2018 Honda Pilot Touring

Summary

Fuel Economy

L/100 km

Highway

9.3

City

12.4

Vehicle Dimensions

mm

4941
2029
1773
2820

2018 Honda Pilot Touring

Fuel City 12.4 L/100 km
Fuel Highway 9.3 L/100 km
Transmission Transmission: 9-speed automatic w/manual mode ; incl. paddle shifters
Max Power Power: 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 262 ft lb of torque @ 4,700 rpm
Body Type SUV
Number of Doors 5
Engine 3.5 L
Drive Wheels All Wheel Drive

Features

Exterior

Roof spoiler Chrome/bright trim around side windows
Electrically foldable mirrors Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged
Windshield wipers with automatic intermittent wipe and rain sensor Power glass sunroof ; includes tilting function, sliding function, sunshade and one-touch opening
Front fog lights Driver and passenger door mirror: heated, body colour, power adjustable with automatic tilting for reverse and indicator lights
Pearl paint Antenna
Spare wheel: spacesaver with steel rim Roof rails

Interior

Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror Memorized adjustment: includes door mirror position
10 speakers subwoofer and surround sound Tachometer
Front power windows with 2 express, rear power windows Glass roof
Side manual blind Rear audio control
Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 12.4 ; highway= 9.3 ; combined= 11.0 ; Heated leather multi-function steering wheel ; includes height adjustment and telescopic adjustment
2 12V in front, 1 12V in cargo area Floor mats
Passenger seat and rear seats secondary ventilation controls Compass
Audio Connectivity: includes input AUX jack front, USB front and HDMI connection rear Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted
Tinted glass Rear seats: split-folding heated captain's chairs with seating for two ; details: manual recline and manual fore/aft
Seat upholstery: leather Audio system with AM/FM radio, digital radio, satellite radio, CD player (reads MP3 format) ; also includes wireless headphones touch screen and colour screen
Power steering electric Front driver seat : heated, ventilated, captains with 5 power adjustments ; details: memorized height, power lumbar and memorized tilt, front passenger seat : heated, ventilated, captains with 2 power adjustments
Full floor console with covered storage, partial overhead console Main dashboard display
Auto-dimming rear view mirror Rear side windows: wind-up on driver side and passenger side
Air conditioning with automatic control, three-zone Load restraint: net
Seating: 7 passengers HDD navigation system: 3D and voice info with traffic info ; includes 8.0-in. colour screen
Front and rear reading lights Trip computer: includes avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range
Laminated side windows Cruise control with adaptive cruise control Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
DVD Third row seats: split-folding split bench with seating for three fold flat to floor
Entertainment display screen located in single rear middle ; includes DVD includes Blu-ray and 9.0 Luxury trim: leather on shifter, piano black on dashboard and none
Cupholders in front row, rear seats and 3rd row seats Rear window with defroster and intermittent wiper
Driver and passenger fixed 3rd row windows Cargo area light
Privacy glass on rear and rear side External temperature
Floor covering: carpet in passenger compartment, carpet in load area and none Garage door opener
Ventilation system with cabin filter

Mechanical

Hill holder Power liftgate
Remote control trunk/hatch release 110V power supply
Emissions data: CO2: 5,060 kg/yr Remote engine starter
Start/Stop Fuel system: gasoline direct injection
4.334:1 axle ratio Electronic traction control
Terrain type selection Powertrain type : combustion
Fuel: unleaded ( 87 octane) Rear differential lock
Vehicle start button Full and part-time 4WD drive with automatic selection
Transmission: 9-speed automatic w/manual mode ; incl. paddle shifters Cylinder shutdown: # of cylinders: 3 and Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®)

