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2016 Honda Pilot What's new for 2016? 
2016 Honda Pilot

The only thing that remains the same on the 2016 Honda Pilot is the name. Otherwise, virtually everything else is new, from style, to interior and features, to engine and transmission.

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2015 Honda Pilot What's new for 2015? 
2015 Honda Pilot

The 2015 Honda Pilot SUV gains a new Special Edition trim, slotting between the EX and EX-L. The SE includes pewter-gray aluminum-alloy wheels, a power moonroof, XM satellite radio, and a DVD rear-entertainment system.

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2014 Honda Pilot What's new for 2014? 
2014 Honda Pilot

For 2014 the Honda Pilot continues without any significant changes.

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2013 Honda Pilot What's new for 2013? 
2013 Honda Pilot

Three-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and an 8-inch multi-information display with a rear backup camera have been added to the Honda Pilot's list of standard equipment for the 2013 model year.

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2012 Honda Pilot What's new for 2012? 
2012 Honda Pilot

The 2012 Honda Pilot SUV receives a major front-end makeover, with more rounded edges, a softer grille and more chrome trim. EX and EX-L trims gain updated audio systems that include a 2GB CD library, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, and streaming audio, while the EX-L gains an 8-inch color Multi-Information Display. All trims see a 1 mpg increase in fuel economy.

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2011 Honda Pilot What's new for 2011? 
2011 Honda Pilot

For 2011, Honda's voice-activated satellite navigation system is now available on both the EX-L and Touring trims.

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2010 Honda Pilot What's new for 2010? 
2010 Honda Pilot

Having been completely redesigned last year, there are no major changes for the 2010 model.

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2009 Honda Pilot What's new for 2009? 
2009 Honda Pilot

The all-new, second-generation 2009 Honda Pilot is bigger and more powerful than its predecessor. It also gets slightly better gas mileage, thanks to updated Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology, which allows its six-cylinder engine to run on four or even three cylinders. Other new available features include Hill Start Assist, tri-zone auto climate control and a rearview mirror camera display.

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2008 Honda Pilot What's new for 2008? 
2008 Honda Pilot

The LX trim becomes the Value Package (VP) trim and the addition of popular features to the EX creates a new Special Edition trim.

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2007 Honda Pilot What's new for 2007? 
2007 Honda Pilot

No major changes for 2007.

About Honda Pilot

The 2016 Honda Pilot crossover SUV marks the third generation of this popular 3-row family hauler, and it evolves not just to stay with the times, but to remain a step ahead of its ever-tougher competition. The sleek new shape is slightly smaller, and while it sacrifices a smidge of interior space, it's still comfortable for eight passengers. The trade-off is a downright luxurious all-new dash and interior design, and a feature-packed Elite model that drives the premium feel home. The new Pilot also offers electronic driving aids like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, crash mitigation, and so on. Throw in excellent driving dynamics, and the new Honda Pilot is sure to give its Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer competition night sweats.

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Consumer Reviews

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

By on Sunday, December 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Ample space, nice design, good handling"

