Honda says the 2017 Honda Pilot, its eight-passenger SUV “battleship”, is a redesigned and re-engineered showcase of dynamics, adaptability and new technologies, and they say also that these features are unavailable on other large crossovers. That is some serious bold talk and a heavy mixture of promised improvements, but throughout the years, Honda has proven that they can deliver their promises when they throw some serious budget at a new or an improved model.
The 2017 Honda Pilot has a new, smoother look which has been significantly redesigned, it has upgraded features and a V6 engine that has also been improved. They have built the car on a top of a new chassis (also used in the redesigned Acura MDX) and gained 3.5 inches in overall length.
This way the Pilot has more entry or exit space in the third-row seats and extra room for arms and elbows than the older model. The fact that the current Pilot falls behind the competition in safety features and available entertainment, means that they really have to catch up, but don’t rule out Honda’s ability to, as usual, deliver a surprising innovation or two.
2017 Honda Pilot price
The new Pilot will arrive at car dealers this summer. With the new improved look, design and features, the starting price will probably be slightly higher than the current model’s $37,850
The current engine has been replaced with the same size updated 3.5-liter V6 engine. The new V6 produces around 300 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, a significant upgrade from the current output of 250 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque.
A 6-speed automatic transmission will come standard, sending power to the front wheels, while upper trim levels will have a brand new nine-speed automatic. A completely new all-wheel-drive system, includes a terrain management system, allowing the driver to select the settings that optimize traction for various road conditions.
With the new Pilot, Honda promises leading fuel economy in this class. The current SUV has a 21 mpg combined (20 mpg with all-wheel drive) consumption. That’s more or less the same as the most of the class.
Honda Pilot Features
The current Pilot lacks in driver/safety aids that other large crossovers have, so the new and improved Pilot will offer technologies like: blind-spot monitoring (Honda’s innovative Lane Watch System, when the turn signal is activated it uses a camera to display the passenger-side blind spot), lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and the forward-collision mitigation braking.
Today’s Pilot has a useful interior, not bad when you consider the kind of abuse it suffers as a family car, but it’s still inferior to the Honda Accord sedan, and a few steps behind from the Pilot’s competitors. That is the reason why the 2017 Pilot will have an overhauled interior with better cabin design and materials.
Honda’s navigation and entertainment systems are among the best for intuitive operation, graphics and features, so expect those to be included in the Pilot’s standard and optional equipment. The 2017 Pilot will offer a center console large enough to take in tablets and other large portable devices and five USB charging points (upgraded to 2.5-amp charging capability).
For the first time, Honda offers a Captain’s Chair Option for the middle row, a nifty space-opening option that cuts down seating to six passengers, if max passenger capacity isn’t a priority.