2012 Honda Pilot Facelift Revealed With Promise of Best Fuel Economy in Its Class

Colum Wood
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2012 honda pilot facelift revealed with promise of best fuel economy in its class

While not often talked about, Honda‘s Pilot SUV has grown to become a staple of the brand’s U.S. model lineup. With the second-generation model introduced in 2009, it’s about time for an update and so Honda has decided to refresh the truck for the 2012 model year.

Included in the makeover is a new three-bar corporate front grille and a few other mild tweaks that actually do a lot to improve the ‘ute’s look.

Planning to continue on a long tradition of fuel economy, Honda has also replaced the 5-speed automatic transmission with a 6-speed unit, promising that it will rank as the most fuel efficient three-row crossover on the market. Currently the Pilot gets a best of 17/23-mpg for 2WD models or 16/22-mpg for 4WD versions.

In addition to those updates look for a mild workover for the cabin, a new navigation system and some small trim upgrades – including the wheels shown.

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. Find Colum on <a href="http://www.google.com">Twitter.</a>

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  • Jesus Jesus on Oct 26, 2011

    I think one can get 32 MPG with the Sorento, but we have to consider this is related to a small engine, the Pilot has a bigger one and gives less mileage but has more climbing power, better towing and also additional passengers' room. I will go for a Pilot for its resale value, that way I could recover some of my gas expenses.

  • Jlogent Jlogent on Nov 02, 2012

    Is the 2012 Pilot a 5-speed or 6-speed vehicle? I seem to be getting conflicting information here. The online brochure I read says 5-speed, Autoguide says 6-speed. Please which is correct?