2016 Honda Pilot Elite Review – A Slimmed Down Boxy Design With More Focus on the Family

The 2016 Honda Pilot Elite is a makeover from the largest Honda model. This new generation vehicle is 3.5-inches longer than its predecessor. The 2-inches from that 3.5-inches extra length can be found in its longer wheelbase. This is certainly a large footprint, but the vehicle is also an inch shorter when measuring it from a vertical point-of-view. This is thanks to a slightly reduced ground clearance. While larger, this car has a more athletic sheetmetal which makes the vehicle look significantly smaller and a lot more approachable.

2016 Honda Pilot Elite Review - A Slimmed Down Boxy Design With More Focus on the Family

The 2016 Honda Pilot Elite Looks More Streamlined Than its Predecessor

For the design of the 2016 Honda Pilot Elite, you will get a more streamlined look as compared to its predecessor. It is also more muscular looking which can be compared to that of the Toyota Highlander when looking at it in certain angles.

This lower ride height also makes getting in and going out of the vehicle a lot less cumbersome to deal with. In addition to having its design to make it look like it is smaller, the 2016 Pilot Elite is also a bit lighter. This is due to the extensive use of high and ultrahigh tensile steel. These materials grant the SUV a stiffer chassis. It also allows the car manufacturer to save up to 300-pounds of mass as compared to its previous generation model.

The new Pilot’s chassis complements its more powerful engine room. You will find the company’s 3.5-liter direct-injected V-6 engine which has been enhanced to provide 280-horsepower and 262-pound-feet of torque. That is 30 more horsepower than the 2015 model. This results in a more responsive driving experience for a 4,300-pound SUV.

When it comes to its cabin, it gains refinement as there is now an 8-inch display audio system, which is an enlarged version of the known infotainment system found on the Honda Fit and HR-V. While this is an improvement, it is still a wonder why it does not support Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

Its navigation software is powered by Garmin which is fed with live updates with the assistance of the Honda HD Digital Traffic. This display audio system also features a newer generation of the SiriusXM satellite radio. Hence, it has the ability to pause and even rewind satellite broadcasts of up to half an hour.

The 2016 Honda Pilot Elite is indeed a significant improvement over the last generation model. It has the performance, technology, and curb appeal that is great, much to the enjoyment of SUV enthusiasts everywhere.


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