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

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