honda Pilot

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Video: Honda Gets You Ready for the Holidays With its "Happy Honda Days" Campaign

It’s that time of the year again. The holidays are in full swing and seemingly every company is launching its holiday commercials. Car companies are particularly "spirited" this year, as the U.S. automotive crash is on its way up and they are all trying to capitalize on folks that would like nothing more than a new car this year.

As always, Honda has gotten itself in the holiday spirit with the unveiling of its yearly "Happy Honda Days" campaign. This year, Honda has launched six new commercials as part of the campaign and each spot opens with someone thanking Honda for giving their friend or relative a great deal on a new car.

For example, Laura is very happy with her new Civic, Nancy loves her son Steve’s new Pilot, while Pete is grateful for his Dad’s Accord. Hit the jump to watch everyone’s story with Honda.

So, while you’re stuffing your face with turkey, or whatever you fancy on Thanksgiving, allow these videos to get you all amped up for the rest of the holiday season. Yes, even the craziness that will be "Black Friday."

Click past the jump to see the remaining videos.

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2012 Honda Pilot

2012 Honda Pilot

The 2012 Honda Pilot is entering a market that’s about as competitive as its ever been. But that’s not as important because it’s coming to the party chalk-full of new features that are sure to attract a wide range of customers.

Honda’s new eight-passenger SUV comes with a wide range of upgrades for 2012, including a refreshed front-end design, enhanced interior features that come with plenty of new technological goodies and a wide-range of safety enhancements, and finally, an increased fuel economy rating compared to its predecessor.

The competitive nature of today’s SUV market has prompted automakers to bring their best offering to the table. In the case of Honda, the 2012 Pilot offers the best of everything they have to offer, complete with four different trim levels - the EX, the LX, the EX-L, and the Touring - and a plethora of new features that include power windows/locks, keyless entry, a seven speaker audio system and front/rear air conditioning, among other things.

Find out more about the 2012 Honda Pilot after the jump.

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2010 Honda Pilot

2010 Honda Pilot

With prices starting from $27,895, the 2010 Honda Pilot keeps offering practical SUV capabilities with the driving sophistication and refinement that people expect from a Honda. For 2010, the Pilot if being offered in four trims: EX, LX, EX-L and Touring with either 2WD and 4WD configuration.

Every Honda Pilot is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers an impressive 250 hp and 253 lb.-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-Speed Automatic Transmission with Grade Logic Control. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated4 city/highway/combined fuel economy of 17/23/19 mpg on two-wheel-drive models and 16/22/18 mpg on four-wheel-drive models.

This transmission uses the engine’s broad torque curve for brisk acceleration, optimal fuel economy and smooth-shifting characteristics. Grade Logic Control improves efficiency under a wide variety of driving conditions, such as uphill/downhill and city-traffic driving. It "knows" when the Pilot is on a hill and automatically holds the engine in a lower gear for better climbing power and increased engine braking when going downhill. This decreases annoying "gear hunting" that can often occur with other automatic transmissions in these situations.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Honda Pilot pricing announced

2009 Honda Pilot pricing announced

The all-new, completely-redesigned 2009 Honda Pilot is set to debut at dealerships nationwide on May 22 with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price(i) (MSRP) starting at $27,595, plus destination and handling, for the well-equipped Pilot LX — the same as the 2008 model’s price entry point.

The upscale Pilot EX starts at $30,395 and adds alloy wheels and an upgraded audio system; the Pilot EX-L, equipped with additional premium features including leather-trimmed seating surfaces and a moonroof, starts at $33,595; and the luxury-oriented Pilot Touring edition, an entirely new premium trim level for 2009 with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation(ii) System(TM) as standard equipment, starts at $36,795. Pilots equipped with the available Variable Torque Management(R) 4-wheel-drive (VTM-4(R)) system have an MSRP starting at $29,195 for the Pilot LX; $31,995 for the Pilot EX; $35,195 for the Pilot EX-L; and $38,395 for the Pilot Touring.

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2009 Honda Pilot Prototype

2009 Honda Pilot Prototype

A prototype of the next-generation Honda Pilot is being unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.

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New-generation Honda Piot prototype will be unveiled in Detroit

New-generation Honda Piot prototype will be unveiled in Detroit

Honda will unveil a prototype version of the next-generation Pilot in January 2008 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

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2008 Honda Pilot pricing announced

2008 Honda Pilot pricing announced

2008 Honda Pilot went on sale this week introducing two new variations to the lineup. The all-new Pilot Value Package and Special Edition trims debut, building on accomplished trims with popular feature content. As with previous Honda Value Package and Special Edition trim levels, these added features represent a significant value without a significant price increase. The Value Package and Special Edition start at $27,595 and $31,595, respectively. Destination and handling charges for all (...)

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2007 Best Buy and Recommended Awards

2007 Best Buy and Recommended Awards

Consumer Guide Automotive, the leading publisher of authoritative, objective new and used car reviews for 39 years, today announced the recipients of its 2007 Best Buy and Recommended Awards. The annual list, designed to make car buying easier for consumers, represents the best overall values in 17 categories and includes a total of 81 vehicles.
Since 1967, Consumer Guide’s preeminent editorial team has used a comprehensive evaluation process based on factors that matter most to the average (...)

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2007 Honda Pilot

2007 Honda Pilot

The popular Honda Pilot enters the 2007 model year packed with the features and utility that customers have come to expect from this versatile and award-winning SUV. The eight-passenger Pilot received significant enhancements in 2006, packing the vehicle inside and out with more technology, convenience and value.

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2006 Honda Pilot

2006 Honda Pilot

How do you improve upon a vehicle that’s won the large SUV category in Car and Driver’s "5Best Trucks" competition for the past four years?

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