Back at it again for the 2013 model year, the 2012 Honda Pilot has undergone some noticeable and well deserved improvements. Some notable ones include a more refined appearance, better fuel economy, and more comfort and convenience goodies inside. The 2013 model is already available to the general public and prices start at the mid $29,000s and go higher based on the trim level and added options. Notable standard, and previously optional features, include Bluetooth® options galore – both for its audio and HandsFreeLink® systems. Other features that are not standard include USB capability for charging and data transfer, a crisp 8-inch intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID), independent and passive climate controls and a rearview camera that ensures you can back up your vehicle safely and securely. It also has a new exterior color option – Obsidian Blue Pearl – which is taking the place of the retired Bali Blue Pearl.
There is nothing lacking on the powertrain of the 2013 Honda Pilot. This vehicle has a 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine which features Honda’s proprietary Variable Cylinder Management transmission technology. This special type of transmission enables it to perform with the power of a six-cylinder model, but it features the fuel efficiency of a four-cylinder engine. Available in both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive powertrains, it has respectable fuel efficiency ratings as follows: 18/25/21 and 17/24/20 city/highway/combined miles per gallon. In their respective powertrain two-wheel and four-wheel classes, the 2013 Pilot is the most fuel efficient available on the market.
This year’s model, like last year’s model, is still available in four different trim levels LX, EX, EX-L and the Touring model. All four trims are available in either a 2-wheel drive or a four-wheel-drive setup. The following are all standard features for this year’s Pilot: a streamlined center stack, 2 GB of storage for music and other media, a USB connection, passive climate controls, a rearview camera, along with an 8-inch “smart” screen which gives the driver full command and overview of the car, three distinct zones for independent climate control and Bluetooth® Audio and HandsFreeLink® technology.
Looking at the body of the 2013 Pilot, its front mounted fascia and grille have a unique 3-bar side-to-side design. The halogen headlights are reflective from many angles and the integrated turn signals make give this car a great package. This car is more aerodynamic and therefore has greater fuel efficiency with this model compared to last year’s models due to its optimized strakes along with Honda’s top-notch air dams. The EX trim model has an 18-inch wheels with 5-spokes. The Touring trim model has alloy wheels that have a 6-spoke construction featuring a striking sheened surface. The LX models feature 17-inch wheels.
There is some notable information about the chassis for the 2013 model year. The suspension on this year’s Pilot is a completely independent one that has a front MacPherson strut and a rear multi-link with trailing arm designs. This design for the Pilot is credited with its highly responsive attributes for a sport utility vehicle. Its wheelbase measuring just over 109 inches gives it a smooth ride. The 37.9 feet turning diameter gives this vehicle a great ability to park in virtually any parking space, no matter how large or small. This highly advanced chassis design gives it better fuel efficiency through its variable-displacement power steering pump and low-drag front ventilated and rear disc brakes.
Looking inside, the 2013 Honda Pilot is full of comforts, conveniences and great looks. Driver and passenger alike have their choice of 16 different seating options, the middle and rear rows split 60/40 for storage or any other purpose. The EX and LX trim models now have a streamlined center stack that was only available on the EX-L and Touring trim models in previous models. This new feature for the LX and the EX trim models translates into all Pilot models having a crisp, high-resolution 8-inch smart Multi-Information Display (i-MID). More stand interior equipment includes a rearview camera, with the EX-L and Touring models having a multi-angle option. There is also both Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and Audio. Additional features include a USB option, automatic climate controls. The proprietary navigation system comes with 60 Gigabytes of memory and partitions 15 GB of storage for music, files, etc. and works with three different languages.
The comfort is second to none in the 2013 Honda Pilot. While riding this car, industry insiders have noted there is very little noise or unnatural vibration. This is credited to Honda’s foresight because there is extra sealing that covers every single connection point of the body. The expertly designed and tuned suspension mounts also contribute to the near silence in the passenger areas. Measuring the headroom gives occupants and driver of the LX trim model 40 inches of room. The EX-L & Touring models with a moonroof only have 39.3 inches of headroom space. The middle and back rows have headroom measurements of 39.8 and 38.2 inches respectively. The legroom measures 41.4 inches in the front of the car, with 38.5 and 32.1 inches for the middle and the back row respectively. The LX and the EX trim passenger area’s volume is 153.7 cubic feet. The passenger area volume is 152.7 cubic feet for the Touring & EX-L trim models. The cargo volume for all trim models is 87 cubic feet, with 47.7 cubic feet and 18 cubic feet behind the second and last rows respectively.
The Pilot has safety as its number one priority through its comprehensive listing of safety features. This vehicle comes standard with triple airbags that have a sensor which detects rollovers. There are also side airbags to protect the driver and front passenger, ABS brakes with brake assist and brake distribution technologies. Honda also has its proprietary Vehicle Stability Assist or stability control system in place on every single Pilot produced. Honda has engineered the Pilot’s body to absorb the energy from a collision to enable the driver and occupants to have a better chance of walking away from the crash with minimal or no injuries.