- Posted January 12, 2012 by
2012 Honda Pilot; the SUV with enough space, style, power and efficiency
Honda is introducing the 2012 version of its good size and power combined SUV, Pilot. The SUV is an eight seater with increased comfort and convenience options without compromising the cabin space as well as trunk space. Honda offers improved reliability for its new version of Pilot. The value for money as well as efficiency is good. The SUV is far different from any of its rivals, especially in case of handling. I felt that even though it is a bulky car, it handles very easily and smartly and the power as well as convenience objects are very supportive.
2012 Honda Pilot exterior has considerable changes, especially in the front fascia. Honda used to throw away the square cut edges, especially in the front. The soft grille along with more curvy corners is offering an extraordinary view. This softening option offers the SUV smarter look. Long wheelbase of new Pilot along with its conventional short overhanging has not changed. Honda adopts Advanced Compatibility Engineering for the body design of new Pilot SUV. This exterior styling is much needed for Pilot since most of the rivals are making up their faces in 2012. I felt that the new face is very much optimized and apt.
Being a smarter SUV, Honda did very impressive interior design for 2012 Pilot. All the gadgets are in reach and placed in a very logical manner. This big vehicle possesses enough leg room for all of the three rows. Apart from the trunk space, Honda Pilot has an underfloor bin as well as roof space for keeping your gadgets and tools. The dash and its devices are easily operable and are of good quality material. Interior spacing is wisely utilized in almost all Honda vehicles and Honda keeps the same tradition in Pilot too.
2012 Honda Pilot engine has enough power for its bulky body. The 3.5 litre engine is of V6 and has the Variable Cylinder Management system coupled with it. This system is Honda's new approach to get more power and torque figures with some improved fuel efficiency. New Honda Pilot engine delivers 250 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm with a torque of 253 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm. The EPA fuel efficiency of the car is 8/25 mpg in city/highway for the two wheel drive and 17/24 mpg for the all-wheel drive. The engine is exclusively powered to carry its heavy body along with any of your luggage.
The trunk space of this SUV is not so impressive with all seats in position. But the SUV's trunk space is extraordinary and can be used as a pickup van when all the seats are folded. Storage spaces is yet another feature Honda engineers are always concerned about when considering interior details. The underfloor space as well as roof area will be a big hand help for you, when going for a countryside picnic.
There are two EX and EX-L trims available for the new Honda Pilot, where the EX trim prices start from $29,000. The base models are two wheel drives and top of the line are all wheel drives. Top pricing exceeds $42,000. This may sound a bit costly for mid-class customers, but I feel the car has good value for money, with its improved interior, exterior and fuel efficiency offers. As far as I know, the customer satisfaction of Honda Pilot is awesome. One of the drawbacks is that, the interior material quality varies with model and price.
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