Changes for the 2013 Honda Pilot:
Facing continued competitive pressure from next-gen full-size crossovers like the Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder, the 2013 Honda Pilot adds some particularly popular technologies to its list of standard features for the new model year, including: A rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio capabilities, an integrated USB port, automatic climate controls, and a high-res 8-inch screen for its “intelligent Multi-Information Display” (i-MID) systems.
Designers also fine-tuned the exterior color choices for the 2013 Honda Pilot by introducing Obsidian Blue Pearl to replace Bali Blue Pearl with a more dramatic finish.
The roster for the 2013 Honda Pilot follows the brand’s traditional approach by offering four increasingly well-equipped models, available with both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations, and starting with the 2013 Honda Pilot LX.
Right off the lot, the standard 2013 Honda Pilot LX—able to seat eight, in three rows—has all the new technologies mentioned in the “Changes” section; then, it also features tri-zone automatic climate control (with humidity control and an air-filtration system), steering-wheel controls for cruise and audio functions, 17-inch wheels, and a seven-speaker, 229-watt audio system with a subwoofer and USB audio interface.
The 2013 Honda Pilot EX takes off from there and welcomes bigger, 18-inch alloy wheels with a machined finish, body-color exterior mirrors, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat (with power lumbar support), a security system and premium illumination (with fog lights and automatic multi-reflector halogen headlights).
A more luxurious cabin environment awaits purchasers of the 2013 Honda Pilot EX-L, which boasts a leather interior, heated front seats (with the addition of a four-way power-adjustable front-passenger seat), a one-touch power moonroof and XM Radio; as an added versatility feature, the 2013 Honda Pilot EX-L provides a power tailgate with a lift-up glass hatch. Also worth noting: The EX-L model can be ordered with both a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and Honda’s Satellite-Linked Navigation System.
Those latter features are then standard on the 2013 Honda Pilot Touring and are part of a tech upgrade that also incorporates a 650-watt premium audio system with 10 speakers, a subwoofer, 15-GB of audio memory, and Song By Voice technology. The exterior of the 2013 Honda Pilot Touring model is distinguished by body-colored power-folding outside mirrors with both memory and integrated turn signals. A handy towing harness, enabling the 2013 Honda Pilot to haul up to 4,500 lbs., is standard on the range-topper as well.
Engines and Transmissions:
Providing the motivation for the 2013 Honda Pilot lineup is the automaker’s 3.5-liter V6 engine, capable of making 250 hp and 253 lb.-ft. of torque and benefiting from i-VTEC valve-timing technology. In all cases, that engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control, which helps keep the 2013 Honda Pilot in the optimum gear on hilly roads.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the front-wheel-drive 2013 Honda Pilot can deliver fuel-economy performance of 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway/21 mpg combined; all-wheel-drive models are rated at 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway/20 mpg combined.
With top scores in testing for moderate-overlap, side-impact, rear-impact and roof-strength occupant protection, the 2013 Honda Pilot was named a Top Safety Pick of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The all- and front-wheel-drive models of the 2013 Honda Pilot were evaluated separately by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but each received the same 4-star overall safety score, earning 4 stars for frontal and rollover protection and 5 stars for side-crash protection.
Among the most notable technologies in the 2013 Honda Pilot are its:
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