2016 Honda Pilot: Monthly Update for October 2016
by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
October was a big month for our 2016 Honda Pilot test SUV, as we added over 2,500 miles to its odometer. More than half of those miles were accumulated during Automotive Editor Mark Takahashi's weeklong road trip through Northern California and Nevada — an excursion that included three men and three hunting dogs. The rest of the month, the Pilot was employed for more typical daily tasks, such as school carpool duty and around-town errands.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Despite the number of highway miles logged this month, the Pilot's fuel economy stayed pretty flat. Our average lifetime mpg climbed a tick from 20 to 20.1, while the best fill and range remained unchanged.
Average lifetime mpg: 20.1 mpg
EPA mpg rating: 22 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway)
Best fill mpg: 28.8 mpg
Best range: 506.5 miles
Current odometer: 22,951 miles
"As a road-trip vehicle, the Honda Pilot is an excellent choice. There's an abundance of space, plenty of power, a smooth ride and all the creature comforts we needed. The miles flew by thanks to the adaptive cruise control and decent range from a tank of fuel. There have been some complaints about the indecisive transmission, but on the highway that never seemed to be an issue." — Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor
"I haven't driven the Pilot in months, and 10 minutes into driving I remembered how much I dislike this automatic transmission.The nine-speed stumbles in most situations, including through crawling traffic. It jumps into the next highest gear as soon as possible, so you're either in third and yearning for acceleration, or you deal with the harsh 3-2 downshift and slingshot forward. I apologized several times to my passengers for weird jerks and shudders caused by wonky transmission behavior." — Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor
"There was plenty of space for three guys and three hunting dogs, and we had to keep two of them separated (the dogs, not dudes). The underfloor storage bin proved a handy place to store items that I didn't want crushed. It was deep enough to accommodate my wide-brimmed hat and stayed cool enough not to ruin my bottle of Scotch, Cuban cigars or assorted snacks." — Mark Takahashi
"On dirt roads, the ride quality remained relatively smooth and composed, and the front and rear climate controls kept the entire cabin comfy." — Mark Takahashi
"Rear seat heaters are much appreciated on this rainy, 60-degree morning. Californians have a different definition of cold weather." — Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor
"Even on a gloomy, wet day, the backup camera on the Pilot still delivers a vibrant, clear picture when you're in reverse. Makes a huge difference when parallel parking or coming out of a space in a parking lot. Some cameras get pretty murky when the light is low, but not this one." — Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor