2016 Honda Pilot: Road Trips Get it to 20,000 Miles
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on September 22, 2016
We've had our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot for eleven months and we've already hit our 20,000-mile target. Despite our disdain for the nine-speed transmission, the Pilot has been chosen for road trip after road trip while racking up those miles, including an 1,100-mile trip up and down California that I just completed.
Part of the Pilot's long-haul popularity has to do with the fact that the ZF nine-speed isn't doing much shifting when you're on the highway. What I did notice on my latest trip were things like the Pilot's quiet and comfortable ride, pleasant seats and abundant cargo space.
Road trips notwithstanding, the Pilot remains pretty far off its EPA combined rating of 22 mpg. I got 22 mpg on my trip, but about 90 percent of those miles were on the highway. We're averaging just over 20 mpg overall and we've only beaten the highway rating of 26 mpg a few times, with our best tank clocking in at 28.8 mpg. Yes, Dan squeezed 27.4 mpg out of the Pilot on a 2,151-mile trip, but we haven't had much luck repeating those results.
Still, the odometer on this rig speaks for itself. Sometimes we struggle to hit 20,000 before 12 months are up, but the Pilot has been in consistently high demand.
Travis Langness, Automotive Editor @ 20,001 miles