By on May 20, 2015

2016 Honda Pilot Elite

The first reviews are in for the 2016 Honda Pilot as the Japanese automaker lifts their embargo. Honda’s new SUV will be the most expensive model ever sold in the U.S.

 

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36 Comments on “While You Were Sleeping: 2016 Honda Pilot Reviews, Toyota HiLux Leaks (Again) and McLaren 540C Not Coming to U.S....”


  • avatar
    gtemnykh

    You can see how hard they tried to hide that drooping schnoz on the Pilot with the black plastic treatment and at a cursory glance it works. But then you realize that there’s another foot or more of bumper and air dam hanging out there.

    Hilux looks good exterior wise (tacked on screen in the interior is another story), similar styling theme to our refreshed 2016 Tacoma but much more cohesive. Which makes sense, seeing as ours basically is the 2005 Tacoma with a new face slapped on. It’d be fascinating to see a comparison test between a US spec Tacoma and a global Hilux, with a thorough inspection and analysis of the frame, suspension, and drivetrain components. I think the results might be eye opening.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      The Taco has always been pretty watered down compared to the Hilux. Why Americans fall for it is beyond me.

      Well, they fall for the Camry and Corolla (when a plethora of better cars exist), too, so I guess it shouldnt come as a surprise. The “its a Toyota, so it MUST be good” mindset is hard to overcome.

      • 0 avatar
        gtemnykh

        To be fair, the Tacoma is pretty damn good. Just not 100% the crazy battle-hardened, Top gear approved truck US buyers might associate it with when they buy one. Up through ’94 we got the real deal Hilux, atleast frame-wise (our 4wds got independent front suspensions rather than solid axles). Starting with the 1995 Tacoma, a US-built C-channel frame took its place, and kicked off the ‘rusted in half frame’ recalls.

        As far as the Camry and Corolla, define ‘better.’ I’d say in their latest renditions, they are at the very top of the class in parameters that the US buying public cares about.

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        @JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N,
        I do agree with you regarding Toyota. You don’t get anything substantial for the additional money Toyota ask.

        The Hilux with a 5 speed still offered??? Only the Chinese have 5 speed pickups.

  • avatar
    Roberto Esponja

    Good grief, that Pilot is ugly. Aside from the current Accord, there isn’t a single Honda I like. I cannot for the life of me understand why an otherwise superb company cannot hire better designers.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      I think they went for the GM-look with the Pilot redesign. It looks a lot like the Traverse.

      • 0 avatar
        Sloomis

        That’s exactly what I thought. Traverse with a bit of Highlander thrown in there. From boxy and distinctive to generic and forgettable. Looks like pretty much every single other CUV on the market now. The only way to tell ’em apart is by the logo on the front. Boring.

  • avatar
    CX1

    That’s the biggest damn CRV that I’ve ever seen!

    • 0 avatar
      Veee8

      Thought the same thing…completely disjointed styling. Big SUV proportions are all wrong and impossible to mask.

      • 0 avatar

        I’m actually okay with the front and sides of the new Pilot. What I can’t stand is the rear, especially the tail-lamp assemblies, which look like a kindergartner’s construction paper scraps.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Have they applied more glass? It seems to be more airy than the prior one. It hasn’t got DLO fail either.

          RE: The Back

          I agree, the back doesn’t mesh well with the smooth nature of the front, and mimics the current RDX rear end, but in a more low-brow “simple plastic lenses” sort of way. I’m not impressed.

          But the interior is a massive improvement.

          • 0 avatar
            Veee8

            The rear 3/4 views I’ve seen gives the appearance that the rear end has been kicked in the pants, it flows somewhat straight from front to rear not unlike a mini van that has been jacked up then kicks upward. Simply bloated in appearance overall.

  • avatar
    CB1000R

    Well, Honda finally made the last-gen Pilot look good.

  • avatar
    carguy

    The new Pilot looks a lot like the new Audi Q7 – and I am not sure that is a good thing.

  • avatar
    an innocent man

    Except for the nose, I think that Pilot looks a lot like a previous gen Highlander.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      It might actually get some owners of the owners of 2009-2014 Highlanders to take a look at the Pilot (as long as their not blind Toyota loyalists.) The new Highlander has a little too much of Toyota’s “ALIEN FACE” design language.

    • 0 avatar

      The Pilot and Highlander didn’t look *all* that dissimilar in their previous iterations. What probably brings the resemblance home is that the Pilot is now slightly curvier and more car-like, and that the C-pillars are now glassed-in—as has been the case with the Highlander since its inception—where previously, they were exposed metal.

