2016 Honda Pilot: Handles Weight Well
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 7, 2016
Crossovers like our 2016 Honda Pilot are meant for hauling families, not rocks. Yet when it came time to pick up several bags of landscaping stones the other weekend, the Pilot got the job anyway. So, did it even notice the extra weight in back?
The rocks added a total of 475 pounds in the cargo area. Throw in two adults and a 16-year-old girl and the Pilot was definitely weighed down a little more than usual. It was a little slower off the line, but after that it gained speed without much trouble. Shifts from the nine-speed automatic were unaffected, and the brakes had little trouble bringing it to a stop.
If anything, it actually felt a little smoother over certain kinds of pavement. That's often the case with a vehicle that's designed to hold multiple passengers and their cargo. Overall, I would say the Pilot felt like it would handle a fully loaded cabin quite well, whether it was passengers, cargo or a combination of both. Mileage would certainly suffer, but the ride quality, handling and stopping ability seem fully up to the task.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 17,566 miles