Honda made significant updates to its Pilot sport utility vehicle (SUV) for 2006. The only changes for 2007 are new colors: Nimbus Gray Metallic, Dark Cherry Pearl, Aberdeen Green Metallic, and Formal Black.
Honda's midsized SUV is the Pilot, and it's based on the highly regarded Acura MDX platform. Power comes from a 244-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. A 5-speed automatic transmission feeds either the front wheels (standard) or all four wheels. Three trim levels are available: LX, EX, and EX-L. Each comes with side curtain air bags that cover all three rows of seating. Vehicle stability assist, anti-lock brakes, and front and side air bags for the driver and front-seat passenger also are part of the safety package.
The Pilot LX comes equipped with remote keyless entry, power windows with an auto-up/down driver's window, dual power mirrors, an adjustable steering column, front and rear air conditioning with an air-filtration system, an AM/FM/CD 4-speaker audio system, and cruise control. Also, a multi-function center console with a cell phone cradle, painted alloy wheels, body-colored side moldings, and an Immobilizer Theft Deterrent System are standard equipment.
The up-level EX adds synchronized automatic climate control, rear privacy glass, a 6-speaker audio system, a 6-disc in-dash CD player, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, body-colored side mirrors and door handles, machined alloy wheels, roof rails, fog lights, and the HomeLink Remote System.
The EX-L adds leather-trimmed seating surfaces in all three rows, a power moonroof, a conversation mirror with a sunglasses holder, and a rearview mirror with a compass (on non-navigation models). Pilot EX-L models are available with a new Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System featuring a 9-inch video screen, integrated remote control, wireless headphones with Personal Surround Sound technology, and a 115-volt power outlet in the center console. EX-L models can also be equipped with Honda's Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition capabilities and restaurant guide information.
The Honda Pilot competes in the Midsize Utility segment, which consists of 16 models. Buyers in this segment look for performance, reliability, and comfort, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Honda Pilot (152,154 units sold), Jeep Grand Cherokee (139,148), and Ford Explorer (131,759). The Honda Pilot's 152,154 sales in 2006 represent an increase of 6.1 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize Utility segment include the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Toyota 4Runner, Jeep Commander, Nissan Pathfinder, and Dodge Durango. Joining the segment in 2007 is the Chrysler Aspen.
|LX (A5)||5 speed automatic||$27,095||244-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||18/24|
|EX (A5)||5 speed automatic||$29,645||244-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||18/24|
|EX-L (A5)||5 speed automatic||$31,945||244-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||18/24|