The Macho and Roomy 2012 Honda Pilot

September 21st, 2012 by

The Honda Pilot is a crossover SUV that is fuel efficient, has plenty of room and ingenious storage features. This year, this boxy and macho looking vehicle gets an upgrade in façade, noise insulation, interior appearance and improved navigation system. The aerodynamics and powertrain was developed to make it more fuel efficient. The exterior of the Pilot is chunky and macho giving it a classic and timeless apeeal. The grille is more vertical than previous models. Because it’s wide and boxy, there is ample legroom in the cabin even in the third row. The carlike unibody makes for a smooth ride.

The 2012 Pilot comes in four variants, LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. The entry model LX comes with 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, rear privacy glass, trailer hitch and 7 speaker audio system. The interior is spacious and comfortable with 60/40-split seats in second and third rows.

EX is infused with tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and audio controls on steering wheel. The EX-L gets a sunroof, power lift gate and leather seats. Heated seats and power passenger seats can also be enjoyed with higher models along with rearview camera, rear entertainment system and voice activated navigation.

The Touring enjoys the EX-L’s features and it gets roof rails, parking sensors and driver memory system.

A 3.5 Liter V6 engine with 250 horsepower and 253 lb. ft. torque powers all models of the 2012 Honda Pilot line. It is combined with a 5-speed automatic transmission. The four wheel drive has a lock mode which will come handy when stuck in a muddy or snowy situation.

Standard safety features are antilock brakes, stability control, front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags are placed in all rows. Fuel efficiency is estimated at *17 mpg in city and *24 in highways with 4WD and 18 city 25 highways for front-wheel drive.

*Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.