The Honda Pilot for 2017 goes on sale Monday. Redesigned for 2016, this year’s model doesn’t look different on the outside. But Honda reworked the inside and threw in some new features.
The added improvements jacks up the price a couple of hundred dollars on each trim. Meaning the base model with 2WD starts at $31,475. The top Elite with AWD now starts at $47,950. The EX, EX-L, and Touring trims fill in the middle price ground.
The new model will continue the third generation of the Pilot, which was unveiled at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Honda says the sales of the model have done well, but there are a few complaints the 2017 addresses.
One of them is not enough space inside. So Honda worked on the design to create more of it. The Pilot continues to offer seating for up to eight. Honda brags about the ease of getting into the third row with an optional button to move the second row.
Inside, you can also now also get the black upholstery with the Diamond Pearl paint color option on all trim levels. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are offered for 2017 as well.
Honda notes the infotainment touchscreen will now be fingerprint resistant. A plus for all you clean freaks out there – I raise my hand and air high-five you.
The model also sheds some pounds with the shift to more aluminum body parts. Aside from that though the body stays the same. The model will continue to only offer a 3.5-liter direct-injection V6.
The engine offers six-speed automatic on the lower trims and nine-speed on the higher levels. There were hopes that the top Elite trim would offer six-speed, but that didn’t happen this time round.