Prices increase just a little over last year, too.

The latest generation Honda Pilot is only about a year old on the market, and there are already small tech updates for the 2017 model year. Unfortunately, one of the changes isn’t adding a much-needed volume knob for the radio controls like the redesigned CR-V. The current solution isn’t always responsive.

The 2017 Pilot in the EX and higher trims now have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The eight-inch infotainment system also has a new finish on the screen that reduces the appearance of fingerprints.

2017 Honda Pilot
2017 Honda Pilot


The other small improvement is greater availability of a black interior. It now comes on all Pilots with White Diamond Pearl paint. The upholstery was previously only available on the Elite.

In addition to these changes, Honda’s destination charge drops a little to $880 from $900 last year. However, the Pilots actual cost grows slightly. For example, a base LX model with front-wheel drive is now $31,475, which is $230 more than last year. There are similar increases throughout the lineup.

The 2017 Pilot still comes with a 3.5-liter V6 with Variable Cylinder Management that produces 280 horsepower (208 kilowatts) and 262 pound-feet (355 Newton-meters) of torque. Most trims use a six-speed automatic, and Touring and Elite models get a nine-speed gearbox. If buyers spec all-wheel drive, they benefit from a torque-vectoring system that can optimize grip by varying power front to rear and left to right. The Intelligent Traction Management system also lets occupants choose among Normal, Snow, Mud, and Sand for adapting to different environments.

When the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested the 2016 Pilot last year, the agency gave the three-row crossover its Top Safety Pick+ honor for acing all of organization’s crash tests. When equipped with the optional Honda Sensing suite of tech, the IIHS gave the model a Superior rating – the highest possible.

In addition to being safe, the Pilot is also a patriotic choice for buyers in the United States. A study by Cars.com ranked the vehicle as the fourth-most American made model a consumer can buy. Depending on whether you’re looking at U.S. sales figures or production numbers, the number one spot goes to either the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord, respectively.

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2017 Honda Pilot Gets Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™

Nov 4, 2016 - TORRANCE, Calif.
Pilot adds latest in connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Black interior now available on all trims with White Diamond Pearl exterior
Pilot recognized among Best Family Cars by KBB.com, Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com
TORRANCE, Calif., November 4, 2016 – Honda continues to strengthen its position in the three-row SUV segment with fresh updates to the award-winning Honda Pilot for the 2017 model year. The 2017 Pilot will now be available with Apple CarPlay ™ and Android Auto ™ functionality, a new fingerprint resistant touchscreen and an expanded interior color palette. The 2017 Honda Pilot goes on sale beginning Monday, November 7, with a starting manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP)1 of $30,595 for LX 2WD and $32,395 for LX AWD.

"The all-new third-generation Pilot has been a huge hit with SUV buyers," said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager. "For 2017, we're making Pilot even more appealing with new technology and options that our customers are seeking."

Honda was among the first automakers to incorporate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, starting with the 2016 Accord and Civic. For 2017, Pilot EX and above trims will now feature Apple CarPlay ™ and Android Auto ™ functionality integrated into an improved 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen. These models will also see application of a new coating to reduce the appearance of fingerprints on the screen while retaining high glare resistance. Customer choice is also further enhanced for 2017 with extended availability of a black interior, now available on all trims optioned with the White Diamond Pearl exterior paint (previously available only on Elite).

Since its introduction in the summer of 2015, the Honda Pilot has earned a host of awards and accolades, including being named one of the "Best Cars for the Money" by U.S. News & World Report; "Best SUV of 2016" by Hispanic Motor Press; "Best Family Cars of 2016" by KBB.com, Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com; and as a finalist for 2016 North American Truck/Utility of the Year.

