2016 Honda Pilot Review – Starting to Look Like Something Else

The Odyssey minivan has been a staple at Honda for the go-to vehicle for those with a larger family or those who like to have a seven-seater; but for those who want a little bit more, there’s the 2016 Honda Pilot.

2016 Honda Pilot Review - Starting to Look Like Something Else

The 2016 Honda Pilot is a Mix Between a Minivan and a Truck-Based SUV

The Odyssey being more of a family-oriented vehicle with easy access to all ages from young children to the elderly such as from climbing inside the relatively comfortable step height to the rugged plastic clad interior to help mitigate scuffs and make for easy cleaning, but the 2016 Honda Pilot is more centered towards the “mobile dad” with its more masculine profile especially with a dark exterior color. The Pilot is an SUV, and with it comes a taller ride height paired to larger wheels and a burlier engine than the Odyssey. There are Odyssey bones beneath that Odyssey-aping skin, but there’s also a new, 280-hp V-6 paired with the first nine-speed automatic.

Starting from the entry-level front-wheel-drive 2016 Pilot LX includes a rearview camera, push-button start, a tilting and telescoping steering column, and a stereo that includes Bluetooth and USB connectivity. By the time you’ve ascended to the penultimate Touring trim, you’ve added remote starting, second-row seats that fold at the touch of a button, three-zone automatic climate control, LED ambient lighting, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, four additional USB ports, leather upholstery, navigation, and a Blu-ray rear-seat entertainment system. The last step up to Elite trim adds all-wheel drive, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, an extra-large sunroof, and the most feature-heavy version of the Honda Sensing package. Highlights of the latter package are forward-collision warning with automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist. Some of the accessories added to the Elite trim include a trailer-hitch receiver, and roof-rail crossbars.

Seat comfort in the first two rows and a serene highway ride make the 2016 Honda Pilot a perfectly capable cross country trekker and AWD is just the cherry on top, not for off-roading but a welcome addition especially when the winter season comes in. Negative logbook comments have focused on the infuriating touchscreen infotainment system and a short-sighted adaptive-cruise-control system that brakes abruptly and allows speed to fluctuate more than most systems, including going well beyond the set speed when accelerating.


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