There are few cars more thoroughly committed to family-centric transportation than the Honda Pilot. As a result the last-generation model earned a reputation as a very good, but often boring, crossover SUV. But that’s all about to change.
The Car Pro was at the Chicago Auto Show when an all-new Honda Pilot was revealed, and it didn’t disappoint. It looks better, losing the super boxy fridge-like look.
It was certainly one of the hits of the show.
The new pilots comes with more technology as well as better looks. It has up to five USB ports, two headphone jacks and an auxiliary input jack along with two 12-volt power outlets and one 115-volt household outlet.
An 8-inch capacitive touchscreen houses a new Display Audio telematics interface. There’s also a new satellite navigation system that enables 3D display of terrain, buildings, and road signs. Rear-seat passengers can optionally use a 9-inch entertainment system. The pilot also offers smartphone connectivity.
Under the hood, you’ll find a 3.5-liter V-6 i-VTEC engine with Variable Cylinder Management. Idle stop technology aims to improve gas mileage. A new six-speed automatic transmission is standard, while a new nine-speed automatic is available on upper-trim models.
The other big thing to note is that the new Pilot sheds 300 pounds over the last generation model.
Honda took awhile, but certainly impressed us with the Pilot’s new look. The SUV goes on sale this summer.