2016 Honda Pilot: Learning to Like the Push-Button Shifter
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on November 23, 2015
This transmission shifter may look familiar. I wrote about a related setup in our long-term Acura TLX earlier this year. I liked it in that car and I think it works well in our new 2016 Honda Pilot, too.
It's not the exact same setup as the Acura. Our Pilot has fewer buttons and no electronic parking brake. What it does have are the things that make this setup easy to use without looking, namely a large, central button for selecting "drive" and a rocker switch that you pull back for reverse.
After driving the Pilot in various situations that included parallel parking and three-point turns, I still find the setup easy to use. Don't fear the buttons, they work just fine.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 312 miles