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Chicago Auto Show Reveal: 2016 Honda Pilot: Comments

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At the 2015 Chicago Auto Show on Thursday, Honda released their redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot mid-size crossover SUV. This is the third version of the Pilot to be designed and built in the United States.

Being all new, the Pilot sheds its previous boxy look for a much sleeker profile that is reminiscent of both the Honda CR-V and Honda Odyssey. Weighing in at nearly 300lbs lighter than the outgoing model, the Pilot still yet gains a stiffer and tighter body construction.

The lighter weight combines with new fuel efficient powertrains. Under the hood resides a new 3.5 liter, direct-inject V6 with Variable Cylinder Management and now adding an idle stop feature. Customers will have their choice of a new 6-speed automatic or an optional 9-speed automatic. Both versions will naturally be available in front wheel drive or all wheel drive versions. Honda expects Pilot to lead the segment in fuel economy.

Honda expects the Pilot to achieve a 5-star safety rating and to back that up, Honda has equipped the Pilot with a host of available safety technology.

You can follow all of the news from the 2015 Chicago Auto Show here.

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Source: Honda Media

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I will have to give them credit it is a much better looking interior and exterior than their last version. Thought I clearly see the Minivan shape look. Maybe a bit to jelly bean. But nice auto none the less. Far better than their car line.

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Thanks for the pictures Drew. Now it really looks like a minivan to me. Guess their older block body style was not that bad after all as I like it better than this in the lite blue.

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Such a great package of engineered performance, efficiency, space, utility, etc. all wrapped up in humpty dumpty looks.

 

Honda, wow. They'll sell no matter what. But when they work on getting the looks cool to match, they could sell even more.

 

No question, this is a better package than any GM Lambda, any Ford Explorer, any smaller Toyota Highlander, etc. The Pilot is a winning recipe that could always use a different brand's designers to dress up the great bones beneath.

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The current and now outgoing Pilot was dreadful inside and out.  The pilot used to be a huge seller and they really screwed the pooch on Gen 2.

 

This one helps pave the way back.  It's not a homerun but will regain much of what it lost.  It is packaged well, and the styling is at least in the mix, even if it looks like a puffed up forester met a CRv.   The interior is not glamorous enough yet, but it is somewhat nicer to look at then current gen.

 

The nice thing to see is the weight loss and mpg upgrades.  That alone may be enough to resurface this at the top.  Lambdas are out of date.  Explorer is expensive, Pathfinder lost its way.  Too bad this didn't come out in December or January and I may have bit on this.

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The looks are dreadful, it is as if it is morphing before our eyes into a minivan.  Interior is sterile.  At least there is no pretense toward authentic SUV styling.  Opposite of cool.

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