2017 Honda Pilot named ‘Best 3-Row SUV’ by Cars.com


Looking to Monday morning Honda News: According to our friends at Cars.com 2017 Honda Pilot tops the 3-row SUV segment in standard feature value, comfort, fuel efficiency and ‘real-world’ MPG — when compared to a rather good field of competitors.  You may read my latest drive review of the reinvented Honda Pilot here.

Read how Cars.com assesses the reinvented Honda Pilot

After extensive testing in the Cars.com “Three-Row SUV Challenge,” the completely redesigned 2016 Honda Pilots named the best midsize SUV of 2016 and the overall Challenge winner. Testing, which included expert evaluation on a set course, a 170-mile drive to determine real-world MPG, and driving by an in-market family, revealed Pilot as the clear leader within its segment.

Recognized for its interior space, versatility and utility with comfortable seating for up to eight passengers, the Pilot is now also available with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ functionality. To read more about the awards, visit www.Cars.com

What I like about 2017 Honda Pilot

For 2017, Honda refined Pilot’s ride and drive experience while increasing horsepower and torque to segment leading levels. Absent is the harsh ride tendencies associated with pick-up-truck based SUV s. Thanks to Pilot’s shared Oddysey and Ridgeline’s unibody manufacturing platform, primary front-wheel-drive, i-VTEC V6 power and Pilot’s optional 9-speed automatic transmission with electronic drive-mode selection,  Pilot presents a much improved all-weather, variable road surface traction, and much more.

Family friendly, work ready

No worries: Although Honda has measurably refined Pilot’s interior layout and finish while increasing seating capacity and behind row-3 cargo room, Pilot remains a financially attainable crossover/SUV package for discerning buyers looking to Honda for exceptional initial purchase and ownership value. * MSRP from $30,950 FWD LX to $47,070 Elite AWD. MPG: 27 Highway/19 City.

In the dirt 

Yes, Honda Pilot is surprisingly good off-road. Check out my Texas experience here.