Introduction to the Pilot
Something between a minivan and an SUV – it’s the 2018 Honda Pilot. This 3-row family mover sits toward the top of the pack in an already crowded division due to top-of-the-line safety features and some bold exterior colors. There are five different model trims to choose from and they range in price from $30,745 to about $47,220. This is the third generation of the Honda Pilot and auto enthusiasts seem to believe that a more detailed redesign is in the near future. For now, the Pilot is quite capable of seating five to seven passengers in style.
At first glance, the 2018 Honda Pilot bears a striking resemblance to the Honda Odyssey. Yet, those similarities only seem to be aimed at keeping a unified brand identity across the larger Honda vehicles. There’s the signature three-bar chrome grille that you will find on most Honda vehicles. Yet, the Honda Pilot exterior is sportier and less bulky than the Odyssey. The frame has a lighter chassis borrowed from the Honda Ridgeline and a curvaceous bodywork. The Pilot is available in eight stunning exterior colors. There’s the eye-catching Steel Sapphire Metallic and the subtle White Diamond Pearl. The complete list of 2018 Honda Pilot colors is as follows:
- Lunar Silver Metallic
- White Diamond Pearl
- Modern Steel Metallic
- Steel Sapphire Metallic
- Crystal Black Pearl
- Black Forest Pearl
- Dark Cherry Pearl
- Obsidian Blue Pearl
At the heart of the 2018 Honda Pilot is a 3.5 Liter V6 engine that is available across the entire model lineup. You get 280 horsepower and 262 lb. ft. of torque. The Pilot also operates on a front wheel and all-wheel drive. So, it’s not designed for ripping through the uncharted trails in the Rockies, but it can handle just about anything else. You can choose between a six-speed automatic transmission on most models, but the Touring and Elite trims get the upgraded 9 speed automatic with shift-by-wire and paddle shifters on the steering wheel for a sportier feel.
The interior cabin of the 2018 Honda Pilot is airy and roomy. It boasts some of the most cargo capacity in the category with 152.9 cubic feet of passenger volume and up to 18.5 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third-row bench. It’s got the function part of the SUV equation down pat, but there is also a great deal of style at play here. The Crystal Black Pearl exterior paint job and other 2018 Honda Pilot colors are a complementary choice for the premium heated leather seats and soft-touch dashboard surfaces inside the cabin. There’s an 8-inch touchscreen display in the center console. The Touring and Elite packages come with a rear entertainment system for passengers and standard satellite-linked navigation.
This vehicle is consistent and has bold exterior 2018 Honda Pilot colors. Yet, the automakers at Honda are constantly looking for ways to update the vehicle. The future of the Honda Pilot is certainly bright. A smaller Pilot is being designed for upcoming releases with a two-row setup and an even friendlier price tag for consumers.