2016 Honda Pilot

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Honda Pilot highlights

Customer rating


  • Quiet and upscale-feeling cabin
  • Spacious second-row seats
  • Excellent selection of optional driver-assist features


  • Getting into the third-row seats is narrow
  • Using the touchscreen interface isn't intuitive
  • The forward collision warning system is over-sensitive

Mileage (EPA estimate)

18 city, 26 highway, 21 combined

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What is new for the 2016 Honda Pilot?

  • The Pilot is available in a new trim called the Elite.
  • The SE trim has been discontinued for 2016.
  • Pilot trims have been upgraded with Lane Departure Warning, Remote Start, Smart Key, Heated Steering Wheel, A/C Seat(s), Automated Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor, Quad Seats, Rear Seat Heaters, 20 Inch Plus Wheels, and Blu-ray Video System as standard equipment this year.
  • The EX-L trim now comes with Rear Sunshade and Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.
  • The EX trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The LX trim now comes with Alloy Wheels as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Honda Pilot

1. Family-friendly interior

Whether you're a parent doing the carpool run, or you're taking your nieces and nephews for a weekend away, the 2016 Honda Pilot is built for families. The Pilot comes standard with seating for eight (but the Elite trim only seats seven due to the second-row captain's chairs). There are plenty of kid-friendly touches like the 15 cup holders that come standard, or the available push-button sliding second-row seats, which makes accessing the "way back" easier in the EX-L trims and higher.

2. Clever cargo spaces

If you're a family full of sports enthusiasts, musicians, or just like to travel with lots of gear, you'll understand the struggle between passenger space and cargo space. The 2016 Pilot maximizes both through clever options like in-floor storage behind the third row. With that space, the 2016 Honda Pilot offers 16.5 cu-ft behind the third row, 46.8 cu-ft behind the second row, and 83.9 cu-ft behind the third row.

3. Available all-wheel drive

The 2016 Honda Pilot makes winter commuting a breeze with available all-wheel drive. The AWD option is available on all trims, so you don't have to opt into fancy features that you don't really need in order to get this perk. However, choosing the EX trim or higher also gives you smart traction control with snow, sand, and mud modes.

4. Driver-assist packages

If you want a bit of peace of mind behind the wheel, choose a model with the Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assist features. Those features come standard on the Touring and Elite trims, and are available on the EX and EX-L trims. The driver-assist package gives you access to emergency braking, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and more. All 2016 Honda Pilots come standard with a multi-angle backup camera.

5. Tech and connectivity features

The 2016 Honda Pilot makes it easy to keep up to date with your favorite music or make important calls when you're on the road. The base model comes standard with Bluetooth® connectivity, while the EX trim unlocks an eight-inch touchscreen with HondaLink® Next Generation, SiriusXM®, and Pandora® integration. This makes every drive as entertaining as you want it to be.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2016 Honda Pilot is a spacious, comfy, smooth ride, and excellent traction in the winter. The car is safe and reliable, and it is a good price.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Honda Pilot an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Honda Pilot 15th out of 32 among Midsize SUVs.

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Honda Pilot features and specs

EX-L 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 40.9"/M 38.4"/R 31.9"

Head room

F 39.5"/M 39.9"/R 38.9"

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