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2012 Honda Pilot Review

September 7th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Pilot is one of the flagship products presented by Honda Motors to fulfill the customer’s demands. It was debuted in 2002 as a first mid-size crossover SUV by Honda. It is America’s most popular name in the class of midsize SUV with three row accommodation. Banking on its success Honda is soon unveiling a redefined design tagged as 2012 Honda Pilot.

2012 Honda Pilot is termed as a mid-size crossover SUV (sports utility vehicle). The muscular SUV is designed with three row seating arrangement to accommodate 8 passengers as well as a considerably big cargo space. Honda presents 2012 Pilot in 4 trim levels comprising of the base model, EX model, EX-L model and the luxurious edition model.

The 2012 Pilot base model (also known as value model) is furnished with remote keyless entry, 16 inch wheels, power windows with tinted glass, air conditioning system and the stylish steering wheel embedded with audio system buttons. In addition to all the above mentioned accessories 2012 Pilot EX model is furnished with powered driver seat with adjustability in eight ways. This version is provided with bigger cargo space compared to the base model as well as it offers automatic climate control system to maintain the temperature inside the vehicle. In addition to all these the 2012 Pilot EX-L model is equipped with heated front seat, satellite radio and a wide sunroof. Along with all the accessories the luxurious edition version is equipped with rear music system based on DVD.

Honda provides all the versions of 2012 Pilot with the standard engine design. All the engines are powered with 3.5 liter and 6 cylinder SOHC motor with 24 valve generating around 244 horsepower at 5400 rpm and the torque of 250 lb.ft. at 4500 rpm. SOHC design helps to reduce the engine weight compared to the engine with piston thereby improving the performance of the vehicle. The engine comes associated with 5 speed gear-box with automatic transmission mechanism. The SUV works on standard front wheel drive mechanism and offers a choice of four wheel drive mechanism. 2012 Honda Pilot comes with the latest unique technology of Variable Cylinder Management. This four wheel drive mechanism is associated with cylinder management technology which turns off the three cylinders as the vehicle slows down.

The cylinder management technology along with the four wheel drive mechanism and the SOHC engine together helps to give better fuel efficiency thereby improving the performance of 2012 Pilot. The vehicle offers good mileage of 16 miles per gallon in city whereas 22 miles per gallon on highways.

All the trim levels of 2012 Honda Pilot comes equipped with an array of standard safety features like front air bags and side curtain airbags all over the vehicle to prevent internal collisions, cruise control, stability control mechanism to offer stability on slippery roads and anti-lock disc brakes while in emergency.

Though 2012 Honda Pilot offers comparatively small leg room and cargo space, it accommodates 8 passengers and gives better performance on city roads as well as on highways with the help of unique technologies from Honda. As well as Honda presents warranty of 3 years or 36,000 miles. The car prices still remain undisclosed by the company.

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  1. AR
    September 11th, 2010 at 18:13 | #1

    So What is Real NEW for 2012, basically form the news posted nothing change. Did the body style change?

  2. mIKE
    January 10th, 2011 at 12:48 | #2

    Will Honda be offering a Touring version of the Pilot in 2012?

  3. February 7th, 2011 at 12:30 | #3

    It would seem that if the Acura MDX (very similar vehicle to pilot built on same frame can offer a six speed automatic xmission as on most GM, Ford, and even KIA models, Honda could offer that on the 2012 pilot, theraby increasing gas mileage and efficiency… An easy add-on…. and simplify that dash, much like they have on their Ridgeline model… That would certainly make it the mid-size rig to puschase… and sign me up!! Oh yes, and make those neat turn signals on the Touring model mirrors standard on ALL levels…heck, KIA has it on all the levels of their Sorrento suv…
    Hope they consider these.

    Roger

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