2012 Honda Pilot | new car review

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 by

The  receives a wide range of upgrades for with a sleeker front-end design, enhanced interior features and an improved fuel economy compared to 2011 models. The new styling for the front fascia includes a three-bar chrome-style grille, a new front air dam and optimised strakes that improve aerodynamics. Interior styling changes focus on instrument panel refinement and a more intuitive button layout. Exterior dimensions for are similar to 2011 but the ground clearance has been lowered by a few centimetres.

On the inside a glossy black center panel for audio controls replaces the high-contrast silver panel of the previous model. Speedometer and tachometer gauge faces incorporate a new look with distinct segments surrounding each meter’s perimeter, along with white background illumination for nighttime driving instead of the previous model’s aqua-blue background illumination.

The Pilot is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine with a maximum output of 253bho and maximum torque rating of 347Nm. A 5-speed automatic with fulltime 4WD comes standard on all variants.

Safety technology includes the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure that helps reduce the amount of crash energy reaching the passenger compartment and can enhance frontal collision compatibility. Additional safety equipment includes three-row side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, driver’s and front passenger’s side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), active front seat head restraints and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist. Traction control is standard on all models.

Specifications

Price: AED 130,000 – AED 170,000

Engine

3.5-litre V6
Max power: 253bhp at 5700rpm
Max torque: 347Nm at 4800rpm

Transmission

5-speed automatic

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