In its fourteenth model year, the Pilot, Honda’s large three-row crossover, is an all-new generation for 2016. Lighter by 300 pounds and longer by 3.5 inches than the 2015 model, the Pilot can fit either seven or eight passengers depending on the seating configuration. The Pilot continues with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, but horsepower is now 280 horsepower (a 30 horsepower increase). Refinements and the lighter weight have helped improve the model’s efficiency.
The 2016 Pilot, with its available nine-speed automatic transmission, has a fuel economy rating of 20-mpg city and 27-mpg highway – excellent for its class. The model is also offered with all-wheel drive.
But how does the model fare in terms of safety? Read on to find out its safety test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The 2016 Honda Pilot received high marks from the I recently across the board. The most notable change was a “good” rating in the small overlap front crash test, one that the vehicle had done poorly on in previous years up to the 2015 model year.
Designed to simulate an accident with a partial collision, such as with a tree or a pole, the small overlap front crash test simulates what happens as a driver or front passenger moves both forward and in at an angle during the collision. For the first time, the Honda Pilot passed that aspect of the testing phase, giving it a “good” rating across the board.
Like previous model years since 2012, the roof strength was upgraded from “marginal” to “good”, making the 2016 Pilot the first model year where the vehicle did well across the board on safety tests. Another notable feature is the inclusion of head curtain airbags for all rows of seats, which made the vehicle safer overall no matter which angle of the vehicle gets affected. The vehicle also includes a rollover sensor designed to deploy the airbags in case of a rollover event.
New Safety Technologies
The real difference-maker for the IIHS was the inclusion of the Honda Sensing Suite, software which made the vehicle more responsive to potential outside collisions. The system is available on the EX trim line and incorporates smart sensing software with a front camera and radar at the front of the vehicle. The Sensing Suite itself is a group of programs which use data from these devices to deal with various potential crash scenarios.
The Suite handles a variety of different scenarios related to collisions including a forward collision warning system which gives the driver time to adjust. The forward collision warning system meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration specifications.
This Honda Sensing Suite is also designed around speed reduction and automatic braking– the software not only reduces potential crashes but can actually avoid collisions altogether if the vehicle is moving at a slow speed (near a school, or a parking lot, for example).
The IIHS determined that the vehicle was capable of stopping at up to 12 MPH and avoiding collision. In the 25 MPH auto brake test, the vehicle was able to slow down by 12 MPH, making it very capable of avoiding potential crashes.
Should You Consider Buying a 2016 Pilot?
With a slew of innovative safety features, good fuel economy, and Honda build quality and resale value, the Pilot aims to be at the top of it class. The model’s styling is vastly different than its previously boxy shape and is more in line with its smaller siblings, the compact CR-V and subcompact HR-V. From some angles, the Pilot’s taking on the resemblance of a minivan.
Nevertheless, if you’re in the market for a three-row crossover, the 2016 Pilot warrants strong consideration. For more information, pictures of the new Pilot, and 360 degree tour, go to Honda’s Website.