MARKHAM, ON (October 1, 2013) – Designed as the “Ultimate Family Adventure Vehicle” and boasting the highest NRCan-rated fuel economy of any eight-passenger family SUV, the award-winning Honda Pilot is back for 2014 and goes on sale today with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $34,9901. The Pilot combines an NRCan-rated highway fuel economy2 of 7.8 L/100km (2WD models), a high degree of practicality with its versatile and functional cabin, a choice of 2- or 4-wheel drive, and up to 2,045 kg towing capability3 (4WD models), and a fun-to-drive character. Together with Honda’s trademark quality, safety and low cost of ownership, the 2014 Pilot is an ideal transportation solution for families with varied and active lifestyles.
The 2014 Pilot is available in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L (leather) and Touring, with a Rear Entertainment System available on the EX-L model and standard on the Touring model. In addition, the Touring model also benefits from a standard Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System. All 2014 Pilots are powered by a refined 250-horsepower 3.5-litre i-VTEC V-6 engine, and is available in both 2- and 4-wheel-drive configurations.
Fuel-Efficient V-6 Power
The Pilot’s advanced 24-valve all-aluminum V-6 engine offers numerous friction-reduction technologies, “intelligent” Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control® (i-VTEC®) and Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™). The VCM system allows the V-6 engine to operate in 6-cylinder mode for maximum power and in either 4-cylinder or 3-cylinder mode for increased efficiency. The Pilot’s NRCan fuel economy2 ratings give the 2014 Pilot 2WD and 4wd models the highest fuel economy rating of any eight-passenger SUV.
A standard 5-speed automatic transmission features Grade Logic Control to help maintain the most appropriate gear when climbing or descending steep grades, helping minimize gear “hunting.” The available Variable Torque Management® (VTM-4®) system on Pilot 4WD models adds fully automatic 4-wheel-drive capability, and features a “lock mode” that can deliver the maximum-possible torque transfer to the rear wheels to aid extraction from extremely low traction or stuck conditions.
Functional Exterior Styling
Bold and expressive, practical and elegant, the 2014 Pilot presents its own unique blend of function and style. 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. Pilot LX models and above are equipped with a 5-spoke, 18-inch aluminum wheels While Pilot Touring models feature an exclusive 6-spoke alloy wheel design with a high-contrast machined surface.
589L of cargo space behind the third row seats matches or exceeds the trunk space of a typical large sedan. For maximum cargo space, the second and third rows fold flat to provide 2464L of total cargo space and sufficient width for carrying 4-foot-wide items such a sheets of plywood or drywall. The cargo area also has a hidden storage well that provides additional space. The tailgate (power operated on EX-L and Touring models) features a lift-up glass hatch for convenient access to the rearmost cargo area.
Comprehensive Interior Features
Sophisticated design, high-quality materials, advanced electronic features, and low noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for passengers in all three rows. The roomy accommodations include 16 different seating configurations for the 60/40 split-folding second- and third-row seats.
All Pilot models come equipped with a high-resolution 8-inch intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) with rearview camera display (multi-angle Touring), iPod album artwork display, and user-loadable wallpaper function, plus Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Bluetooth® Audio, USB connection and tri-zone automatic climate control system with humidity control and air filtration. . The Pilot LX, EX and EX-L models include a 2GB CD Library (CD-L), while Touring models with the standard Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™4 offers 15 GB of audio memory with bilingual voice recognition.
Responsive and Refined Chassis
The Pilot’s rigid body structure and fully independent suspension –with MacPherson strut front and multi-link with trailing arm rear – provides the foundation for its responsive, comfortable and stable ride and handling. The 1720 mm front/1715 mm rear track improves cornering capability while the 2775 mm wheelbase facilitates a smooth ride; and a tight turning radius of 5.78 m aids maneuverability in tight parking situations.
Numerous advanced chassis features and components directly benefit fuel efficiency, including a variable-displacement power steering pump, low-rolling-resistance tires, and low-drag front ventilated and rear disc brakes. Finely tuned aerodynamics, aerodynamic front strakes, splash shields and inner fenders, and minimal frontal area also contribute to overall fuel efficiency.
Utilizing Honda’s unique Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, the 2013 Pilot was rated as a “TOP SAFETY PICK by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The ACE body helps reduce the amount of crash energy reaching the passenger compartment in a frontal collision and can enhance frontal collision compatibility with vehicles of different sizes and ride heights
Active safety features, including anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), are standard on all models. Passive safety features include 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), and active front head restraints.
For More Information
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1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
2 Based on 2014 NRCan mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
3 Towing requires the addition of the Honda accessory towing kit, trailer harness and hitch ball. Trailer harness is standard on Touring models. Please see your Honda dealer for details.
4 The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on EX-L models and standard on Touring models in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Please see your Honda dealer for details.