Honda introduced the fully redesigned 2016 Pilot last week at the Chicago Auto Show. According to Honda, "the 2016 Honda Pilot delivers more family-friendly utility, more advance technology and more premium attributes and amenities than ever before. …" The Pilot was last fully redesigned for the 2009 model year.
The 2016 Pilot is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 and either a six- or nine-speed automatic transmission. At the Chicago Auto Show, Honda showed off a Pilot model with the new nine-speed automatic and a new push-button gear selector instead of a traditional shifter. Horsepower figures haven't been released yet, but Car and Driver points out that the 2016 Pilot's engine is also found in the Acura MDX, and makes 290 horsepower. Honda says the new Pilot is nearly 300 pounds lighter than the 2015 model and expects it to use less fuel. For reference, a front-wheel drive 2015 Pilot has an EPA fuel economy rating of 18/25 mpg city/highway.
The three-row Pilot can be equipped with features like heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, up to five USB ports, a 115-volt power outlet, an 8-inch touch-screen display for infotainment functions and a rear-seat Blu-ray Disc system. The Pilot is also available with driving aids like Honda's LaneWatch passenger side blind spot camera, a rearview camera, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.
Motor Trend says the redesigned Pilot's new body style makes it “look more like a crossover than the utilitarian SUV it looked like before." It adds that the interior "now looks more upscale with more quality materials and soft touch points."
Honda says the 2016 Pilot will hit dealerships this summer. No pricing information has been released, but the 2015 Pilot starts at $29,870.