The very sight of a Pilot gives the feeling of a minivan. But the truth of the matter is it isn’t one. The 3-row crossover arguably looks better than its smaller brothers, HR-V and CR-V. Honda considered revamping this vehicle in 2016. However, potential buyers may expect some minor yet significant changes in this upcoming 2018 Honda Pilot. Sharing some characteristics with the Odyssey, this vehicle is sure to win many hearts this time as well.
Honda is definitely not alone in this mid-range crossover market. Some of the key competitors of the Pilot include Ford Explorer and the Mazda CX-9. Packed with exciting features this vehicle has got Honda Sensing suite for active safety.as of now this new model will solely be available for the US market.
Interior and Exterior Features of Honda Pilot 2018
The new version of this vehicle looks stunning and features the latest frontal design from Honda. Expect more muscular grilles and bumpers. To top it, Honda makes use of LED headlights and a curvier lower grille. Expect newer sets of rims and wheels.
From the inside, there are not many changes that potential buyers can expect. However, this is one point where the Pilot exceeds its rivals right from the previous generation. Instantaneous start/stop system and advanced brake assists will ensure better security and improved usability. Ample amount of space in the cabin and dashboard is another plus-point over its rivals. Honda’s typical infotainment features also come as standard in all Honda Pilot 2018 trims.
Is the 2018 version of Pilot indeed an update?
Tipsters are of the opinion that Honda tends to bridge the gap between its lower and higher-end versions with this upcoming Pilot. This car is indeed immensely spacious and fast as compared to most of its rivals. Along with it, the 3rd row aims to accommodate more passengers onboard.
However, many are of the opinion that a vehicle like the Pilot does not need the 3rd row. Plus, there are not many major upgrades that need mentioning. Still, high-end versions have been revamping and come with a naturally aspirated engine with better fuel efficiency. It resembles the new Pilot which gets the newer transmission.
2018 Honda Pilot – Expected Powertrain Features
Expect this new 2018 Honda Pilot to continue with the existing 3.5-litres V6. This will produce about 280 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Rumours have it that this new vehicle might come with a 10-speed automatic transmission. If not so, then it might continue with the 6-speed or 9-speed automatic transmission.
The base model receives a revamp and gets higher power. The 2018 Honda Pilot comes with a more refined version of powertrain than its existing model. Honda offers numerous trims, especially for this model 2018 Pilot. These include LX, EX/EX-L, EX-L Navi and off course the Touring. Potential customers can also choose between FWD and AWD versions of this vehicle.
2018 Honda Pilot – Pricing and Release Dates
Expect the 2018 Honda Pilot towards mid-2018. Prices for the base model starts at $32,000 which might go up to $48,000 for higher trims.