2023 Honda Pilot: More than a Family SUV

The all-new 2023 Honda Pilot is more than just a family SUV – it's a vehicle designed to revolutionize family road trips, combining rugged good looks and spacious comfort with class leading off-road capability. For those seeking exploration beyond the beaten path, the new TrailSport model ups the ante – boasting an improved suspension setup for tackling tough terrain as well as increased ground clearance, steel skid plates and advanced AWD system capabilities.

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Honda’s fourth-generation Pilot offers six distinct trim levels, (LX, Sport, EX-L, TrailSport, Touring and Elite), each with its own unique style and equipment. From the LX to the Elite—the most luxurious model ever made by Honda—Pilot boasts sophisticated materials finalizing a premium look.  

Test Vehicle: TrailSport

MSRP: Starting price $48,350

Seating Capacity: 7

Conquer the road less traveled with TrailSport – Honda's powerful and capable off-road SUV. Adventure ready, it is the perfect combination of performance and style for off-roading enthusiasts.  The one inch extra ground clearance, increased approach and break-over angles, stabilizer bars are optimized to provide better articulation while still offering a comfy ride experience on all terrains. What's more – you can rest assured your underbody will remain safe with its steel skid plates! The exclusive Continental TerrainContact AT tires guarantee excellent traction in sand, mud or snow as well as low road noise when driving around town. To complete this eye catching look it comes equipped with rugged 18″ wheels featuring inset spokes designed to tackle even the most challenging trails!

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Honda Pilot rewrites the driving experience with its groundbreaking new 3.5L DOHC V6 engine, delivering an incredible 285 horsepower to get you where you need to go quickly and stylishly. And that's just for starters – it also features a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission designed exclusively for this powerhouse of an SUV. Two new drive modes have been added to include sand and trail are standard on all wheel drive models. With paddle shifters standard on every model, enjoy greater manual control over shifting when behind the wheel! 

Improved Fuel Efficiency:

Honda is taking efficiency to the next level with their Active Shutter Grille system available on all trim levels. Located in its lower grille, this smart technology opens and closes four shutters based on exterior conditions like air temperature as well as engine coolant and transmission fluid temperatures – all to reduce drag at cruising speeds for increased fuel economy. It even works when driving around town; the shutters remain closed until regular operating temperatures are hit. 

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Honda's all-new Pilot SUV offers an unprecedented level of comfort and functionality. With its sophisticated materials and premium touches, the vehicle is unparalleled in Honda design direction. Second-row legroom has an additional 2.4 inches compared to the outgoing version of this vehicle, while also featuring 10 degrees of recline angle; four more than before – perfect for taking in those long road trips! Additionally, accessible LATCH anchors make installation of child seats simpler and faster. Plus, you'll enjoy extra room all around as forward tilt range has been improved upon entry/exit into the third row – already one of the largest seating areas available among its class– adding 0.6 additional inches over previous models plus even more so when second-row seat are pushed back (2+1). The third row's base was raised by two whole inches creating a snugger yet natural position within your ride! And finally, there is 4 cubic feet more cargo storage behind the third seat – perfect for storing all those vacation supplies or groceries from that Costco run.

The TrailSport features rugged interior accents that make it stand out, like contrast stitching and head restraints embroidered with its own logo. All-season floor mats keep your carpet clean while second row captain's chairs, a heated wheel, and panoramic sunroof provide unbeatable comfort as you explore all of life’s adventures!

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Safety and Technology:

The latest model of Honda's Pilot is a standout on the mainstream SUV market, with cutting-edge safety technology providing drivers an extra layer of protection. The new improved front sensor camera offers double its previous field view coverage at 90 degrees and millimeter-wave radar has been mounted directly behind the grille to enhance perception range up to 120 degrees – extending recognition capabilities for vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians as well as boundary lines and road edges like never before! In addition to a camera washer feature that can be activated TrailSport and Elite models come equipped with four exterior cameras for an all round 360° view. 

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TomikaTalks | Life in Pumps The camera washer feature is great as those cameras get dirty off-roading

The cutting-edge design of their passenger front airbag utilizes three chambers to reduce strain on brain tissue by 75% compared to older models. This advanced technology is monumental for protecting passengers from severe head injuries during angled frontal collisions – keeping you safe and secure no matter where your journey takes you! 

The Pilot incorporates intuitive easy-to-use technology in the cabin design featuring standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with a larger touch screen and multiple USB charging ports. The standard wide-angle rearview camera will greatly expand the driver’s view of what lies behind, giving peace of mind and convenience. 

Enjoy a safer, more confident off-road experience with TrailWatch! This innovative system uses the four exterior cameras to assist drivers when navigating tricky terrain such as blind crests and deep ruts. Turn on the forward view camera automatically when Trail mode is engaged.

Take it for a Spin!

For the ultimate family driving experience, Honda put their engineering and design teams to work creating this revamped Pilot that offers all-new capability with extra comfort and luxurious touches. These cutting edge features enable you to take on everyday carpooling or weekend hill climbing without compromise – just what any discerning parent would want from an SUV!

Let your next ride be more exciting than ever before in Honda’s most powerful vehicle yet.

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