2016 Honda Pilot | New Car Review

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 by
2016 Honda Pilot
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3 stars
  • Good
AEDAED 129,900 - 159,900
  • 3/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 3 stars
  • 1 Review

  • 2016
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  • Last modified: June 1, 2016
  • Exterior
    Editor: 80%
  • Interior
    Editor: 75%
  • Quality
    Editor: 65%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 65%

Review Summary:

The Pilot is the largest SUV in the brand’s line-up and one that shares its platform with the Odyssey minivan and Accord sedan. Currently in its third generation, the mid-size SUV goes up against the likes of the Nissan Pathfinder and the Ford Edge – both sales magnets for their respective brands.

Pros

* Exterior styling is a refreshing change from the ordinary.

Cons

* While the US market receives a 9-speed transmission, in the UAE we have to make do with a dated 6-speed automatic.
* Significant amounts of exposed hard plastics in the cabin.

Looks

Although dimensionally larger and significantly sleeker than its predecessor, the all-new Pilot is approximately 135 kilograms lighter. With a lower and wider stance it is exudes an aura of athleticism – one that is complemented by the prominent creases that run along the 4,964mm long bodywork.

2016 Honda Pilot

Feels

Within the cabin, lustrous black and silver trims embellish the dashboard and centre console while an azure ambient light illuminates the footwell and door panels. With a large infotainment screen, a panoramic roof, and a rear entertainment system, the Japanese SUV does away with the antiquated layout of its predecessor.

2016 Honda Pilot interior

Engineering

Utilizing Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, the 2016 Pilot boasts a stronger frame and a host of active-safety technologies that come together in helping it achieve a 5-star safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in United States of America.

2016 Honda Pilot

What’s on offer?

Powered by a 3.5 litre V6 engine that is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the 2016 Pilot is good for 280 horsepower and 355 Nm of torque. With a FWD layout, fuel efficiency is rated at 11.4 Km/L, while the AWD variant sees that figure drop to 10.8 Km/L. When it isn’t hitting the 100 km/h mark in 8.5 seconds, the Pilot bears a maximum towing capacity of 1,590 kg.

2016 Honda Pilot

Summing it…

The Pilot is arguably one of the best looking cars in its segment and in several ways it positions itself as the vehicle the Pathfinder should have been – the off-road capable AWD crossover. But while it may have all that it needs to succeed, it’s got to conquer its own ludicrous price tag and dated transmission first.

2016 Honda Pilot

Specifications

Specifications2016 Honda Pilot
Engine/ Cylinders3.5 litre / V6
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
280 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
355 Nm @ 4,700 RPM
Tranmission6 speed automatic
DriveFront Wheel Drive / All Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h8.5 secs
Top speed175 km/h
PriceAED 129,900 - 159,900

6 Responses to 2016 Honda Pilot | New Car Review

  1. S.Raj Reply

    September 15, 2016 at 12:07 am

    I bought Honda Pilot. in July 2016. Driven 5000 km. The Pick up is good. and seating capacity is very good. 7 people comfortable stay.

    backside boot is good. overall performance is good. but, the very bad reviews are,
    The A.C is not active like CRV or other Honda cars… its take very long time to achieve the temperature. after this, also, the cool air is not felt…..
    When u put Rear A.C on, the Cabin noise is high. because of this rear AC.
    the bad performance is ECO mode, when u activate , its working opposite way.. it consumes more fuel. by milage. and controling the A.C , especially, the PIck Up is more compromised. with ECO mode, we are loosing the Driving pleasure.

    So keep this point in your mind. and buy the car. Good Luck.

    • George Reply

      December 2, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Any improvements on the AC. I am planning to buy one reviews say the new pilot has the quietest cabin

  2. vicky Reply

    June 23, 2016 at 9:30 am

    • Rated 3 stars

    I Almost read every comment in this forum ,but imagine my one is absolute blunder from HONDA !!!!!!!!!
    I Booked a new Honda pilot 2016.Took paint and interior protection ,gap protection ,Protect plus for tires and key and spent additional about 10000/ aed to protect myself for this expensive top of the range touring model.But guess what ???? I took the car out of the showroom of DIFC at 11:30 pm ,drove about until ansar mall sharjah towards my home near Sharjah Clock tower and found Low Brake oil sign flashing in the dashboard ,then steering sign abd traction off sign.??? It took some time to realize that what is hapening with my beautiful brand new top of range 2016 honda pilot until in 10 mins i was at my parking space .Assuming that may be they forget to fill up the brake fluid upto full ,but seriously was confused on the other hand what could happen with a new car driven less than 50kms (23 when i received +27 i drove to reach my home).Any way the happiness of buying the new car was spoiling so i thought i will check with the showroom tomorrow morning .
    I called my parents and my wife down to the basement to supersize them ,we were really happy and i drove my parents with me to take my old car from DIFC Honda parking lot. Again i came back to sharjah and slept that night in tension of what can be wrong with my new SUV. In the morning i headed towards the showroom straight but as they open late and due to traffic conditions i ended up on sheikh zayed road ,The moment i reached near financial center the brakes which were already spongy ,now even on full pedal were responding very less . i was afraid of the accident so put the hazard light on and drove at 10-15 kms to reach the sheikh zayed honda service center Odometer was at 138 kms Just ?? I .Showed them the car and they confirmed that there is almost no brake fluid.The technician put some 500ml of brake fluid in order to take the car in the Service area as he can not drive with NO BRAKES and and the manager came and was also surprised of this ADVENTURE OF MINE WITH THEIR RELIABLE BRAND THAT COULD HAVE COSTED MY LIFE !!!!!!!!!!
    They gave courtesy car and told me to go to work and will update me ,Till afternoon No body called so i traied calling both the MANager nad technician about 20 times but nobody picked up the phone . I left messages at the desk even .In the afternoon i went to the Service center leaving my office early to confirm myself and found the technician dealing with other IMPORTANT CUSTOMERS AND PROVIDING BEST CUSTOMER SERVICES .!!!!
    he told me there is leakage !!!! what !!!! I went to the service manager and asked him he gave the technical details that the ABS modulator is seeping the fluid they have TAKEN THE PICTURES AND ARE WAITING FOR INVESTIGATING TECHNICAL TEAM TO CONFIRM AS THEY CAN NOT TOUCH A NEW CAR LIKE THAT >I asked them ok so when they will reply to which he said they are in training so may be tomorrow .AND AFTER THAT If the parts needs to fixed we will fix it otherwise replacement would take may be 2 WEEKS TO ORDER THE ART FROM JAPAN !!!!!!My frustation at that moment was on peak ,but i can not say anything to him as it was not his fault .I staright away went to DIFC SHOWROOM ,the sales guy and Manager were aware of this from service center .Manager told me its a MINOR ISSUE (My life endangered ) AND OFTEN HAPPENS AND EVEN HAPPENED WITH HIM !!! !! they have provided me a courtesy car (for 175000/AED paid to them less then 12hrs back ) so thats what they can do about this and advise me to be PATIENT AND LET THE SERVICE GUY DO THEIR WORK .today is the second day no calls yet l?? i Know they will not call !and tomorrow is holiday !!! and guess what i am driving an old honda city for 175000/- Dirhams !!!!!!!!!

