For 2012, the Honda Pilot eight-passenger SUV is offered with a wide variety of modifications with a sleeker front-end design, improved interior features and an EPA highway fuel economy rating of 25 mpg on two-wheel-drive models. This reflects a boost of 2 mpg over the 2011 models. The new styling for the front fascia, with its three-bar chrome-style grille, leads to a crossover SUV look that’s more sophisticated.
The styling changes in its interior are focused on instrument panel refinement and a more intuitive button layout. The audio system improvements on Pilot EX and EX-L models consist of a 2 GB CD-Library (CD-L) and Bluetooth Audio Streaming and the use of Bluetooth HandsFreeLink for these trim levels too.
The Pilot EX-L’s upgrades include the use of a full-color 8-inch intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) for audio and vehicle information. The models that are equipped with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System for 2012 get subscription-free FM Traffic, 15 GB audio hard disk drive memory (HDD), and a higher-resolution display. The fuel economy gains for 2012 stem from the upgrades to the powertrain, chassis and vehicle aerodynamics.
The 250hp i-VTEC V-6 engine has extra measures to reduce friction and raise efficiency. The 2012 Pilot is quieter with added noise insulation and other improvements in many other aspects. The older model has a six-sided grille insert with a unique three-bar horizontal design but this will be replaced by the 2012 Pilot's new grille and front fascia.
Its new look is enhanced with the use of reconfigured multi-reflector halogen headlights and turn signals. It has a layout that relocates the turn signal from an outboard position to an inboard position within the headlight housing. To help improve fuel economy, it will be fitted with a new front air dam and optimized strakes (the rectangular air deflector in front of the wheels) to aid in lessening the frontal area and air turbulence.
The Pilot EX and above models will be getting an all-new five-spoke, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheel design (bigger by one inch over the outgoing model). Regarding the pricing list, Honda wants $28,470 for the Pilot LX (2WD) with a five-speed automatic transmission, while the most expensive model will be the Pilot Touring with Navi and Rear Entertainment System (4WD), priced at $40,820.