The Pilot is boxy crossover utility vehicle that's focused around interior passenger space--with three roomy rows of seating--yet it also incorporates just a bit of the ruggedness of traditional SUVs. The Pilot's upright body makes it one of the most useful and versatile in this size class--versus models like the Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder--because its rather low cargo floor and flat-folding seats allow easy loading or combinations of people and gear. According to Honda the Pilot is the most fuel-efficient eight-passenger SUV, and it's one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles with three rows of seating. Towing capability is also better than typical for a crossover; it's rated to tow up to 4,500 pounds.
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The 2013 Honda Pilot is offered in four different trim levels--LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. The key difference between these models is the range of convenience features and luxury appointments offered; across the entire lineup, powertrain offerings are essentially the same, with front-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive variants of each model. All Pilots are powered by a 250-horsepower, 3.5L V6 i-VTEC engine that also has variable cylinder management (VCM), allowing the engine to run on just three or four cylinders when cruising or coasting in some situations to save fuel. It allows smooth, strong acceleration, even with a heavy load. Pilot 4WD models come with a system called VTM-4 (variable torque management) that automatically sends more power to the rear wheels when needed; and for snowy driveways or muddy trails where a slow steady grip--and perhaps even a little slip--would help, the system provides a Lock mode that works in first or second gear, up to 18 mph. The Pilot is laid out more like a car than a truck, and that allows better handling, as well as a better on-road ride, than you might think based on its boxy exterior. The rear multi-link, front-strut layout is close to what's offered in Honda's car lineup, while front ventilated and rear disc brakes, a variable-displacement steering pump and low rolling-resistance tires provide relatively lean performance on the road, with just a bit of added ruggedness. The rear suspension is mounted on a subframe, which helps isolate noise and vibration and acoustic glass helps keep out wind and road noise. Inside, the Pilot doesn't just pay attention to the driver. Its three rows of seating are laid out well enough to accommodate adults in all three rows--although you'll want to leave the tallest, lankiest ones to the front two rows. The second and third rows have folding seatbacks and, in a 60/40 split, with cargo volume expanding out to 87 cubic feet behind the front seats if everything's folded. Standard equipment on base Pilot LX models includes tri-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch Multi-Information Display (i-MID), Bluetooth hands-free calling, Bluetooth Audio, a USB port, a rearview camera system, and 2 GB of music storage--as well as cruise control, power windows and locks. EX models are still quite affordable and add a power driver's seat with added lumbar support, a security system, body-color mirrors and door handles, a HomeLink remote garage-door opener, alloy wheels and fog lamps. EX-L and Touring models are the more luxurious models in the lineup; EX-L Pilots have leather upholstery, heated front seats, front memory settings, a power moonroof, a power tailgate and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Step all the way up to the Touring and you get roof rails, corner and backup sensors, side-mirror turn signals, a navigation system and rear entertainment system. With the hard-drive-based navigation system you get another 15 GB of space for music. Options are very limited in the Pilot lineup--as with most Hondas--but the navigation and entertainment systems are optional in the EX-L.
Honda has made Bluetooth HandsFreeLink connectivity a standard feature on all Pilot models for 2013, along with a USB port, a new high-resolution eight-inch Multi-Information Display (i-MID) and a backup camera system. Automatic climate control is also now included at all trim levels.Otherwise, a new exterior color, Obsidian Blue Pearl, replaces Bali Blue Pearl.
three rows of seating
reconfigurable seating layout
ride and handling
styling that goes against the grain
3.5L SOHC MPFI 24-valve i-VTEC V6 engine
Variable Cylinder Management (VCM)
Active control engine mount system (ACM)
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
5-speed automatic transmission
Hill start assist
Front wheel drive
Integrated class III trailer hitch w/trailer harness pre-wiring
MacPherson strut front suspension
Multi-link rear suspension w/trailing arms
Front & rear stabilizer bars
Variable pwr rack & pinion steering
Heavy duty pwr steering fluid cooler
Pwr ventilated front/solid rear disc brakes
Chrome exhaust finishers
229-watt AM/FM stereo w/CD player -inc: (7) speakers w/subwoofer, MP3/WMA playback, 2GB CD library, Bluetooth streaming audio, aux input jack, radio data system, speed-sensitive volume control, USB audio interface
Side Barrier Rating:   Driver (Male):   Rear Passenger (Female):
Side Barrier Rating Note: Not Applicable
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat (Female):
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings:   Front Seat Rating:   Rear Seat Rating:
US NHTSA ROLLOVER RESISTANCE RATING:   Dynamic Test Result: No Tip   Risk of Rollover: 17.4%
Note Regarding Driver Rating:
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.
Rollover Note: Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.
Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel-economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle. Based on 2011 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel-economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
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