High gas prices have forced many consumers to reconsider their choice of vehicles to drive. While many of us enjoy the sportier gas hogs or the roomier Sedans, the new Honda Pilot SUV offers a powerful 244-hp engine and exceptional gas mileage that makes it the perfect choice for commuting to work or traveling. In fact the Honda Pilot was recognized as the most fuel-efficient eight-passenger SUV on the road which comes as a surprise when you consider that the Pilot holds up to eight passengers. The classy Pilot also comes with new engineering and safety features, as well as a few of the comforts of home adding to the convenience that only the Honda Pilot has to offer. One of the better features included in the new 2WD models is the Variable Cylinder Management or (VCM). This feature was designed to boost the mileage and economy of the Honda Pilot without sacrificing power when you need it most. The four-door, eight-passenger Honda Pilot comes in two trim levels, the 4WD LX and 4WD EX or the 2WD LX and 2WD EX.
Five Honda Pilot Models to Choose From
The 4WD LXcomes with a V-6 engine, up to 4,500 pounds of towing capacity, and best of all it has a front and rear air-conditioning system that includes an air-filtration system. For added safety the LX features front side air bags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System. The price for the Pilot LX starts at $28,195
The 4WD EX doesn’t have as many features as the LX, but its still pretty savvy. One of the better safety features included with the EX is the three-row side curtain air bag with a rollover sensor. The Pilot EX also comes with a synchronized automatic climate control system, and a AM/FM/XM 6-disc in-dash CD changer audio system with seven speakers with a remote system. The price for the Pilot EX starts at $30,745
The 2WD LX has a 5-speed automatic transmission, and features dual-stage, dual-threshold front air bags with weight and position sensors. The Pilot 2WD LX also comes with air conditioning, and remote entry with an AM/FM/CD-AUDIO system that comes with four speakers. The starting price for this model starts at $ 26,995
The 2WD EX is probably the best value if you can live without a 4WD SUV. It comes with features like the climate control system, an AM/FM/XM 6-disc in-dash CD changer audio system with seven speakers and the remote system, and its starting price is only $29,545, making it $3,000 less then the similar 4WD EX.
The Pilot EX-L model adds leather trimmed seating surfaces in all three rows, a power moon roof, a conversation mirror with sunglasses holder and a rearview mirror with compass. Pilot EX-L models are available with a new Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System featuring a larger 9-inch video screen, integrated remote control, wireless headphones with Personal Surround Sound technology and a 115-Volt power outlet in the center console. The price of this model starts at $ 31,845, but averages at $35,245.
Honda Pilot Crash Test
In government crash tests, the Honda Pilot earned a perfect five-star rating across the board for front and side impact protection. In frontal-offset crash testing conducted by the IIHS, the Pilot received the highest rating of good.
Honda Pilot Road Safety Test
The Honda Pilot is a powerful SUV, and is especially robust when merging onto the highway. It also has an excellent passing performance. The transmission runs smooth, and quickly shifts due to the powertrain’s exemplary behavior. Pavement cracks and patches pass with very little impact, though potholes register soundly. The Pilot floats a bit, takes a moment to settle after big dips at highway speeds, but never loses its composure. It has an over all feel of a luxury vehicle with fine low-speed maneuverability and city-friendly turning radius. It is quieter, and more solid than most SUV’s.
Colors Available on the Honda Pilot
Nighthawk black pearl, Amazon green, desert rock/tan, red rock, Sagebrush, Steel blue, Taffeta/white, and Billet silver.
All-Weather Floor Mats, Cargo Tray, Cross Bars, Door Visors, Hitch, Rear Splash Guards, Wheel Locks, Full Size Spare, Fog Lights, Fog Light Film, Black Side Steps, cargo net, cargo organizer.
The iPod music link adapter kit works with the 2006 Honda Pilots only, and is specifically designed for Honda vehicles allowing you to play your 4th generation or later iPod directly through your vehicle’s audio system. Once connected the Music Link adapter allows your audio system’s controls to search for and play music from your iPod and it will also charge the battery. Price $162.00
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