Photos and Details About the 2017 Honda Pilot
The 2017 Honda Pilot ranks highly in the competitive midsize SUV category. These vehicles are extremely versatile. They're big enough to carry a lot of people and cargo without being so large that they’re hard to maneuver in town.
The Pilot didn’t see any major changes for 2017, but it hardly needed to. It won the 2017 Best 3-Row SUV for Families award thanks to its family-friendly features, and it was a finalist for the Best 3-Row SUV for the Money award.
There are several trim levels and options available for the Honda Pilot, so read on to learn which Pilot might best suit your family’s needs.
Powertrain & Handling
The Honda Pilot has one engine available, a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 280 horsepower. It comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, but that can be upgraded to a nine-speed automatic that adds 1 mpg to its EPA estimate of 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
The Pilot has quick acceleration that comes in handy when passing, and its ride is smooth and comfortable. Testers found it to be easy to maneuver and light on its feet – not as heavy and ponderous as you might expect from an SUV with a third row of seating.
The Pilot seats eight people, unless you choose captains’ chairs for the second row, then it only seats seven. But that’s seven or eight adults – as the third row is roomy enough for full-grown humans to use. The rear seats do sit low to the floor though, so taller occupants might feel folded up like a lawn chair.
Materials throughout the Honda Pilot have a premium feel, and there are more soft-touch surfaces than previous generations. That, plus a very quiet cabin, gives the Pilot a more upscale sensibility than others in the segment.
If you’ve got gear, the Honda Pilot can hold it. With all the seats in place, there’s still 16.5 cubic feet in the cargo area. With the third row folded, there’s 46.8 cubic feet. And with all the rear seats folded down, there’s 83.9 cubic feet to be filled with almost anything you can imagine. It’s more than nearly any other 3-row SUV.
For smaller items, there’s an ample storage bin in the center console that’s big enough for a bag or tablet, plus space under the console to stash electronics for charging. There’s also a hidden bin under the floor for storing your children’s favorite toys out of sight.
Even with all that cargo space, some things still won’t fit, like dirt bikes or a boat, although that doesn’t mean you can’t bring those with you. The Honda Pilot can tow 3,500 pounds with front-wheel drive and up to 5,000 with all-wheel drive. The Pilot’s closest competitors match this towing capacity, which is pretty standard for the class.
The 2017 Honda Pilot has lots of tech on board, and more can always be added. It comes with Bluetooth, a seven-speaker audio system, and a rearview camera with multiple angles. You can upgrade to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an 8-inch touch screen.
There are no physical buttons for the infotainment system, but it does support phone-like gestures, which can be frustrating to use. It is nice, however, that someone at Honda thought to coat the screen to reduce both glare and fingerprints.
The optional Honda Sensing advanced driver assistance system features lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking. You can also add Lane Watch, a camera in the passenger-side mirror that displays your blind spot – or a bike lane – in the center screen.
Safety and Reliability
The 2017 Honda Pilot has an excellent safety score – 9.3 out of 10. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded it the Top Safety Pick+ designation, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded it a five-star overall rating.
It also received an above average predicted reliability score from J. D. Power and Associates. The Pilot comes with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, which are common for this class.
Pricing and Availability
The 2017 Honda Pilot’s starting price for the base LX trim, $30,595, is higher than some of its competitors. But it does make up for it with more cargo space and a usable third row, in addition to a nice list of standard features.
The EX trim, which starts at $33,030, adds remote start and the LaneWatch blind spot camera.
The EX-L includes leather-trimmed seats, a moonroof, power liftgate, heated front seats, and a power folding second row starting at $36,455.
The Touring trim level is the sweet spot for price and features for most families. Starting at $41,670, it comes with Honda Sensing and parking sensors, navigation (a $1,000 option in other trims), and a rear-seat DVD system.
The top-of-the-line Elite starts at $47,070 and includes luxuries like heated second-row captains’ chairs, heated and cooled front seats, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert. Only the Elite has standard all-wheel drive; it’s an $1,800 option in all other trim levels.
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