In a press release, Honda says the Pilot has a new front grille, headlights and front bumper. Depending on the trim shoppers select, there are also new wheels available. These changes are minimal but Kicking Tires says, “There are important changes under the hood and cabin upgrades that make the Pilot more competitive compared with the 2011 model.”
The most significant of those changes is improved fuel economy. The Pilot still has a 250-horsepower V6 engine, but to improve gas mileage, “Honda reduced friction of the moving parts in the engine, went to low-friction 0W-20 oil and low-friction fluid for the five-speed automatic transmission to get a 2-mile-per-gallon rating increase in highway and mixed driving modes, and a 1-mpg increase in town,” according to USA Today.
The EPA estimates averages of 17/24 mpg city/highway on four-wheel drive models and 18/25 on two-wheel drive models.
Inside, the Pilot added sound-deadening material to make the cabin quieter and redesigned the center controls. Honda made several adjustments to the features that come with each trim level, and most shoppers will be interested with the standard Bluetooth that now comes with the EX, the second lowest trim.
The 2012 Honda Pilot is now available at dealerships.
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