MARKHAM, ON (September 20, 2012) – After receiving an extensive mid-cycle refresh for 2012 that included more refined styling, fuel efficiency improvements and upgraded feature content, the Honda Pilot returns for 2013 as the most fuel-efficient eight-passenger SUV. The Pilot combines family-friendly features with excellent Natural Resources Canada fuel economy ratings (7.8L/100km highway on LX 2WD), and solid towing capability (2,045 kg/4,500 pounds1 on 4-wheel drive models (4WD) models). Upscale exterior and interior designs, advanced electronics and safety features and a choice of 2WD or 4WD, makes Honda’s Pilot a truly versatile transportation solution. The 2013 Honda Pilot goes on sale October 15, and pricing begins at $34,9902.
For 2013, the Pilot offers a significant number of new standard features, including, USB integration, high-resolution 8-inch intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID), and a standard rearview camera. Also new for 2013 is a dramatic Obsidian Blue Pearl exterior colour.
As in previous years, the Pilot is available in LX, EX, EX-L (leather) and Touring trim levels, with a Rear Entertainment System available on the EX-L model and standard on the Touring model. The Touring model also benefits from a standard Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System. All 2013 Pilots are powered by a refined 250-horsepower 3.5-litre i-VTEC V-6 engine with VCM that includes numerous measures for reducing friction and improving fuel efficiency.
Models and Features
As with the prior model year, the 2013 Pilot is available in four model choices (LX, EX, EX-L and Touring). LX is available in either 2-wheel drive or or 4-wheel-drive configuration. All other trims are equipped with 4-wheel drive.
Standard 2013 Honda Pilot features include:
• Simplified centre stack
• High-resolution 8-inch intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID)
• Rearview camera display
• Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control
• 2GB CD-Library
• Album artwork display
• User-loadable wallpaper function
• Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
• Bluetooth® Audio
• USB connection
Standard comfort and convenience features on the Pilot LX include a tri-zone automatic climate control system with humidity control and air filtration, high-resolution 8-inch intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID), Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and Bluetooth® Audio, USB connection, rearview camera, tilt and telescope steering column, cruise control, power windows with auto-up/down driver's and passenger's window, power door and tailgate locks, AM/FM/CD stereo system with seven speakers including a subwoofer and Radio Data System (RDS), AAC audio file playback capability from data discs to the CD player, trip computer, heat-rejecting tinted glass, integrated Class III tow-hitch receiver, and more.
The Pilot EX adds a power driver's seat with 10-way power adjustment with lumbar support, security system, body-coloured side mirrors, roof rails, fog lights, HomeLink® Remote System, heated front seats, automatic headlights, chrome exhaust finishers and more.
Additional Pilot EX-L features include leather-trimmed seating surfaces, leather steering wheel, 4-way power front passenger's seat, one-touch power moonroof, a power tailgate, XM Radio®3, an automatic-dimming rearview mirror and the availability of the Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System with a 9-inch screen. The addition of the rear entertainment system also adds a 115-volt power outlet in the centre console.
The top-of-the-line Pilot Touring includes the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with multi-view rearview camera, a Premium Audio System with 10 speakers, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink® and Audio Streaming (with selected phones), the Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System, 2-position memory seats, corner and backup sensors, side-mirror integrated turn indicators, heated rear seats and more.
Power comes from an advanced 24-valve, all-aluminum V-6 engine with "intelligent" Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC) technology with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM). The VCM system allows the V-6 engine to operate in 6-cylinder mode for power and 4- or 3-cylinder modes for efficiency. The Pilot has an Natural Resources Canada city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 12.3/8.2/10.5 L/100km4 on 4-wheel-drive models and 11.8/7.8/10.0 L/100km on 2-wheel-drive models. This gives the 2013 Pilot 2WD the highest fuel economy rating of any 8-passenger SUV.
