2016 Honda Pilot

MSRP $30,145

Ranked #9 in Suv

8.1

Overall Rating

2016 Honda Pilot Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 7, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Currently, the Honda Pilot is one of the most versatile vehicles that one can buy in the segment. It has most of the practical and comfort features one can ask for along with a spacious three-row cabin. In terms of performance, the Pilot offers a strong V6 motor that doesn’t compromise fuel efficiency.

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Pros

Spacious and versatile cabin with intelligent storage cubbies

Segment-leading fuel economy

AWD system offers excellent practicality in challenging weather conditions 

A wide range of advanced safety systems is available across the trim levels

Potent powertrain

Plush ride quality

Cons

Frustrating infotainment system

Unrefined 9-speed automatic transmission

Higher-than-average ownership costs

Clumsy adaptive cruise control system

What's New?

Fully redesigned


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30145

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

112 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

212 cu.in.

horsepower

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

262 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

111 in.

length

194.5 in.

width

78.6 in.

height

69.8 in.

curb weight

4054 lbs.

ground clearance

7.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

152.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

83.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/22/27 mpg

highway range

449.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LX$30,145 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Honda Pilot in Black Forest Pearl color
Black Forest Pearl

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Ratings

Features

6.5

Engine and Performance

8.4

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.2

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.8

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


The price for the SUV starts at $30,345 and is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 motor that is standard across the trim levels. The SUV goes up against the likes of the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, and the Nissan Pathfinder.


6.5/10
Features

8.4/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.2/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.8/10
Safety


2016 Honda Pilot Features

6.5/10

The 2016 Honda Pilot is offered in five trim levels- LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. Each trim can be configured with a four-wheel drive for around $1,800 except the Elite trim which comes with a four-wheel drive as standard. Although the lower trims have ample features, some desirable features can only be found on higher trims like the one-touch seats which are only available on EX-L or higher trims.

Trims

LX

EX

EX-L

Touring

Elite

MSRP

$30,345 (2WD) $32,145 (4WD)

$32,780 (2WD) $34,580 (4WD)

$36,255 (2WD) $38,055 (4WD)

$41,370 (2WD) $43,170 (4WD)

$46,770 (4WD)

Key Features

18-inch alloy wheels

Driver's seat with 10-way power adjustment including power lumbar support

One-touch power moon-roof with tilt feature

Blindspot information system with cross-traffic monitor

20-inch alloy wheels

 

A multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines

Tri-zone automatic climate control system with humidity control and air filtration

Power tailgate

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Body-colored parking sensors

 

Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Tire Fill Assist and location and pressure indicator

Remote engine start

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Panoramic roof

Driver's seat with two-position memory

 

One-touch turn indicators

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

Automatic-dimming rearview mirror

LED headlights with auto-on/off and auto high-beam

Memory-linked side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down

 

Rear privacy glass

 

Front passengers seat with 4-way power adjustment

Heated steering wheel

Blu-ray Rear Entertainment System (RES) with 115-volt power outlet

     

Heated front seats

Perforated heated and ventilated front seats

 
     

Leather-trimmed interior

   

We recommend

We would recommend the EX trim since it offers a plethora of features over the base trim with a mild price bump.

2016 Honda Pilot Engine and Performance

8.4/10

The 3.5L V6 under the hood of the 2016 Honda Pilot churns out a maximum of 280 horsepower along with 262 lb-ft of torque, a commendable set of figures for a crossover SUV. Lower trims are equipped with six-speed transmission whereas higher trims like the Touring and Elite come standard with the new nine-speed transmission which currently seems to be slow and unrefined. 

Models

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Toyota Highlander

Nissan Pathfinder

MSRP

$30,145

$31,050

$32,015

$29,830

Engine

3.5L V6 Gas engine

3.5L V6 Gas engine

3.5L V6 Gas engine

3.5L V6 Gas engine

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

6- speed shiftable automatic

Continuously variable-speed automatic (CVT)

Horsepower

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

290 hp @ 6500 rpm

270 hp @ 6200 rpm

260 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

262 ft-lbs @ 4700 rpm

255 ft-lbs @ 4000 rpm

248 ft-lbs @ 4700 rpm

240 ft-lbs @ 4400 rpm

0-60 MPH

6.2

6.4

7.1

7.4

Quarter mile

14.8

14.6

15.2

15.6

Top Speed (mph)

N/A

N/A

125 MPH

N/A

Overall, the motor is punchy and offers best-in-class acceleration at 6.2 seconds to reach 60 mph. However, the brakes are disappointing as the Pilot needs 128 feet of distance before it comes to a halt from 60 mph. The Ford Explorer has the highest horsepower rating here and is quite close to the Pilot in terms of acceleration prowess and braking performance as well. The Toyota Highlander and the Nissan Pathfinder offer slightly more lethargic acceleration times but have better braking performance than the Honda Pilot.

2016 Honda Pilot Fuel Economy

9.0/10

EPA has rated the standard 2016 Honda Pilot with the six-speed transmission and front-wheel-drive at 19/27/22 and with four-wheel drive at 18/26/21 for city, highway, and combined mileage tests. Although the nine-speed transmission does help to improve fuel efficiency it's not by a significant margin.

