CARS.COM — Another contestant in our 2017 Three-Row SUV Challenge was the 2017 Honda Pilot — returning one model year newer after a 2016 Pilot won the contest in 2016. Did it have enough to hang on to a win this time?
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The contestant this year was a Pilot with all-wheel drive in Touring trim priced at $44,370, including a destination charge. Honda offers very few options a la carte, preferring to bundle them into various trim levels, and this Pilot was no exception, with zero listed optional features.
Powering the Pilot was a 3.5-liter V-6 mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission with an unusual gear selector. The Pilot rode on 20-inch wheels wrapped in all-season rubber. Remember when “20s” were a big deal and purely an aftermarket product? Now you can get them on a Honda Pilot straight from the factory. (What a world.)
Key features standard at this trim level included the Honda Sensing Package with adaptive cruise control, automatic forward emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and lane-centering steering. It also featured Honda’s LaneWatch system, which turns on a camera under the passenger-side mirror to provide a view of your blind spot whenever you activate the right turn signal.
Interior features included leather seating surfaces and a 60/40-split folding bench seat in the second row, providing seating for as many as eight passengers as well as cargo-carrying flexibility.
Check out the gallery of the 2017 Honda Pilot above, and be sure to check back on Oct. 30 to find out how it performed in our 2017 Three-Row SUV Challenge.