SUV still becomes the hottest trend in the North America and this is why Honda is on its way to launch a new Pilot model. Pilot is the largest SUV the Japanese automaker has ever launched to date and it was first introduced back in 2002 for the North American market. 2018 Honda Pilot will only get some minor changes, both in terms of engine and design. It also will still be available with the same trim levels—LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite as the highest end.
2018 Pilot is equipped with the same 3.5 L V6 engine, delivering 280 HP at 6,000 RPM with a peak of 262 pound feet of torque at 4,700 RPM. The engine can be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission or 9-speed automatic transmission with Paddle Shifters and Shifts-by-Wire. The car will comes standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive can be optioned as well.
Test drive shows that the car is very powerful for a midsize crossover, and this is probably the reason Honda keeps this engine for the new model. Furthermore, the car also has pretty good fuel economy. Test shows that the FWD mated with the 6-speed transmission result in 19 mpg in the city, 27 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. Meanwhile when the AWD version uses the same transmission, it got a slightly better result with 18 mpg in the city, 26 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined.
Interior and Exterior Design
The exterior design will not get any significant improvement. It will still feature the same rounded shape with low front end as well as 18” alloy wheels. It is rumored that the reason why 2018 Pilot barely get any design changes is because the all the good things are kept for 2019 model.
Inside, just like usual this midsize SUV comes with 3-row seats. The dimension and layout of the car is spacious enough for adults. Furthermore, the cabin components in the current model will make a comeback. Those are the rearview camera, Bluetooth audio streaming, telescoping steering wheel, standard 5” display as well as audio with seven speakers. Satellite radio, leather trim and heated front seats are available for higher end models.
The safety features also will remain the same. It means, the car will get some of the best safety components like Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring System as well as Cruise Control. Honda is known to never play games when it comes to its cars’ safety features. But still, purchasing some extra car insurance is a wise choice to provide more protection to your car. Midsize SUV in this class will not come cheap so going with the bare minimum for your car insurance might not be enough.
Price and Release Date
It is still unclear when the new Pilot will be launched. However, we can expect it to arrive in the North American shore in late 2018. Since it only comes with minor changes, the price will be pretty much the same with the current model. 2017 Pilot is priced around $30,000 to $47,000 and the new model maybe will come with a slightly more expensive range than that.