Some rivals may be sportier or more macho, but few can match the combination of passenger comfort and utility the 2017 Honda Pilot promises. Some of the improvements made to the 2017 Honda Pilot that make it a strong contender in the three-row crossover class include a spacious and flexible rear seats, plenty of high-tech safety features on most trims, fuel-efficient engines, a comfortable ride, and a sophisticated AWD system. Its release date should be expected sometime in March 2017.
The redesigned 2017 Honda Pilot has a new styling that more closely matches the smaller CR-V. It is blocky and big on the outside but spacious underneath. The previous model perhaps might have tried too much to be something it wasn’t. However, this time round the Pilot offers a more honest approach with its traditional crossover appearance.
Honda has focused more attention to the Pilot’s interior, which is now more refined, contemporary, and easier to see out of. The Pilot’s third row has always been more spacious and friendlier for passengers regardless of their sizes. The 2017 version, with its ample leg-and headroom, continues with the same tradition just like its predecessors.
The cabin now offers an upgraded 8-inch touchscreen interface, a clean looking dashboard, more bins and cupholders, and driver-centric audio and climate controls. The surfaces sport premium trims and softer materials. And opting for the Elite model gets you upscale bells and whistles such as ventilated and heated front seats, a heated tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, and heated second-row captain’s chairs.
The handling and ride quality is improved thanks to the stiffer structure that combines aluminum metal and high-strength steel. Honda says we should expect further weight reductions over and above what the previous model shed. While the sophisticated AWD provides the traction needed whenever the road gets twisty, you shouldn’t expect the handling to be sporty.
The result of the changes above is a confident and appealing crossover. But even so, there are other crossover SUVs in the segment that over matching or even better features and technologies. Some of them include the spacious 2017 Chevrolet Traverse, the stylish and versatile and wagon-like 2017 Ford Flex, and the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe.
Nonetheless, the 2017 Honda Pilot is a pretty good place to start when searching for a large family SUV if you are looking for well-rounded attributes.
2017 Honda Pilot Engine Specs
Under the hood of every 2017 Honda Pilot is a 3.5L V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission system. The six-speed auto then routes all the power – 280 hp and 262 lb. f. of torque to all the four wheels. Only the Elite and Touring get a nine-speed automatic transmission.
According to Honda, fuel consumption should be expected at 27/19/22 mpg on the highway/city/combined with the FWD, and 27/20/23 mpg for the nine-speed versions.
Offered Trims – Honda Pilot
The new 2017 Honda Pilot is offered in five trims levels: LX, EX, EX-L. Touring, and Elite trim model. The standard seating capacity accommodates eight people but the Elite reduces it by one due to its second-row captain’s chairs.
Interior Pictures & 2017 Honda Pilot Exterior Review
Exterior colors to expect include Modern Steel Metallic, Obsidian Blue pearl, Steel Sapphire Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, White Diamond Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Dark Cherry Pearl, and Black Forest Pearl.
Standard accessories offered for the base LX model include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, air conditioning, 18” alloy wheels, an auxiliary audio input, active noise cancellation, adaptive cruise control, dual USB ports, automatic dual-zone climate control, LED running lights, an 8-inch touchscreen interface, an adjustable eight-way driver seat, heated mirrors, and foglights.
At the pinnacle of the trim lineup is the Elite trim model which comes equipped with automatic windshield wipers, heated second-row captain’s chairs, a blind-spot monitor, a 10-speaker sound system, rear and front parking sensors, automatic engine start/stop, rear cross traffic alerts, a panoramic sunroof, automatic high-beam headlight control, rear parking sensors, driver memory settings, roof rails, ventilated and heated front seats, and a heated tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.
Evidently, more features should be expected on its release date as the ones we have detailed above aren’t exhaustive.
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: 19/27 (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
Price & 2017 Honda Pilot Release Date
March 2017 is the expected release date of the new 2017 Honda Pilot, according to online rumors. As for the price, expect the Pilot SUV to go for sale for $30,145. It will also be offered for lease, further details can be found on online forums.