The Honda Pilot has always been one of the best three-row crossovers, indeed almost a ‘can’t-go-wrong’ option where its combination of a roomy, well-appointed interior, strong engine, and pleasant handling made it appealing to families. The 2019 model has made this option even stronger!
The Pilot rides softly, and the kilometres pass by in comfort. Its steering is light and crisp with precise self-centring, making it quite pleasant, enjoyable even, to drive down a twisty road, or a narrow street in traffic. It has more than seven inches (18.5 cm) of ground clearance which help it handle rough roads and sandy beaches just fine. The Pilot has a great engine; power comes on instantly and smoothly, no ‘turbo-lag’ here! It has power whenever you need it and smooth powerful braking to match.
All Pilots now come standard with an 8-inch Display Audio system. The new infotainment interface looks sharp, is incredibly responsive and delivers wonderful sound. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to seven devices are also included, but a good feature is the return of a physical volume knob. Kudos to Honda for recognising how simple things like this can really make a huge difference.
There’s another interesting, and possibly very useful feature: to help parents in front maintain order in the back, the CabinTalk feature from the Honda Odyssey makes its way into the Pilot. Instead of screaming at the top of their lungs to tell the kids to stop creating mayhem, they can now be easily heard through the rear speakers via the Bluetooth microphone.
Another stress-reducing feature is the remote engine start that lets you start the engine from a distance, enabling the climate control system to regulate cabin temperature to ensure maximum comfort before you get in. And when you walk away, it locks itself. Short term memory loss, no problem!
The updates to the 2019 Honda Pilot make a popular three-row SUV even better. Now with sleek good looks both inside and out, an improved technology menu and smoother driving, the Pilot is among the most complete competitors in the segment today. With the Pilot, the modern family SUV is reaching new heights. The new exterior is designed to turn heads, matched by an interior that’s totally at home in the digital age.
ENGINE 3.5 litre V6 24-valve SOHC iVTEC +VCM
MAX POWER 280 hp (209kW) at 6,000 rpm
MAX TORQUE 355 Nm (262 lb-ft) at 4,700 rpm
TRANSMISSION Six-speed automatic; 4WD (four-wheel drive)
EXTERIOR The new silhouette is very attractive, and adds a sculpted sleekness to its strong and solid first impression making the new Pilot one of the better-looking SUVs out there; upgrades include a new fascia with redone grille, more, smarter chrome trim and larger fog lights; new rear bumper and taillights; 20-inch alloy wheels for Touring model.
INTERIOR The Pilot’s interior is spacious and practical with family-friendly options such as a DVD entertainment system; two USB outlets, two 12-volt outlets and wireless charging pad up front; another two USB ports, as well as household plug located on back of the centre console; eight seats in three rows; easy-to-use climate controls; bright, clearly marked dials and gauges, and lots of cupholders; high seating position makes for a commanding view of the road, while large windows and thin roof pillars give best-in-class visibility; a cavernous cargo area and lots of useful storage spaces.
SAFETY/SECURITY In addition to ‘normal’ safety features like ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Traction Control System, Brake Assist, every Pilot gets Honda Sensing providing forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning with lane keep assist; adaptive cruise control; Touring also gets blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
Visit the Honda showroom on Khalifa Street, near the TV Intersection. Their staff will be happy to explain all and arrange a test drive of the new Pilot or any of their stylish new sedans and SUV. Call 8008 123 or visit their website through this link.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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