2016 Honda Pilot | New Car Review
* Exterior styling is a refreshing change from the ordinary.
* 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Specifications||2016 Honda Pilot|
|Engine/ Cylinders||3.5 litre / V6|
|Max Power |
|280 hp @ 6,000 RPM|
|355 Nm @ 4,700 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive / All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||8.5 secs|
|Top speed||175 km/h|
|Price||AED 129,900 - 159,900|