2018 Honda Pilot: Three-Row Mid-Size SUV Is Family Friendly
















The 2018 Honda Pilot has been on the market since its US debut for the 2003 model year. The 2018 model represents the third model year of the third generation model. The Pilot is Honda’s largest SUV. It also shares its platform with the Honda Odyssey minivan and the Acura MDX SUV. In 2017, the Honda Pilot won a Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Award and was also recognized as one of the Best Cars for Families by U.S. News & World Report.

Compared to the sales of other three-row mid-size SUVs, the Pilot trails behind the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Chevrolet Traverse. For the year-to-date through October 2017, the Pilot’s 94,488 sales were way behind the Explorer’s 218,455 and the Highlander’s 175,657.

What’s New On The 2018 Honda Pilot

The 2018 Pilot gets a multi-angle rearview camera as standard equipment across the board. It also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility with its infotainment systems. A blind spot information system with Rear Cross Traffic Monitor is an optional extra.

2018 Honda Pilot Trim Levels And Pricing

The 2018 Honda Pilot is offered in the following trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. The Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance technologies is available as an option on the EX. The EX-L is available with either Honda Sensing, a rear entertainment system, or navigation as an option. All models except the Elite are available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The Elite gets standard all-wheel drive.

Pricing for the 2018 Honda Pilot starts at $30,900 MSRP for the LX with front-wheel drive, and goes up to $47,470 for the all-wheel drive Elite.

A Single Engine Choice For The 2018 Pilot

The 2018 Honda Pilot is powered by a 3.5L direct-injected V6 engine, which has variable cylinder management. It is rated at 280 horsepower. It is mated to either a six-speed automatic (in the LX, EX, and EX-L trims), or a nine-speed automatic (in the Touring and Elite).

EPA estimated fuel economy for the 2018 Pilot is 18 to 20 MPG City and 26 to 27 MPG Highway, depending on the drive system and transmission selected.

Honda Sensing Watches Out For You As You Drive

The Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies is available as a $1,000 standalone option on EX and EX-L trims, and is standard on Touring and Elite trims. Honda Sensing includes collision mitigation braking system with forward collision warning, lane keeping assist system, adaptive cruise control, and road departure mitigation with lane departure warning.

Plenty Of Space Inside The 2018 Pilot

The Pilot has plenty of interior space, as you might expect of an SUV that shares its platform with a minivan. Adults can actually get into and sit in the third row. Maximum passenger capacity is eight.

There is 16.5 cu. ft. of space behind the third row, 46.8 cu. ft. with the third row folded, and a huge 83.8 cu. ft. with the second and third rows folded.

The 2018 Honda Pilot Is A Spacious, Well-Designed Mid-Size SUV

The 2018 Pilot is a mid-size SUV with roominess that’s close to minivan standards, combined with more than seven inches of ground clearance for light-duty off-roading, should the mood strike you. High-tech driver assistance and infotainment features make it a safe and pleasant place in which to travel near or far. It is worthy of being included on your shopping list if this type of vehicle fits your needs.

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Stephen Fogel

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