2016 Honda Pilot: Dreaming of Good Fuel Economy
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on December 1, 2015
What does "Earth Dreams" mean when it comes to engines? When it involves our 2016 Honda Pilot, it roughly translates into improved mileage. At least that's the idea on its most basic level.
"Earth Dreams" is a catch-all phrase that covers all of Honda's latest fuel efficiency technology. Whether it's a hybrid drivetrain or a particular feature of a gas engine, if it makes things work more efficiently, it falls under the Earth Dreams banner.
In our Pilot, the Earth Dreams badge mainly refers to the Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) feature of the 3.5-liter V6, which shuts down half of the cylinders under certain conditions.
The fact that the engine is hooked to a nine-speed automatic transmission probably qualifies too, but since the nine-speed isn't standard it might not count. There are many smaller technologies baked into the design of the engine that further contribute to the Earth Dreams philosophy, but it would take more than a few blog posts to explain them all.
So far we don't have enough miles on our Pilot to judge the effectiveness of the Earth Dreams technology. Honda says the Pilot is the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class with its EPA rating of 22 mpg for our particular model. As soon as we get some serious miles on the clock, we'll see how close it comes to delivering on its promise.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 644 miles