2016 Honda Pilot: Designated Holiday Hauler
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on January 1, 2016
It's time for the Edmunds family's annual holiday trip to Oregon to spend Christmas with my parents. This year I locked in on one particular long-term vehicle as soon as it was admitted to the fleet: the 2016 Honda Pilot.
Why? It has a goodly amount of hauling capacity for the luggage and presents the four of us will haul up there and its third-row seat will make it possible for my parents to climb aboard once we settle in and make the inevitable trip into town. Both of these were shortcomings of the 2012 Honda CR-V we took up there a couple of years ago, which needed a rooftop cargo box to accommodate our stuff and had no third-row passenger capability. Here's hoping the Pilot is more or less a supersized CR-V.
What's more, our particular Piot has the optional all-wheel drive system. This year's El Nino weather cycle has so far proven very active up along the southern Oregon coast. Heavy rain has fallen for weeks at Mom and Dad's place and snow is in the forecast. There have been numerous mudslides. There's no telling what sort of detours we may be forced to take.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing