Honda Pilot EX

From Honda press: For 2005, the Honda Pilot sets the segment benchmark again with an all-new 255 horsepower engine with Drive by Wire (DBW) Throttle System and a multitude of interior enhancements that highlight Honda durability, quality and refinement. The Pilot continues to lead the sport utility segment as the ultimate SUV for family adventure.

The 2005 Honda Pilot features an advanced 3.5-liter, SOHC, 24-valve, 60-degree, V-6 engine, aluminum-block-and-head design that is compact, light and powerful. A wide variety of technologies have been engineered to provide 255 horsepower (+15 horsepower), 250 lb.-ft of torque (+8 lb.-ft.), very low emissions, high fuel efficiency and instantaneous throttle response.

The more powerful engine is coupled with an innovative drive-by-wire throttle system, which reduces overall weight by incorporating the cruise control function, and helps to reduce shift shock by communicating with the transmission during up and down shifts. The Pilot DBW system replaces a conventional throttle cable arrangement with an all-electronic system that senses the accelerator pedal position and relays that information to a computer.

All Pilot trim levels receive revised 4th and 5th gear ratios providing a smoother transition between gears, along with a new fuel tank design, increasing the Pilot's driving range by over 40 miles.

With its versatile eight-passenger interior, advanced V-6 engine and VTM-4 four-wheel drive system, the Honda Pilot is the best all-around performer in its competitive set. In keeping with Honda's longstanding commitment to environmental leadership, the Pilot also achieves the highest combined fuel economy in its class while meeting stringent Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV-2) standards.

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