The Honda Pilot is a midsize family crossover SUV from the Japanese automaker Honda. It was revealed in 2002 and has been for sale in the North American market since 2003. This vehicle is the perfect balance between an SUV and a minivan.
While still having three rows of seats and a seating capacity of seven, the Pilot has ample storage, enough ride height, a lofty seating position, and an all-wheel-drive system - basically all the traits SUV buyers look for. The drivetrain is also powerful enough to propel this huge car through any terrain.
Is Honda Pilot the right car for you?
A Capable Engine
Honda has used a 3.5L naturally aspirated V6 for the Pilot that produces 280hp and 262lb-ft torque. Coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission and powering all four wheels of the SUV, this engine gives the car excellent response on and off-road.
Comfortable and Roomy
Inside the Pilot, you will find a pleasant environment wrapped in fine materials and sufficiently roomy. With the front two rows of captain’s seats and a spacious last row of seats, you can easily fit seven people in this car.
Enormous Cargo Space
If you are looking to buy a used car that can haul a lot of stuff and be able to go anywhere, the Pilot may just be it. With all rows of seats upraised, you get a nice 15.8 cubic feet cargo hold which can be expanded to 55.9 cubic feet by folding the rear and 83.9 cubic feet by folding the middle row seats.
Notable features of Honda Pilot
The Intelligent Variable Torque Management All-Wheel-Drive or i-VTM4 is Honda’s latest take on AWD. It sends torque to the wheel that needs it and when it needs it. This gives the Pilot a smooth driving experience on-road and excellent performance off-road.
Remote Engine Start
The Pilot comes with a remote engine start via the key fob. This makes it possible to warm up or cool down the car to ensure it is nice and cozy when you step inside. It also eliminates the time needed to get the car to operating temperature.
With a unibody construction, Macpherson Strut front suspension, and independent multi-link rear suspension, the Pilot stays planted to the road and has minimal body roll-in cornering. The same system allows for optimum articulation when off-road to ensure the wheels always have enough grip to keep moving.
Frequently asked questions
What is ITM?
Intelligent Traction Management or ITM system is an electronic system in the Pilot that senses the surface the car is on and makes sure it has enough traction at any given time.
Can you buy the Pilot as an FWD?
Yes. The Pilot is available as a front-wheel-drive car.
Is the Pilot the biggest Honda SUV?
The Pilot is the biggest Honda SUV for sale right now. Overall, the Odyssey is bigger, but it is a minivan.
Does the Pilot have an idling stop?
Yes. All variants and trims of the Pilot come with an idling stop as a standard feature.
What is ACM in the Honda Pilot?
ACM or Active Control Engine Mount system cancels out the engine’s vibrations so that they do not get transferred to the chassis.