2016 Honda Pilot | Road Test

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2016 Honda Pilot
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Review Summary:

The Pilot has been the brand's largest offering since the early 2000's. But while the previous models didn't have much impact on the segment, the third generation model is about to change it all.


* Exterior styling is significantly sharper than that of its predecessors.
* Cabin space is truly astounding.
* Sufficiently equipped.


* Glitchy infotainment system that repeatedly hangs and leaves you with nothing but a deafening silence.
* High beams that are in the kindest of words, utterly pointless.
* 9-speed automatic transmission for the U.S market only.

Introduction & Summary

The Honda Pilot is no newcomer to the region’s mid-size segment. Operating under an MR-V alias since the early 2000’s, the Pilot has established itself as a commendable rival to the likes of Nissan’s Pathfinder and Ford’s Explorer. Embracing the paradigm shift of the segment and following in the footsteps of its rivals, the Pilot has jumped aboard the Crossover bandwagon, trading its ruggedness for refinement and luxury.

2016 Honda Pilot

Styling & Design

Designed by Ben Davidson, the third generation model bids farewell to the blockish silhouette of its predecessors. With a lower and wider stance, the Pilot exudes a sense of athleticism, and with a broad chrome bedecked countenance it hints at its Accord and Odyssey underpinnings. Along the 4,964mm long bodywork, dashes of chrome and prominent creases lend the Japanese crossover a little panache and compliment the overall design.

2016 Honda Pilot

Within the cabin, silver and piano black garnishes embellish the dashboard while the broad centre console and wide seats form only a small part of the expansive interior. Striking the right balance between the use of hard plastics and leather, the Pilot emanates an aura of affordable luxury, all illuminated in an azure ambient light.


With an extensive feature list and a price tag of AED 160,000, the Touring variant of the Pilot doesn’t leave a whole lot to be desired. While a remote engine starter, a panoramic roof and a rear entertainment set-up highlight the first half of the list, there’s Honda’s blind spot monitoring system (Lane Watch) and a tire pressure monitoring system onboard to prove just how far the third-generation model has come from its predecessor.

2016 Honda Pilot

Performance, Ride & Handling

Although dimensionally larger than the model it replaces, the 2016 Pilot’s stringent diet sees it tip scales at a smidgen over the 2 ton mark – a reduction of almost 135 kg. With less weight to lug around and power up at 280 horsepower, the peppy oriental hits 100 km/h from a standstill in just 8.5 seconds and bears a top speed of 183 km/h.

2016 Honda Pilot

Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the 3.5 litre V6 unit residing under the hood sips 11.5 litres / 100 km, but that is not to say the Pilot lacks any sort of grunt. A jab of the accelerator pedal and the green eco rings that illuminate the instrument cluster fade out, all whilst the mid-size SUV charges forward with absolutely no hesitation.

2016 Honda Pilot

With various drive modes activated through the centre console, the Pilot alters its power delivery and shifting pattern based on whether it’s operating in Normal, Snow, Sand, or Mud mode. Although the suspension remains constant and doesn’t vary according to the terrain selected, the bigger issue limiting the Pilot is its 185mm ground clearance.

Comfort & Practicality

As a family hauler, the Pilot fits the bill well and offers a lot more than just a spacious and comfortable cabin that houses a virtually endless supply of cubbyholes. With an 8-way adjustable driver’s seat and a 4-way adjustable passenger seat, getting cosy doesn’t require much effort, and with a roomy third row, adults in the back won’t be neglected either. On the practicality side of things, the Pilot boasts storage capacities of 467 litres behind the third row, 1,325 litres behind the second row, and a whopping 2,375 litres behind the first-row – significantly more than its rival, the Nissan Pathfinder.

2016 Honda Pilot

Price & Verdict

While the previous generation model didn’t create much of a stir in its segment, the 2016 Pilot has what it takes to make the competition all jittery. With its retail price being lesser than that of the dated Pathfinder and Explorer, the Pilot makes a commendable case for itself. In several ways, the Pilot comes off as the crossover its rivals should have been – affordable and capable.

2016 Honda Pilot

2 Responses to 2016 Honda Pilot | Road Test

  1. Web Hosting Reply

    April 20, 2017 at 12:21 am

    To help prevent a crash in the first place, though, all but the base Pilot LX trim will be available with the Honda Sensing package of high-tech collision warning and avoidance systems.

  2. Ruqaya Abdulla Reply

    January 9, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    From: Mrs. Ruqaya Mohammed Abdulla
    Dear Sir,
    I bought “Pilot (Model 2015)” from the Agent (National Motor Company) in Kingdom of Bahrain on 29th August 2015.THE AGENT HAD DELAYED THREE WEEKS TO DELIVER THE CAR without given reasonable justification, we were disappointed which lead us to think that something might be wrong with the car, to clear the doubt we asked them if there was any fault in the car they were trying to fix it.
    After three months it started to give problems at the millage 2000 km. the first problem come when I started my car to derive to work the engine failed to start after trying for several times and that was on 26th December 2015, the same problem occurs for 4 times.
    Next day on 27/ 12 / 2015, same problem happened again, but this time it happened in the middle of the flyover during the rush hour our car engine started to shiver and stopped, and the dashboard showed engine sign, we put off the engine for 10 minutes then re- started the car.
    I don’t trust this car any more. I asked them to compensate me with a new car but the agent is refusing, it’s not my fault to have a broken care while I have paid for a new one, we talk to the concerns personnel there, but they not understanding their customers concerns. Secondly I don’t trust them because I feel they have cheated me by selling me a faulty car.
    It is my right to have a new brand car without any problem at least for 2-3 years.
    If they don’t want to change the car with new one, then I ask to refund me my money back or exchange the car
    Ruqaya Abdulla
    Contact: +973 36002450
    E-mail: hedayety1410@gmail.com

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