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2012 Honda Pilot

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2012 Honda Pilot
Available in 8 styles:  2012 Honda Pilot 4dr 4x4 shown
Asking Price Range
Estimated MPG

17–18 city / 24–25 hwy


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2012 Honda Pilot 4.5 47
$ 16,376-29,548
October 7, 2011
Vehicle Overview

Honda's midsize Pilot crossover is available in front- or four-wheel-drive form and has been modestly restyled for 2012. All trim levels have a 3.5-liter V-6 that features fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation technology. The Pilot seats eight and competes with crossovers like the Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9 and GMC Acadia.

New for 2012
The 2012 Pilot features a new front end with a restyled grille, bumper and headlights. Inside, dashboard controls have been reorganized, the gauges have a new appearance, and there's more color uniformity among the various trim panels. The stereo and navigation systems also see upgrades. EX and EX-L trim levels gain Bluetooth streaming audio, and the available navigation system adds FM traffic information, 15 gigabytes of music storage and a higher-resolution screen.

The Pilot's EPA-estimated gas mileage has improved for 2012. Front-wheel-drive models get 18/25 mpg city/highway while the four-wheel-drive version gets 17/24 mpg.

The Pilot is boxy and upright from most angles. The front end features rectangular headlights that border a new three-bar grille. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch steel wheels; 18-inch alloy wheels optional
  • Optional roof rails
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional body-colored side mirrors and door handles

The Pilot seats eight in three standard rows of seats. Standard features include air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and a CD stereo with an MP3 jack. Optional features include tri-zone automatic air conditioning, a backseat entertainment system, sunshades for the second-row side windows, a premium stereo and a USB port for connecting an iPod to the stereo. Other interior features include:

  • Optional satellite-linked navigation system with a backup camera
  • Optional load-supporting cargo net (20-pound maximum cargo weight)
  • Optional heated front seats and leather-trimmed seating
  • Optional Bluetooth connectivity

Under the Hood
All Pilots are powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 250 horsepower and 253 pounds-feet of torque. The engine drives a five-speed automatic transmission and uses Honda's Variable Cylinder Management technology to maximize fuel economy. Mechanical features include:

  • Heavy-duty radiator, power-steering-fluid cooler and Class III trailer hitch are standard
  • Two-wheel-drive Pilots can tow 2,000 pounds; four-wheel-drive models can pull 4,500 pounds

Standard safety features include:

  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Side-impact airbags for front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats
  • Active front head restraints
  • Front and rear parking sensors (Touring)


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