2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 19 mpg City, 27 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.5 L Regular Unleaded V-6, 280 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 8
  • Doors: 4

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The redesigned Honda Pilot crossover utility vehicle is focused toward interior comfort and versatility. It features three rows of seating worthy of a minivan, yet it also incorporates the ruggedness of traditional SUVs. A host of new safety features is available for 2016 and it features a more powerful engine than last year and an available 9-speed transmission.

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What's New For 2016

The Honda Pilot gets redesigned for 2016. It now features more rounded styling, a refined and modern interior and a more powerful engine than last year.


  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Honda Pilot

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • VSA Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • Window Grid Antenna
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock and Steering Wheel Controls
    • Radio: AM/FM Audio System -inc: 200-Watt, 7 speakers including subwoofer, 5" color LCD screen, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, Bluetooth streaming audio, MP3/auxiliary input jack, MP3/Windows Media Audio (WMA) playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS), Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC) and USB audio interface w/1.5-Amp charging port in center console
  • Exterior Features
    • LED Brakelights
    • Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Chrome Grille
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
    • Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Black Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Black Door Handles
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Compact Spare Tire Stored Underbody w/Crankdown
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Wheels w/Machined Accents
    • Tires: P245/60R18 105H AS
    • Wheels: 18" Alloy
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: head restraints at all seating positions
    • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • Fixed 60-40 Split-Bench 3rd Row Seat Front and Manual Fold Into Floor
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel and Keyfob Rear Window
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Headliner/Pillar Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Cloth Seat Trim
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Windows
    • Instrument Panel Bin, Interior Concealed Storage, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Analog Display
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
    • 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.5L V6 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
    • 4.25 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: 5,545 lbs
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 1 Skid Plate
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 19.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.6
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 83.9
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 46.8
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 16.5
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 3.5 L/212
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 280 @ 6000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 262 @ 4700
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 111
    • Length, Overall (in) - 194.5
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 78.6
    • Height, Overall (in) - 69.8
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 66.3
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 66.3
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 19.5
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 8
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 152.9
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40.1
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 40.9
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 62
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 59.1
    • Second Head Room (in) - 40.2
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 38.4
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 62
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 57.3
    • Third Head Room (in) - 38.9
    • Third Leg Room (in) - 31.9
    • Third Shoulder Room (in) - 57.6
    • Third Hip Room (in) - 44.6
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 19
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 27
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 39.4
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Honda Pilot
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P245/60HR18
    • Front Tire Size - P245/50HR20
    • Rear Tire Size - P245/60HR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P245/50HR20
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 3500
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 350
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 3500
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 350
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 3500
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.36
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.10
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.49
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.06
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.75
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.56
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.27
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.25
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 8.1
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4054
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 8
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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Available Colors

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  • Black Forest Pearl Crystal Black Pearl Dark Cherry Pearl Lunar Silver Metallic Modern Steel Metallic Obsidian Blue Pearl Steel Sapphire Metallic White Diamond Pearl
  • Black Forest Pearl
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Dark Cherry Pearl
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Obsidian Blue Pearl
  • Steel Sapphire Metallic
  • White Diamond Pearl

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The Honda Pilot is all-new for 2016.

No longer square, the shape of the 2016 Honda Pilot is smooth and pretty. The new Honda Pilot is a bit longer, narrower and lower than the 2015 model. It’s also 300 pounds lighter, tipping the scales between 4,054 and 4,317 pounds, depending on trim level.

The 2016 Pilot has the same interior volume as before, with more space for frontal crash structure, third-row seating, and cargo. The new Honda Pilot is nearly as roomy as the Odyssey minivan. It seats eight. Fold the second and third rows and it becomes a serious cargo carrier. From the driver’s seat, it feels luxurious and refined.

The new Pilot delivers energetic acceleration, 22-mpg EPA Combined city/highway gas mileage, and engaging handling.

The new Pilot pours on the latest features: safety, interior, infotainment, plush trim. It feels more like the upscale Acura MDX. The Honda has some features that are better than Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander, and Chevrolet Traverse.

The 2016 Honda Pilot comes with one engine, a 3.5-liter V6, that increases a bunch in horsepower and torque for 2016, to 280 hp and 262 lb-ft. It uses either a six-speed or nine-speed automatic transmission, depending on the model, and comes front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Fuel economy for the 2016 Pilot is an EPA-rated 19/27 mpg City/Highway, or 18/26 mpg with all-wheel drive.

