Honda announced pricing for the 2016 Pilot last week, and the redesigned three-row crossover starts at $30,875, including destination. For comparison, the 2015 Pilot starts at $30,750 with destination. The Pilot comes in five basic trim levels, and opting for all-wheel drive over the standard front-wheel drive configuration adds $1,800 to the Pilot's price.
The base 2016 Pilot is less expensive than rivals such as the 2015 Ford Explorer ($31,595), 2015 Chevrolet Traverse ($31,870), 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe ($31,045) and 2015 Dodge Durango ($31,490). The Pilot's price is undercut by that of the 2015 Toyota Highlander ($30,550) and 2015 Nissan Pathfinder ($30,515).
The redesigned Honda Pilot was unveiled in February at the Chicago Auto Show. It is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 paired with either a standard six-speed automatic transmission, or on higher trims, a nine-speed automatic. Honda reports that a base 2016 Pilot returns an EPA-estimated 19/27 mpg city/highway, or with the nine-speed transmission, up to 20/27 mpg. The 2016 Pilot uses less fuel than the 2015 model, which has an EPA rating of up to 18/25 mpg.
The 2016 Pilot comes standard with Bluetooth, a rearview camera, push-button start and a USB port, and can seat up to eight people. Features like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, Honda's LaneWatch blind spot camera, HD Radio, navigation and an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment display are optional. The top Touring and Elite trims have captain's chairs in the second row and can seat up to seven people.
In our affordable midsize SUV rankings, the 2015 Pilot currently holds 10th place out of 12. Do you think the 2016 model will rank higher? Check back soon to read our full review of the 2016 Honda Pilot and find out. The new Pilot is slated to hit dealerships this summer.