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The sensible alternative to a minivan, the redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot ticks all the amenity boxes.

  • MSRP: $46,420
  • Tested Price: $47,300 (includes $880 destination fee)
  • 3.5-liter i-VTEC 6-cylinder engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission
  • 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft. of torque
  • 19 mpg in the city
  • 26 mpg on the highway
  • 22 mpg combined
  • Cargo Volume: 82.1-cubic feet behind first row, 46.0-cubic feet behind second row, and 16.0-cubic feet behind third row

Our test vehicle is the fully loaded trim level of the Pilot, so there were no extra options added to the vehicle.

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Hits

  • Much needed exterior redesign make’s Honda’s biggest crossover a heavyweight against competitors (even though it’s lighter than the outgoing model)
  • Interior design is pushed further upscale over the outgoing model, utilizing soft-touch surfaces and a lack of hard plastics
  • Strong acceleration from the potent 3.5-liter V6 engine
  • Tight steering radius aids in navigating crowded strip mall parking lots
  • Notable minivan-like amenities: extendable sun visor screens, side window shades for the middle row, a place to store sunglasses in the headliner, a convex mirror that lets the driver keep an eye on passengers in the rear seats, and almost too many charge ports and cup holders to count
  • More luxurious amenities include: remote start, ventilated/heated front seats, leather seating, and Blu-ray disc entertainment system  with a fold-down flat screen accompanied by two pair of wireless headphones
  • Access to the third row is quite ingenious; you simply press a button on a second row captain’s chair and it automatically slides forward and down, allowing easier ingress/egress

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Misses

  • Paddle shifters on the steering wheel are a bit useless as this is a large sport utility vehicle and not meant to be driven sportily
  • Not a significant difference in overall vehicle performance when Sport Mode is activated
  • Vehicle can feel top-heavy when pushed through corners

Value Retention

In regards to value retention, the Honda Pilot shares fourth place alongside the Dodge Durango (out of 21) within the three-year-old mid-size utility segment by holding 59.8% of its value in 2015.  Honda’s SUV outperforms the segment value retention score average of 55.8% for 2015.

Our Verdict on Twitter

@NADAUsedCarGde says, “The family vehicle for drivers who want utility, without the minivan stigma.”