2016 Honda Pilot makes Global Debut at Chicago Auto Show

February 12th, 2015 by

2016 Honda Pilot

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The wait is over. The 2016 Honda Pilot debuted Feb. 12 at the Chicago Auto Show. Displaying a rounded exterior, the 2016 Honda Pilot is touted as having more “family-friendly utility, more advance technology and more premium attributes and amenities,” a press release states. The Pilot is set to arrive at dealerships this summer.

“With looks that command attention and the powerful presence of true functionality, the 2016 Honda Pilot sets a new benchmark in the midsize SUV class with an unmatched combination of sophistication and utility,” Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager, said. “This means the all-new Pilot will comfort, entertain and assist active families in all aspects of their lives, whether it’s an evening out for two, a road trip adventure for all or just the chores of everyday life.”

Related: 2016 Honda Pilot Features and Utility as Compared to 2015 Pilot

Premium Features on the 2016 Honda Pilot

High-quality, soft-touch materials are present throughout the Pilot’s cabin and LED map lighting has been added. Higher-trim level Pilots have optional second-row captain’s chairs.

2016 Honda Pilot

Optional features on the 2016 Honda Pilot include:

  • LED Projector Headlights with Auto High Beam Technology
  • LED Daytime Running Lights and Taillights
  • 20-Inch Wheels
  • Panoramic Roof
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Heated Second-Row Seats

The Pilot also incorporates advanced technology. There are up to five USB ports, an auxiliary jack, HDMI port for a gaming console, two headphone jacks, two 12-volt power outlets, and a 115-volt power outlet. An Android-based operating system powers an 8-inch touchscreen, and there is the option to include the Honda satellite-linked navigation system. Updates to the navigation system include 3-D renderings of terrain, buildings, and road signs. There is improved lane guidance, a live search function, 911 emergency service, and more. The rear entertainment system includes a 9-inch display with a DVD player with Blu-Ray disc capability.

Related: A Look at the Honda Pilot’s History and Third Generation

Utility and Performance

2016 Honda Pilot

The 2016 Honda Pilot is 3 inches longer and is able to hold an 82-quart cooler without folding down the third row. The third row is made up of 60/40 split-seats rather than 50/50. Getting to the third row is also easier with an optional “one-touch, walk-in, second-row seat that slides and tilts to its forward-most position at the touch of a button.” There is also 2.5 more inches of entryway room to the third seats as compared to the current model. The center console is now large enough to hold an iPad and its non-slip surface means you can rest electronics and other items on the armrest without them falling out of reach.

The 2016 Honda Pilot has an Earth Dreams Technology Powertrain with a 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC, V-6 engine. Idle-stop technology is available to help improve fuel efficiency. This technology “shuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, instantly and smoothly restarting the engine when the driver lifts their foot off the brake pedal.” A six-speed automatic transmission or Honda’s first nine-speed automatic transmission are available. Just like the 2015 model, the 2016 Honda Pilot will be available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive models.

Related: 2016 Honda Pilot Comparison to 2015 Pilot in Performance and Safety


The 2016 Honda Pilot includes a group of driver-assisted safety technologies known as Honda Sensing. These technologies include:

  • Honda LaneWatch
  • Blind Spot Indicators
  • Multi-Angle Rear View Camera
  • Optional Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Road Departure Mitigation System

Honda anticipates a 5-star overall rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS. The 2016 Honda Pilot has a tire pressure monitoring system with a real-time display of each tire’s pressure reading. Brake assist and hill start assist are safety features on the Pilot as well.

Fisher Honda will receive the 2016 Honda Pilot this summer. Call us at 303-245-6417 with questions and for updates. View our inventory of the 2014 and 2015 Honda Pilot.