Honda has long held a strong position when it comes to the three-row SUV segment. With the new 2017 Pilot, Honda hopes that this will strengthen its position even further. The model will become available for purchase on November 7, 2016, and it will have a functionality that customers are sure to love. Specifically, it will be compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. In addition, the choices for color on the interior have been increased. Installed inside is a touchscreen that’s fingerprint-resistant.
That the 2017 Pilot has this functionality should not be a surprise as Honda is the first to have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto installed to their models. This was first observed with the 2016 Civic and even the 2016 Accord. The functionality mentioned is integrated to the all-new Display Audio 8-inch touchscreen. To ensure that the risk of fingerprints appearing on the screen is minimized, the touchscreen has a new coating applied to it. This also allows the touchscreen to continue having a high glare resistance. However, the Android and Apple adaptability are only available for trims starting with Pilot EX and higher.
According to Jeff Conrad, who is the General Manager and Senior Vice-President of Honda Division, as a third generation of the Pilot, this new model has been a success with many SUV customers. For the 2017 model, the brand made sure that the Pilot would have the technology and the choices that many customers want, he added. Indeed, under the 2017 Pilot, Honda improved the customization even further by making available on all trims the black interior. White Diamond Pearl paint for the exterior will be offered as an option, something that was only made available for the Elite in the past.
The Honda Pilot was first presented during the summer of 2015 and after which, it achieved a number of accolades and awards. These included being recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Cars for the Money” with Edmunds.com, KBB.com, and Parents Magazine including it as part of the “Best Family Cars of 2016”. Hispanic Motor Press on the other hand awarded it as the “Best SUV of 2016”. The Pilot was also one of the finalists during the selection of the 2016 North American Truck/Utility of the Year.
The 2017 Pilot was designed, as well as developed, by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., which has a facility in Los Angeles with another in Ohio. However the actual model will be made exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, which has a factory in Lincoln, Alabama, and will utilize parts that are sourced both locally and even globally. Honda has been in the business of manufacturing automobiles for 33 years in the U.S. The company has 19 major facilities located across North America. In 2015, Honda said that of the vehicles sold in the U.S., 99% were manufactured in North America.