2011 Honda Pilot returns with navigation now available on the EX-L trim level and a rear entertainment system is now included on the Touring model. It offers a pleasant ride, roomy third-row seat, smooth V6, clever interior storage features, perfect crash test scores.
Your Joliet Honda dealership, Honda of Joliet, presents a good choice for a midsize or large crossover SUV: the 2011 Honda Pilot.
The 2011 Honda Pilot is a midsize crossover SUV offered in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. Each is available with either front- or all-wheel drive. The LX comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, rear privacy glass, a trailer hitch, automatic headlights, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, front and rear air-conditioning, 60/40-split second- and third-row seats, and a seven-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio jack and CD/MP3 player.
The EX adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, painted body molding (versus black plastic), roof rails, heated exterior mirrors, an eight-way power driver seat (with two-way power lumbar), steering-wheel audio controls, tri-zone automatic climate control, an in-dash six-CD changer, and satellite radio. The EX-L upgrades to leather upholstery and steering wheel, heated front seats, power passenger seat, a sunroof, increased sound deadening, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated back-up camera. Optional on the EX-L is a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a voice-activated navigation system bundled with Bluetooth, an iPod interface and a 10-speaker premium audio system.
Both the EX-L’s optional features are included on the high-end Touring model, which further adds a power liftgate, tire-pressure indicators, driver memory functions and rear-window sunshades.
The 2011 Honda Pilot is motivated by a 3.5-liter V6 that generates 250 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic is the available transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all Pilot models are available with an all-wheel-drive system that automatically apportions power to the rear wheels — up to 70 percent — when front slippage occurs. This system also has a driver-selectable “lock” feature that routes maximum torque to the rear wheels at speeds below 19 mph.
Fuel economy is aided by Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system, which shuts down half of the V6′s cylinders when they’re not needed. Still the Pilot’s EPA estimates of 17 city/23 highway mpg and 19 mpg combined (16/22/18 for AWD models) are merely average for this segment.
Standard safety equipment includes stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Antilock disc brakes are also standard.
In government crash tests, the Pilot performed flawlessly, scoring a perfect five stars in frontal and side-impact testing, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety likewise awarded the Pilot its top “Good” rating for both frontal-offset and side-impact crashes.
The Pilot also keeps stride with the competition with its roomy third-row seats. With the second and third row seats stowed, the 2011 Honda Pilot can hold up to 87 cubic feet of cargo. For smaller items, there are plenty of thoughtful storage bins and pockets throughout the cabin.
Check out the new Honda Pilot at our Illinois Honda dealer, Honda of Joliet.