Engine friction-reduction technologies including a plateau-honed engine block, low-friction piston treatments, ion-plated piston rings and 0W-20 oil contribute to the high fuel efficiency. Additional fuel efficiency-enhancing measures include the use of a load-variable alternator, high-efficiency spark plugs and a wide VCM operating range.
The 5-speed automatic transmission features Grade Logic Control to help maintain the most appropriate gear when going uphill or downhill, thereby avoiding gear "hunting." The available VTM-4 system on Pilot 4WD models adds fully automatic 4-wheel-drive capability. VTM-4 delivers seamless, "decision-free" application of 4-wheel-drive when needed, a key benefit compared to conventional systems. The system also provides a "lock mode" – available when in first or second gear up to 30km/h and activated by a button on the instrument panel – that can deliver the maximum-possible torque transfer to the rear wheels to aid in extraction from extremely low traction or stuck conditions.
The Pilot’s grille and front fascia feature a distinctive 3-bar horizontal design, while multi-reflector halogen headlights and integrated turn signals contribute to the premium look. A front air dam and optimized strakes (the rectangular air deflector in front of the wheels) help reduce unwanted air turbulence, which can help improve fuel efficiency. The Pilot LX, EX and EX-L models have a 5-spoke, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheel design, while Pilot Touring alloy wheels feature an exclusive 6-spoke design with a high-contrast machined surface.
The suspension is a fully independent system with front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link with trailing arm designs that contribute to responsive driving characteristics for an SUV. The 2775 mm (109.2-inch) wheelbase facilitates a smooth ride. A tight turning radius of 5.78 m aids maneuverability in tight parking situations.
Advanced chassis features that directly benefit fuel efficiency include a variable-displacement power steering pump, low-rolling-resistance tires, and low-drag front ventilated and rear disc brakes. Finely tuned aerodynamics, the front strakes, splash shields and inner fenders, and minimal frontal area also contribute to improved fuel efficiency.
Sophisticated interior styling, high-quality materials and advanced electronic features provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for passengers in all three rows of seating. Standard features include 16 different seating configurations, 60/40 split-folding second- and third-row seats, and generous cargo room, plus an estimated fuel-economy display, three voice-recognition languages, and an intuitive audio interface.
For 2013, the Pilot LX and EX add a simplified centre stack that was previously exclusive to EX-L and Touring models. The upgrade means that all Pilot models now include a high-resolution 8-inch intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) with rearview camera display (multi-angle on Touring), iPod album artwork display and user-loadable wallpaper function, USB connection.
Adding to the comfort level of the 2013 Pilot is pleasingly low noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). Enhanced body seam sealing around the unit-body connection points, and specially tuned rear suspension sub-frame mounts, result in lower noise levels in the passenger cabin. Other specific NVH countermeasures include body-seam sealants to reduce air leaks, enhanced pillar separators, revised insulation materials and acoustic windshield glass on all models.
Safety technology includes the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure that helps reduce the amount of crash energy reaching the passenger compartment in a frontal collision and can enhance frontal collision compatibility. Additional standard safety equipment includes 3-row side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, driver's and front passenger's front and side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), active front seat head restraints and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist. Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) is standard on all models. The U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated the Pilot as a "2013 Top Safety Pick."
The Pilot is assembled from domestic and globally sourced parts at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda R&D Americas designed and developed the Pilot in Raymond, Ohio, and Torrance, California.
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1 Requires surge-type or electric trailer brakes, available Honda accessory towing package with automatic transmission cooler and hitch ball. Premium unleaded fuel is recommended when towing above 3,500 lbs. Towing capacity for Pilot 2WD without automatic transmission cooler is 905 kg (2,000 lbs).
2 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
3 Required XM Radio subscription sold separately after 90-day trial period. Subscriptions are governed by the XM Customer Agreement available at xmradio.com/serviceterms.
4 Based on 2013 Natural Resources Canada
mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only.. Your actual
mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
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