Changes for the 2013 Honda Pilot
The 2013 Honda Pilot gets a slew of newly standard features for the year, increasing the value of even its base model. Upgrades like a humidity-sensing triple-zone automatic climate control system, Bluetooth connectivity with music streaming capability, a 2-gig hard-drive CD library, a USB port, an 8-inch color in-dash display screen, and a reversing camera now come standard on all 2013 Pilot models.
The 2013 Pilot is an 8-passenger, 3-row crossover SUV sold in LX, EX, EX-L and Touring trim levels. The Pilot LX is equipped with the features listed above, plus power mirrors, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, cruise control, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, floor mats, dark tinted rear privacy glass, and 17-inch steel wheels.
Stepping up to the Pilot EX provides a set of 18-inch wheels, fog lights, automatic headlights, upgraded exterior trim, and a 10-way power driver’s seat. Next up is the Pilot EX-L, which includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power sunroof, a power tailgate, and satellite radio. Options for the EX-L include navigation or a rear-seat entertainment system.
The top-of-the-line Pilot Touring model gets a navigation system along with a rear-seat entertainment system, an upgraded sound system, front and rear parking sensors, roof rails, and unique aluminum wheels.
Engines and Transmissions
A 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is the only one offered for the 2013 Pilot. It features Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology that shuts off two or three of the engine’s cylinders while cruising or coasting to help improve gas mileage. A 5-speed automatic transmission delivers power to the Pilot’s front wheels. Honda’s Variable Torque Management 4-wheel-drive system is optional.
Fuel Economy Ratings
The EPA says that Pilots with front-wheel drive should return 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Adding 4WD reduces those numbers to 17-mpg city/24-mpg highway.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2013 Pilot a 4-star overall crash-test rating, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) calls the Pilot a “Top Safety Pick.”
Perhaps what is remarkable about the Pilot’s technology is the lack of it. This vehicle is not offered with HondaLink cloud-based telematics, and it lacks increasingly common safety features such as automatic collision notification, a blind-spot warning system, a lane departure warning system, a rear cross-traffic alert system, and more. Unless a 2-gig hard-drive CD library with Song by Voice retrieval gets you all hot and bothered, the Pilot is lacking in technical allure.