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2016 Honda Pilot: Not Impressed By the Automatic Wipers

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on November 27, 2015

2016 Honda Pilot

Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of rain-sensing wipers in general. Aside from a few exceptions, I don't think the technology behind automatic wipers is perfected yet and it's distracting. Enter our newest long-termer, the 2016 Honda Pilot.

On a recent road trip in the Pilot, I drove through a weather system for several hours with every kind of rain there is. If the wiper system were perfect, it would've cleared the windshield of water at ideal intervals, never allowing for an excessive build-up of water while simultaneously staying off when there wasn't any rain present.

Instead, the Pilot's wipers were finicky. I found myself constantly adjusting the wiper stalk, increasing and decreasing the sensitivity nearly every mile. During the heavy rain, the wipers would increase in speed but not quite enough. During light drizzle (or when another car would throw some mist my way) they were a bit too sensitive, wiping too often.

The tech worked, sure, but the level of human-input was too high to call these wipers automatic. If I could, I'd leave this option off the list (it's included on our long-termer's Elite trim level) and just do the work myself.

Travis Langness, Social Media Editor

 

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