The Honda Pilot has long been considered one of the elite vehicles in the three-row SUV segment, but after years as a leader in its class, Honda is redesigning the Pilot to keep up with modern technology and performance standards. Of course, there are still 2015 Honda Pilot models on the lot, and after the 2016 models arrive this fall, new and used Honda Pilot models from the second generation will still be available for those who love the versatility and design.
For 2016, however, Honda is moving on to the third-generation of its popular SUV, which will mark the beginning of a new chapter in the Honda Pilot’s history. Before it arrives on the lot this summer, we want to make sure you know how the 2016 model stacks up against the outgoing Pilot by pointing out some of the biggest upgrades in the 2016 Honda Pilot.
Completely New Design
The 2016 Honda Pilot has a longer, leaner look than the outgoing model. The Honda Pilot has long been known for its boxy shape, and although Honda retains some of that character, the 2016 model adds some sleek aggressiveness to its design.
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Retuned Engine w/ More Power and Efficiency
Like the 2015 model, the 2016 Honda Pilot gets its power from a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, but a retuned version that delivers more horsepower and torque with improved fuel efficiency. While increasing fuel economy and power may seem counterintuitive, the 2016 Honda Pilot utilizes engine technologies like direction injection, cylinder deactivation, and auto start/stop technology.
Available 9-Speed Automatic Transmission
Speaking of fuel-efficiency-enhancing features, the 2016 Honda Pilot features an available 9-speed automatic transmission that offers four additional gears the 2015 model didn’t have. In its standard configuration, the 2016 Honda Pilot is fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission.
More Technology Than Ever Before
The 2016 Honda Pilot will offer far more technology than the outgoing model, both in terms of preventative safety features and modern conveniences. For instance, the base 2016 Honda Pilot LX includes the following technologies:
- 7-inch touchscreen interface
- Rearview camera
- Heated front seats
- 12-volt power outlet in each of the 3 rows
- Siri Eyes Free Compatibility
- SMS Text Message function
The 2016 Honda Pilot is one of the most exciting new models of the 2016 model year, but it’s not the only new utility vehicle in the Honda lineup. Learn more about the upcoming 2016 Honda HR-V and schedule a test drive in either of these upcoming models to be among the first to drive them when they arrive in the coming months.