The Pilot is capable and powerful on the road with a V6 engine under the hood of every model. Drivers will achieve up to 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft of torque. With quick acceleration and unmitigated power, trickier driving situations, such as merging onto the highway, are much easier. The V6 engine works in tandem with a six-speed automatic transmission as the standard option in the LX, EX, and EX-L models. The Touring and Elite models have an upgraded nine-speed automatic transmission with Shift-by-Wire (SBW).
The Honda Pilot offers drivers an AWD option on each of its trim levels, with the top-of-the-line Elite model making the AWD drivetrain the standard. AWD is a great option for drivers who are looking for greater traction control, better handling, and more capabilities. It ensures the Pilot is performing at its very best, even in inclement weather or less than ideal road conditions, which can be a life saver in Montana. It also includes Intelligent Traction Management with setting specifically geared to snow, sand, and mud.
Ground clearance is the distance between the road and the lowest point on the bottom of the Pilot. The Pilot has 7.3 inches of ground clearance, which means it’s poised for going off the beaten path or driving over loose or bumpy road surfaces. So whether you’re heading to a remote camping site, going off road, or navigating an unfinished surface, the Pilot is high enough to prevent the road from scrapping or damaging the underside body.
The towing capacity of the Pilot varies slightly, whether you choose the 2WD or AWD configuration. For drivers who tow smaller trailers, the 2WD can haul up to 3,000 lbs. For drivers who need even more capability, the AWD can tow an impressive 5,000 lbs. The Pilot also comes with an available trailer hitch so you’ll be equipped and ready to tow.
Fuel Economy is an important factor to consider when shopping for any type of vehicle. Fortunately, with the Pilot, drivers don’t have to sacrifice great efficiency for power and utility. The fuel economy estimates vary depending on which transmission and drivetrain you choose, but all the Pilot models achieve class-leading efficiency, and that’s good news for your wallet as well as the environment.
The Pilot can accommodate eight passengers on the LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring models and seven passengers with the Elite model. Unlike other mid-size SUVs in its class, the Pilot features a generous amount of passenger space in all three rows. Even tall passengers in the rear seats will have plenty of head and leg room to sit comfortably. The cargo space behind the third row seat is a roomy 18.5 cubic feet. Fold the third row down completely flat for even more cargo space when you need it. Behind the second row, the cargo area measures 55.9 cubic feet. And for the most cargo space available, fold both the second and third rows down and the cargo space expands to an impressive 109 cubic feet.