You’ve grown up. You have a family and a lot of gear. Your schedule takes you all over San Antonio and beyond. For daily life and road trips to Corpus Christi or New Orleans, you need a great family vehicle, but you’re not into the minivan thing. Sliding doors just aren’t your style and you want a more rugged ride. You want all-wheel drive and towing capability. Honda built the 2017 Pilot just for you.
Built for the Family
The Pilot seats either seven or eight, depending on whether you choose a second row bench or bucket seats. Your family will love options like three zone climate control, panoramic glass roof, and satellite-linked navigation system. The Pilot comes with up to five USB ports, two headphone jacks, three 12-volt outlets, a 115-volt outlet, and an HDMI port. The 9-inch rear entertainment screen is both DVD and Blu-ray capable. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is now standard on every trim but the base model.
Unlike many SUVs with three rows squeezed in, the back seats will accommodate full-sized adults or rapidly growing teenagers. The in-laws won’t complain about being stuffed back there. They’ll be comfortable in the optional leather-trimmed seats.
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Remember the Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control technology that made the engines of the 1990s and early 2000 Hondas and Acuras so awesome? They were able to wring the most out of small displacements, resulting in both high redlines and improved fuel economy. That same VTEC is in the engine of your family hauler.
The Pilot is powered by a 3.5 liter VTEC V6 engine that delivers 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It gets from zero to 60 in six seconds flat. When you were a teen, that was fast. Now you can pull a sub-fifteen second quarter mile with the kids in back.
The front-wheel drive Pilot will tow 3,500 pounds and the all-wheel drive version can tug 5,000 pounds. The AWD system features torque vectoring to help you dance through bendy roads. A six-speed automatic comes standard but you can step up to a nine-speed.
The base LX comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, a multi-angle rearview camera, and a second-row bench.
Step up to the EX version and you’ll get remote start, a touch-screen audio system, three zone climate control, and Honda’s LaneWatch camera system.
Looking for leather? Choose the EX-L trim. You’ll also get one-touch folding second row seats. You’ll have the choice of a rear entertainment system and the Honda Sensing suite of safety features.
Honda Sensing comes standard on the Touring edition. You’ll also get the navigation system, 20-inch alloy wheels, and 9-speed automatic.
Looking for the whole enchilada? Pick the Elite version. You’ll get automatic LED headlights, a panoramic roof, heated second row captain’s chairs, and blind spot monitoring.
Whatever trim you choose, you’ll get the reliability and comfort of an Accord with the space and utility of an Oddyssey. Having a family doesn’t mean you can have fun driving. Investigate the 2017 Pilot and you’ll have plenty of excitement with your practicality.