Honda Pilot Elite

2016 Honda Pilot

Pros: Impressive selection of available comfort and safety features; Outstanding space efficiency provides ample passenger and cargo room; Excellent driving manners and fuel efficiency for a vehicle its size.

Cons: Touchscreen controls can be finicky; Third-row seat can be a bit tricky to access.

CG Says: Pilot, Honda’s three-row SUV is redesigned for 2016. Pilot is almost 2 inches longer in wheelbase and 3.5 inches longer overall than the model it replaces. Pilot can seat up to eight passengers. Despite its size increase, the new Pilot is around 300 pounds lighter than before. Power is provide by a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, which is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission in LX, EX, and EX-L models and a 9-speed automatic in the high-end Touring and Elite models. All trims levels are available with front- or all-wheel drive except the line-topping Elite model, which is AWD only. A “Honda Sensing” option group of safety technology features includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and Road Departure Mitigation. If you need to move a lot of people and stuff and aren’t interested in a minivan, the Pilot is one of the best family haulers around.

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 8
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Honda
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices 2WD LX: $30,145
AWD LX: $31,945
2WD EX: $32,580
AWD EX: $34,380
2WD EX-L : $36,055
AWD EX-L: $37,855
2WD Touring: $41,170
AWD Touring: $42,970
AWD Elite: $46,570

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
9-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Honda Pilot Best Buy
2016 Honda Pilot