2018 Honda Pilot review – Honda Pilot is a three – row crossover SUV and for years it is placed on the top of its class. Compared to the Odyssey, they share same platform, engine and transmission. Even some interior details are same if we compare those two cars.
However, compared to minivans, crossovers comes with stiffer suspension and higher ground clearance. That gives them better off-road capabilities. Better look is probably the main reason why people choose crossover SUV vehicles, such as Honda Pilot, before minivans. The last update was two years ago and there are rumors that an updated Honda Pilot 2018 is on its way.
2018 Honda Pilot review
The current version of this crossover SUV got redesign changes couple years ago. The car has been rebuilt with its predecessor, and on that occasion it incorporated all state-of-the-art technologies available. Although it’s not a practice to make big changes at small intervals, there are rumors that there will be some updates. Namely, there were news on the Internet about a smaller version of the car, but details about it are still poor. The production of such smaller model could be started in the autumn of 2018. If we take that fact into consideration, the new Honda Pilot 2018 should be just a carryover model.
Small redesign touches on new Honda Pilot 2018
The current model of the Honda Pilot is pretty good and it is high ranked on the market in its class. The 2018-year model could get several upgraded details, but they will be more cosmetic. The new grille and new bumper are expected on the front fascia of the car, while new housing are expected for the fog lamps. With current model LED headlights are standard, but we expect that HID technology will available with all models as standard. The taillights will be restyled while the rear bumper could be less intrusive. When it comes to exterior colors, there are eight color option available: Black Forest Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Dark Cherry Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Steel Sapphire Metallic and White Diamond Pearl.
|Length||194.5 in. (4,940 mm)|
|Width||78.6 in. (1,997 mm)|
|Height||69.8 / 70.4 in. (1,773 / 1,788 mm)|
|Wheelbase||111.0 in. (2,820 mm)|
|Ground clearance||7.3 in. (185 mm)|
|Trim levels||LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, Elite|
|Colors||Black Forest Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Dark Cherry Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Steel Sapphire Metallic and White Diamond Pearl|
The new model, that should be introduced next year, will be very similar to the current model. Since the wheelbase will be shorter, we expect the rear doors to be shorter too. The last overhang will also be reduced, but we hope that this reduction in size will not influence in losing the third row of seats. With a reduction in size, we expect that the car’s design will remain the same. This means that the front and rear ends will remain identical to the current model. In addition to the possible loss of third row seat, the interior will follow the development program of all Honda models and we do not expect any major changes.
Interior changes will come with technology
The used materials and NVH levels inside the cabin give priority to Honda Pilot in comparison to other rivals. There will be no major changes in the cab, which means that engineers will retain most things on the same level as before. Standard equipment that starts with base LX trim includes a 4.2-inch information screen between the gauges, multi-angle rear view camera that is viewable on the 5.0-inch Color LCD Screen mounted on the center dash. For safety reasons there is a tire-pressure monitoring system that signals when the tire pressure is on proper level. With EX model you get Honda’s Intelligent Traction Management system, Lane Watch display, while infotainment system is upgraded by HondaLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems. In order to get 5 safety stars there are more safety features that improves overall impression. Beside standard features there are also Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Rear Cross Traffic monitor, Adaptive Cruise control and Road Departure Mitigation.
Honda Pilot 2018 specs
All five models will of the new Honda Pilot 2018 will come with same engine under the hood. That is going to be same engine that powers current model – the 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6. Right now, this engine produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. LX, EX and EX-L trim levels comes equipped with 6-speed automatic transmission while Touring and Elite get 9-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. All models, except Elite, comes with 2WD system as standard but they are all available with AWD system as an option. There are just small differences between models when it comes to fuel economy. In most cases it is rated around 19 mpg in the city, and 27 mpg on the highway.
|2018 HONDA PILOT SPECIFICATIONS|
|Engine type||3.5-liter V6 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC|
|Horsepower||280 HP @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm|
|Transmission type||6-seed automatic transmission (LX, EX, EX-L)|
9-speed automatic transmission with Shift-By-Wire syste and with paddle shifters
|19 / 27 / 22 (LX, EX, EX-L)||18 / 26 / 21 (LX, EX, EX-L)|
|20 / 27 / 23 (Touring)||19 / 26 / 22 (Touring)|
|19 / 26 / 22|
2018 Honda Pilot price and release date
Since the upcoming model will come just with few modifications, we do not expect any changes when it comes to 2018 Honda Pilot price tag. With prices of its predecessor it will be available with price range from $30,500 for LX model with 2WD without any additional features, to $47,000 for top Elite model. This figures place this 7-passenger SUV in the top of its class, where it competes with Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder. We expect that the new Honda Pilot 2018 will be officially presented by the end of the year, while it is going to be released to sale in first months of 2018.
The table below shows the prices of 2017-year model, considering the fact that changes on the car will be insignificant and prices should remain on the same level.
|2017 Honda Pilot MSRP prices|
|LX (2WD / AWD)||$30,595 / $32,395|
|EX (2WD / AWD)||$33,030 / $34,830|
|EX-L (2WD / AWD)||$36,455 / $38,255|
|Touring (2WD / AWD)||$41,670 / $43,470|