Honda Pi­lot

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Bot­tom line: You do not have to spend $47,000 to get into the 2016 Honda Pi­lot fam­ily. That’s the fully loaded Elite’s trans­ac­tion price. You can en­ter at $29,995 with a Honda Pi­lot LX. It’s worth a se­ri­ous look.

Ride, ac­cel­er­a­tion and han­dling: Top marks in all three.

Head-turn­ing quo­tient: It looks more like a fam­ily ve­hi­cle than its more ag­gres­sively styled pre­de­ces­sor.

Body style/lay­out: The 2016 Honda Pi­lot is a front-en­gine, mid/full-size car­based sport-util­ity ve­hi­cle avail­able with front-wheel or all-wheel drive (with power shift­ing front to rear or side to side as needed). It has four side doors and a rear hatch. There are five ba­sic trim lev­els — LX, EX, EX-L, Tour­ing and Elite. Note that the EX and EX-L trim lev­els can be distin­guished in pric­ing by dif­fer­ent equip­ment of­fered within the trim line (think “high EX” or “low EX”).

En­gine/trans­mis­sions: The 2016 Honda Pi­lot Elite comes stan­dard with a 3.5-liter, 24-valve di­rect-in­jec­tion ga­so­line V-6 with vari­able valve tim­ing (280 horse­power, 262 pound-feet of torque.) In Elite trim, that en­gine is linked to a nine-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. In lower trim lev­els, a sixspeed au­to­matic is used.

Ca­pac­i­ties: Depend­ing on the types of seats or­dered, seat­ing can be for up to eight peo­ple. The Elite, equipped with two sec­ond-row “cap­tain’s chairs,” has seat­ing for seven. Cargo ca­pac­ity with all seats in place is 18.5 cu­bic feet. The fuel tank holds 19.5 gal­lons of ga­so­line (reg­u­lar grade is okay).

Mileage: I av­er­aged 25 miles per gallon in high­way travel.

Safety: Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes four-wheel disc brakes (ven­ti­lated front, solid rear); a four-wheel anti-lock brake sys­tem; emer­gency brak­ing as­sis­tance; trac­tion and sta­bil­ity con­trol; front, rear and third-row head air bags; front fog/ driv­ing lights; and rear-door child safety locks.

Pric­ing: The 2016 Honda Pi­lot Elite with all-wheel drive starts at $36,420, with a dealer’s in­voice price of $42,415. Price as tested is $47,300, in­clud­ing an $880 fac­tory-to-dealer trans­porta­tion charge. Dealer’s price as tested is $43,295.

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