ABOUT HONDA PILOT

The 2018 Honda Pilot is a midsize SUV with room for seven. This stylish model comes with standard front-wheel drive, available all-wheel drive and a V6 engine. Along with the Honda Odyssey minivan, the 2018 Pilot offers maximum comfort, interior room and utility. The Pilot is available in five trims: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite.

Standard Features

There are a few things common to all 2018 Pilot models, beginning with the engine. Here, you’ll find a 3.5-litre V6 generating 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Honda mates this engine with a six-speed automatic transmission on the LX, EX and EX-L trims and to a nine-speed automatic on the Touring and Elite. . All models also come with push-button start, rear privacy glass and a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines. All-wheel drive is available across the model weathertech car cover.

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Honda Pilot LX

The base LX model comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, a capless fuel filler and hill start assist. Push-button start, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column and illuminated steering wheel-mounted auxiliary controls come standard. Honda also includes a five-inch colour display, Bluetooth, a USB port and a multi-information display. .

Honda Pilot EX

Move up to the EX level and you’ll find such features as LED daytime running lights, fog lights and remote engine start. Honda also brings in three-zone climate control, a power driver’s seat with lumbar support, and an 8-inch colour display. Several tech features come in, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility. Honda LaneWatch is also included, that provides a broader view of the right side of the vehicle when the right turn signal is activated. Those results are placed prominently on the centre console screen. .

Honda Pilot EX-L

The EX-L adds a power moonroof and a power liftgate. You’ll also find heated front seats, a leather-trimmed interior and a power-adjustable front passenger seat. Available features include a rear entertainment system, a 115-volt power outlet and second-row sunshades. A navigation package is optional. .

Honda Pilot Touring

At the Touring level, Honda brings in 20-inch alloy wheels, roof rails and parking sensors. You’ll also find additional charging ports, a 10-speaker audio system, navigation and the rear entertainment package. .

Honda Pilot Elite

Choose the Pilot Elite and all-wheel drive is standard. LED headlights and a panoramic roof are included. Honda also supplies perforated heated and ventilated front seats and heated second-row captain’s chairs. HD Radio, a heated steering wheel and a blind spot information system round out the offerings. .

Colours and Accessories

Pilot shoppers will find no less than eight exterior colours, including deep scarlet pearl, crystal black pearl and lunar silver metallic. Three colour choices accompany the interior, with the LX and EX dressed in fabric, the EX-L and Touring in standard leather, and the Elite in perforated leather. Beige, gray and black are your choices. . Accessory items, supplied at your Lakeshore Honda dealer include all-season floor mats; cargo cover, line and net; running boards with lights; molding and trim; splash guards and a roof box. .

GENERAL INFORMATION

The full-size Honda Pilot SUV made its debut in 2001. Created on the same platform as the Acura MDX SUV that debuted a year earlier, it was the largest SUV in the history of the brand. The car was developed by the American branch of the Japanese company, initially was destined only for the foreign market. But it was so successful that Honda dealers gradually began selling it in other markets. The interior is quite conservative. Landing comfortable, reclined, almost like a passenger car. Coasters are available in unlimited quantities, as well as several “glove boxes” and pockets to store luggage. On the back of the sofa has a special pocket to store electronic games, bookmarks, albums and other small things for children. The manufacturer positions the pilot as the only eight-seat car in its class. To be fair, it should be borne in mind that it is possible to consider this eight-seat machine only nominally.

Photo Honda Pilot

Sitting together on the back of the sofa uncomfortable. It should be noted that in just a few seconds, the third row can be folded as if it had never existed. He is completely unnoticed hiding under the floor of an extensive trunk. If you add the second and third row of seats, the volume of the loading area will be 2.56 m³. When the second row is lifted, the car can hold up to 1.38 m³. In the role of the main driving force, impressive 3.5-liter V6 with 240 hp. with Honda’s famous VTEC variable valve timing system. The engine, according to the American tradition, is supplied exclusively with an “automatic”, in this case 5 speeds. The handle of your control, again in the transoceanic style, is located to the right of the steering column. In addition, the suspension is also tuned to the American way. Pilot is aimed at those drivers who put comfort above everything and not speed. The chassis design resembles a corporate-class sedan (MacPherson struts are mounted in the front, and the rear suspension is a very complex multi-link design). A large weight (more than two tons) does not allow this SUV to be elegant when cornering.

Photo Honda Pilot

As for the other skills, the traction on all wheels allows the car to face the bad weather and ditches and potholes not very serious on the road. The pilot has a totally independent suspension of all wheels, disc brakes on all wheels and automatic all-wheel drive VTM-4. The car is deprived of the usual visco-clutch. The process controls the electronics. Under normal driving conditions, the Honda Pilot is a conventional front-wheel drive car, and it is on the front axle that all the torque is transmitted from the engine. The rear axle is automatically connected only in the case of front slip: then the torque starts to “float” between the axles, determining which has a higher coefficient of adhesion to the road surface. For heavier driving modes, there is a temporary blockage of the torque distribution in the 50/50 ratio. The last function is activated by a button on the panel. By blocking the clutch, it is possible to increase the performance of the car, especially in viscous soils.

