The Honda Pilot, which remained in the shadow of the small CR-V for a long time, gives birth to a new generation for 2016. Some decisions made by Honda are strange, but one thing is certain: Pilot changes radically. 2016 Honda Pilot First Drive and Review. check it out
2016 Honda Pilot First Drive, Review, Specs
A striking new look
The front of the 2016 Honda Pilot is uniform with the other models in the range such as the CR-V and the new HR-V . Headlights and LED daytime running lights are available, while LED taillights series meet there. Similarly, you can replace the 18-inch wheels with others of 20 inches – a first for Honda.
The body uses aluminum and high strength steel. In addition, part of the doors and the liftgate has been strengthened. To better absorb a frontal collision, engineers have made sure that the front wheels of the Honda Pilot 2016 move out of danger.
A Honda Pilot safer
Besides the basic version LX, all copies include the standard security technology group and Honda driver assistance Sensing. This includes a collision avoidance braking system with front collision warning, a lane departure prevention system with deviation warning and adaptive cruise control. The top version Touring adds an information system with Blind Spot Monitoring cross traffic to the rear. Others still offer the Honda LaneWatch technology, which appears in the central display the image of the camera angle death as soon as one operates the right indicator.
The panoramic roof is made of a small window above the front occupants and a large glass panel that covers half of the roof at the back. The interior of the 2016 Honda Pilot is thereby clearly illuminated and designers have even found a way to integrate a monitor for the Blu-Ray infotainment system.
Heated front seats, air conditioning in 3 zones, remote start, a rearview camera and a multimedia screen 8 inches are all also part of the standard equipment of the new Pilot. However, I wonder why Honda has only included the excellent Garmin navigation system in the Touring model. The Nissan Pathfinder, for example, offers in more than one version.
The 2016 Honda Pilot is longer than 20 millimeters and the wheelbase by 45 millimeters. It can thus provide better access to the cabin and more space for passengers. In some versions, the second row is now sliding and folding electrically controlled (simply press a button on the back or side of the seat) for easier access to the rear seats.They are also designed for regular use; they can accommodate 2 adults and 3 children without too many problems.
The 2016 Honda Pilot cargo area also wants more voluminous. A large cooler even when the 3rd-row seat is in place we can now load, while the floor is reversible: a plastic side for dirty or wet items and a side adherent tissue for fragile items.
Fun with Pilot on Highway
The only engine that accompanies the 2016 Honda Pilot is a 280 horsepower V6 that produces a torque of 260 foot-pounds. Wheel drive models feature a 6-speed automatic transmission, while those AWD receive a new automatic ZF 9 reports like the Acura TLX.
I find the box reports 9 is a true gem. His report lead changes virtually no interruption of power and manual switches are on the steering wheel. It helps to make the engine a top athlete who never runs out of breath. Moreover, the 2016 Honda Pilot AWD adopt new intelligent management system of traction, similar to Land Rover, with a choice of Normal, Mud, Sand and Snow. Up to 70% of torque can be sent to the rear wheels and, from there, 100% to the left or right rear wheel.
This is not all: the 2016 Honda Pilot has new front and rear suspensions with reactive dampers amplitude, like the Acura MDX. They provide a quiet ride and maintain the large flat SUV in curves. On the other hand, management seemed very light and uncommunicative, causing some embarrassing situations on the road.
A great improvement
There are several reasons for loving the Honda Pilot 2016: good conduct, a very practical side, a much more attractive look than the old model and a host of amenities available. Besides inert direction, I found it difficult to fault. Now Honda Pilot takes very seriously and I expect that kind of shadow created by his little brother more popular. The announcement of the prize, shortly before its release in July, we will hear more.