Honda Pilot 2017: Comfortable and Versatile

Jan 19, 2017 04:54 PM EST | BC Tabotabo

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The Honda Pilot 2017 is a three-row crossover SUV that is a great family car. It is very spacious and roomy on the inside and is very versatile.

Pros and Features. The Pilot features a roomy and versatile interior. Even its rear seats are spacious. It also has better fuel economy than most rivals. In addition, it has multiple clever storage compartments.

Cons. The nine-speed automatic transmission is too unrefined. Its collision warning and adaptive cruise control are also too overly sensitive.

What's New? The Pilot now gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It also gets an 8-inch touchscreen for EX and above. Other than those upgrades,

Models. The Honda Pilot 2017 comes in five models: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. All models can seat eight, with the exception of the Elite. The Elite has captain's chairs on the second row which reduce the seating capacity to seven.

The LX features a 3.5-liter V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, and cruise control. It even has a 5-inch central display screen, a good sound system, a rearview camera, and other tech features.

The EX incorporates more safety and tech features. It adds automatic headlights, LED running lights, fog lights, and three-zone automatic climate control. It also has HondaLink smartphone-enabled features and an upgraded sound system.

The EX-L has everything that EX has plus other creature comforts. It adds a power tailgate, a sunroof, leather upholstery, and even a six-speed transmission. This model is the top pick of Edmunds.

The Touring model has all of the EX-L's standard and optional equipment. It also adds roof rails, 20-inch wheels, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and ambient interior lighting.

The Elite model adds LED headlights, automatic high-beam headlight control, and a panoramic sunroof. Heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs, and HD radio are also added perks to the top of the line model.

Verdict. The Honda Pilot 2017 is a useful, stylish, and truly trouble-free ride. It is powerful and comfortable and very spacious. It has a very capable engine and six-speed automatic. This is a really great family car and minivan alternative.

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