The third generation of the Honda Pilot definitely deserves the attention of the buyers which need a combination of the comfort, versatility, efficiency and capability. However, this eight-passenger mid-size crossover SUV also comes with Honda’s reliability on its account as well as with advanced safety features. Add to that car-like driving quality and predictable handling and you won’t easily find a similar vehicle that can beat that. However, for the 2018 Honda Pilot might get upgrades that would make it even better.
New for 2018:
The Pilot was all-new for the 2016 model year. This redesign made this vehicle better in all aspects. For the 2017 model year, it added Apple Car Play and Android Auto support. For the 2018 model it should bring even more standard equipment and upgraded safety features.
2018 Honda Pilot: Styling
The Pilot is one of the largest vehicles in Honda’s lineup. It even shares much of its running gear with the Ridgeline truck. However, the last redesign made this vehicle less-boxy and better-looking. Sheetmetal features softer transitions and nicely sculpted shapes. Pronounced lines on the side panels, nice creases on the hood and well done rear end give it more organic design. The front fascia is also attractive and it includes the nice grille and nicely finished bumper.
Inside, the 2018 Honda pilot will blend the cues from the new CRV and Accord sedan. It will be well-trimmed with high-quality materials and soft-touch surfaces. It will also provide practically arranged space and high-level of comfort.
There will also be simple and up to date control interface. Even base models should include an 8-inch touchscreen, smartphone compatibility, strong sound system, etc. The three-zone climate control, keyless entry and ignition, power and heated front seats, leather upholstery, advanced safety features will be available the step from the base model.
Higher-spec versions will also bring larger wheels, unique trim inserts, more speakers, ventilated front seats, heated middle row seats, upgraded upholstery, more safety features, etc.
For the safety purposes, it will include systems like adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning and mitigation, forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, etc.
2018 Honda Pilot: Under the hood
Powering the 2018 Honda Pilot will be direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 engine. With the capability for 280 hp and torque of 262 lb-ft, it will be good to provide energetic acceleration. This engine should come with either six-speed automatic or nine-speed automatic transmission. It is, however, possible that nine-gear shifter will be available only.
The model will also give choice between front- and all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive feature torque-vectoring system and can route power front and rear and also between wheels. The Pilot will also offer traction management system which will adjust drivetrain parameters according to road conditions. There will also be independent suspension and precise steering which will provide good body control.
As for fuel economy, the Pilot should return around 23 mpg.
2018 Honda Pilot: Launch date, Price
We should expect the 2018 Honda Pilot to come in late 2017. The price should be close to the current boundaries with starting point from around $31, 000.