Safety

Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag Painted front and rear bumpers
Height adjustable rear seat belts for driver and passenger Card key power locks ; automatic locking
Low tire pressure monitor displays pressure Headlight control with dusk sensor and auto highbeam
Electronic brake distribution ABS
Lane departure warning activates brakes and activates steering Daytime running lights
Proximity Key smart key: ; includes keyless entry and keyless start Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) stability control
Parking assistance: guidance display for rear parking Front side airbags
Front radar parking distance sensors, multi-Angle Rear View Camera rear radar & camera parking distance sensors Third row seat belts for driver, third row seat belts for passenger, 3-point third row seat belts for centre
Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger Headlights: LED with projector beam lens LED
4 disc brakes (2 ventilated) Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS) collision warning systemfeatures: brake assist, pedestrian avoidance system and visual/acoustic warning
All three rows protected by curtain airbags Anti-theft protection
Brake assist system Blind Spot Information (BSI) blind spot monitor
Brake assist with preview 2 height adjustable head restraints for front seats, 2 height adjustable head restraints for rear seats, 3 height adjustable head restraints for 3rd row seats

Specifications

Power: 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 262 ft lb of torque @ 4,700 rpm Front and rear alloy wheels: 20"x 8.0"
Engine: 3.5L V 6 i-VTEC® with VVT Cargo capacity(in litres): rear seat down: 3,072, all seats in place: 510 and third row seats removed: 1,557
Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 1,004, rear headroom (mm): 1,014, front hip room (mm): 1,501, rear hip room (mm): 1,456, front leg room (mm): 1,040, rear leg room (mm): 976, front shoulder room (mm): 1,576, rear shoulder room (mm): 1,576, interior volume (litres): 4,335, 989, 1,132, 810 and 1,463 Weights: gross vehicle weight (kg): 2,650, published curb weight (kg): 1,978, gross trailer weight braked (kg): 1,588, gross trailer weight unbraked (kg): 450, payload allowance (kg): 672, Manufacturer’s own, 2,650 and 2,268
Fuel tank: 74 litre capacity External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,941, overall width (mm): 2,029, overall height (mm): 1,773, ground clearance (mm): 185, wheelbase (mm): 2,820, front track (mm): 1,684, rear track (mm): 1,684 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 11,500

Suspension

Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, independent rear multi-link suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs

Tires

Front and rear all-season tires 245/50/H includes: low rolling resistance

Miscellaneous

HondaLink Assist telematics system Via own phone Warranty powertrain - Total: 60 months/ 100,000 km
HandsFreeLink voice activating system; includes radio, phone, naviagtion system and air conditioing Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00
Roadside assistance warranty: 36 months/ Unlimited km Bluetooth ; includes phone connection and includes music streaming
Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 36 months/ 60,000 km 4X4 specifics: approach angle (degrees): 18.0 and departure angle (degrees): 19.7
Anti-corrosion warranty: 60 months/ Unlimited km Coming home device
Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,725.00

Road Test & Review

2016 Honda Pilot Touring Road Test Review

No one at Honda will argue that their outgoing Pilot, which while a good, reliable and utile mid-size crossover, wasn’t dated. Its
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tall, boxy, traditional SUV styling might still work for a true off-roader, but the old Pilot was often overlooked by today’s CUV buyer seeking out a sleeker, more stylish ride. As of May 2015, this stopped being an issue.

That was the month the 2016 Honda Pilot went on sale, a vehicle that went from passé to preeminent in one very thorough redesign. The only thing that stays the same is the displacement of its standard 24-valve, SOHC, cylinder-deactivated 3.5-litre V6, with everything else new.

Direct-injection adds 30 horsepower and 9 lb-ft of torque for a total of 280 and 262 respectively, while standard six-
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and optional nine-speed automatics, the latter with a fancy pushbutton selector, steering wheel paddles and idle start/stop make sure it’s as up-to-date as electromechanically possible. Honda’s Active Eco Assist continues to reduce engine and HVAC performance while minimizing output when using cruise control, standard Agile Handling Assist adds brake pressure to the inside wheels during high-speed cornering to limit understeer, optional Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) AWD adds dynamic torque vectoring that combines with new a Intelligent Traction Management system featuring Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand modes for improved
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handling in dry and wet or otherwise slippery conditions (the FWD version gets Normal and Snow modes), or so Honda claims.

It was mostly sunny during my test week, so while I prodded the throttle and pushed the big CUV’s envelope as much as possible I wasn’t able to experience its reactions in untoward weather. It was certainly capable in the dry, however, my Touring tester’s 113 kilos (249 lbs) of lost weight resulting in a much nimbler vehicle despite being a lot larger. It’s 80 millimeters (3.1 inches) longer than the old one with a 45-mm (1.8-inch) longer wheelbase, while its width has grown by 34
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mm (1.3 inches). This said its height is shorter by 65 mm (2.5 inches), the latter partially due to 17 mm (0.7 inches) less ground clearance, now a more car-like 185 mm (7.2 inches). This aids handling, of course, while the weight loss improves fuel economy.

