The 2018 Honda Pilot is a mid-size SUV that is powerful and capable on the road. Inside and out, the Pilot is loaded with features that bolster comfort, provide conveniences, and offer ways to stay connected and entertained, which makes it a popular choice for families in all stages of life. But it’s the engine, towing capabilities, cargo space, and AWD that makes this sport utility vehicle incredibly capable on the road. The Pilot is ready to tackle any job or meet any adventure head on.
Powerful and efficient engine
AWD boosts utility and performance, even in inclement weather
Generous cargo space
The power and capabilities of the Pilot start with the engine under the hood. Every model comes with a V6 engine that produces an impressive 280 horsepower with 262 lb-ft of torque. The Pilot accelerates quickly and energetically, which helps in tricky driving situations such as merging onto the highway or passing vehicles. Drivers feel more confident and in control with so much responsive power and agility generating under the hood.
The Pilot features two transmission choices that pair up with the V6 engine. The first option is a 6-speed automatic transmission and comes standard on the LX, EX, and EX-L models. For drivers who are considering the two top-tier trim levels, the Touring and Elite models both feature an upgrade to a 9-speed automatic transmission with Shift-by-Wire (SBW).
Ground clearance is the distance between the ground and the lowest part of the underside of the Pilot. With 7.3 inches of ground clearance, the Pilot is poised for going off the road or driving over small obstacles on the terrain without damaging or scraping the underside body. A high ground clearance strengthens the vehicle’s capabilities and gives drivers the confidence of staying clear and high above the terrain.
Don’t let the Pilot’s refined interior fool you into thinking it can’t handle tough towing jobs. As a mid-size SUV, it’s a versatile option for drivers who are looking for a comfortable, family-friendly vehicle that can still haul trailers, boats, or whatever you might need. The towing capacity varies slightly depending on which drivetrain is right for you, with the AWD version more equipped to handle larger loads.
2WD – 3,5000 lbs
AWD – 5,000 lbs
Fuel economy is an important factor to consider when shopping for any type of vehicle. Fortunately, with the Pilot you won’t have to sacrifice incredible fuel economy for more power and capability. The Pilot achieves class-leading efficiency, which allows drivers to save both time and money with less visits to the pump. The fuel economy of the Pilot will vary slightly depending on which drivetrain and transmission option is better for you.
6-Speed and 2WD – 19 city / 27 highway / 22 combined mpg*
6-Speed and AWD – 18 city / 26 highway / 21 combined mpg*
9-Speed and 2WD – 20 city / 27 highway / 23 combined mpg*
9-Speed and AWD – 19 city / 26 highway / 22 combined mpg*
The Pilot can accommodate seven or eight passengers inside and still offers plenty of versatile space for cargo. Even tall passengers in the rear seats will have plenty of leg and headroom in the spacious interior. Behind the third row, there is a cargo area that measures at 18.5 cubic feet. For comparison, that’s slightly larger than the average trunk in a mid-size sedan, including the Accord. For even more room for cargo, the third row can be folded down flat, so you’ll gain 55.9 cubic feet of cargo space. For the most cargo area, fold the second and third rows down flat and you’ll gain a total of 109 cubic feet of volume.
Behind third row – 18.5 cubic feet
Behind second row – 55.9 cubic feet
Behind first row – 109 cubic feet
Learn more about the 2018 Honda Pilot by contacting us with any questions or by visiting your nearest West Michigan Honda Dealer. Explore current offers and sit behind the wheel with a test drive today.
*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.