Honda’s biggest SUV-The Honda Pilot got a very major update in 2016. However with a 2017 model coming this fall, the big question is ‘should you wait for it?’ or just go ahead with the 2016 model.
Let’s start with the design. The 2017 Honda Pilot will not get any visual updates. The sleek, aerodynamic line which were introduced in the 2016 variant will continue. 20 inch wheels will be provided for Touring and Elite variants, while the LX, EL, EX-L will get 18 inch ones. Like the exterior, the interior will also be devoid of any change. The extra 1.8 inch added on to the ’16 variant will continue, which ensure maximum legroom and cargo space.
Mechanically, the 3.5-liter V-6 producing 280 hp and 262 pound-feet of torque will remain. The engine will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission on the LX, EX, and EX-L variants, while for the Touring and Elite variants it will be a 9-speed automatic. All-wheel drive system is standard on the Elite. All other variants will have AWD as optional with front wheel drive is standard.
The 2017 Honda Pilot will continue to have features like push button ignition, multi-angle review camera, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, Apple’s Siri Eyes Free voice linking, remote engine start, keyless entry, two-five high-speed USB charging ports, heated steering wheel, heated-cooled front seats, ceiling-mounted DVD screen and more based on the variant.
So with not many changes the only reason why you should wait for the 2017 Honda Pilot is to get the blind-spot system -which warns the driver of cars/people approaching from their blind spots , in a lower trim. One or two new paint schemes may be announced, but those aside the car will remain identical to the 2016 model.
The new pilot will come out by the end of this year and prices will most definitely increase. Expect $31,300 for the base LX FWD trim and the pricing will extend all the way up to $47,700 for the top of the line elite trim. Optional AWD in all but Elite trim will set you back by another $1500.