Promising “sleeker” front end design, the 2012 Honda Pilot eight-passenger three-row mid-size family SUV on sale now also offers improved fuel economy and upgraded interior features.
While we previously covered the Pilot’s refresh, now the specifics are in. As we anticipated, they’re not major, but then again, fans of the popular Pilot may not require that in their family hauler.
For 2012, the Pilot is again available in Pilot LX, EX, EX-L and Touring models in both two-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) configurations.
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Here’s what’s new:
- All-new front fascia, grille and headlights
- New 18-inch aluminum wheels (17-inch styled steel wheels on Pilot LX)
- Upgraded audio and available navigation system
- Upgraded interior materials and revised instrument panel with new center stack layout
- Acoustic windshield glass (previously only on Pilot EX-L and Touring models)
- Audio system upgrades on Pilot EX and EX-L models includes a two-gigabyte CD-library and Bluetooth audio streaming, plus Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
- Pilot EX-L adds a full-color eight-inch intelligent Multi-Information Display
Performance and fuel economy
The 2012 Honda Pilot is powered by the 250-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 that generates 253 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control. In 4WD Pilot models, the EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers are 17/24/20 mpg, while on 2WD models, it is 18/25/21 mpg. This represents an increase of 1-mpg city/2-mpg highway/2-mpg combined. Honda says the fuel economy gains are due to powertrain, chassis and vehicle aerodynamics improvements.
What matters to family buyers looking for a fuel-efficient SUV, however, is that Honda says the 2012 Pilot 2WD has the highest fuel economy of any eight-passenger SUV and Pilot 4WD the highest for any mid-size 4WD SUV.