West Michigan’s drivers deserve a fun-to-drive, family-friendly SUV that doesn’t compromise on safety. Thankfully, there’s one option that stands out far above the rest! According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2018 Honda Pilot’s safety technologies have made it one of this year’s Top Safety Picks, and to be sure, all five of its trim levels are offered with high-performance drivetrains and expansive suites of amenities. Curious drivers can find out how to get the most out of their Pilot’s safety systems by reading on below!
Honda Sensing features use the combined power of radar, motion sensors, and artificial intelligence to respond to some threats all on their own, using automated alerts and adjustments to keep you and your passengers safe from harm. The Honda Sensing package is available as an upgrade with the EX and the EX-L models, and comes standard on Touring and Elite trims.
Collision Mitigation Braking System: Working together, the Pilot’s Forward Collision Warning and Collision Mitigation Braking System monitor the road in front of you for potential obstacles. The former provides your first line of defense against unanticipated dangers, while the latter can bring your vehicle to a complete stop if necessary.
Lane Management: Honda Sensing also includes a Lane Departure Warning, a Lane Keeping Assist System, and a Road Departure Mitigation System. LDW notifies you when you’re at risk of deviating from your path, while LKAS and RDM lightly adjust your steering to keep you centered in your lane.
Adaptive Cruise Control: Even light traffic is enough to limit the utility of conventional cruise control, but with Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, your Pilot will be able to accommodate other drivers and bring you back up to speed when the road clears once again!
The Honda Pilot’s driver-assist features can alleviate a significant amount of stress on the road by increasing the amount of visual information available to the driver.
Honda LaneWatch: The Honda LaneWatch safety system comes standard on the Pilot’s EX trim and up! When you activate your righthand turn signal, you’ll be able to view a clear picture of your blind spot directly on a centrally located screen.
Blind Spot Monitoring System: Standard on the Elite trim, the blind spot monitoring system with cross-traffic monitor helps drivers stay aware of their surroundings with a red indicator that appears on the appropriate sideview mirror whenever another vehicle enters one of the driver’s blind spots.
Auto High-Beam Headlights: The Pilot’s Elite trim can detect oncoming traffic at night, and when it does so, it will lower the brightness of your headlights until the other driver passes. These headlights also turn on and off automatically.
Of course, the high-end technologies described above aren’t the only elements that set the 2018 Honda Pilot apart. A solid foundation of active and passive safety features comes standard in every trim level, and drivers who want to maximize their control will be able to upgrade with Honda’s I-VTM4 all-wheel drive.
Vehicle Stability Assist: Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control automatically adjusts the rotation speed of your Pilot’s wheels in order to maximize your stability while you’re turning or moving around a curve. It’s a standard feature even in the baseline LX trim.
Advanced Compatibility Engineering: Every Honda Pilot has been designed with Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which actively directs dangerous forces away from passengers in the event of a collision.
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: With this camera system, you’ll have no trouble moving around in tight spaces. Dynamic guidelines come standard in the EX trim and up.
Intelligent Variable Torque Management AWD: I-VTM4 AWD enhances the Pilot’s horsepower, torque, and towing capacity, but it’s also a powerful safety feature! It’s available as an upgrade even in the LX trim, and in the EX and up, it improves your control in snowy, sandy, and muddy conditions.