  3. vicky Reply

    June 23, 2016 at 9:25 am

    An absolute blunder from HONDA !!!!!!!!!
    I Booked a new Honda pilot 2016.Took paint and interior protection ,gap protection ,Protect plus for tires and key and spent additional about 10000/ aed to protect myself for this expensive top of the range touring model.But guess what ???? I took the car out of the showroom of DIFC Duabi at 11:30 pm ,drove about until ansar mall sharjah towards my home near Sharjah Clock tower and found Low Brake oil sign flashing in the dashboard ,then steering sign abd traction off sign.??? It took some time to realize that what is hapening with my beautiful brand new top of range 2016 honda pilot until in 10 mins i was at my parking space .Assuming that may be they forget to fill up the brake fluid upto full ,but seriously was confused on the other hand what could happen with a new car driven less than 50kms (23 when i received +27 i drove to reach my home).Any way the happiness of buying the new car was spoiling so i thought i will check with the showroom tomorrow morning .
    I called my parents and my wife down to the basement to supersize them ,we were really happy and i drove my parents with me to take my old car from DIFC Honda parking lot. Again i came back to sharjah and slept that night in tension of what can be wrong with my new SUV. In the morning i headed towards the showroom straight but as they open late and due to traffic conditions i ended up on sheikh zayed road ,The moment i reached near financial center the brakes which were already spongy ,now even on full pedal were responding very less . i was afraid of the accident so put the hazard light on and drove at 10-15 kms to reach the sheikh zayed honda service center Odometer was at 138 kms Just ?? I .Showed them the car and they confirmed that there is almost no brake fluid.The technician put some 500ml of brake fluid in order to take the car in the Service area as he can not drive with NO BRAKES and and the manager came and was also surprised of this ADVENTURE OF MINE WITH THEIR RELIABLE BRAND THAT COULD HAVE COSTED MY LIFE !!!!!!!!!!
    They gave courtesy car and told me to go to work and will update me ,Till afternoon No body called so i traied calling both the MANager nad technician about 20 times but nobody picked up the phone . I left messages at the desk even .In the afternoon i went to the Service center leaving my office early to confirm myself and found the technician dealing with other IMPORTANT CUSTOMERS AND PROVIDING BEST CUSTOMER SERVICES .!!!!
    he told me there is leakage !!!! what !!!! I went to the service manager and asked him he gave the technical details that the ABS modulator is seeping the fluid they have TAKEN THE PICTURES AND ARE WAITING FOR INVESTIGATING TECHNICAL TEAM TO CONFIRM AS THEY CAN NOT TOUCH A NEW CAR LIKE THAT >I asked them ok so when they will reply to which he said they are in training so may be tomorrow .AND AFTER THAT If the parts needs to fixed we will fix it otherwise replacement would take may be 2 WEEKS TO ORDER THE ART FROM JAPAN !!!!!!My frustation at that moment was on peak ,but i can not say anything to him as it was not his fault .I staright away went to DIFC SHOWROOM ,the sales guy and Manager were aware of this from service center .Manager told me its a MINOR ISSUE (My life endangered ) AND OFTEN HAPPENS AND EVEN HAPPENED WITH HIM !!! !! they have provided me a courtesy car (for 175000/AED paid to them less then 12hrs back ) so thats what they can do about this and advise me to be PATIENT AND LET THE SERVICE GUY DO THEIR WORK .today is the second day no calls yet l?? i Know they will not call !and tomorrow is holiday !!! and guess what i am driving an old honda city for 175000/- Dirhams !!!!!!!!!

    • George Reply

      December 2, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      Sad to know about your bad experience. How is the car now. I am planning to buy as reviews say it has the quietest cabin.

  4. Raj Reply

    November 30, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    With the current ground clearance, intelligent 4×4 technology and 355NM torque. Will it handle serious desert driving in UAE?

    Is it tested or driven by anyone (consumer) in desert to give a valuable advice?

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