Friday, February 13, 2015

All-New 2016 Honda Pilot: This is It


The Pilot, Honda’s mid-sized three-row crossover, has certainly been long in the tooth. Thankfully, it’s been given a top-down change up with the all-new model that just debuted at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The all-new Pilot promises to continue where the old model left off. It will be more modern, refined, and confidently capable than ever while unfortunately, looking every bit like a CR-V on steroids. Styling issues aside, it certain looks to be the next preferred soccer mom transport out there.

Outside, the all-new Pilot gains a CR-V-like form with the swoopy, angular headlights and the three-bar grille upfront. Oddly enough, the styling cues are more reminiscent of the pre-facelifted CR-V than the current one, so it’s a wonder why Honda didn’t decide to integrate features like the solid wing face and the like. Still, the Pilot gains the option of its first-ever panoramic sunroof to go with bling-worthy 20-inch wheels. In terms of lighting, the Pilot uses LED extensively from the daytime running lights to the headlights to the tail lamps. Inside, the Pilot gains LED map lighting as well.



Underneath, the Pilot runs on a new direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 engine. This Earth Dreams engine features Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) as well. This engine is mated to Honda’s 6-speed automatic (for lower-end variants) or the first-ever application of a 9-speed (!) automatic. This all-new mid-sized crossover also features idle start/stop technology to improve its city fuel mileage. And despite its increased size, it’s also 135 kilograms lighter than its most immediate predecessor. The platform has also been stiffed with an all-new three-bone platform that uses both high and ultra-high strength materials.

Inside, Honda promises best-in-class interior space with improved entry to the third-row seating. The Pilot is now available with an intuitive one-touch walk-in second row seat that tilts to its forward-most position at the touch of a button. The third row seats also feature wider seats and entry way and a lower step-in height.



The Pilot features advanced connectivity features with 5 USB ports (4 of which provide 2.5-amp output), additional ports such as HDMI, 12-volt, and 115-volt power socket, and even headphone jacks. Front and center is a new 8-inch Display Audio telematics powered by a new Android-based operating system. A rear entertainment system with a Blu-ray and DVD player is available to keep kids happy at the back.

In terms of safety, the Pilot carries with it a dizzying amount of tech from blind spot indicators, multi-angle parking camera, collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, and others.


28 comments:

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  2. It looks like a Hyundai Grand Santa Fe specially the side & back.

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  3. Does it have a foot step type handbrake?

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  4. We will miss the current pilot's boxy and manly stance in favor of this swoopy minivan like crossover

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    1. Stubborn people such as you who don't want progress have the option of choosing jurassic vehicles like the Isuzu Sportivo. There you can find your oh-so precious boxy and "manly" design.

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    2. Aesthetics sir. We can always have progress without compromising beauty, or the spirit of the vehicles' form. Something Honda isn't doing with their current vehicles, apparently.

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    3. I don't see any beauty in old and ugly boxy designs. Para ka lang nagmamaneho ng truck.

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    4. to each his own and I am proud to say I can afford to buy a Pilot because I have one. Ikaw puro ka yabang hanggang tingin ka lang naman. Learn to respect other people's Point of View.

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    5. I see you're using the "I can afford" card to reinforce your statement. Pero tanong ko sa iyo, sino ba ang nagyayabang sa atin ngayon? Saang parte ang nasabi ko na mayabang ang dating? Assuming ka masyado, porket naka Honda Pilot ka, akala mo kung anong exotic na sasakyan yan eh hindi pa nga yan umabot ng kahit 3M man lang.

      Talaga namang pangit ang Pilot na luma. Ipipilit mo pa na mas maganda ang luma kaysa bago. Siguro kasi dahil lang meron kang luma at para hindi sumama ang loob mo na may bago, nag justify ka na mas maganda ang luma lahit alam naman natin na hindi.

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    6. Bakit naman ma me miss mo the old one na hinde naman bilihin yan dito and abroad? Lahat ng made in Japan magkahawig at ito ay big improvement kisa sa dati, don't know who designed it.

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    7. Panget naman talaga yung luma, boxy and boring. Ikaw lang siguro makka miss nun

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  5. Sometimes you need to destroy the old in order to buil a new one. That's what Honda did here and it looks better with out that dinogoon 80-90's butthead japanese boxy look.

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  6. All I can see is a raised Odyssey #respect

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    1. The Honda Odyssey is more expensive and premium than the Pilot. I don't see how that's a bad thing.

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    2. you are WRONG! Pilot is always more expensive and premium than ODYSSEY.

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  7. I hope this site won't allow anonymous commenters.

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    1. Tanga. Anonymous ka din eh.

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  8. Lots of stuff to like: 9 speed auto, earth dreams v6, interior layout, and all the new tech. But the exterior is a bit of a letdown--looks too much like a minivan :-( ...maybe it'll look better out on the road :-/

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    1. Exterior is not as good as the grand santa fe.

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  9. Dami talaga bitter pag may nakahonda. Eh di bumili kau. Kung wla pambili eh di magtyaga kau sa bulokis na diesel niu or sa mas bulok na german brand sourced from port irene cagayan and sold as pre owned in edsa bwahahaha. Ganun lang yan. Dami talaga inggitero, mostly from metro manila. Xenxa, panay lang kau porma at yabang eh, tinatawanan lang kau ng mga promdi. Coin purse lang nila ang account niu kaya hek hek. Juz saying a fact of life. Get real. Wake up.

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  10. Looks good, with lots of features to like! Can't wait to actually see and test drive this new model...

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  11. ang sarap mag basa ng comments

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  12. Are there options for 2nd row captain seats?

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    1. Currently, no option for 2nd row Captain's Seats.

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