My Touring tester’s more sophisticated gearbox made it almost as thrifty with its standard AWD as the base FWD model, with a five-cycle EnerGuide fuel economy rating of 12.4 L/100km city, 9.3 highway and 11.0 combined; the base model’s combined rating is 10.8, whereas the six-speed auto with AWD is good for 11.3 combined city/highway. All said even last year’s brick on wheels managed 11.5 and 12.0 combined in FWD and AWD guise.

Before we start denigrating the new design for not making enough gains at the pump,
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don’t forget to factor in its overall growth. While you’ll need a bit more space when parking, it delivers big in interior roominess in all three rows. Second- and third-row legroom is much more generous, although the latter impinges on available cargo space behind its 60/40 split-folding seatbacks, reduced by 65 litres (2.3 cubic feet) to 524 litres (18.5 cubic feet) in the bottom five trims and cut even more in my Touring tester that measures 510 litres (18.0 cubic feet) behind the rearmost row. The rest of the new Pilot’s gear hauling news is good, however, with 232 litres (8.2 cubic feet) more volume behind the second row, now measuring 1,583 litres (55.9 cubic feet) with lower trims and 1,557 litres (55.0 cubic feet) in the Touring, while maximum cargo volume has grown by 608 litres (21.5 cubic feet) to 3,092 litres (109.2 cubic feet) in lesser models and 3,072 litres
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(108.5 cubic feet) with the Touring. What’s more, AWD models can tow 223 kilos (492 lbs) of additional trailer weight at 2,268 kg (5,000 lbs).

The new sheetmetal and body shell is comprised of 21.3 percent ultra-high-strength steel and 5 percent aluminum or magnesium, whereas 34.5 percent of the body structure, particularly areas prone to MVA damage, is made from mild-strength steel to minimize repair costs. Honda says this more rigid Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body makes the passenger compartment safer in a collision while improving handling and reducing NVH levels, the latter also aided by active control engine mounts and active noise cancellation.

The
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undercarriage is fully independent with struts up front and a multilink setup in the rear, plus amplitude reactive dampers and stabilizer bars at both ends, the result being a wonderfully compliant ride that wakes up when pushed, not feeling as firmly capable as the MDX it shares underpinnings with, but nevertheless delivering much more spirited performance through the curves than the outgoing model, while the electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering feels reasonably reactive when coaxing the big ute through fast-paced maneuvers.

Its four-wheel discs bind appropriately, ABS intervening when needed and electronic brake-force distribution and emergency brake assist there if called upon, while the usual traction and stability control join the aforementioned electromechanical driving aids to improve things further. Additionally, hill-start assist, trailer stability assist, and tire pressure monitoring are standard Pilot kit, while
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options that come standard with AWD models include collision mitigating braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation, and my absolute fave, Honda’s exclusive LaneWatch blind spot display system that uses a rearward facing camera on the passenger-side mirror to project live video of the blind spot when activating the right turn signal. Touring trim adds blind spot information and rear cross traffic monitoring to the list, while the usual assortment of airbags makes for a particularly safe SUV.

How safe? The IIHS gave it a Top Safety Pick + rating when said crash prevention extras are included, while the NHTSA has awarded it 5 stars. It doesn’t get any better than that.

The
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new Pilot can be had in six trim levels, although three are just variations on the EX-L theme. The base CUV, which starts at $35,490 for FWD or $38,490 for AWD, plus about $1,800 for freight and pre-delivery prep, is incredibly well equipped. Really, the list is way too long to even begin to elaborate, so suffice to say it features all of the usual powered accessories plus a number of highlights that can’t be left off these pages, including LED taillights, proximity entry with pushbutton start, walk-away auto locks, a beautiful, bright colour TFT multi-information display, a large crystal clear full-colour infotainment touchscreen filled with
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a multi-angle rearview camera featuring dynamic guidelines, Wi-Fi tethering, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, SMS text message and email functions, 225-watt audio with seven speakers and a sub, three USB ports, one-touch turn signals, tri-zone auto HVAC, second-row HVAC controls, heatable front seats, a storage compartment under the cargo floor with a removable and reversible lid featuring carpeting on one side and rubberized flooring on the other, a one-touch powered moonroof, HondaLink Assist emergency response, etcetera, etcetera.

