Used cars: 2016-2022 Honda Pilot

the Honda Pilot It is absolutely a cash cow for the manufacturer. On average, every year Honda sells 8000 units in the country. If we include the American market, 150,000 Honda Pilots find buyers on our continent every year, making it one of the best-selling mid-size SUVs on the market.

Loved by consumers for its excellent versatility, excellent reliability record and frankly impressive winter capabilities, the third-generation Pilot ran for 7 years before being replaced by a new generation in 2023. Everything you need to know about the Honda Pilot.

Satisfied with the popularity of the previous generation model (from 2009 to 2015) and seeing the growing demand for this type of car in North America, Honda developed a completely new architecture called Global light truck platform (GLTP). The purpose of this platform was to support the entire range of SUVs, pickups and vans that better fit the new needs of consumers at the time. Therefore, this Pilot was based on the same architecture as the Honda Ridgeline, Passport and Odyssey, as well as the Acura MDX.

Although its design was not universally praised for its van-likeness – it contrasted sharply with its more cubic-looking predecessor – the Pilot nevertheless improved where it mattered in terms of versatility, interior design, technology and overall product quality.

For example, it sat on a wheelbase that was 45.7 millimeters longer than the model it replaced, allowing it to be 89 millimeters longer overall. This had a positive effect on the total cargo area (with the seat backs folded), which increased from 2,464 liters to 3,092 liters (3,087 liters for the LX and 3,072 liters for the Touring) on ​​the EX and EX-L versions. Its maximum towing capacity is rated at 2,268 kilograms (5,000 lb) when properly equipped.

This Pilot was one of the brand’s first midsize SUVs to offer driver assistance technologies such as blind spot detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure detection and adaptive cruise control.

For 2019, it has undergone a good facelift touching the front and rear with new headlights and LED lights. Improvements were also made to the 9-speed automatic gearbox due to problems reported earlier in the run. From 2021, Honda dropped the 6-speed gearbox to offer only the 9-speed gearbox.

The update also improves the range of versions by adding more technologies such as CabinControl mobile app, CabinTalk function that allows the driver to communicate with rear passengers using a microphone, rear seat infotainment system, 4G LTE. WiFi hotspot connection and especially the addition of a physical button to adjust the volume of the audio system. Finally, in 2022, a new off-road-focused TrailSport version was added to the lineup.

Range of variation

How the range of pilot versions has evolved over the years:

Due to the low price and extensive list of standard equipment, the EX, EX-L and EX-L Navi versions were the best-selling models.

Engines and gearboxes

Throughout its life, the Pilot was equipped with all-wheel drive, except for the first model year, which also offered front-wheel drive. Only one powertrain was offered during its career. Here are the details:

Fuel consumption

Here are the fuel economy ratings for the Pilot’s single engine, according to Natural Resources Canada:

Recalls and Known Issues

According to the Transport Canada database, there have been a total of 12 recalls for this vehicle. Here are the details of the most important reminders:

Memo 2021-725 (51,325) – The hood lock bolt can detach from the hood and allow the hood to be opened while driving.

Reminder 2021-182 (80,176 units) – Low pressure fuel pump may fail. If this happens, then the engine may run rough or not start and the check engine light may come on.

Reminder 2019-179 (9,834) – On certain vehicles, the timing belt teeth may separate due to a manufacturing problem, causing the engine to stall.

Remember 2019-547 – Parts of the front frame may be poorly welded. In particular, the left and right upper limbs may not be fully welded to the monocoque. This may adversely affect the protection of the vehicle in the event of an accident.

Although Honda claims that all vehicles affected by this recall have been repaired, please make sure that the vehicle you are interested in has been properly repaired.

Aside from serious programming problems with the 9-speed automatic transmission during its first year on the market, the Pilot’s reliability record is impeccable. However, in 2019, we note an increase in problems, especially with electronic components and certain functions of the multimedia system. Overall, the Pilot is a reliable vehicle.

RPM recommendation

RPM recommends buying this generation Honda Pilot as long as you stay away from the 9-speed automatic transmission for the 2016 and even 2017 model years. The 6-speed automatic has an excellent reliability record across all model years.

Of course, before you buy your used Honda Pilot, check with CarFax Canada to make sure you know its history, that all recalls have been done correctly, and that you’ve given it a good mechanical inspection.

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