Cons: "Terrible Infotainment system, gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I purchased my 2016 Honda Pilot Elite in late October 2015 for $50,000+ out the door. The Good: I was very impress with the redesign and all the safety features that were standard on the Elite trim. I was also impressed with the test drive and how the vehicle handled on the road. Having owned a 2012 Acura TSX which has a "state of the art" user interface (voice command) to the Infotainment electronics stack (navigation, phone, audio, RES), I assumed the "Elite" would be as good or better than a four-year-old Acura TSX. This is where we come to the "bad" and "ugly" part of my review. After 6 weeks of driving my new Pilot Elite, I have come to realize there is absolutely nothing "Elite" about the Infotainment electronics stack. It is absolutely, in my opinion, one of the worst designs I have yet to encounter in a vehicle. To begin with, the touch screen is very slow to respond. I spend an inordinate amount of time looking and touching the screen while driving, when the same functions could be accomplished through "voice commands" or using a steering wheel or middle console input device. Every time I use the voice command button on the steering wheel, it takes me to a redundant screen of options for nav, phone, audio, help, etc., as opposed to just letting me give a voice command for "Call Home", "Navigation" or "FM Radio". While driving, I can only access 3 speed dial listings or call history listings. I cannot give a voice command for "next screen" or "call history". Again, I must touch the screen and take my eyes off the road. The touch must be used for the majority of input to the system which I am finding very distracting while driving and is becoming a safety hazard as I try to input to the system. All this screen touching poses another problem which is fingerprint glare on the screen. Living in Florida with abundant sunlight, I must constantly wipe the fingerprints off the screen in order to see the screen info under the fingerprint glare. Very frustrating! While driving I called Honda Tech Support through the touch screen and got their voice automation system. The system asked me to select one for Honda or two for Acura. Guess what, the number tone selection on the touch screen was "blacked out" since I was driving. The system let me make several touch inputs to make a call, but I could not select a number input for voice automation??? The worst system I have encountered is the RES (rear entertainment system) touch screen. It is absolutely worthless! While driving, if my 6-year-old daughter asks for me to put in a DVD, it is impossible for me to get it started without pulling off the road, getting in the back seat and using the back seat controls for the RES. The touch screen does not display any DVD menu information that would allow me to select, language, chapter or play movie. I have challenged several dealership sales reps to start a DVD from the driver’s seat and none have been successful in starting a DVD without getting in the back seat. The only thing the touch screen can do it "pause" a movie once it is playing. In my opinion, the safety on the Honda Pilot Elite is severely compromised by the amount of time one spends looking at the screen and doing inputs in order to initiate functions in the vehicle. A robust "voice command" system would accomplish the same thing without taking your eyes of the road or needing to pull off the road to accomplish simple tasks. Had I known how rudimentary, deficient and totally frustrating the Infotainment system is, I would not have purchased this vehicle. The Honda Pilot "Elite" is definitely not "Elite" when it comes to the Infotainment user interface to the electronics stack!"

70 people out of 75 found this review helpful

Quiet with a Great Ride; Technology not that great

By on Sunday, January 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Smooth and very quiet ride, roomy, dependability ?"

Cons: "Option choices; mileage; technology is lacking"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"This is our eleventh new Honda since 1998. The ride is great and one of the quietest riding vehicles I've owned. The V-6 has plenty of power, but the 9 speed automatic doesn't work as good as it should; it seems to hesitate in first and second gear, and really doesn't seem to have much "get up and go" until third gear. I haven't been on a long trip yet, but I don't think the gas mileage will be what is advertised; the trip computer indicates about 2-3 MPG above actual MPG. My last two Honda's fell short of the advertised MPG also. The "connectivity" is lacking. I've had at least a half dozen autos (Lexus, BMW, Chevrolet, and Hyundai), with Bluetooth and voice command capability, and this one is the most difficult to use; normal commands are sometimes not recognized. Voice commands for all of the others are fairly similar, but Honda's seem to be different. Also, steering wheel controls are on opposite sides from most autos. I really wanted the Elite model for the second row captain chairs, heated AND cooled front seats, rain sensing wipers, auto high beam, etc., but didn't want all wheel drive, so I opted for the Touring model instead. I could care less about the entertainment package, but again had no choice there. Honda could probably sell more Pilots, if they were a little more flexible with option choices. I like the "adaptive cruise control", but the greatest feature on this vehicle is the "lane keep assist". I think this car would drive itself, but unless you grip the steering wheel, the feature turns off and you get a warning to re-grip the steering wheel. Also, if you enter an area where the right or left road striping (intersection) is gone, the steering wheel pulls a little to the right/left, as if it were hunting the right/left stipe. I like the "Lane Watch", but think it would be equally important for it to be on the left mirror as well as the right mirror. The three stage backup camera is great for parking in tight places. Hopefully, Honda will upgrade some of their tech features for their next years model, and will make more allowances for option availability."

