January 2017
   
Vehicle Profile: 2017 Honda Pilot
 
Vehicle Profile: 2017 Honda Pilot
The top dog in the three-row SUV segment

Positioned at the top of Honda’s impressive crossover/SUV lineup, the 2017 Honda Pilot is a proven three-row SUV with the styling, versatility and comfort to meet the needs of just about any American family.

Just a year after the introduction of the third-generation Pilot, the 2017 Honda Pilot gets additional interior and technology upgrades for improved connectivity and style. On models equipped with the White Diamond Pearl exterior paint, the 2017 Pilot is now available with a black interior. The center stack has also been improved with new material for the touchscreen that is fingerprint resistant, helping maintain a tidy and attractive cabin. The final improvement made to the 2017 Honda Pilot is the addition of Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, which is available as an option.

What hasn’t changed on the 2017 Honda Pilot is a stylish exterior design combined with a spacious, comfortable and well-equipped interior. With five different trim levels available (LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite), buyers can select exactly what they want at a starting MSRP of $30,595*.

Like many other Honda products, certain versions of the 2017 Honda Pilot can be equipped with a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ with Forward Collision Warning as part of the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Honda Sensing also includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Road Departure Mitigation System, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist System. With safety features like these, it isn’t surprising that the 2017 Honda Pilot was given a 5-Star Overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ designation by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Beyond all of the styling, gadgets and high-quality materials, the 2017 Honda Pilot is, first and foremost, a family vehicle, so practicality and versatility are a must. The three rows of seating provide comfortable accommodations for up to eight passengers, but if cargo capacity becomes a priority, there is 16.5 cubic feet of available space behind the third-row seats and 83.9 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded flat. If that’s not enough, the 2017 Honda Pilot has a maximum towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds.

All 2017 Honda Pilot trims make use of the powerful and efficient 3.5-liter direct-injected V6 that is rated at 280 hp and 262 lb/ft of torque, and all trim levels can be equipped with the Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) AWD System. The big difference in the powertrain comes from the automatic transmission. The LX, EX, EX-L use a conventional six-speed automatic transmission, with EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of up to 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway**, while the Touring and Elite trim levels get the more advanced nine-speed automatic transmission with a shift-by-wire system that helps bump EPA-rated fuel economy estimates up to 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

The improvements made to the 2017 Honda Pilot are a testament to just how strong the current Pilot was when it was introduced for the 2016 model year. Further proof is that the Honda Pilot has received numerous awards from the press including "Best Family Cars of 2016" by KBB.com, Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com; "Best SUV of 2016" by Hispanic Motor Press; and "Best Cars for the Money" by U.S. News & World Report. And the 2017 Honda Pilot should definitely continue this trend. Stop by to find out more.


*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $900.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices. 

**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

This article is presented by Colonial Honda of Dartmouth in N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

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