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      Ford called, they want their 3 blade nose back.

  • avatar
    Chocolatedeath

    Well as a long time Honda hater I have to say I am liking the interior as well as the engine tech and 9 speed. I like the fact that it has lost some pounds and got bigger in the right places at the same time. I am not fond of the exterior but it does look better than it did. I may have to consider this when its time to get another ride in 2 years.

  • avatar
    Carrera

    As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I for one think this is much better looking than the outgoing model. Inside and outside. The new Toyotas look too much “predator” like. I think the Pilot is inoffensive and ok looking, dare I say, good looking. It probably will take over the segment, like the first generation did.

  • avatar
    JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

    I, for one, liked the boxy Pilot. The new one looks like a CRV that quit smoking and got fat as a result. Its not entirely ugly (the Highlander and DOA Venza hold that title by a country mile), just not good looking, either.

    Im sure its quite good, and maybe that will be enough.

  • avatar
    VW16v

    All that money spent on development and Honda still can’t make a vehicle with center air vent shut off’s. Acura has it. But, center vents cannot be turned off individually. Crap design for the new Pilot. Yes, you cannot probably turn the center ones off together. But, not by themselves.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      Glad you’re here to share what’s -really- important. But again you’re wrong, in a different way this time. Doesn’t look like you can shut them off at all.

      http://automobiles.honda.com/images/future-cars/2016-pilot/int02.jpg

      • 0 avatar
        VW16v

        Corey, “Glad you’re here to share what’s -really- important. But again you’re wrong, in a different way this time. Doesn’t look like you can shut them off at all.” nanny nanny boo boo stick your heading dooDoo. That pretty much sums up your post.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          I’m sorry, I know I’m a child (per you), but I can’t really read your post. I provided an opposing opinion, and a photo for evidence.

          The popular phrase is, I believe, “stick your head in…” not heading.

    • 0 avatar
      Carrera

      VW…I am not following. What are you saying? In my first generation pilot I can turn off the driver and passenger vents totally off by blocking flow with a little wheel underneath the vents. The central vents can be tuned off by touching recirc button. My Ridgeline is same. How many more ways do you want it customized?

      • 0 avatar
        gtemnykh

        This is what sad VW owners have to come up with to stick it to Honda :) “Hah! Your vents aren’t as configurable as my wundermobile!”

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          I’m not sure he actually has a VW, and if he does he’s a hypocrite because he complains about the terrible reliability of Audi and BMW and says he wouldn’t have one.

        • 0 avatar
          VW16v

          I’ve owned 6 VW’s over the years. Never said they were perfect cars. But Honda has made some pretty cheap interiors over the years. They had to do a complete makeover of the civic just a couple years ago due to the bean counters at Honda.

      • 0 avatar
        VW16v

        Carrera, if it’s set up like the crv yes both center vents can be turned off. But they cannot be turned off individually. The little wheel for each vent is not on the crv or pilot. tt if those little corners cut time save a few penny’s.

    • 0 avatar
      markf

      Should you be over at AutoGuide “Cooper”posting the same nonsense?

      ” cooper • 4 hours ago

      All that money spent on development and Honda still can’t make a vehicle with center air vent shut off’s. Acura has it. But, center vents cannot be turned off individually. Crap design.”

      http://www.autoguide.com/manufacturer/honda/2016-honda-pilot-review

      • 0 avatar
        VW16v

        Hilarious, I’m not the only one that thinks Honda took the cheap route lately. By the way I would never own a Cooper. I’ve known to many people that had them fall apart.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    Another orchestrated Hilux leak by Toyota doesn’t surprise me.

    The latest Navara is due to be released here in Australia.

    It seems the Hilux isn’t quite what I thought it would be. A less than stellar diesel again. Why does Toyota do this?

    The Navara does look much more appealing than the Hilux.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    To the Honda-Can-Do-No-Wrong crowd, spending $47300 for a Pilot is a badge of honor.

    To Kia detractors, spending the same amount on a loaded Sorento is crazy.

    I wouldn’t touch the Honda.

    • 0 avatar
      Carrera

      Well SCE, if you spend 47k on a Kia, you are crazy, I am sorry. Also if you compare Honda’s resale value to Kia’s you are also crazy, or best case scenario misinformed.

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    I know I shouldn’t say this, but I really wish Toyota would bring the HiLux to the States. In my opinion a far better looking and more useful model than the Tacoma.

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