29 people out of 32 found this review helpful

Best in Class 3 Row SUV!!!

By on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Full package for the money...hard to beat!"

Cons: "Not much at the moment"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my second Honda in 3 years. I purchased a 2012 CRV back in 2012 (still have it and love it); you can see my original review of the CRV dated March 18, 2012 under the title "EXCELLENT "SUV" for the Money!" and an updated review of the CRV in May 29, 2013. Needless to say, I like the Honda brand and purchased a 2016 Pilot Elite. Let's get to the Pilot. With a growing family, I test drove multiple 3 row SUV's and the one I felt ok with the most was the Highlander...until I heard about the new Pilot coming up so I waited. Very GLAD I waited! First impressions of the Pilot were very very good. I wasn't crazy about the design in pictures, but in person it's a different story. Exterior was very sharp and very pleasing on the eyes. From the A pillar back, it looks beautiful, I just wish they put a little more effort in the front end design (not ugly, but not my favorite part of the vehicle). I love the wheel design too. Very Audi and Mercedes like. Inside, if you go with a Touring or Elite, it almost feels like you are sitting in a luxury vehicle, and yes, I've owned multiple luxury vehicles, I know the feeling :-). Very very minimal use of plastics, most of the cabin is soft touch materials that you find in Audi, Mercedes, BMW, etc... The cabin and dash are not cluttered with buttons and levers everywhere, it is very simplistic, classy and clean (almost Audiesque). I saw a couple of complaints about the touch screen in reviews, but I had no problem, feedback was quick and easy to use. If you see my CRV review, you'll know how much I hated Honda's infotainment system, so with the new Pilot, first impressions were, wow, Honda finally put some money into this! I love it so far. The seats are very comfortable and upscale (everything in that car feels upscale if you go with Touring or Elite). The second row seats were just as comfortable as the first row. Plenty of USB and charger plug-ins in the back for kids. One of the most important things for me was the third row room and trunk room while the third row is up (trying to avoid a minivan...yea yea I know, they are the most practical for families). You can easily and possibly comfortably fit a 6' person back there; anyone under that size will be very very comfortable. I personally sat back there and will be happy to sit back there for a long trip, it's a pleasant place to be. The seats weren't quite as comfortable as the second row, but they are comfortable enough, and definitely way more comfortable than the competitions. I opt'd for the Elite because of the captains chairs and the ease of access to third row since it will be occupied; my only complaint from initial impressions is that you have to go with the Elite to get the captains chairs. Also, I am giving the interior design a 9 here instead of a 10 because if you get the bench seats and have car seats (not booster seats) on each side of the bench seat, you can't move the bench seat forward to allow someone access to the third row (hence the reason why we opted for captains chairs); so my issue with that is why haven't manufacturers copied Infiniti's second row design where it tilts down and slides forward with a car seat to allow access to the third row (check out the Infiniti QX60 second row design on youtube...pretty cool). I guess Honda wants you to pay for the Elite to get the captains chairs. Next step was if I can at least fit a double stroller in the trunk while the third row is up...yep! and with room to spare for groceries. Lastly, the drive. Driving impressions were pretty good. Very quiet, very smooth, a little on the artificial side of feedback from the wheel (but hey, it's not a sports car so who cares, right?). Throttle response can be a little bit better too. So those are my initial impressions of the 2016 Pilot. Overall a big 10. I keep telling myself I am so glad I did not end up going with the Highlander or the Infiniti QX60 (except for that seat design in the Infiniti that I love) because the Pilot blows them out of the water! I'll do my usual updated review after about 20,000 miles of driving. If you're looking for a 3 row SUV, get yourself into a Pilot, you'll LOVE IT!"

85 people out of 97 found this review helpful

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