Like its CR-V and HR-V cousins, the 2018 Honda Pilot settles for nothing but the best. That’s why it carries much of its critically acclaimed style and features over from its 2017 model year. Commonly referred to as the “best family SUV” by experts and drivers alike, the new Honda Pilot delivers on its promise of greatness no matter the destination. If you haven’t had a chance to explore this third-generation Honda SUV in Phoenix, you’re missing out.
Exceptional in All Five Trims
The 2018 Pilot is available in five trims: the base LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and range-topping Elite. Aside from lacking a sliding minivan door, the Pilot is very much similar to Honda’s other award-winning vehicle, the Odyssey. Its elongated silhouette is rounded to give off an organic SUV appearance, however, and there’s enough to the hood and front grille to differentiate the two at a glance.
Inside, the Pilot is well-appointed designed to cater to the modern hate-the-minivan driver. Accord-like flourishes are sprinkled throughout, as are some utilitarian accompaniments that you’d expect in the Odyssey—five USB ports are greatly appreciated on family road trips. Higher Pilot trims even up the ante with a large 8.0-inch touchscreen, panoramic moonroof, and Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control that’s a blessing during the hot Phoenix summers.
An upgrade to the Honda Pilot Elite trim grants you access to some superb features, including cooled seats, HD radio, LED headlights with automatic high means, blind-spot monitoring, a 540W 10-speaker sound system, and the same safety systems found in the Touring model.
The third-row folds flat to push cargo capacity from 18.5 cubic feet to 55.9 cubic feet; plop the second-row captain’s chairs or bench seat down and cargo space extends to a whopping 109 cubic feet.
Little ones and coworkers you hate aren’t just confined to use the third-row seat, either. Legroom and headroom in the very back are some of the best in the class, and seat cushions won’t incite “are we there yet?” inquiries from the peanut gallery.
Piloting Your Family Safely
All Pilot models come equipped with a rearview camera, but mid-level Pilot trims are the right choice if you have valuable air-breathing cargo to transport from place to place. The EX and EX-L models are packaged with safety tech like forward-collision warning, automatic emergency brakes, lane-departure warning, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. Rain-sensing wipers, parking sensors, cross-traffic alert, and LaneWatch are also available on most Pilot trims.
The Pilot earned a 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA and a 2018 Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS, the latter of which represented the fifth IIHS TSP or TSP+ recognition for Honda this year.
The Final Verdict
A functional, safe, and comfy SUV, the new Pilot makes up for any sub-2016 woes drivers may have had about its ability to serve a family. Now in its third generation, the 2018 Honda Pilot is clear proof that keeping your nose to the grindstone can pay off—and pay off handsomely. We can only assume the 2019 Pilot will be a complete redesign that works to do the same.
Come dive into the new Pilot at one of our Valley Honda Dealers locations around Phoenix or Tempe, AZ. You’ll be flying high above cloud nine by taking advantage of our current Honda special offers, too. Request a quote or locate your nearby Honda dealership near Mesa to get behind the wheel of a 2018 Pilot or any other new Honda model.
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