2016 Honda Pilot: Love the Capless Fuel Filler
by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on December 22, 2015
The car biz is a copycat biz, which is one of the reasons so many cars kinda look alike, drive alike and offer the same or similar features and technology. If something's a hit with the public, you can bet your Bluetooth it'll be on the competition soon.
I was reminded of this while filling the gas tank of our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot.
Ford pioneered the Easy Fuel Capless Fuel Filler back in 2008 (on the 2009 Explorer), and we've lived with a few Fords with it since, including our long-term 2009 Ford Flex, 2010 Ford Mustang GT, 2011 Ford Explorer and 2013 Focus ST. Our orange long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT is the latest.
Basically there's no cap to unscrew or hang while fueling. Just insert the gas pump nozzle and start gassing up.
Seven years ago, I thought this was gratuitous engineering at its worst, an answer to a non-question. Now I love it. It's one of those things you don't know you want but once you have it, there's no going back.
And I must not be alone, because other car companies have started using the technology including Chrysler, Cadillac and now Honda on the new Pilot.
Scott Oldham, Editor-in-Chief