2017 Honda Pilot: Geared for the Off-Grid Family Getaway

Fall descends on us here in the Richardson, TX area, and with it, the holiday season and opportunities for that extended vacation you've long planned. It just so happens your old sport utility's run its course, too, having spirited you and yours off on many an excursion. You're in the market for a new SUV to make the grade not only figuratively, with the advanced technology and cutting-edge amenities for the drive, but literally, with the bevy of performance and safety features to take you and yours there reliably.

From base LX trim through the standout EX and EX-L, all the way to the well-appointed, distance-going Touring and Elite trims, we think you'll find the new Honda Pilot just such a mid-size SUV. But don't take the word of the experts at our Richardson Honda dealer for it. The proof's in what makes the Honda Pilot trip an odyssey.

Settle into the inviting comfort of the SUV's seating, which accommodates seven to eight in optional leather, available heated and ventilated front and rear, and you'll see what we mean. Passenger space burgeons at just more than 150 cubic feet, comprehending ample head, leg, hip, and shoulder room for the duration. That means plenty of cargo capacity to boot, just over 108 cubic feet with second- and third-row seating collapsed. On the subject of making sure road swag's abundant, Honda Pilot can even take anywhere from up to 3,500 to up to 5,000 pounds in tow depending on drivetrain when properly equipped, so it's easy to hitch up a trailerful and hit the road.

To that end, you won't find the new Honda Pilot wanting. A 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter, 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC® engine revs enthusiastically under the hood, ready to shell out up to 280 pound-feet of torque to push across diverse terrain and through some of the most inclement weather. Safety remains the order of the Honda day, too, thanks not only to standard Vehicle Stability Assist&#trade; (VSA®) with Traction Control but also to Intelligent Variable Torque Management&#trade; (i-VTM4&#trade;) all-wheel drive, optional throughout the Pilot line and standard in Pilot Elite.

Factor in high-end available driver-assist tech like collision and road departure mitigation, forward collision and lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and blind spot monitoring systems, and your driveway-to-highway travels become a matter of course. That is, with help from the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System&#trade; that Honda Pilot optionally offers, complete with voice recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic to simplify keying in the coordinates for your adventure.

But no retreat can go off without the entertainment tech to bring some of the trappings of civilization along with. A 5-inch color LCD screen puts control of myriad functions within reach, becoming a high-resolution 8-inch touchscreen-equipped Display Audio infotainment system in upper trims. That means Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support for smartphone interface, SiriusXM® and Pandora compatibility for expanded listening options, and more. Options even abound to add a Blu-Ray Player-equipped rear entertainment system, available in Pilot EX-L and standard in Pilot Touring and Elite.

Needless to say, a new Honda Pilot holds plenty of promise for a new year of outings, and your experience can be had for a test-drive here at Lute Riley Honda. Pay us a visit here at 1331 N Central Expressway in Richardson, and we'll be delighted to set you up with a Honda expert to give you the proverbial tour.

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