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Beauty, Brawn and Brains: The 2016 Honda Pilot is the Triple Threat Poised to Top the Three-Row SUV Segment

The all-new, third generation 2016 Honda Pilot will go on sale this summer ready to take the mid-size SUV segment by storm, with more of what active families seek in a three-row SUV – sleek and athletic styling, outstanding power, sophisticated technology, an available panoramic roof and a vast array of other standard features.

Building on the solid reputation established from the fall 2002 introduction of the first generation 2003 model, the 2016 Pilot brings a whole new level of refinement and available content to the segment. This includes a more powerful direct injected 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC® Earth Dreams™ Technology engine producing 280 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, and new 6-speed and 9-speed automatic transmissions. Providing outstanding dynamic handling are a new Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD System and all-new selectable Intelligent Traction Management system featuring Normal, Mud, Sand, and Snow modes on the AWD models. Also significantly upgraded are the Display Audio and navigation systems. The available Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver assistive technologies brings available features that include Collision Mitigation Braking System™ with Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation System, Lane Keeping Assist System with Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control.

The 2016 Pilot trims available include LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L RES, EX-L Navi and Touring. Honda Sensing™ is available on the LX trim and standard on EX trims and above.

Model Trim Summary
Pilot LX Prominent Features
Direct-injected 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM)
6-Speed Automatic Transmission
Intelligent Traction Management, Normal/Mud/Sand/Snow (AWD)
Hill Start Assist
Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD System (available)
Honda Sensing™ (available)
18-inch aluminum alloy wheels  
Brake Assist
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera  with dynamic guidelines
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Tire Fill Assist and Location and Pressure Indicators
Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) II Body Structure
LED Brake Lights
Body-coloured heated power side mirrors including expanded view driver's mirror
Proximity key entry system
Push Button Start
Remote Engine Start
Front wiper de-icer
Heated front seats
8-Inch Display Audio with High-Resolution WVGA (800x480) Electrostatic Touch-Screen and Customizable Feature Settings
HondaLink® Next Generation
SMS Text Message Function
Song By Voice® (SBV)
225-Watt Audio System with 7 Speakers, including Subwoofer
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
Bluetooth® Streaming Audio
MP3/Windows Media® Audio (WMA) Playback Capability
USB HondaLink/Audio Interface [Front w/Charging (1 Port) and Centre Console w/High-Speed Charging (2 Ports)]

Pilot EX Prominent Features - Changed or added from LX
LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Honda Sensing™
Honda LaneWatch™
One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
Roof Rails
Fog Lights
HomeLink® Remote System
Driver's Seat with 10-Way Power Adjustment, including Power Lumbar Support

Pilot EX-L Prominent Features - Changed or added from EX
Acoustic Windshield Glass
Power Tailgate
Rear Entertainment System with HDMI interface and 115V power outlet (RES) (available)
SiriusXM® Radio
Front and rear park sensors
Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Heated Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
One-Touch 2nd-Row Seats
Front Passenger's Seat with 4-Way Power Adjustment
Leather-Trimmed Interior
 Heated second-row seats (outboard positions)
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition21 and Honda HD Digital Traffic (available)

Pilot Touring Prominent Features - Changed or added from EX-L
9-Speed Automatic Transmission with Shift-By-Wire (SBW) with Paddle Shifters
20-inch Aluminum Alloy Wheels
Auto High-Beam Headlights
Blind Spot Information System (BSI) with Rear Cross Traffic Monitor23
Rain Sensing Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
Panoramic Roof
LED Headlights with auto-levelling
Acoustic Front and Rear Door Glass
Body-Coloured Power Side Mirrors. Heated with Memory
Power folding mirrors
Driver's Seat with 10-Way Power Adjustment, including Power Lumbar Support with Two-Position Memory
Idle-Stop
Blu-Ray Rear Entertainment System
Blue Ambient LED Lighting
Front and 2nd-Row Illuminated Beverage Holders
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition22 and Honda HD Digital Traffic
540-Watt Premium Audio System with 10 Speakers, including Subwoofer
USB Ports, 2nd-Row w/High-Speed Charging (2 Ports)
Ventilated Front Seats
Heated 2nd-Row Captain's Chairs

Earth Dreams™ Technology Powertrain
The 2016 Pilot delivers more refined, powerful and fuel-efficient performance than ever before courtesy of its new 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC® V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) cylinder deactivation technology. The engine’s peak output of 280 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque is up 30 hp and 7 lb.-ft. over the previous model. The engine is matched to a choice of two new advanced transmissions – a Pilot-first 6-speed automatic transmission or, on the top trim, a Honda-first 9-speed automatic transmission – both delivering more refined, responsive and fuel-efficient performance.

Intelligent Variable Torque Management for all Four Wheels (i-VTM4)
The Pilot’s available new Intelligent VTM4 (i-VTM4) is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced all-wheel-drive system offered in a mainstream, three-row SUV. Benefits include superior all-weather handling and neutral, accurate steering under power that is unmatched by front-drive, rear-drive or conventional all-wheel-drive systems.
Intelligent Traction Management

The Pilot features a new button-operated Intelligent Traction Management System that offers different operating modes, for the AWD: Normal, Mud, Sand and Snow this system was developed, tuned and tested at various locations in the U.S. and around the world – including in Imperial Dunes “Glamis”, California; Moscow, Russia; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Intelligent Traction Management system allows the driver to select the operating mode that best suits the driving conditions by simply pushing a button on the vehicle’s centre console. Based on the setting selected, the system adjusts the drive-by wire map, transmission shift map, Vehicle Stability Assist™ and i-VTM4 torque distribution for optimal performance in varying road or surface conditions.

Display Audio and Navigation
Honda's latest thinking for advanced, family-friendly technology is embodied in the new Pilot. New features include the standard 8-inch capacitive touchscreen Display Audio telematics interface with Android operating system and all-new Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ developed in cooperation with the experts at Garmin®24.

Exterior Colours
Eight exterior colours including three metallic and five pearl colours are available on the 2016 Pilot, depending on trim. All colours have a strong character, offering expressive contrasts that complement the Pilot’s body-panel curves and angles, while also exhibiting a smart luxury appearance. The colours are:
Modern Steel Metallic*         White Diamond Pearl
Lunar Silver Metallic*         Crystal Black Pearl
Steel Sapphire Metallic*    Obsidian Blue Pearl
Black Forest Pearl*         Dark Cherry Pearl
* New colour for Pilot

The exterior colours are keyed to the 2016 Pilot’s three available interior colours:
Black, Grey, Beige