2016 SUV Reviews: Honda Pilot

  • 2016 Honda Pilot

    The latest 2016 SUV reviews is important for any New Englander shopping for a new car, and we want to help. At New England Honda Dealers, we see firsthand what so many drivers love about their crossovers and SUVs, and we want to share some of those highlights with you.

    Right now we want to focus solely on the 2016 Honda Pilot, with the basic LX trim priced at just $30,145 (MSRP).* But don’t forget that the 2016 Honda CR-V and HR-V are available as well, for drivers seeking a sporty crossover SUV.


Under the hood of each 2016 Honda Pilot is a 3.5L V6 engine with 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, ensuring you’ll have plenty of power when you need it. Of course, there’s more to the engine than its power output:

  • 2016 Pilot models can tow as much as 5,000 pounds on all-wheel drive models, while the standard front-wheel drive Pilot can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
  • The 2016 Pilot LX 2WD is rated at an EPA-estimated 27 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city for 22 mpg combined.**
2016 Honda Pilot

Those are pretty impressive numbers for an SUV like the Pilot, and whether you’re driving it to the job site as a new work truck or it’s taking up the role of your next family vehicle, it’s ready for the job. For comparison, see how two competing SUVs stack up:

  • The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder has a 3.5L V6 as well, but it’s only capable of 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. Its power drop doesn’t actually save on fuel, however, as it too earns 27 highway mpg.
  • The 2016 Ford Explorer also has a 3.5L V6 under the hood, and while it has a slight edge on power, it suffers on fuel economy, earning just 24 highway mpg and 17 city mpg.


We know that many modern drivers have tech and comfort amenities in mind when shopping for their next vehicle, and more 2016 SUV reviews should cover just what’s included on the base level. On vehicles like the 2016 Honda Pilot, the base-level features help set it even further apart from its competitors.

Each Pilot LX comes standard with the following:


2016 Honda Pilot

Multi-angle rearview camera (with guidelines)

2016 Honda Pilot

Push-button start

2016 Honda Pilot

4.2-inch multi-information display

2016 Honda Pilot

Bluetooth HandsFreeLink for phone and audio

2016 Honda Pilot

Steering wheel–mounted controls for media, cruise, and phone

Upgrading to one of the four other trim levels adds on amenities like Smart Entry, intelligent traction management, an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen, HondaLink telematics, leather-trimmed interior, heated front seats, a power tailgate, rear Blu-Ray/DVD player entertainment system, heated second-row captain’s chairs, and Honda Sensing safety features.

We have found that with five distinct trim levels and the driver’s choice of front- or all-wheel drive, most families and businesses are able to get just the SUV they need in a 2016 Honda Pilot. To give you an idea of how its features stand up to the competition, take a look at our comparison to the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder standard features.

When it comes to interior space, the Pilot has plenty of room for the whole family, seating as many as eight passengers and offering up as much as 83.9 cubic feet of available cargo space.

2016 Honda Pilot Reviews

We think we’ve given you a good idea of what makes the Pilot special, but we also think you should read the 2016 SUV reviews from the pros. We gathered up quotes from three different reviews that help encapsulate what makes the Pilot a smart choice for New England drivers.

  • Autoweek: “Whether you’ve always aspired to three-row SUV/crossover ownership, or the prospect is something the demands of a growing family have forced upon you, the Pilot is well worth considering. Almost guaranteed to provide years of reliable, comfortable service to legions of buyers who are (for whatever reason) allergic to minivans, the 2016 Pilot should be a smash hit.”
  • Kelley Blue Book: “Yet as stark as the contrast is outside, it’s the interior that truly surprises. Gone is the hard plastic on every surface, replaced with high-end materials, soft-touch surfaces, and satin finishes. It really does look and feel great, to the point that we wonder if it could steal sales from Honda’s upscale Acura MDX.”
  • Motor Trend: “The engine feels strong and responsive, not overburdened like some of the competition. Acceleration from a stop and for passing is more than adequate. The lineup’s real gem is the all-new nine-speed automatic transmission that comes on the top two trim levels. If you’re willing to spend the money, go for it. The standard six-speed auto shifts just as nicely, but the nine-speed’s wider gear ratio spread allows for more aggressive acceleration.”

Test Drive a Pilot

We hope you have a good idea of the Pilot from this 2016 SUV review, but in order to see the full picture, you need to get behind the wheel. After all, you can’t feel its responsive acceleration or spacious cabin from just some words in a review. Visit a New England Honda Dealer near you today to take a test drive of the Pilot and find out if it’s the right SUV for you.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $900.00 destination charge, and options. Dealers set their own prices.
*Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

New England Honda Dealers


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