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A first look inside the newest “ride ready” 2010 Honda Pilot.

Honda calls their 2010 Pilot sport utility “ride ready,” which is to say that it’s well prepared to tackle just about anything you can throw its way. With exceptional performance and capability to go with sleek style and the latest technology, the newest Pilot is more than just ride ready; it’s life ready.

 

Outside, Honda’s newest Pilot features a style and body design all its own. Though not quite as ultra-modern as the Element, the 2010 Pilot spots a remarkably muscular and contemporary structure. Boxier than it is rounded, the Pilot has been designed with bold, simple lines and powerful exaggerated features, conveying an undeniable sense of strength and stability. Standard 17-inch wheels set a powerful base, windows appear chiseled into vast side panels and dynamic roof rails rest atop mighty machine.

 

In LX, EX, EX-L and Touring trims, the newest Pilot incorporates a wealth of impressive and purposeful exterior features. On either side of an imposing chrome grille, halogen headlamps and foglights better illuminate dark trails and night roads while an available moonroof provides open-air refreshment. In the back, an optional power liftgate with lifting glass hatch provides easy access to a cavernous rear cargo area, and an integrated trailer hitch (standard on every Pilot model) hauls up to 4,500 pounds.

 

In fact, hauling is made nearly effortless thanks to the inclusion of Honda’s powerful, yet efficient 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine. Capable of 250 hp and 253 lb/ft of torque through a five-speed automatic transmission, Pilot’s V6 features an advanced Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system, which utilizes power (and all six cylinders) only when it needs it, conserving otherwise wasted fuel and limiting emissions. The V6 system allows the Pilot to operate on three, four or six cylinders, but ensures instant acceleration and high-end power on demand.

 

Beneath, traction and grip are enhanced by Honda’s most advanced torque-managing four-wheel drive system to date. Pilot’s intuitive VTM-4 4WD system operates automatically, distributing engine power to the front and back as needed to maintain optimum control. The rear-differential can be locked manually (up to 18 mph), giving you the best possible low-end torque and power in the most difficult conditions. General driving is greatly improved by an aluminum independent suspension system, which mitigates undesired vibration, as well as harsh bumps and terrain. Handling and cornering for such a powerful and capable SUV is remarkably responsive and enjoyable.

 

Being “ride ready” stretches far beyond simply being prepared for tough terrain or conditions. Inside, the surprisingly luxurious and well-appointed 2010 Pilot has been engineered specifically for comfort and versatility. Ample seating for up to eight is highlighted by impressive spaciousness and premium-material comfort. Fit and finish on Honda’s newest are exceptional as the Pilot integrates everything from available leather trim and seating and aluminum accents to advanced tri-zone automatic climate control.

 

The control panel and intuitive center stack are models of innovation and convenience, packing some of the latest and greatest technology into one easily accessible setup. A seven-speaker premium audio system has been designed specifically for use within the Pilot’s cavernous confines, as has an available rear-seat DVD entertainment system (a nine-inch screen flips down from the ceiling). Up front, Honda’s voice-activated Satellite-Linked Navigation System integrates Bluetooth hands-free calling, off-road tracking and a rear backup camera (when in reverse).

 

The Pilot’s second- and third-row seats fold quickly and easily, unlocking an astonishing 87 cubic feet of internal cargo space. Thoughtful storage options throughout the cabin, as well as an almost countless number of cupholders, make the newest Pilot more versatile and useable than ever before. For safety, Honda has outfitted the 2010 SUV with an ultra-rigid protective frame, three rows of child safety-seat-capable stations and a full complement of front, side and side-curtain airbags, earning the Pilot a prestigious five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

Honda calls the newest Pilot “ride ready.” You can just call it ready for anything. The 2010 Honda Pilot features a starting MSRP of $27,895.


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