Honda just announced some more details about the upcoming 2016 Pilot SUV. No, we still don’t know the actual price, but we do know how you’ll be able to option the three-row, minivan-based crossover. Let’s take a tour of the scintillating SUV’s five trim levels.
At the bottom of the pile is the Pilot LX, the base-model spec that’s hardly a no-content stripper. LX models will get the 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 with 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque that’s the only motivator across the Pilot line, coupled to a standard 6-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is available. The base model comes standard with Bluetooth, a 5-inch LCD in the dash, a 200-watt stereo with 7 speakers and a sub.
Next in line is the Pilot EX, packing remote start, a 10-way power driver’s seat, and a larger 8-inch touchscreen with SirusXM and Pandora. The EX gets Honda’s Intelligent Traction Management system with two modes for FWD models (Normal and Snow) or four modes with AWD (Normal, Mud, Sand, Snow). The EX also offers the optional Honda Sensing safety package that combines Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and adaptive cruise control.
One further rung up is the Pilot EX-L, which gussies things up with a leather interior, a power moonroof, a power tailgate, one-touch power-folding second-row seats, 4-way power passenger seat, and heated front seats. With the step up to the EX-L, you also get GPS with voice recognition and live traffic updates, as well as an available rear-seat entertainment system and fancy acoustic glass on the windshield.
2016 Honda Pilot
This is where things get fancy. Bootstrap yourself up to the Pilot Touring, and you’ll increase your forward gears by 50 percent—this trim level comes with Honda’s first nine-speed automatic, including paddle shifters (God knows why). Ditch those plebeian 18-inch wheels for self-respecting 20s, a Blu-Ray-capable rear-seat entertainment system, blue ambient interior lighting, a 540-watt stereo, and body-color mirrors. The Touring model gets the Honda Sensing safety pack standard, along with auto stop-start tech, and drivers can coddle themselves with power lumbar and memory adjustment in their 10-way adjustable seats.
At the very top of the Pilot food chain is the Pilot Elite. This baby’s got a panoramic roof, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain’s chairs, and illuminated cupholders. In this spec, auto-on LED headlights with auto high-beams light the way, rain-sensing wipers clear the windshield, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic monitoring checks your perimeter. The driver gets heat in his or her leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the whole family gets treated to HD radio.
Every Pilot comes in eight exterior colors—Modern Steel, Lunar Silver, Steel Sapphire, Black Forest, White Diamond, Crystal Black, Obsidian Blue, and Dark Cherry—with a black, gray, or beige interior. Expect the big-boy crossover to hit the streets this summer, with pricing details to come sometime between now and then.
2016 Honda Pilot