• 2016 Honda Pilot

2016 SUV Reviews Put the 2016 Honda Pilot at the Head of the Pack

Drivers are increasingly flocking to the SUV and crossover market to take advantage of the outstanding attributes these versatile vehicles bring to the road. Impressive roominess, plentiful seating, capacious cargo space, mighty towing power—you name it and there are SUVs to fit the bill.

One vehicle that has been highly praised among 2016 SUV reviews from experts and consumers alike is the 2016 Honda Pilot. Keep reading, and we’ll explore this outstanding vehicle and all its assets in detail.


The Honda Pilot brings excellence to the road in various ways. First, let’s talk about the price of this outstanding SUV.

The Honda Pilot’s lineup includes the following prices and trim levels:


2016 Honda Pilot LX

Honda Pilot LX: $30,145 MSRP (for 2WD models)*

2016 Honda Pilot EX

Honda Pilot EX: $32,580 MSRP (for 2WD models)*

2016 Honda Pilot EX-L

Honda Pilot EX-L: $36,055 MSRP (for 2WD models)*

2016 Honda Touring

Honda Pilot Touring: $41,170 MSRP (for 2WD models)*

2016 Honda Pilot Elite

Honda Pilot Elite: $46,570 MSRP*


As you can see, this star of the SUV world offers affordable pricing that won’t break the bank. Now, just wait and see what you get for the money!

Engine Power

Under the hood of the Pilot is an i-VTEC V6 engine with direct injection that produces 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. It is mated with either a 6-speed automatic transmission or an available 9-speed automatic transmission.

For the base-model price, the Pilot outdoes various competitors in terms of horsepower and torque. The 2016 Toyota Highlander’s base engine, for instance, produces just 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, the 2016 Kia Sorento base engine generates only 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque, and the 2016 Toyota RAV4 base model offers just 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque.

The Pilot further defeats numerous rivals in terms of towing capacity. The Pilot brings ample towing muscle to the road, with 2WD models offering towing capacity of 3,500 pounds and AWD models able to tow a whopping 5,000 pounds.

The 2016 Ford Explorer base model, by comparison, can tow only up to 2,000 pounds, as can the Sorento base model, and the RAV4 base model can tow only 1,500 pounds.


The Honda Pilot truly wows in the area of roominess, outshining numerous competitors with its seating, cargo, and passenger capacity offerings.

The Pilot provides seating for up to eight passengers. In contrast, the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the RAV4 each provide seating for just five passengers, and the Explorer and the Sorento seat only up to seven.

The Pilot further provides up to 153.1 cubic feet of passenger volume for its occupants to comfortably stretch out in. In comparison, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers only105.4 cubic feet of passenger room, the Highlander features just 144.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, and the Explorer features only 151.6 cubic feet of maximum passenger volume.

When it comes to cargo room, the Pilot offers up to 109.2 cubic feet of space, allowing drivers and passengers to pack in and take along whatever they need to. Features like a standard 60/40-split, flat-folding third-row bench seat and an available One-Touch 2nd-Row Seat enable easy access and versatility.

In comparison, the Grand Cherokee features just 68.3 cubic feet of cargo space; the RAV4 provides just up to 73.4 cubic feet of cargo volume; the Sorento offers only up to 73.5 cubic feet of cargo room; the Explorer provides just 81.7 cubic feet; and the Highlander offers only up to 83.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

2016 Honda Pilot

Fuel Economy

In terms of fuel efficiency, the Pilot delivers up to an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway in 2WD 9AT models.**

In contrast, the Grand Cherokee achieves just up to 17 city mpg up to 24 highway mpg, while the Highlander offers just 25 highway mpg, and the Explorer delivers only 19 city mpg.


The Pilot has earned many accolades during the 2016 model year, including receiving some of the highest safety ratings available in the automotive industry. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has recognized the Pilot as a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ for its outstanding performance in crash tests,*** and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has granted the Pilot a 5-Star Safety Rating for its crash test performance.****

The Experts Weigh In

While we at Detroit Honda Dealers naturally find the Honda Pilot to be one of the most exceptional SUVs on the road, we’re not alone in our opinion.


2016 Honda Pilot

Edmunds.com has given the 2016 Pilot an “A” rating, lauding the Pilot’s interior flexibility, spaciousness, comfortable ride quality, fuel efficiency, and more. The Edmunds.com reviewer says of the Pilot: “As a result of the 2016 changes, the Honda Pilot is now one of the best large crossovers.”

2016 Honda Pilot

Car and Driver gives the Pilot five stars, saying of this impressive SUV: “If a stylish, useful, and trouble-free ride is what you’re after, well—ladies and gentlemen, this is your Pilot speaking.”

2016 Honda Pilot

Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com gives the Pilot an impressive 8.5 out of 10 rating, saying of the Pilot: “The combination of sharp styling, a comfortable and luxurious interior, lots of available features and high-tech equipment should make the new Honda Pilot a front-runner for anybody considering a 3-row crossover SUV.”

Enough Talk—Time to Get Out on the Road!

Visit any Detroit Honda Dealers Association location or contact us today to hit the road onboard the outstanding 2016 Honda Pilot. A member of our team stands by to get you behind the wheel for a test drive of this exceptional SUV.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $900.00 destination charge, and options. Dealers set their own prices.
**Based on 2016 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.
***The 2016 Accord Sedan with Honda Sensing™, the 2016 Accord Coupe with Honda Sensing™, the 2016 Pilot with Honda Sensing™, and the 2016 CR-V Touring have been awarded the coveted 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of their superior crash safety performance.
****Safety matters most, and the 2016 CR-V, Accord, Fit, Odyssey, and HR-V earned top marks with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).

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