The 2018 Honda Pilot is the upcoming mid-size SUV that features well-organized cabin with lots of passenger space, modern technology and connectivity, and remarkable safety scores.
We expect that the 2018 Honda Pilot will receive only minor design changes, because it received a major makeover with the third-generation model introduced two years ago for the 2016 model year.
Exterior will still feature well known look with elegant lines, softly rounded corners, and lots of details. Boxy SUVs are the thing of the past. Now it is all about elegance and curves. The vehicle will ride on the huge 20-inch wheels.
Like always, there will be several trim levels to choose from: LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L RES, EX-L Navi, Touring and Elite.
The interior will also be well finished, trimmed with elegant materials. The seats are very comfortable and have good support and thick bolsters. Higher trim levels will also come with leather-covered seats, as well as the optional panoramic roof that opens up above the rear two rows of seats. The dashboard will feature the multifunction steering wheel, which is kind of a standard in modern vehicles.
Current Honda Pilot takes the second place among the mid-size SUVs with the most cargo space, even though it has three rows with up to eight seats and lots of interior space. You can easily increase that space by folding down rear seats. We are almost certain that the 2018 model will also offer a lot of cargo room.
We also hope that the 2018 Honda Pilot will come with integrated Android Auto or Apple CarPlay infotainment systems. Standard features include air conditioning, Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, touchscreen audio, cruise control, while the more expensive models also include DVD entertainment system, satellite radio, heated and ventilated leather seats, 540W 10-speaker audio system, and various monitoring systems.
The 2018 Honda Pilot is going to be powered by a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine with direct injection, delivering 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Transmission will include either a standard 6-speed automatic or an optional 9-speed automatic transmission. Also, there will be a choice between the front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations.
As for the fuel economy, it is expected to be similar to the current model, meaning 13 L/100 km in the city and 9.3 L/100 km on the highway. That’s about 19 mpg in the city city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined for the base model with a 6-speed auto gearbox. More expensive models with 9-speed auto transmission are rated at 20/27/23 mpg city/hwy/comb. Add all-wheel drive and the numbers drop by 1 in both cases.
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There is also a report that Honda is planing to release a smaller variant of the Honda Pilot for the 2019 model year. The production of this mid-size SUV will start in the autumn of 2018, most likely in September, and it will ride on a shorter wheelbase and will have two row of seats for the total of fie passengers. This is going to be good for those who are looking for a comfortable SUV, but don’t want to spend a lot of money.
We already said that the 2018 Honda Pilot will be available in several different variants: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. That also means different pricing for the different models, starting with around $32,000 for the base model to nearly $50,000 for the Elite model.
Customers won’t have to wait much longer for this popular mid-size SUV, it will hit the retail stores by the end of this year.