Models

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Toyota Highlander

Nissan Pathfinder

MPG (city)

19

17

19

20

MPG (highway)

27

24

25

27

MPG (combined)

22

20

21

23

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

19.5

18.6

19.2

19.5

Range(miles) (city/highway)

371/527 mi

316.2/446.5 mi

365/480 mi

390/526 mi

The Nissan Pathfinder offers the best mileage figures here yet the redesigned Pilot has a slightly lower city mileage than the former. The fuel tank can hold 19.5 gallons of gasoline hence offers some decent driving range as well. The Ford Explorer has the lowest fuel economy numbers here while the Toyota Highlander is at par with both the Honda Pilot and the Nissan Pathfinder.

2016 Honda Pilot Interior

8.2/10

The most impressive part about the new Honda Pilot is the interior. The spacious three-row cabin has comfortable seats, ample space for storage, and great build quality. The third row can actually be used by adults however, it’s comfortable for only two passengers while three can feel a bit cramped. There is more than adequate headroom and legroom for the passengers inside the cabin and the dashboard controls are within the reach of the driver for greater convenience.

Models

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Toyota Highlander

Nissan Pathfinder

Passenger capacity

8

7

8

7

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

40.1/62.0/40.9

41.4/61.5/42.9

40.7/59.3/44.2

41.1/60.7/42.3

Second (head/shoulder/rear) (in.)

40.2/62.0/38.4

40.6/61.0/39.5

39.9/59.6/38.4

39.4/60.4/41.7

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.9/57.6/31.9

37.8/50.8/32.0

35.9/55.0/27.7

37.8/57.1/30.7

Cargo Capacity with rear seats up (cu-ft.)

16.5

21.0

13.8

16.0

Cargo Capacity with rear seats folded (cu-ft)

46.8

43.8

42.3

47.8

The cargo capacity is impressive at 16.5 cubic feet behind the third row and 46.8 cubic feet with the third row folded down. The Ford Explorer and the Nissan Pathfinder take the top spot in terms of front-seat headroom but is at par with the competition on the remaining aspects. The Toyota Highlander has the most cramped third-row but the robustness of its cabin is praiseworthy. Some interior features include:

  • Tri-zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Cruise Control
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Leather Steering Wheel

How intuitive is the 2016 Honda Pilot’s infotainment unit?

The 2016 Honda Pilot gets a fairly-equipped infotainment system in its base form. The system on offer consists of a 5.0-inch display screen along with some basic features such as a seven-speaker sound system, Bluetooth phone, and audio connectivity along with an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port. 

The higher trims get an 8.0-inch touchscreen display and some additional features such as HondaLink smartphone integration, an upgraded seven-speaker sound system along with satellite radio, and Pandora Internet radio control. Some of the Infotainment features are:

  • HD Radio
  • Blu-Ray/DVD Player
  • Audio/Video Remote Control Remote Control
  • Pandora radio controls
  • USB Ports
  • Smartphone Integration(higher trims)

2016 Honda Pilot Exterior

9.0/10

From the outside, the 2015 Honda Pilot looks completely different and gets that much-needed modern design language like the rest of the rivals. The 2016 Pilot is curvier than before, both the front and rear fascia are now smoother in favor of an elegant design language. The front end now wears a sportier look than before while the rear end design is surprisingly simple.

Models

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Toyota Highlander

Nissan Pathfinder

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4054

4443

4244

4168

Length (in.)

194.5

198.3

191.1

197.2

Width (in.)

78.6

78.9

75.8

77.2

Height (in.)

69.8

70.0

68.1

70.2

Ground clearance (in.)

7.3

7.8

8.0

7.0

Wheelbase (in)

111.0

112.8

109.8

114.2

Track width (in) F/R

66.3/66.3

67.0/67.0

64.4/64.2

65.7/65.7

The Toyota Highlander is the most compact SUV here in terms of exterior dimensions but it offers the best ground clearance at 8.0-inch, making it the most off-road friendly offering here. The Ford Explorer gets a boxy and old-school SUV design while the Nissan Pathfinder continues with its old yet rugged exterior appeal. Some exterior features are:

  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Rear Spoilers
  • Chrome Fenders
  • LED running lights
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Automatic headlamps

2016 Honda Pilot Safety

7.8/10

Honda has always prioritized the safety aspect in almost all its vehicles and the 2016 Honda Pilot is no different. The SUV secured a perfect 5-star rating from the NHTSA and an overall “Good” rating from the IIHS as well. Some of the standard safety techs include traction control, stability control, front-side airbags, side curtain airbags, and a rearview camera. The Honda LaneWatch system is optional on the base trim but is standard on the EX, EX-L, and the Touring trims. Some Safety Features are:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Cross Traffic Monitor

2016 Honda Pilot Final Verdict

The 2016 Honda Pilot seems to be taking the newly popular crossover SUV segment by storm with its elegant styling, punchy motor, and one of the best cabins in the market. Every step Honda took while redesigning the Pilot seems to be a hit with the customers. The strength of the Pilot is its versatility which is lacking in many of its competitors.

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