The 2017 Honda Pilot Elite is a complete package introducing many more features than were present in the previous models. It has come up with a fresh style and smooth designing, increased power, and an even better fuel economy.
2017 Honda Pilot Elite – Inner and External Changes:
It can effectively accommodate around eight passengers. The first two seating rows provide generous space, and the rear seats can even be folded to make more cargo space. It will further have an 8- inch dashboard screen and a premium leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The wheels have also been redesigned with the sheet metal being replaced and the addition of an 18-inch stretch in wheelbase. The result is more rear-seat legroom and a 3-inch longer body, which adds to the cargo volume.
Elite will be the only model to have LED headlights. Other additional features include fog lamps, and body-colored mirrors and door handles. While 2017 LX, EX, and EX-L will continue to have 18-inch alloy wheels, Elite will have 20-inch alloy wheels.
2017 Honda Pilot Elite – Drivetrain:
As far as the engine is concerned, it will have a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that can effectively generate approximately 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. While models like LX, EX, and EX-L versions will have a 6-speed automatic transmission; Elite will be integrated to a 9-speed automatic transmission system. It is controlled from the console through the use of gear selection buttons. The Excel model also has steering-wheel paddle shifters.
Only Excel will have an All- wheel drive (AWD) option as standard. For other models, it would be optional. Honda has now upgraded the system, enabling the quicker reaction to demands, and better fuel economy. There is also an addition of driver-selectable modes that help provide protection for maximizing grip in snow, sand, and mud.
Thus the 2017 Honda Pilot Elite would be amongst the most fuel efficient V-6 midsize crossovers. In addition to the mileage stretching advantages, Elite and Touring too will have a stop-start system. This, on its shuts down the engine when the vehicle is not moving and restarts it when the brake pedals are left. During this, accessories like air conditioning continue to run. While the previous EPA models have a rating of 19/27/22 mpg city/highway combined with front drive and 18/26/21 mpg, Elite is likely to have a rating of 19/27/23 mpg with front-drive and 19/26/21 with AWD.
2017 Honda Pilot Elite – Safety Features:
Unlike the previous models, there would be a blind-spot monitoring with rear cross traffic detection, leading to high levels of safety.
The available standard features include push-button ignition, multi-angle review camera, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, remote engine start, keyless entry, power driver’s seat with power lumbar, tri-zone automatic climate control, illuminated steering-wheel controls for audio and much more.
The features specific the 2017 Honda Pilot Elite model are a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, and a fixed sunroof panel.
There is also no compromise on safety. In fact, reports suggest that it has an expanded list of safety features compared to the previous Honda models. Thus is ranked well by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The 2017 Pilot Elite is Honda’s largest SUV, providing almost all kinds of features. So if you are a fan of SUVs, it is a very reasonable option.