New 2017 Honda Pilot SUV
Honda Pilot SUV
The capable and refined 2017 Honda Pilot features impressive high-tech and advanced safety features making it the consummate family SUV.
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Honda’s venerable Pilot SUV for 2017 provides 3-row convenience in a vehicle noted for its reliability and strong resale. This 3rd-generation Pilot is slightly smaller than the last, but the design is sleeker and more upscale. The Pilot sacrifices some interior room to the design, making it smaller inside than the aging Chevrolet Traverse, but still slightly larger than the current Ford Explorer. The 2017 Pilot is also up to speed on the latest safety features, offering driver-assist systems like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and crash-detection and mitigation. On the road, the Pilot is every bit the equal of the Toyota Highlander and Nissan Pathfinder, although it can’t match the off-road prowess of a Ford Explorer or Land Rover Discovery.
You'll Like This Car If...
With its eye-appealing style, luxurious interior appointments and impressive driving characteristics, the 2017 Honda Pilot is the 8-passenger, 3-row family SUV by which to judge all others.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you need lots of cargo space behind the 3rd-row seat or need to tow serious loads, a full-size SUV like the Chevy Tahoe or Nissan Armada makes a better choice. Those looking for base-model pricing with advanced driver-assist features will need to look to the Toyota Highlander.
What's New for 2017
After a complete redo last year, the 2017 Honda Pilot SUV sees only minor changes. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are made standard on EX trims and higher, while the black interior option is now offered on all trims wearing White Diamond Pearl paint.
It doesn’t take long behind the wheel of Honda’s 2017 Pilot SUV to determine this might just be the best-riding, best-handling 3-row family transport under $40,000. You can find more powerful competitors, even hybrid options, but for our tastes the 280-horsepower V6 is more than adequate. The smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission performs without fuss, although its 1-mpg improvement over the standard 6-speed automatic can’t really justify the extra cost. We wouldn’t classify the Pilot’s performance as sporty, but rather overwhelmingly confident. On the road, the Pilot feels nimble and maneuverable, with a very tight turning radius that makes it easy to navigate in tight spots. The Pilot’s switchgear and instruments are all logically arranged and easy to access, and the low levels of wind and tire noise are commendable, as is the ability to hold a conversation over two rows even at highway speeds.
Available on all but the base LX trim, Honda Sensing bundles lane-keeping assist with rear cross-path detection, adaptive cruise control and road-departure mitigation as well as the Pilot EX’s LaneWatch monitor in a safety suite designed to help the driver both see and avoid potential hazards.
You’ll like what Honda has done to improve storage without impinging on passenger comfort. The hidden cargo area behind the third seat adds about three cubic feet of storage and has a sturdy reversible cover carpeted on one side that conveniently stows away at the bottom of the cargo well.
The 2017 Honda Pilot interior boasts soft-touch surfaces on the dash and doors, which combine with on-road quiet and comfortable seats for a sophisticated feel. The comfort combines with practicality with a generous cargo area, and a huge center console bin with plenty of storage space. Thankfully, Honda has upgraded its navigation system for one from Garmin, although not everyone will like the cartoonish colors. The 2nd-row seats are comfortable, and the one-touch folding mechanism borrowed from the Acura MDX eases 3rd-row access. We also like the multiple USB ports (up to five) and the available HD rear-entertainment system.
The 2017 Honda Pilot shuns the first two generations’ boxy styling in favor of sleek lines that are clearly designed to evoke a family resemblance to the smaller CR-V and HR-V. While it no longer stands out in a parking lot, the current Pilot SUV looks better overall. We particularly like the LED accents in the headlights, and a taillight design that reflects the same pattern. However, some may find the cargo floor is a couple inches higher than need be, while other will lament the glass on the rear hatch no longer opens independently of the hatch itself.
Notable Standard Equipment
The basic front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2017 Honda Pilot LX comes standard with a multi-angle rearview camera and a tire-pressure-monitoring system that flashes the lights when you've filled a tire to its proper pressure. Cruise control, audio and phone controls are all located on the steering wheel, and all Pilots come with Bluetooth, a 4.2-inch information screen between the gauges, push-button start, and an Eco mode to help fuel economy. Still, it's worth upgrading to at least the EX model, which adds Honda's Intelligent Traction Management system, an upgraded audio system that includes HondaLink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Honda's clever LaneWatch right-side-view camera.
Notable Optional Equipment
The new Honda Pilot breaks most of its options into different models. For example, if you want things like dynamic guidelines on your rearview camera, you'll have to step up to the EX model. If you want leather, you're in EX-L territory. The 9-speed automatic is standard once you get to Touring and Elite models. All-wheel drive (AWD) is optional on all models, except for Elite, where it's standard. Also available on all new Honda Pilot models (besides LX) is the Honda Sensing suite of collision and road-departure mitigation and warning, lane-departure warning, active cruise and lane-keeping assist.
