2016 Honda Pilot Video, First Look

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Honda is trying to dissociate itself from the terms boring and mundane.

At the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, the Japanese automaker debuted its latest Pilot model with sleek styling that departs from the previous generation’s boxy look. The third-generation Pilot offers more cargo space, greater performance and improved fuel economy than its predecessor while being three inches longer and is up to 300 lbs lighter.

2015 Chicago Auto Show Coverage

Under the hood, a 3.5-liter V6 with direct fuel injection gives the SUV 250 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque while Variable Cylinder Management shuts half of the cylinders down when full power isn’t needed. Two transmissions will be offered with the 2016 Pilot with a six speed replacing the current five-speed transmission. Higher trim models will come with an all-new nine-speed gearbox from ZF.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Shifter6spd Shifter6spd on Feb 15, 2015

    2.0L twin turbo 4 bangers can make make 500+hp with other makes. 3.6L V6 only gets 250hp in this Honda? Better up the RnB budget a few notches. Sounds boring and mundane still.

    • Matt Mann Matt Mann on Feb 25, 2015

      Honda has gotten lazy because it thought it could live off the fatted cow of yesteryear successes. It's still thinks that now even though it's been slapped aside the head with all it's models taking a hit.