2016 Honda Pilot Arrives at Dealerships This Summer With 30-HP Boost | Edmunds

2016 Honda Pilot Arrives at Dealerships This Summer With 30-HP Boost

TORRANCE, California — The 2016 Honda Pilot three-row midsize crossover will feature a 30-horsepower boost over the current model when it arrives at Honda dealerships this summer.

Honda released long-awaited technical specifications on the 2016 Pilot on Friday, announcing that a new top-of-the-line Elite model will join the lineup.

Pricing and official EPA fuel economy numbers on the Pilot have not been announced.

The 2016 Pilot is equipped with a new 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 280 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque. The previous 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers 250 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque.

A new six-speed automatic transmission replaces the outgoing five-speed automatic. The higher-end Pilot Touring and Elite models get a new nine-speed automatic transmission.

The Elite model features a long list of equipment, including a panoramic glass roof, heated and ventilated front seats, second-row heated captain's chairs, LED headlights and rain-sensing wipers.

A new all-wheel-drive system is optional.

The 2016 Pilot also gets "significantly upgraded" Display Audio and navigation systems.

Eight exterior colors are offered, including Dark Cherry Pearl and Black Forest Pearl. Three new interior colors include black, gray and beige.

Key competitors to the Pilot include the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota 4Runner.

The 2016 Pilot debuted at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

Edmunds says: Buyers get some important new information about the Honda Pilot as they put together their summer shopping lists.

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