Under the Hood
There's only one engine available for the 2017 Honda Pilot: a 3.5-liter V6 putting out 280 horsepower. This engine is offered with either a 6-speed automatic or, in Touring and Elite models, a 9-speed automatic. We were impressed by the 9-speed transmission’s operation, particularly because this ZF-supplied transmission has received mixed reviews in other manufacturers’ cars where it's used. All models offer AWD, and the sophisticated system is standard on Elite models. Interestingly, a traction-management system that optimizes the AWD and FWD function for snow, mud or other surfaces is standard on all but LX models. The engine offers an Eco mode that shuts off half the cylinders under light throttle to help improve fuel economy.
280 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
262 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy (estimated): 19/27 mpg (6-speed automatic, FWD), 18/26 mpg (6-speed automatic, AWD), 20/27 mpg (9-speed automatic, FWD), 19/26 mpg (9-speed automatic, AWD)
Note: Due to changes in EPA testing to more effectively reflect real-world conditions, some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy scores than their 2016 versions.
A base FWD 2017 Pilot LX carries a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just under $31,500 including the $900 destination charge. The much nicer EX and EX-L grades start a few thousand higher, at $33,900 and $37,400, respectively. Touring models start at about $42,500. Adding the Honda Sensing system to any model increases the cost by $1,000. Add $1,800 if you want AWD. The top-line 2017 Honda Pilot Elite model tops out at about $48,000. Overall, Honda’s Pilot SUV for 2017 is priced competitively against the Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Explorer. Be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area paid, and be comfortable knowing that over the years your Honda Pilot will hold its value better than the Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, Dodge Durango and Chevrolet Traverse.
Honda Pilot Consumer Reviews
October 05, 2018
The new pilot is awesome! Drives nice and is very comfortable.
June 23, 2018
I dont know how you could improve it!
Quiet-Powerful, Engine very quick-Great Ride-Excellent Mileage Average 26mpg all around -Excellent Handling-
June 01, 2018
Weve had a Honda Odyssey, 3 Accords, and 2 CRVs, but this is our first Pilot. I wanted the 4wd so we had the option to tow 5,000 lbs. I...
May 30, 2017
Great family vehicle
My wife and I are the ones who refuse to get a mini van (family of 4..hoping 5)....and after extensive research we decided on a HONDA...
April 22, 2017
Great vehicle for road trips - great mpg
Will be keeping this vehicle for a long time. On a recent 2500 mile road trip, averaged over 28 mpg.
December 29, 2016
This car has revolutionized my driving experience
I have owned my 2016 Pilot EX-L with Honda Sensing technology for over 6 months now and driven 6500 miles. We wanted a comfortable,...
July 13, 2016
Fantastic job with the 2016 redesign
My wife and I have already had two Honda Pilots - the last one we had for 9 years. We really wanted to try something different and test...
June 28, 2016
Can't say enough good things about my 16 Pilot Elite, bought new last October and now have 14,000 miles. Comfortable, reliable and safe...
May 17, 2016
Best SUV - Honda hit the mark
This is an early review. So far so good. Vehicle was built end of April. Purchased last weekend. Fit and finish is top notch. All...
May 11, 2016
Roomy, quiet, smooth, fast.
I got a basic version - LX AWD. Very happy with the choice. All complaints appear to be about the features that I do not have anyway ...
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2017 Honda Pilot Specs
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Choose a song, dictate a text message or navigate to a destination with the ease and familiarity of your smartphone.
Keyless Entry and Pushbutton Start
Unlock and start the car without ever touching the key. You'll never go back to the old way.
Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
Keep cool and stay warm, all year long. The Pilot also offers heated second-row seats.
Dynamic maps and turn-by-turn directions make it easier to find your way in the world.
Seating for Eight
A 3-position third-row seat brings max seating capacity to eight, or seven when you opt for the available second-row captain's chairs.
An impressive suite of driver assist and safety systems including Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking and Road Departure Mitigation.
Lane Keeping Assist
Driving straight down the highway requires small but continuous steering corrections. Lane Keeping Assist does some of the work for you.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Set your speed and the Pilot slows down when it approaches slower traffic, and speeds up again when the road is clear. It even works in stop-and-go traffic.
Collision Mitigation Braking
If it senses an impending collision, the Pilot can automatically apply its brakes to avoid or reduce the severity of impact.
Road Departure Mitigation
If you begin to drift out of your lane, the Pilot will gently steer itself back. If you begin to drift off the road entirely, the Pilot will apply the brakes, too.
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
Sometimes you need a good look at what's right behind you, other times you need to look for what might be coming down the road you're backing into.
2017 Honda Pilot Safety Ratings
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|#27||2017 Honda Pilot||280|
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|#2||2017 Nissan Rogue||34|
|#3||2019 Chevrolet Equinox||32|
|#4||2018 Chevrolet Equinox||32|
|#57||2017 Honda Pilot||22|
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|#2||2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited||10|
|#3||2019 Chevrolet Traverse||9.6|
|#4||2018 Chevrolet Traverse||9.6|
|#62||2017 Honda Pilot||7.4|