The smooth 3.5-liter V6 uses Honda's revolutionary i-VTEC system to adjust valve timing and lift for more power and efficiency. Variable Cylinder Management is a rare feature on such an advanced overhead cam engine, allowing the Pilot to judiciously deactivate cylinders and run as a four- or three-cylinder engine when possible to boost fuel efficiency. Fuel economy is 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway for the two-wheel-drive Pilot with a four-wheel drive version paying a miniscule penalty and coming in at 16/22. A five-speed automatic transmission keeps the engine in the heart of its power band and the VTM-4 all-wheel drive system is fully automatic, putting torque where it needs to go, even on soupy surfaces. VTM also has a lock mode that operates in first and second gear at speeds below 18 mph to put the maximum torque on the ground in low-traction conditions.
The Pilot's Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure keeps everybody safe. The ACE structure directs crash forces around the cabin, as well as helping mitigate frontal collision danger. Standard Vehicle Stability Assist and full airbag coverage are teamed with active front seat head restraints. The Pilot's sharp handling, stiff structure with plenty of high-strength steel and athletic chassis with fully independent suspension aim to keep you out of trouble in the first place.
For 2011, Honda has sweetened the equipment selection pot and made the Satellite-Linked Navigation System, previously exclusive to the Pilot Touring, available on the EX-L. All versions include a filtered air conditioning system that keeps passengers in all seats comfortable, a tilt/telescoping steering column, a seven-speaker audio system with subwoofer, tinted glass and a Class III receiver for towing. http://www.showcasehonda.com
Stepping up through the trim levels from LX to EX, EX-L or Touring adds three-zone climate control system, power seats, leather seating surfaces and heated seats, a power moonroof and more. Any way you like your commodious SUV, that's what you can get in the Pilot.
It's not just the options list that's flexible either. All three rows of seats in the Pilot can comfortably accommodate adult-sized passengers. And unlike many of its peers, there's still room behind the Pilot's third-row seat. In fact, the 18 cubic feet of cargo space is superior to the trunk space in most mainstream sedans and can easily swallow a full load of groceries or a stroller. There's even an extra hidden storage compartment that can augment the space by securing its locking lid.
Both rows of rear seats fold down 60/40 to clear a full 87 cubic feet of flat-floored cargo capacity. A full load of passengers will appreciate the second row's sliding bench seat to ensure sufficient legroom in all positions. The Pilot is further family-friendly by being one of the few vehicles wide enough to allow the use of three LATCH-anchor seats across the second-row bench seat. An additional fourth bambino can be nestled into an additional LATCH position in the third row.
The 2011 Honda Pilot is garage-friendly, easy on fuel, nimble and comfortable. At $28,045, the 2011 Honda Pilot is also easy on the wallet, despite delivering value as substantial as the shadow its ruggedly hewn good looks throw. http://www.showcasehonda.com
Based on 2010 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
Source: IMN Loyalty Driver.
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