Over the decades, Honda has earned its reputation of building quality products. The company had manufactured exemplary vehicles that people continuously believes and still expects when the name Honda is mentioned. This is one good reason why the Honda Pilot was extremely anticipated to be again on top of the automotive charts.
The Honda Pilot showed up in the showrooms in 2004 as a 2003 model. It is a mid-size Sport Utility Vehicle, with similar built and platform from the earlier model, the mid-sized Acura MDX. The Honda Pilot is powered by a V6 engine five speed automatic transmission, with a Variable Torque Management four wheel drive system and a three row seating capacity generating 240 horsepower and 242 lb-ft. torque. Its difference with the MDX includes the styling, and the optional equipment plus the price.
Built not meant for serious off-road duties but is rugged enough to handle dirt paths like going to fishing holes or hunting lodges, the new Honda Pilot SUV is exactly what enthusiasts were waiting for. It offered excellent bad-weather road manners in full time all wheel drive and really predictable handling characteristics that can transport up to eight persons or up to 90 cubic feet loads when the seats are folded.
Following the footsteps of Honda's popular lineups in the midsized SUV long introduced, the Pilot fitted perfectly into Honda's mold of cars with based platform deriving from the Odyssey minivan. It has a low step-in height for trouble-free entry and exit and offers a smooth ride in a moderate towing capacity of 4,500 pounds.
The third row seat, although it might not be a comfy place for adults especially during long trips, exhibits a good use when the seats are folded down to the floor. It then gives you a really large space where you can stack up your loads and cargos. It is also a good place where you can park the kids, that way they'll have time and space for themselves.
The Honda Pilot is also wider than its competitors with a three to four extra inches of girth creating a more comfortable arrangement for three persons sitting in the second row seats given a size of 77.3 inches and a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood flat floor. You will surely enjoy the driving experience, with a rack and pinion steering, a great power for all situations, and a good visibility on all directions, the Honda Pilot will truly give you a confident feel on the road. With this great characteristics, what more could you ask for. As expected, any car from Honda is a car running to the top. That also means that if you are after for performance parts, what else you must choose but parts that comes from the best. Honda offers Honda Prelude parts and accessories in their manufacturing office or is sold in automotive markets, car magazines or even around the web.
I drive an automatic Honda Pilot, and every time I step on the gas, it seems like my car is having a difficulty shifting gears. I nearly had an accident because of this. Is this a serious problem with my transmission?
Yes, it could be due to your transmission, and it could be serious. This has something to do with your torque converter, which sets how much fluid is passed on the automatic transmission to allow your engine to continue running even when you are in a full stop. When this converter fails, you may experience a loss of acceleration. You should bring your car to a transmission shop immediately, if you are not familiar with transmission repairs. It is better to have an expert check on this, rather than do it yourself, just to be sure.
I was driving through a flooded road when I suddenly realized that the floor mats under the driver and passenger seats are wet. Obviously, something is leaking. I vacuumed the puddle, and had my mats dried. The next day, heavy rain was still pouring and in just a few hours, my floor mats were soaked again. What should I do?
Definitely, there's a leak in your car. But the question is—what's causing the leak? You need to find first where the water is coming from, because no matter how many times you clean your mats, the problem will recur. You can do an experiment by having someone sit inside your vehicle while you spray down the car. From there, you will see where the leak is coming from, and you can determine where you should bring your car. It could be due to a cracked windshield, or a dent in your car's body. Applying sealant to the hole can be a quick fix, but you should bring it to the repair shop immediately to avoid the hassle of mopping your car every time it rains.
I've been having a hard time turning on the ignition switch of my Honda Pilot. Every time I try to insert my key, it just won't get in all the way, I even had to ram it down. One time, I got my key in instantly, but it just wouldn't turn. I had to use my other car because of this problem. Should I call someone to fix it already?
Yes, you need to call a locksmith to fix the ignition switch for you. This has been a common complaint for Pilot owners, but Honda has not issued a recall to fix this. Some drivers choose to leave their keys in the ignition to minimize the hassle, but this is not advisable as it poses safety risks. When this happens to you, just have your ignition switch checked by a locksmith or a car specialist to ensure that you will not be bothered with this issue again. Don't wait until the worst happens to you; you might get stuck inside your car because of this problem.
Honda Pilot: Raising the Bar of the Midsize SUV Category
An automaker that is just imitating features and styles from others indefinitely loses its captive consumers. In case of Honda, the manufacture of the Pilot model was done for a specific purpose: to satisfy the need for a crossover sport utility vehicle that could accommodate more passengers by fitting a third-row seat. With some off-road capability and a robust design, the Pilot became a good option for families wanting comfortable and safe long drives. In its two generations and continuous manufacture, the said model is yet to show that it is a legitimate competitor in the midsize SUV segment.
2003 – 2008: A combination of power, drivability, and capacity
The first versions of the Honda Pilot came out of the plants powerful, for they had a 24-valve VTEC V6 engine with timing belt-driven camshafts and 3.5-liter displacement. The units produced 240-horsepower and 242-pound-feet of torque, and with its five-speed manual transmission, the units sprinted from 0 to 60-mph at 7.6 seconds. In terms of carrying capacity, the Pilot could accommodate eight passengers, but the third row was only advisable for small children due to the limited legroom. With foldable rear seats, the units had an expandable cargo space if needed. The slight off-road capability of the Pilot was due to the perimeter frame rails installed. Coupled with a Variable Torque Management system, the models had all four wheels operating with the ability to detect wheel slippage. Aside from having a unibody construction designed meant to crush from all sides upon impact, the units also had three important safety features: a rack-and-pinion steering, disc brakes and ABS, and an independent suspension.
2009 – 2012: A crossover SUV with improved power and more entertainment features
The second-generation Pilots improved in terms of horsepower by 10 points and torque output by 11 points. The transmission became a five-speed automatic, and the wheelbase was a bit longer. From the outside, the grille became more contoured; from the inside, the gearshift was moved to the center console, the driver’s seat had two memory settings, and a tri-zone automatic climate control was added. Generally, the units were praised for providing a better driving experience despite their truck-like appearance. In 2012, the Pilots received some redesign for the bumper and front fascia, and alloy wheels were used. The succeeding models came standard with entertainment and connectivity features, including a USB connector, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, an i-MID central dashboard LCD screen, and a rearview back-up camera.