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.