Honda Pilot gets Special Edition for the 2015MY, a starting price of $29,870

Article by Christian A., on June 3, 2014

Honda unveiled the 2015 Pilot Special Edition (SE), a new model positioned between the EX and EX-L trim levels. According to the official press release, the 2015 Honda Pilot Special Edition comes with new gray aluminum alloy wheels, special SE badging and a one-touch-open power moonroof with tilt feature.

In addition, the vehicle comes with Sirius XM radio, the Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System, remote entry, rearview camera and an integrated Class III trailer hitch. Under the hood, there is a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) that delivers 250 hp, bolted to a five-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control.

So, if you want a 2015 Honda Pilot, you’d better prepare $29,870 for the Pilot LX 2WD model and $32,120 for the Pilot EX 2WD. The 2015 Honda Pilot SE 2WD is available for $33,120, while the Pilot EX-L 2WD with RES costs $36,970.

Meanwhile the 2015 Pilot EX-L 2WD with Navi is available for $37,370, while the Pilot Touring 2WD with RES and Navi is priced at $40,020. The all-wheel drive 2015 Pilot LX 4WD costs $31,470, the Pilot EX 4WD is priced at $33,720, while the 2015 Pilot SE 4WD is priced at $34,720.

The 2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 4WD costs $36,970, the Pilot EX-L 4WD with RES is priced at $38,570, while the Pilot EX-L 4WD with Navi gets a price tag of $38,970. The 2015 Honda Pilot Touring 4WD with RES and Navi costs $41,620. Prices do not include the $830 destination and handling charges.

The Pilot’s interior styling was redesigned in order to enhance the cabin’s refinement. Honda added that the changes also improve the controls and their intuitive nature. Take the instrument panel for example. It has a more unified color theme with the panels having less contrast between them. While the previous model had the audio controls in high-control silver panel, the new one instead has a glossy black center panel.

Both the tachometer gauge and the speedometer reveal a new look with each of the meter’s perimeter being framed with unique segments. Rather than the aqua-blue background illumination for the meters, the new Pilot has it in white. The center stack has been redesigned as well and brings with it that U-shaped character line, albeit in a subtle manner. Having different textures on the center stack gives the panel a layered effect.

Further, a number of the buttons with dials for the climate controls have been replaced with a more simplified layout. This allows for an overall design that is not only easy to use but more intuitive. It is important to note though that the center stack’s top area comes with a distinct display that is unique for each model. The Pilot EX and LX for instance, will have a three-line display.

Meanwhile the 2012 EX-L models, the ones that do not include navigation, will have the new i-MID. This allows for a convenient platform that can integrate compatible personal electronics and vehicle information by using a LCD screen in color as well as those intuitive steering wheel controls. The rearview camera of the EX-L has its display appear in already mentioned i-MID and even have guidelines that help judge the parking distance.

This same i-MID allows for HandsFreeLink operation and displays user-loaded wallpapers like photos. It even shows fuel-economy display and has an audio interface. On the outside, the dimensions of the 2012 are the same as that of the 2011 version. The width for example is the same at 78.5 inches and wheelbase of 109.2 inches. Tracks are the same as well with the front measuring 67.7 inches and the rear at 67.5 inches.

Height is the same as well with the LX measuring 71.0 inches and the EX, EX-L, and Touring being at 72.7 inches. Length however is 191.4 inches, an increase of 0.5 inches. While a small increase, it has helped in some changes to the front styling. Ground clearance meanwhile is 7.97, a bit lower than the previous model which is at 8.00 inches.

Press Release

The Go-Anywhere, Do-Anything 2015 Honda Pilot Adds Even More Value with New Special Edition Trim Level

With the new Special Edition (SE) trim level, class-leading fuel efficiency and a go-anywhere, do-anything capability that fits the lifestyles of active families, the 2015 Honda Pilot goes on sale today with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $29,8701.

Honda's renowned engineering excellence and quality combine to produce a practical and versatile three-row, eight-passenger family SUV with a class-leading EPA highway fuel economy rating2 of 25 mpg (2WD models) and towing capacity3of 4,500 pounds (4WD models). Add a low cost of ownership and five feature-rich trim levels and the 2015 Pilot is the "Ultimate Family Adventure Vehicle."

New for 2015, the Pilot Special Edition (SE) is positioned between the EX and EX-L trim levels and includes sporty pewter gray aluminum alloy wheels, special SE badging, a one-touch-open power moonroof with tilt feature, Sirius XM radio and a Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System. Standard features on all 2015 Pilots include remote entry, rearview camera and an integrated Class III trailer hitch.

All 2015 Pilots are powered by a refined and fuel-efficient 250-horsepower4 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™). The engine is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control to help maintain the most appropriate gear when climbing or descending steep grades. All trims are available with 2-wheel drive or with Honda's Variable Torque Management® 4-wheel-drive system (VTM-4®) that adds fully automatic 4-wheel-drive capability and features a "lock mode" that can deliver the maximum-possible torque transfer to the rear wheels to aid extraction from extremely low traction or stuck conditions.

The Pilot's powertrain is complemented by a rigid body structure and fully independent suspension – with MacPherson strut front and multi-link with trailing arm rear – that provides the foundation for its responsive handling and comfortable ride. These traits are complemented by chassis geometry producing impressive cornering capability and easy maneuverability in tight parking situations.

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