2016 Honda Pilot: Computer Help While You Drive
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on December 29, 2015
This array of buttons is a good reminder of just how many active safety systems are watching the road when you're behind the wheel of the 2016 Honda Pilot. It almost looks like overkill, but these days this is considered perfectly normal.
For those that aren't familiar, here's what these buttons control. Starting on the left, you have your typical backup warning system, then a lane departure warning system, electronic stability control and finally a collision mitigation system.
Most modern cars and SUVs have parking sensors. They're useful, unobtrusive and rarely do you need to shut the system off. Lane departure warning systems are relatively new. They can be useful, but I rarely find them necessary. Glad to see you can turn this one off.
Stability control is now mandatory for all vehicles. Only reason to turn it off in a vehicle like this might be if you're stuck and you think it might prevent you from putting enough power down to get out. Finally, the crash avoidance system is one of the newest features and one that can be annoying if not programmed properly. We've noticed several Hondas that seemed far too eager to warn of an impending collision in otherwise benign situations. Thankfully, this system's sensitivity can be adjusted, although you have to go through some menus to find it.
It's quite a bit of technology and I'm glad it's all there to help out. Then again, it's nice to see these buttons give you some measure of control as well. I'm not looking forward to the day when stuff like this is watching whether you like it or not.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor