I was really excited to drive the all new 2016 Honda Pilot since its complete re-design.
I was extremely impressed with the exterior styling and interior design improvements. The rounded shape is modern and visually appealing which is in keeping up with the other vehicles in this class.
One of the features I was so pleasantly surprised with was the automatic windshield wipers. They came on while I was driving home from Honda and it started to drizzle.
The other, very earthy-friendly feature that is new is the Idle Stop technology that shuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, instantly and smoothly restarting the engine when the driver lifts his or her foot off the brake pedal. It can be turned on and off. At first it was a bit off-putting to me, but I got used to it and it does make the vehicle more fuel efficient.
The interior panel is full of useful well-placed details and I really loved the push-button gear change. The dual USB charger/player is also amazing. We use both when we have that available since we have both iPhone 4’s and 6’s in our family (you need two cords).
I absolutely love a rear moon roof available on the Honda Pilot as well. I think as your kids get older, you rely on the DVD player less, and want the simple lines like this more, like I do.
The layout of the seats in the vehicle were perfect for me. Third row seating with bucket/captain’s chairs in the second row – which is my favourite vehicle set up. This means car seats and/or booster seats are easily installed and kids can get in and out easily.
The 2015 Honda Pilot, so very boxy looking. I much prefer the 2016.
Overall, the Honda Pilot met all of my must-haves:
- 7 passenger seating
- leather upholstery
- back-up camera
- push-button lift-gate
- USB connection (several)
- heated seats
- power sun roof
- Fits in my garage
And also offered a lot of ‘nice to haves’:
- Stop engine cut-off
- Automatic windshield wipers
- back row moon-roof
For the price, I think the Honda Pilot is a steal. It offers 7-passenger seating and a lot of luxury options at a very reasonable $42,500 (model driven) which works out to be $740 per month (per cars.com) over 6 years (including tax). They start at only $35,100.