Photo Honda Pilot

The VTM-4 system has several advantages over the traditional visco coupling. First, it uses the 4×4 mode much faster. Second, the off-road driver can use the permanent four-wheel drive: when the engine turns all four wheels, regardless of whether the front has stopped or not. In short, Pilot feels very good off the road. The confidence adds short overhangs and a high landing body (ground clearance – 20.3 cm). In terms of passive safety, the pilot cabin is equipped with an advanced level. Frontal airbags can be activated by two algorithms: “easy” or “strongly”, depending on the severity of the collision. The side air bag for the front passenger is also “thinking”. Special sensors evaluate the posture of a person in a chair, and automation adjusts the opening of the airbag accordingly. In the fall of 2004, the production of improved versions of the Pilot began with a 3.5-liter SOHC V6 engine (244 hp, 309 Nm), a new 5-speed automatic transmission and an expanded package: air pressure monitoring system ( TPMS), VCA stabilization system, new audio systems, updated steering wheel design and a series of other changes. Available in two basic versions: LX and EX. As usual in Honda models, the primary equipment is quite rich. Standard items – air conditioning, cruise control, CD player. The EX model is equipped with alloy wheels, automatic climate control, a modern stereo system with built-in steering wheel and a six-disc CD changer. EX standard with leather interior (EX-L) also includes satellite radio, panoramic sunroof and heated seats; Navigation system and DVD (options).

Photo Honda Pilot

In 2009, the second generation of SUVs was launched. The world premiere took place at the International Motor Show in Detroit in January 2008. The European premiere of the SUV was scheduled for the Moscow Motor Show. The project was developed at the Honda design studio in California and the production was established in the city of Lincoln, Alabama. Pilot 2009 seems more interesting than its predecessor. The changes affected the design, both the appearance and the interior. In general, the car began to look more strict. Salon Pilot 2009 is done with the same strict and simple style as the appearance. For passengers in the third row offers more space (added 2.5 cm wide and 7.5 long). The ground clearance is 20 cm (0.5 cm more than the previous model). The 2009 Honda Pilot is offered in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. Any of these versions is available with all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive. The LX package includes seventeen-inch steel wheels, a built-in trailer hitch, power windows, a keyless door unlocking system, a telescopic steering wheel, adjustable angle, full power, cruise control, separate rows of 60/40 of the second and third rows and CD / MP3 audio system with seven speakers and an additional audio connector.

The EX version adds fog lamps, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, a regular CD changer, audio-control buttons located on the steering wheel, three-zone automatic climate control and satellite radio. The EX-L is distinguished by leather upholstery, heated front seats, a sliding roof and a rear view camera incorporated in the mirror. The first-line Touring model includes a ten-speaker audio system, a navigation system with voice recognition and an integrated backup camera, Bluetooth, an electric tailgate and a USB interface. In addition, in the EX-L version, you can install a DVD multimedia system with ten speakers. The DVD system is the only option available for the Touring, which initially comes with a stereo system of ten speakers. The 3.5-liter V6 engine received only minor changes. The engine power increased to 257 hp, and the torque value to 347 Nm. It should be noted that in the US market the power of this engine is 250 HP. The car accelerates from zero to 100 km / h in 9.9 seconds. It was possible to reduce the fuel consumption slightly, thanks to the closing system of the cylinder that does not work (VCM), which automatically cuts half of the cylinders V6 if they are not necessary. By default, the Pilot is a car with front-wheel drive, but any model can be equipped with a full-drive system that automatically transfers the necessary power to the rear axle (up to 70 percent) when the front wheels slide. In addition, this system has a “lock” function, by which the driver can manually transfer up to 70 percent of the torque to the rear axle.

The basic safety equipment includes disc brakes with anti-lock braking system, vehicle stability control, air bags for the front seats and a full-size inflatable curtain. At the end of 2011, a redesigned version of the Pilot was launched, which differs from its predecessor in a renewed design of the front and interior, with changes in the equipment. The radiator grille now received horizontal stripes, the taillights became slightly different, the bumper and protivotumanok frame changed shape. The minor external changes have affected the size of the car, the length of the Honda Pilot has increased by 5 mm. Salon Honda Pilot created with all the modern requirements of the family car: comfort, a wide list of options, excellent ergonomics and spaciousness. The “strict” center console draws attention in the cabin (in the previous version it was cheerful turquoise) and a large color screen (available only in the maximum configuration) with navigation and a rear view camera. Thanks to these distinctive strokes, the car began to look more solid, stricter and even a little more prestigious than the dorestayling version. The 6-cylinder, 3.5-liter gasoline engine, as before, is equipped with the variable cylinder management system (VCM). In the redesigned version, the designers did even more work in terms of efficiency: improved aerodynamics, introduced a set of measures to reduce the friction of the parts of the cylinder-piston group, including design changes and the use of oil with an index of low viscosity (0W-20). This gave a remarkable result: fuel consumption in the urban cycle decreased by 0.5 liters, to 15.8 liters per 100 km / h. By the way, the Eco indicator on the instrument panel helps drive economically: it turns on when the engine is running in the “softest” mode.

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