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Honda Pilot - the perfect offroader

25 September 2019

The Pilot is Honda's largest 3-row SUV on the market. The car was officially revealed and enrolled in production in 2002 with 2003 marketed as Pilot's model year.

The vehicle shares the same platform with models Odyssey, Accord's sedan version and Acura's MDX. It offers unique driving experience, towing capabilities and off-road driving, thanks to its unibody frame construction and independent suspension.

Honda Pilot - III gen, front fascia
© Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Since its release on the market, Honda Pilot has 3 generations. The first one starts in 2002 and continues until 2008. It features two modifications of Pilot combi, both equipped with a 3.5 i V6 24V engine with either 243 hp or 258 hp, 5 seats and 5 doors. The modification offering 243 hp was manufactured in the period between 2002 and 2004. The other one, with 258 hp, was in production from 2004 to 2008. As a key specifications for both of the vehicles in the generations could be pointed out the top speed of 177 km/h (109.98 mph), the 5-speed automatic transmission, the FWD system, the kerb weight of 2050 kg (4519.48 lbs.) and max. weight of 2580 kg (5687.93 lbs.).

Honda Pilot's second-gen starts in 2008 and was axed in 2015. It includes just one modification - an offroad vehicle with a 3.5 4WD (257 hp) engine (positioned front, transversely), 5 doors and 8 seats (including the driver). Amongst the most important specs of this generation is the car's acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.9 seconds, the top speed of 180 km/h (or 111.85 mph), the kerb weight of 2062 kg (4545.93 lbs.) and max. weight of 2765 kg (6095.78 lbs.). Unlike Pilot's previous gen vehicles, which were with FWD , this one's car is an AWD (4x4).

Honda Pilot - rear side view
© Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The last, for now, 3rd Pilot generation hit he market in 2016 and is still up-to-date. It includes 4 modifications with the 3.5 V6 (280 hp) engine unit. The vehicles in this particular generation are SUVs with 5 doors and 7 to 8 seat configuration. According to the specs sheets, the engine position in all of the modifications of the Honda Pilot is front, transversely, and the fuel system is direct injection. The kerb weight of each one of the cars in the generation may vary. Depending on the equipment they feature and the body construction, the mass of the vehicle is between 1878 kg and 1958 kg. All 4 modifications are AWD (4x4) with either 6 or 9-speed automatic transmission.