2016 Honda Pilot

Redesigned for the modern family, the 2016 Honda Pilot makes all the right moves.

The fully redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot has a much more traditional crossover appearance. It is now more approachable than previous versions of the Pilot, and it's backed up by new improvements that have made this third-generation Honda Pilot a better choice for a three-row large crossover than ever before.

Honda focuses much of its attention to the Pilot's interior, which is more modern, more refined and easier to see out of. The Pilot has always been roomy and versatile, but extra leg- and headroom in the third row in particular makes it friendlier for passengers of all sizes. There are also more bins and cupholders for your personal items.

Up front, a new 8-inch touchscreen interface brings the Pilot up to date in terms of technology features and controls. The screen, standard on all but the base LX, gives the Pilot's dash a clean look.

The rest of the cabin benefits from improved, softer materials and additional acoustic materials that quiet noise. Honda also adds a top-of-the-line Elite model this year that is loaded with such features as a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs and even a heated steering wheel. Even if you don't get the Elite, though, Honda is offering a new collection of safety features (available on all but the base LX) that includes forward collision mitigation and lane departure prevention.

The ride and handling are also improved thanks to a stiffer structure made with more high-strength steel and a weight reduction of about 250 pounds. The smooth ride is worthy of a luxury car, and the sophisticated all-wheel-drive system provides impressive traction around corners (not to mention snow, mud or sand). The reduced weight also teams with a pair of new transmissions and 30 extra horsepower to raise fuel economy and provide more willing thrust.

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Trim Options

  • LX
  • EX
  • EX-L
  • Touring
  • Elite
  • 2WD or AWD

Standard features of the Pilot LX model include 18-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, air-conditioning, cruise control, 4.2-inch Multi-Information Display, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, active noise cancellation, and a 60/40-split folding third-row seat. Electronic features include a seven-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.

The EX model adds automatic headlights, fog lights, LED running lights, heated mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, the Honda LaneWatch™ blind-spot camera, three-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power adjustable driver seat (with two-way power lumbar), the 8-inch touchscreen interface, HondaLink® Next Generation smartphone-enabled features and an upgraded seven-speaker sound system with two additional higher powered USB ports, satellite radio and Pandora Internet radio control. Also included is the Intelligent Traction Management system that adds a Snow mode for the front-drive version and Snow/Sand/Mud modes with AWD.

The EX-L gets a sunroof, a power tailgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, one-touch sliding second-row seats, a four-way power adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The Honda Sensing package available on the EX and EX-L adds adaptive cruise control, a forward collision mitigation automatic braking system, a road departure intervention system, a forward collision warning system, and lane departure warning and intervention systems. The EX-L can also be equipped with a navigation system or a rear entertainment system that includes a single overhead screen, HDMI and RCA ports, two additional USB ports for the second row, and a 115-volt power outlet. Note that these EX-L options cannot be had in combination with each other.

All of these EX-L options come standard on the Touring, which further adds roof rails, a nine-speed automatic transmission, automatic engine start/stop, front and rear parking sensors, driver memory settings, second-row sunshades and a 10-speaker sound system.

The top-of-the-line Elite model further adds 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, automatic high-beam headlight control, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross traffic alerts (replaces LaneWatch), automatic windshield wipers, a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs (reduces maximum seating to seven people), a heated steering wheel and HD radio.


  • 4.2" Display (LX)
  • 8" Color Touchscreen Display (EX and Up)
  • 83.9 Cubic Feet of Space
  • Bluetooth Phone & Audio Connectivity
  • Rearview Camera

The 2016 Honda Pilot has the most versatile interior this side of a minivan. There is a multitude of handy bins and twice as many cupholders as seats, while the maximum cargo capacity of 83.9 cubic feet goes above and beyond. Importantly, the area behind the third row benefits from a removable floor panel that frees up a useful amount of storage space when all seats are in use.

A special feature for the Pilot are second-row seats that tilt and slide forward with the push of a button (standard EX-L and above). It's handy since it reduces the strength and effort needed to move the seat, but the resulting pass through area is still on the small side of the segment. In the third row, two adults of most sizes or three kids will find generous headroom and decent legroom.

Interior quality takes a leap forward with this generation. Soft-touch surfaces replace hard plastics on the dash and door panels, giving the 2016 Pilot an upscale ambiance. The control interface is also updated and simplified. Most trims now feature an 8-inch touchscreen that handles the entertainment, communications, and navigation functions. The climate controls are separate and very easy to use.

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