Some models include a traction management system like on the Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, or Land Rover Discovery, along with 7.3 inches of ground clearance. A properly equipped Pilot is rated to tow up to 5000 pounds, though we’d spring for a stouter truck if we were pushing that limit on a regular basis.


The 2016 Honda Pilot LX with front-wheel drive retails for $29,995 and comes with fabric upholstery, Bluetooth with audio streaming and touchscreen audio. Pilot LX AWD has an MSRP of $31,795. (All prices are MSRP and do not include $880 destination charge. Dealer prices may vary.)

The Pilot EX adds equipment for $32,430, while a top-of-the line Pilot Elite with all-wheel drive, navigation and rear entertainment system retails for $46,420. Upgrades include DVD, satellite radio, and leather.


The 2016 Honda Pilot’s organic rounded shape has an elegance to it, more so than the square 2015 model. The new Pilot balances its glass to metal better than others that size. It’s sculpted without looking either dressy or too muscular.

The low front end and horizontal grille work well together, playing handsomely. From some points of view the Pilot looks like it was conceived by the mating of a Subaru Forester and Chrysler Pacifica. It also has styling in common with the Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Rogue and Chevy Traverse, while its rear end avoids the pitfalls of understyling on the Traverse.


Inside, the new Pilot is very well finished, with attention to detail everywhere. There are elements from the Honda Accord and touches from the CR-V. Styling details and soft-touch surfaces have transformed the Pilot, making it as luxurious as the Buick Enclave. For the Pilot EX-L and upper models, there’s an acoustic windshield to reduce noise. Pilot Touring and Pilot Elite models add acoustic glass on the front doors.

The three rows of seats have room for eight passengers. The front seats have an ideal shape with better bolsters and more support than previously for improved driver comfort. The driving position is not too high while delivering commanding visibility, and the step-in is fairly low. Our only complaint comes from where the dash joins the center console, there’s a wide seam where we wanted to support our knee.

The controls are thoughtfully located, with useful cubbies in front including a phone bin. We especially liked the steering-wheel controls for audio and phone. The console’s best feature is its deep bin that will hold an iPad or a small camera bag.

The second row is adult-friendly, a split-folding bench. The third row is reached (EX-L and above) by pressing a button that folds the second-row seat and slides it forward. It can hold two adults with decent head and leg room, making it actually useful, which is rare for that size of three-row vehicle. That makes the Pilot a great carpool vehicle, especially when the available panoramic roof opens the cabin to a flood of natural light.

New for 2016, Pilot offers a middle row with two seats and a pass-through. The seat has its own tray table and cupholders, and reclines for comfort on long trips.

Cargo space is abundant when the third row is folded flat, with nearly 56 cubic feet, and with both rows flat there’s 109 cubic feet. Even with the seats up there is 18.5 cubic feet, about as much as the trunk on an Acura RLX, and enough for an 82-quart cooler.

Driving Impressions

Honda Pilot has the most compliant ride and steering in its class. The Nissan Pathfinder is a bit too soft and its steering too relaxed, while the Explorer is a bit too firm and steering too hefty.

Pilot rides on an independent suspension. Its dual-path shocks dampen small bumps to a gentle thunk and round off the edges of potholes. The electric power steering is quick, and the turning circle is a fairly small 39.4 feet.

Pilot’s handling is beautifully composed, although it changes somewhat with wheels and tires on different models. We felt a difference between the 18-inch wheels and 20-inch wheels with all-season low-profile tires; the 18’s delivered tauter handling, despite the fact that it should have been the other way around. A Honda engineer suggested that might be from shock tuning on the pre-production model we drove.

The all-wheel-drive system is front-wheel-drive based, but can send up to 70 percent of the power to the rear wheels using hydraulic clutches. Stability in corners is enhanced by the car’s ability to apply the brakes to individual wheels, an impressive feat that no driver can perform.

The engine has a pure and lovely note when wound up toward redline. In Sport mode, it delivers energetic acceleration with either the 6-speed or the new 9-speed automatic transmission, although there’s some surging as it downshifts to a stop. We liked the 6-speed better, even though the 9-speed comes standard with paddle shifters and the 6-speed uses a lever. We felt the 9-speed hanging too long in gear, as the computer was trying to figure out what to do; and sometimes it chose a gear lower than we wanted.


Honda Pilot is our pick for best three-row crossover, with its gutsy acceleration, clean steering, compliant ride and comfortable cabin with great cargo space.

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