The Honda Pilot was first introduced in June 2002 as a 2003 model and really helped to shape the crossover SUV market with its combination of versatility, power and great fuel economy. Before, traditional SUVs were extremely large and didn’t provide a middle ground in efficiency and style. The Honda Pilot offered a modern, contemporary style that appealed to audiences everywhere, and it provided people with another family vehicle option besides an extremely large SUV or minivan.
The Pilot utilizes three rows of configurable seating, offering plenty of room for seven to eight people. In addition, the Pilot provided plenty of power with its V6 engine while maintaining a very respectable level of efficiency that isn’t possible with larger SUVs. The second-generation Pilot, introduced in 2009, first incorporated the even more efficient V6 VTEC engine.
Honda has continued to improve the Pilot year after year, always working to increase efficiency and functionality. Cargo capacity has also increased over the years, with today’s model offering 16 to 16.5 cubic feet of cargo room. The Pilot was originally built in Alliston, Ontario until 2007, when production moved to Lincoln, Alabama.
The Honda Pilot has now entered in third-generation with the recent release of the 2016 model. It’s fully equipped and safer than ever before. The Pilot offers a full suite of safety features including child safety locks, traction and electronic stability control, brake assist, and comprehensive airbag system. The 2016 Pilot’s new looks offer refinement and sophistication inside and out. It’s truly the best Pilot yet!
For more information on the history of the Honda Pilot, or to experience the latest 2016 Pilot for yourself, visit us at Brighton Honda.