2009 Honda Pilot Touring: full details and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 21, 2008

Honda's second generation 2009 Pilot Touring is the carmaker's latest addition to its crossover SUV segment. The revised model features the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System available on the Pilot EX-L model. Previously, this feature had only been available exclusively to the top-level Pilot Touring model.

A 250 horsepower i-VTEC V6 engine powers each of the 2009 Pilot models, which are fitted with a standard towing hitch receiver and a maximum tow rating of 4,500 pounds on 4WD models and 3,500 pounds on 2WD models. The EPA estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy is rated at 17/23/19 mpg, respectively, on two-wheel-drive models and 16/22/18 mpg on four-wheel-drive models.

Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of Product Planning for American Honda Motor, said that the Honda Pilot provides what most people expect from a family-oriented SUV. She stated that the Pilot emphasizes safety, versatile cargo areas and comfortable space for adults and children. The Pilot also boasts a smart balance between all-weather capabilities, refined driving dynamics and overall fuel efficiency.

The new Honda SUV features safety technology, which includes the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure that aids in redirecting crash energy around the passenger cabin and can enhance frontal collision compatibility.

It also has the following additional safety equipment: the ESP; three-row side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor; driver's and front passenger's side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); active front seat head restraints; and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist.

Price

American Honda Motor Co., Inc., released more details with the impending release of the 2009 Honda Pilot LX. Completely redesigned, it was launched with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $27,595, excluding handling and destination.

This was the same MSRP as with the 2008 version. There is also a more upscale version of the Pilot EX that has an upgraded audio system and alloy wheels added to it but MSRP starts at $30,395. The Pilot EX-L meanwhile is even more expensive with a MSRP of $33,595.

However it has premium features like the moonroof and even a new audio system. For those with money to spare, the best option would of course be the Pilot Touring edition. While it seems pricey at $36,795, the features are one-of-a-kind with its Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation2 System and premium trim level.

American Honda Motor also offers the Variable Torque Management 4-wheel-drive (VTM-4) system for all the Pilot variants but with an expected increase in the price. With this system, the Pilot LX now has a MSRP of $29,195, while the Pilot EX is at $31,995.

In addition, the Pilot EX-L has a MSRP of $35,195 with the system, Rounding it up is the Pilot Touring at $38,395. American Honda Motor expects the Pilot series to have its own unique position for its segment.

In general, the Pilot series combines the handling, refinement, and the fuel economy of crossovers with the functionality, towing capability, and ruggedness of the SUV. The Pilot LX is scheduled to debut to car dealerships around the country on May 22.

Press Release

All-New 2009 Honda Pilot Pricing Holds the Line at $27,595

The all-new, completely-redesigned 2009 Honda Pilot is set to debut at dealerships nationwide on May 22 with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price1 (MSRP) starting at $27,595, plus destination and handling, for the well-equipped Pilot LX - the same as the 2008 model's price entry point, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.

The upscale Pilot EX starts at $30,395 and adds alloy wheels and an upgraded audio system; the Pilot EX-L, equipped with additional premium features including leather-trimmed seating surfaces and a moonroof, starts at $33,595; and the luxury-oriented Pilot Touring edition, an entirely new premium trim level for 2009 with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation2 System™ as standard equipment, starts at $36,795. Pilots equipped with the available Variable Torque Management® 4-wheel-drive (VTM-4®) system have an MSRP starting at $29,195 for the Pilot LX; $31,995 for the Pilot EX; $35,195 for the Pilot EX-L; and $38,395 for the Pilot Touring.

"The timing is right for a vehicle like this as fuel prices drive families out of larger SUV's even though their lifestyles still require the type of functionality that Pilot delivers," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Advanced engine technologies help improve fuel efficiency while the interior has become even more comfortable and accommodating than the previous model."

Designed to occupy a unique position within its segment, the second-generation Pilot combines traditional SUV attributes of ruggedness, standard towing capability and functionality with the fuel economy, handling and refinement characteristics that have made crossovers popular.

The 2009 Pilot offers an authentic SUV exterior design while further enhancing on-road refinement and increasing interior functionality. A modern, stylish and spacious interior provides room for up to eight passengers while also providing more space behind the third row for items as large as a mid-size cooler or a folded stroller.

New standard engineering features on all models include a more-powerful, 250 horsepower, 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine with the latest generation of Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) that works in 6-cylinder mode for performance and 3- or 4-cylinder mode for fuel efficiency. Additional new standard equipment includes a Class III hitch, hill start assist, larger 17-inch wheels and tires (+1-inch) and a lift-up glass hatch as part of the tailgate. New interior features include a telescopic steering column, enhanced audio systems and much more. The Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System™ is available on the Pilot EX-L and Pilot Touring. The new Pilot Touring edition introduces upscale features that include a power tailgate, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and a USB audio interface. Keyless entry, power windows, power locks and cruise control are standard on all models.

The Pilot achieves an EPA-estimated3 city/highway/combined fuel economy of 17/23/19 miles per gallon on two-wheel-drive models and 16/22/18 miles per gallon on four-wheel-drive models. The available, fully-automatic VTM-4 four-wheel drive is designed to deliver decision-free operation for all-weather traction and medium-duty off-road capabilities.

Standard safety equipment includes the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE®) body structure; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), also commonly referred to as electronic stability control, with traction control and ABS; three-row side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor; dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags; a driver's front side airbag, and a front passenger's side airbag with an occupant position detection system. The Pilot is equipped with four Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) positions - more than any other SUV currently in the segment.

Additional consumer information is available at www.honda.com. Additional media information is available at www.hondanews.com.

1MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $670 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

2Certain functions that rely on a satellite signal will not work correctly in Hawaii and Alaska. These functions include but are not limited to automatic clock updates and time zone adjustments.

3Based on 2009 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Actual mileage will vary.

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