2016 Honda Pilot: No Need for Fancy Gauges
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on November 18, 2015
Yes, this is the first thing I felt the need to comment on when it comes to our new 2016 Honda Pilot. I understand that designers have a hard time just leaving well enough alone, but these gauges aren't my favorite alternative to the standard two dial design.
At first glance it looks like the digital information display in the middle is the main source of information here. Everything else is pushed to the edges as if it's all secondary information.
Maybe that's true to an extent, but the space taken up by the info screen in the middle isn't used for anything more important. It's adjustable, with multiple screens for everything from tire pressures to trip meters, but none of the information is any more relevant than the gas gauge or engine temperature.
Call me old-fashioned, but I like it when even the most sophisticated new vehicles have basic analog gauges front and center. Leave the other stuff off to the sides.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 248 miles