While some automakers offer barebones entry-level models, that’s not the case with the 2017 Honda Pilot trim levels. The base LX sports a 3.5L V6 engine, a comprehensive list of connectivity and safety features, seating for up to eight passengers, and your choice of two- or all-wheel drive.
With a price of just $30,595 (MSRP) for LX 2WD models,* these features make the Pilot a smart choice for your next work or family vehicle:
Powertrain: Under the hood of each Pilot is a 280-hp V6 engine with 262 lb-ft of torque; powerful and efficient, 2017 Pilot 2WD models are rated at an EPA-estimated 27 highway mpg.**
Technology: A 200-watt seven-speaker stereo system underpins the infotainment on the Pilot, complete with Bluetooth HandsFreeLink for phone and audio and a 5-inch LCD screen interface.
Safety: Features like seat belts, airbags, and Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering frame design are standard, but so are high-tech safety features like Vehicle Stability Assist and a multi-angle rearview camera.
Cargo: Even with all of the seats filled, the Pilot easily holds up to 18.5 cubic feet of cargo, but if you need room for more, the rear of the vehicle can expand to as much as 109.0 cubic feet. If that’s still not enough, the Pilot can tow 3,500 pounds (5,000 pounds on AWD models).
If you’re looking for more in the way of infotainment and connectivity—or you’re drawn to the new Honda Sensing suite of safety features—the 2017 Pilot EX might be a smart upgrade. Priced at $33,030 (MSRP) for 2WD models,* this SUV is a good option for the tech-oriented driver.
Connectivity: In addition to Bluetooth, the EX trim adds on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via the 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen, bringing familiar apps like messages, maps, and music to your Pilot.
Convenience: The Pilot EX is a clever SUV, able to detect when your key fob is near so you never have to go reaching for your keys. Just press a button on the handle to lock up after you’ve arrived. The remote start feature lets the cabin warm up on chilly New England mornings, too.
Comfort: Between the 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and the tri-zone automatic climate control, Honda has made it easy to get comfortable in the Pilot, whether you’re a passenger or the driver.
Honda Sensing: Honda’s advanced driver-assist feature package, Honda Sensing, is available on EX and EX-L trims, standard on Touring and Elite models, and it includes technologies like Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
The mid-range EX-L has no trouble going toe to toe with some of the top-of-the-line trims from other automakers. Drivers enjoying the high-tech amenities of the EX but wishing for something a bit more luxurious should discover the 2017 Pilot EX-L 2WD, priced at $36,455 (MSRP).*
Leather Interior: The seating, steering wheel, and shift knob all receive the leather upgrade for that sense of style and class that only leather can provide.
Power Moonroof: It takes just a touch to open the cabin of the Pilot up and welcome in the fresh air and nice weather. After one or two open-air rides, you’ll wonder how you did without a power moonroof.
Heated Seating: Fight the chills of fall and winter with the EX-L’s heated front seating, featuring two heat settings for maximum comfort.
Rear Entertainment: Kids of all ages can be entertained on a long ride with the Pilot’s available rear entertainment system, capable of playing both DVDs and Blu-ray discs and featuring an available HDMI port for a gaming system.
Once the top of the Pilot’s trim levels, the Touring represents a brief stop for drivers seeking a home away from home but who aren’t quite interested in the top-of-the-line Elite (below). Priced at $41,670 (MSRP),* the 2017 Pilot Touring 2WD includes 20-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, and standard Honda Sensing safety features.
Honda Sensing: Touring models include the full suite of Honda Sensing features, including Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Collision Mitigation Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Forward Collision Warning.
Entertainment: The rear entertainment system that was available on the Pilot EX-L is standard on the Touring, complete with a 540-watt 10-speaker stereo system (with subwoofer).
Memory Settings: With the push of a button, your mirrors can be reset to where you like them, giving you the convenience of handing off your keys without worrying about needing to readjust everything.
Navigation: Enjoy the convenience of turn-by-turn directions, routing around traffic jams, a point-of-interest locator, and convenient voice controls on the standard navigation system.
The top of the 2017 Honda Pilot trim levels is truly something elite. The Pilot Elite, priced at $47,070 (MSRP)* takes the Touring features and upgrades them with amenities that would overshadow many luxury SUVs. In addition to standard all-wheel drive, you’ll find:
Blind-Spot Information: Radar sensors on the flanks of the Pilot can sense when a vehicle is in the blind spot and alert you to its presence with a light on the dash.
Panoramic Roof: Take in the great outdoors with the Pilot Elite’s panoramic roof, bringing an open feeling to the cabin while keeping you in that wonderful climate-controlled environment.
Heated and Ventilated Seating: Second-row seats become captain’s chairs in the Elite trim, complete with heating elements, and front seats receive an upgrade to perforated leather upholstery for the ventilation system.