I’m going to guess EX trim will be very popular, as its $41,490 price point won’t be too big a stretch for families buying into this class, while all the aforementioned Honda Sensing safety technologies and LaneWatch blind spot display will be hard to pass up. Additionally it gets front fogs, LED turn signals on the mirrors, roof rails,
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adaptive cruise control (one of my favourite features during road trips), a 10-way powered driver’s seat with powered lumbar, a universal garage door opener, and more.

If you’re willing to go for a slightly larger payment the $44,490 EX-L includes a quieter acoustic windshield, front and rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, satellite radio, a heatable leather-clad steering wheel, black, beige or grey leather upholstery, a powered passenger seat, heatable second-row outboard seats, one-touch flip-and-fold second row seats that are wonderfully easy to move out of the way, and a powered tailgate. EX-L Navi trim adds navigation, as you may have guessed, while you can alternatively choose EX-L RES
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for the same $45,490 price and get a DVD-based rear entertainment system with a nine-inch screen, wireless headsets featuring personal surround sound, an HDMI jack, 110-volt power outlet, and second-row sunshades.

Finally, my Touring trimmed tester cracked the $50k threshold at $50,490 plus freight, while including navigation and all the EX-L RES features plus all the mechanical upgrades and active safety features I mentioned earlier, while the alloy wheels increased from standard 18s to 20s on 245/50R20 all-seasons, the LED headlights noted before are also auto-leveling with automatic high beam, and additional gear including rain-sensing wipers, power-folding mirrors, a memory-linked driver’s seat and mirrors, reverse tilt-down mirrors, ambient lighting, acoustic
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front door glass, perforated leather seat inserts, a fabulous sounding 540-watt audio upgrade with HD radio, 10 speakers and a sub plus 5.1 surround sound, no less than five USB ports, four of which have 2.5-amp capacity for charging tablets, a Blu-ray player upgrade for the entertainment system, second-row captain's chairs (that reduce seating to seven), a panoramic glass sunroof, and more.

It all comes packaged in a cabin that’s much nicer than the old Pilot’s interior. A nice soft synthetic dash top wraps down to the halfway point of the instrument panel where it meets up with some high gloss piano black trim. The doors get a padded
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leatherette insert above even softer padded armrests, while the entire design is very appealing. More piano black plastic covers the lower console around the dual cupholders and Honda’s new shifter setup.

I have to admit the new shift controls are pretty cool looking and after some time spent fiddling using them starts to become second nature. Basically it’s comprised of a long row of buttons that's narrower than a regular shift lever and therefore saves some room on the lower console.

Up above, the infotainment graphics are superb, with a brilliant high-resolution display and one of the smartest most intuitive navigation systems around, capable of
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automatically guessing the city and road much faster than other systems I’ve tested. The audio system’s touch volume control can be a bit finicky, but as mentioned its sound quality more than makes up for it, while steering wheel controls made the first issue moot.

An “Oil Life 80%” warning ruined my view of the beautiful primary gauge package all week, but the semicircular tachometer, temp and fuel gauges are really first rate, these surrounded in glowing green rims when driving economically.

In the end I absolutely love being inside the new Pilot. Its dash setup and feature set,
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overall layout and the comfort of its seats are impressive, its rear accommodations possibly even better, ride and handling excellent and powertrain superb. I can’t even knock its fuel efficiency. Its styling will likely appeal to many Honda faithful, and on this note I certainly hope it’s the winner the Japanese brand been working towards since the Pilot hit the road 13 years ago. It’s easily the most advanced mid-size CUV in its class and deserves to be a major hit.

* Disclaimer: Pricing is subject to change without notice, installed options may also vary by dealer. Price is plus applicable taxes. See dealership for final pricing and availability.