Inasmuch as other rivals might be more macho and sportier, the 2017 Honda Pilot redesign brings forth some much needed changes to the SUV and therefore make it a strong contender in the three-row crossover class. The Honda Pilot release date should be expected sometime before the fall of 2017.
Some of the highlights for newest Honda Pilot include plenty of high-tech safety systems, spacious and flexible interior, a sophisticated all-wheel drive system, a comfortable ride, and fuel efficiency. Thorough nitpicking has only yielded two downsides: a slow-to-respond touchscreen interface, and a difficult-to-access third-row bench.
Unlike the previous model which tried to be something it wasn’t, the new Honda Pilot 2017 comes with a rather honest approach. There are a myriad of changes inside and out. The interior is more modern and features a well-thought out design. It is spacious too. There are plenty of storage areas to store your personal items. The interface offers lots of technologies and mobile app integration features and will undeniably be a favorite among smartphone savvy generation.
The ride quality has been insulated from obnoxious tire, road and wind noise with the end result being a hush ride quality. The Honda Pilot Elite model is still the top-of-the-line model and is offered with dizzying technologies and features, albeit at an extra. But even if you stick around with base model, you’ll still find plenty of value as well.
Even with the Honda pilot changes seeming modern and sophisticated, there are other several strong contenders in the market, too. They include the “A” rated 2017 Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Ford Flex 2017, and the Chevrolet Traverse for 2017.
The 2017 Toyota Highlander has been updated and gets a refreshed interior and exterior styling. A new sporty SE trim model has been added to the 2017 lineup and comes with suspension and visual upgrades. Under its hood, it comes with a brawny 3.5L V6 direct-injection engine that features a stop-start technology. The output figures are still under wraps but we expect better figures than the existing model’s. The 2017 Honda Pilot Hybrid MPG should be expected at around 27/28/28 mpg in the city/highway/combined. Additionally, the Hybrid model also gains two additional trims placing the total to four. New ones are XLE and LE and the existing ones are the Limited and Platinum trims. We expect the 2017 Toyota Highlander price to start from an MSRP of around $30,000.
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport MSRP starts from $31,695 and, like the Toyota Highlander 2017, gets new upgrades and redesigns. Engines are unchanged from the previous models but now come with new drive mode selections with s choice of Normal, Eco, and Sport.
2017 Honda Pilot Review of Trims
Five trims are offered for the 2017 Honda Pilot: Touring, Elite, EX, LX, and EX-L.
2017 Honda Pilot Interior & Exterior Changes
Some of the standard Honda Pilot accessories available on the base model include a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, an auxiliary audio jack, a five-inch central display screen, active noise cancellation, air-conditioning, eighteen-inch alloy wheels, a USB port, a rearview camera, a seven-speaker sound system, a foldable rear seat, a rear privacy glass, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The 2017 Honda Pilot Elite is the top-of-the-line model and features heated and ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, a blind-spot monitor, LED headlights, twenty-inch wheels, heated second-row captain’s chairs, automatic windshield wipers, and a heated steering wheel.
Exterior Honda Pilot colors include Obsidian Blue Pearl, White Diamond Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Dark Cherry Pearl, Steel Sapphire Metallic, Black Forest Pearl, and Crystal Black Pearl. Slight changes should be expected on its release date.
2017 Honda Pilot Specs For The Engine
Only one engines is provided for the 2017 Honda Pilot: a 3.5L V6 rated at 262 lbs. ft. of torque and 280 horsepower. The Touring and Elite models get a nine-speed automatic while the EX, LX, and EX-L models get a six-speed automatic transmission system.
The 2017 Honda Pilot Elite 0-60 mph takes a blistering 6.4 seconds. EPA estimates the nine-speed Touring with a FWD will return 20/27/23 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
Wheelbase: 111 in
Length: 194.5 in
Width: 78.6 in
Passenger volume: 153 cu ft
Cargo volume: 18.5 cu ft
Curb weight: 4054 lbs
Top Speed: 112 mph
0-60: 6,4 sec
MPG: 20/27 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Black Forest Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Dark Cherry Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Steel Sapphire Metallic and White Diamond Pearl
Towing Capacity: 3500 lbs
2017 Honda Pilot Release Date & Price
Industry pundits overwhelmingly think the vehicle will most probably go for sale sometime before the fall of 2017.
The 2017 Honda Pilot price starts from $30,145. You can find lease deals at Honda online forums.