The 2013 Honda Pilot is a carryover model and retains all features of its precursor model including an upscale look with a sleeker front-end design and enhanced interior features.
Powertrain And Performance
The Pilot derives power from a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine rated at 250 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque. The fuel economy figures now stand at 18 city/25 hwy/21 combined mpg for 2WD models and 17 city/24 hwy/20 combined mpg for 4WD models. The 2WD models now deliver 25 mpg on highways, an increase of 2 mpg compared to 2011 models thanks to the refined aerodynamics, engine friction reduction and new, low rolling-resistance tires. The minimum cargo volume is 18.0 cu-ft and the maximum is 87.0 cu-ft.
Build And Styling
The 2013 Honda Pilot features attractive front fascia, grille and headlights, 18-inch aluminum wheels (17-inch styled steel on Pilot LX), upgraded interior materials and revised instrument panel with new center stack layout, acoustic windshield glass (previously exclusive to Pilot EX-L and Touring) and upgraded audio and available navigation systems.
The Pilot LX includes a front and rear air conditioning system with air-filtration system, keyless entry with simplified operation, tilt and telescope steering column, cruise control, power windows AM/FM/CD stereo system with seven speakers and adds AAC audio file playback capability from data discs to the CD player.
The Pilot EX gets a tri-zone automatic climate control system, a power driver's seat with 10-way power adjustment with lumbar support, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink (previously exclusive to EX-L with Navi and above models), Bluetooth audio streaming and a new 2 GB CD Library (CD-L) replaces the previous 6-disc CD changer.
The Pilot EX-L is equipped with leather seats, power moonroof, an automatic-dimming rearview mirror with either the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System or the Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System with a 9-inch screen. New for 2013 are a power tailgate, a USB Audio Interface and an intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) with QVGA resolution.
The top of the line Pilot Touring comes with Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with rearview camera, a Premium Audio System with 10 speakers, Bluetooth, Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System and more.
The Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure of the Pilot helps reduce the amount of crash energy reaching the passenger compartment and enhances frontal collision compatibility. Three-row side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, driver's and front passenger's side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), active front seat head restraints and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist are additional safety features. Electronic Stability Control is standard on all models.