The new generation Honda Pilot has been on the US market for about a year now and the 2017 model year updates are of course incremental – though these don’t address a major issue.
Among the changes the requested addition of a volume knob for the radio controls like the one found in the refreshed CR-V is nowhere to be found, with many reports claiming the standard one is not really responsive. Anyways, the 2017 Pilot starting from the EX trim and upwards will feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, while the eight-inch infotainment system’s touchscreen display also has a different coating that reduces the appearance of fingerprints. The black interior is now standard on the Pilot models fitted with the White Diamond Pearl paint – unlike before when its upholstery was only found inside the Elite models.
While the destination charge is lower – $880 compared to $900 last year – the Honda Pilot is costlier now, with prices starting from $31,475 for the entry-level LX model which has a $230 price hike. The 2017 Pilot has under the hood a 3.5-liter V6 with Variable Cylinder Management good for 280 horsepower (208 kilowatts) and 262 pound-feet (355 Newton-meters) of torque. The Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission, and when fitted with AWD the Pilot also has a torque-vectoring system.