By Autoreviewman

The 2017 Honda Pilot mid –size CUV, now enters its third generation with a sleeker more aerodynamic look to it. The new shape is trimmer, aerodynamic, and more efficient, as Honda claims a 10 per cent reduction in wind resistance.  The body redesign of the 2017 Honda Pilot is way less boxy body than its predecessor with its sweeping new curves and horizontal L-shaped front running and rear LED lights. Overall there is improved refinement in all areas, including: Standard equipment, safety, engine and transmission upgrades. Also of note is the amazing plethora of technology available in the new updated model.

Pricing for the 2017 Pilot starts at $40,090 for the front-wheel-drive Pilot LX-2WD; the mid- range EX models start at a base price of $42,090. At the top of the lineup, is the fully loaded All-wheel-drive Pilot Touring with a base price of $51,790. The Touring has all the equipment of the EX-L RES version and adds: Blind Spot Information system (replaces Honda Lanewatch blind spot display), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor system and auto high beam.

The base power plant remains a V6 unit, as Honda does not offer V8 in any of it model lineup. In the case of the Pilot, there is a more efficient Honda direct injection 16-valve SOHC, 3.5-litre V6 unit, now with 280 hp and 262 lb/ft of torque mated to either a six-speed automatic or a new a nine-speed push button automatic transmission; however, that only comes on the top level Touring model as tested. Also new to Honda and making its debut on the Pilot is an optional, torque vectoring all-wheel-drive system for superior all weather traction.

On the road, the Pilots more potent power output gives it an extra oomph of acceleration and makes the Pilot, a plush, fast comfortable cruiser. This Honda has a stronger, stiffer and lighter body and chassis, with a new suspension and better steering than the previous Pilot.  Tow rating for the Honda are: 3,500 lb with towing kit; 5,000 lb with transmission cooler on AWD models.  Note, the Pilot, it can start getting expensive as you opt for the high spec models and so buyers should choose what they need carefully in terms of options To sum up, the 2017 Honda Pilot is still an excellent up-to date stylish, technologically superior and formidable family CUV. Highly recommended.

2017 Honda Pilot CUV: MRSP Priced from- $40,090 – $51,490

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