The Pilot is one of the best family SUVs you can buy at the moment. It sports amazing performance, plenty of room inside and a range of useful safety equipment. Thus far, the crossover had pretty impressive kit, but now Honda’s tech department makes the 2017 Honda Pilot even better.
2017 Honda Pilot Gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Now, most of the trims will get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems. This means you will be able to use some smartphone functions through the vehicle’s infotainment screen. It supports text messaging and Pandora, as well as navigation, which is the most important thing without any doubt. The systems are not available just for the base LX trim. From EX and above the SUV gets Apple and Android connectivity an eight-inch touchscreen. Except of more options, the infotainment screen has received a new screen coating that will significantly reduce fingerprint markings. It’s not official yet, but according to our sources, the 2017 Honda Pilot will also receive a new volume knob, pretty the same as CR-V’s.
Equipment and Features
The 2017 Pilot continues to be available in five trims (LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite). No matter which one you choose, you will get pretty amazing features. The SUV sports pretty impressive standard kit that includes a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, USB port, and infotainment. In case you need more, you can look up for the EX model that adds adding Honda LaneWatch, HondaLink, Pandora radio, power sunroof, and daytime running lights. The navigation system and rear seat entertainment systems are optional for EX-L, yet standard for Touring and Elite. The amazing Touring model also gets front and rear parking sensors, roof rails blue ambient LED lighting, and a premium audio. The top range Elite version involves heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, corner and backup sensor indicators, HD radio, automatic high beams, a panoramic sunroof, and LED headlights.
The 2016 model earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, and as the 2017 Honda Pilot has no safety changes, we are expecting the same award for the upcoming year. Both the standard and optional equipment is really amazing and makes the SUV ultra-safe. The standard safety includes front, side, and curtain airbags, ABS brakes, brake assist, and multi-angle rearview camera. On the other hand, the optional kit involves Honda’s amazing Sensing system that features collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. In addition, there is Honda LaneWatch and blind spot monitoring with cross traffic monitoring.
Styling wise, the 2017 Pilot has not changes. This is because the last year model came completely redesigned, so there is no need for anything new. After all, both the exterior and interior are simply amazing, maybe the best looking in the segment.
There will be no changes under the hood either. The mid-size crossover will continue to use a direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The unit delivers 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It is matted to either a six-speed auto or optional and new nine-speed automatic transmission. Both transmissions power standard front or optional all four wheels. No matter which one combination you choose, you will get the SUV with pretty good fuel economy. For instance, the base model with six-speed gearbox and front-wheel drive achieves 19/27/22 city/highway/combined. On the other hand, the AWD model loses for around 1 mpg and drops to 18/26/21. Higher trims with the 9-speed and front-wheel drive are estimated at 20/27/23 mpg, while the all-wheel drive model achieves 19/26/22 mpg.
As we already said, the 2017 Honda Pilot is better from the 2016 model for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems. However, this won’t have any big influence on the price, because the SUV should continue to cost a little bit over $30K.