Automotive Review: Honda's midsize SUV, the 2017 Pilot

Pictured is the 2017 Honda Pilot Elite

Honda Pilot first entered the midsize sport utility vehicle scene in 2003, and for 2017, Pilot continues to offer an attractive, fuel-efficient vehicle with thoughtful interior design. With a starting MSRP of $30,745, the 2017 Honda Pilot is available in five trims — LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite — and eight exterior colors, including hues such as Obsidian Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl and White Diamond Pearl.

Inside, Honda Pilot offers seating for up to eight. (The Honda Pilot Elite model has second-row captain’s chairs for a seven-passenger configuration.)

Interior amenities for the Honda Pilot include soft-touch materials, as well as features such as available leather-trimmed upholstery, an available tri-zone automatic climate control and a premium 10-speaker audio system (a 7-speaker audio system is standard). Rear dimensions are listed at 38.4 inches of second-row legroom and third-row legroom of 31.9 inches. Second-row shoulder room is 62 inches, and third row shoulder room is 57.6 inches. Second-row hip room is 57.3 inches and third-row hip room is 44.6 inches. Interior color schemes include beige and black.

Under the hood

The three-row Pilot is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with either a 6-speed or 9-speed automatic transmission (6AT or 9AT). This engine produces 280 horsepower and 262 foot-pounds of torque, with a fuel economy rating of up to 20 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined for 2WD models, and 19 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined for AWD models.


Honda Pilot was designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas Inc. in Los Angeles and Ohio. The Pilot and its V6 engine are produced by Honda Mfg. of Alabama plant in Lincoln, Alabama, using a mix of domestic and globally sourced parts.

About Honda

The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan. Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 35 years and currently operates 19 manufacturing facilities in North America.

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