2017 Pilot Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings 

Model
Transmission
MSRP1
EPA2
City/HWY/Combined MPG
LX
2WD
$30,595
19/27/22
LX
AWD
$32,395
18/26/21
EX
2WD
$33,030
19/27/22
EX
AWD
$34,830
18/26/21
EX w/Honda Sensing
2WD
$34,030
19/27/22
EX w/Honda Sensing
AWD
$35,830
18/26/21
EX-L
2WD
$36,455
19/27/22
EX-L
AWD
$38,255
18/26/21
EX-L w/ Honda Sensing
2WD
$37,455
19/27/22
EX-L w/ Honda Sensing
AWD
$39,255
18/26/21
EX-L w/Navi
2WD
$37,455
19/27/22
EX-L w/Navi
AWD
$39,255
18/26/21
EX-L w/RES
2WD
$38,055
19/27/22
EX-L w/RES
AWD
$39,855
18/26/21
Touring
2WD
$41,670
20/27/23
Touring
AWD
$43,470
19/26/22
Elite
AWD
$47,070
19/26/22
 

Family-Friendly Utility

The Pilot builds on its reputation for interior space, versatility and utility with comfortable seating for up to eight passengers and a cargo area that can hold an 82-quart cooler without compromising third-row seating capability. Third-row entry and exit is easy and intuitive courtesy of the available one-touch second-row seat on EX-L and above models, and large third-row entryway.

The Pilot's center console features a cavernous storage compartment capable of accommodating items as large as a full-size iPad or a purse. And with its seamless cover in the closed position, the console provides a convenient, non-slip surface for items that the driver or front passenger may need close at hand.

Powertrain

The 2017 Pilot delivers refined, powerful and fuel-efficient performance courtesy of its 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC® V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) cylinder deactivation technology producing peak output of 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque.3 The engine is matched to a choice of two advanced transmissions – a 6-speed automatic transmission or, on upper trims, a 9-speed automatic transmission – both delivering refined, responsive and fuel-efficient performance.

These powertrains combine with a light yet rigid unit-body structure and aerodynamically efficient body and chassis designs that result in class-leading EPA fuel economy ratings topping out at 20/27/23 mpg (city/highway/combined) for two-wheel-drive models and 19/26/22 mpg for all-wheel-drive models.2

Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4™) AWD System

The Pilot's available Intelligent VTM4 (i-VTM4) is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced all-wheel-drive system offered in a mainstream, three-row SUV. This entirely more capable system progressively distributes optimum torque between the front and rear axles and dynamically distributes engine torque between the left and right rear wheels. Benefits include superior all-weather handling and neutral, accurate steering under power that is more effective than front-drive, rear-drive or conventional all-wheel-drive systems.

Intelligent Traction Management

All Pilots feature a button-operated Intelligent Terrain Management System that offers different operating modes, for the AWD: Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand; and for the FWD: Normal and Snow. Developed, tuned and tested in challenging locations in the U.S. and around the world – including Imperial Dunes "Glamis", California; Moscow, Russia; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates – the Intelligent Traction Management system allows the driver to select the operating mode that best suits the driving conditions by simply pushing a button on the vehicle's center console. Based on the setting selected, the system adjusts the drive-by-wire map, transmission shift map, Vehicle Stability Assist™ and i-VTM4 torque distribution for AWD-equipped models for optimal performance in a variety of road or surface conditions.

Advanced Safety and Assistive Performance

In keeping with Honda's commitment to safety and driver convenience, the Pilot is available with Honda Sensing™, a suite of technologies designed to expand the driver's situational awareness while sensing and responding to potential road hazards, including other vehicles, road obstacles and even pedestrians, even to the point of mitigating the possibility or severity of a collision. The Pilot includes a standard Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and an available suite of safety and driver assistive technologies that includes LaneWatch™ display, a blind spot information system, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) system and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.

The 2017 Pilot earned top safety ratings from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), including a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, and is expected to earn a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a GOOD rating in all crash modes and a SUPERIOR rating for front crash prevention. The Pilot incorporates Honda's next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering ™ (ACE ™) body structure, designed to efficiently absorb and disperse the energy from a frontal collision, along with ultra-high-strength door rings designed to help better protect occupants.

Standard safety and driver-assistive features include four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags and side-curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions; and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with real-time display of individual tire pressures.

Pilot Manufacturing

The Honda Pilot was designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., in Los Angeles and Ohio, and is manufactured exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC in Lincoln, Alabama using domestic and globally sourced parts.

About Honda 

Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic and Accord passenger cars, along with the
HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 33 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2015, more than 99 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

1 MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $880 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
2 Based on 2017 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.
3 Peak power: 280 HP @ 6000 RPM (SAE net), peak torque: 262 ft-lb (355 Nm) @ 4700 RPM (SAE net)