A full-size SUV with 3 rows of seats at its’ luxurious and utilitarian best – this is what a 2017 Honda Pilot Elite is manufactured to be. And although the whole idea might sound a bit far-fetched, the Japanese have manufactured this vehicle to outclass competitors by providing for the best that a production level full-size family car can have.
2017 Honda Pilot Elite – Exterior Expectations and Luxurious Interior Design
- Wheelbase – 111.0 in.
- Length – 194.5 in.
- Height – 69.8 in.
- Width – 78.6 in.
- Ground Clearance – 7.3 in. (Curb.)
- Curb weight – 4,317 lbs.
First looks immediately place this nicely into anyone’s mind with its typical traits of Japanese. And although there is no design overhaul, certain exterior modifications can be observed.
The design language is the same overall; smarter fog lights placed with front fenders, large shaped-in air intakes on either below an all-chrome barred grille. Headlamps are smartly accentuated with an upper rim of chrome striking through it. Smooth lines extend down the sides to merge with similar round shaped and wrapped rear lamps. This new Honda Pilot Elite does look a tad less elliptical with a more definite overall shape.
It is from inside this car that a top-end elegant feel takes over. Honda has blended in utility with a luxury which is more utilitarian than glitzy. One of the most noticeable features is the two captain seats instead of a bench seating system. Leather-trimmed seats provide for upscale luxury.
Infotainment, safety and driver-assist techs are where this 2017 Honda Pilot Elite aims to leave its competitors like the Dodge Durango, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander among others behind. Infotainment Features include:
- Pandora Compatibility
- SiriusXM Radio
- 2nd row HDMI interface
- 540 watt 10 Speaker Audio System plus sub-woofer
- 8 inch Display Multi-infotainment WVGA screen
- Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation plus Honda HD Digital Traffic integrated with Voice Recognition.
This is one of the highest rated cars as per safety standards although most of the features were left as optional packages and add-ons. And being the top-end trim this 2017 Honda Pilot Elite boasts all the available safety features along with driver-assist techs. The most mentionable ones are:
- Vehicle Stability Assist
- Tire Pressure Monitoring Tech with Tire Fill Assist and Location and Pressure Indicators
- Multi-Angle Rearview Camera plus Dynamic Guidelines
- Collision-Mitigation Braking System
- Road Departure Mitigation System
- Honda LaneWatch and Lane Keeping Assist System
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Blind Spot Monitoring System plus Cross Traffic Monitor
Performance stats of 2017 Honda Pilot Elite
On paper, this engine does not seem much and given that it is a full-size SUV, some might be left wanting, especially when compared to the rest.
- Engine Type – 3.5-liter SOHC 24-Valve V6
- Output – 280 hp@6000 rpm and 272 lb-ft@4700rpm
- Compression Ratio – 11.5:1
- Drivetrain – AWD
- EPA – 19/26/22 mpg
However, assisting these performance figures with on paper are other performance techs which do give this Honda Pilot Elite 2017 a nice sprightly driving experience. Direct Fuel Injection and Drive-by-Wire (D b/W) Throttle System allows for an immediate response from nought. Idle Stop and Direct Ignition System plus Immobilizer allows for easy start, especially in traffic.
Fuel efficiency is near to best-in-class, and Honda has provided this 2017 Honda Pilot Elite with techs such as Variable Cylinder Management, Eco Assist System and Active Control Engine Mount System to make sure it stays that way. Intelligent Variable Torque Management AWD System and Intelligent Traction Management, trademark Honda techs provide for confident all-weather driving.
2017 Honda Pilot Elite – Release Date and How Much will Cost?
This 2017 Honda Pilot Elite is a car top-end SUV meant for umpteen luxury and techs – the best that money can get. And though speaking of $46,700 plus money to start with, it has a host of features which are more than enough for any willing buyer to buy for a par excellence luxury SUV.