Family-Friendly, High-Tech 2018 Honda Pilot Goes On-Sale

December 4th, 2017 by
2018 Honda Pilot
  • Pilot maintains strong position in three-row SUV segment
  • Increased Pilot production in Alabama boosting availability and sales
  • Recognized in 2017 by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Car for Families

The 2018 Honda Pilot goes on-sale tomorrow with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 of $30,900 (excluding $975 destination and handling). The Honda Pilot has long been a top model in the three-row SUV segment and continues to receive accolades, including the 2017 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Award and U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Cars for Families.

The three-row 2018 Pilot is powered by a 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC®V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM™) paired with a smooth-shifting 6-speed or 9-speed automatic transmission (6AT or 9AT). This fuel-efficient yet powerful engine produces peak horsepower of 280 and torque of 262 lb.-ft.2, with an EPA fuel economy rating of up to 20/27/23 mpg for 2WD models and 19/26/22 mpg for AWD variants (city/highway/combined).

2018 Pilot Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Trim/Drivetrain Transmission MSRP1 EPA MPG Rating3
LX / 2WD 6AT $30,900 19/27/22
LX / AWD 6AT $32,800 18/26/21
EX / 2WD 6AT $33,330 19/27/22
EX / AWD 6AT $35,230 18/26/21
EX w/Honda Sensing / 2WD 6AT $34,330 19/27/22
EX w/Honda Sensing / AWD 6AT $36,230 18/26/21
EX-L / 2WD 6AT $36,760 19/27/22
EX-L / AWD 6AT $38,660 18/26/21
EX-L w/Honda Sensing / 2WD 6AT $37,760 19/27/22
EX-L w/Honda Sensing / AWD 6AT $39,660 18/26/21
EX-L w/Navi / 2WD 6AT $37,760 19/27/22
EX-L w/Navi / AWD 6AT $39,660 18/26/21
EX-L w/RES / 2WD 6AT $38,360 19/27/22
EX-L w/RES / AWD 6AT $40,260 18/26/21
Touring / 2WD 9AT $41,970 20/27/23
Touring / AWD 9AT $43,870 19/26/22
Elite / AWD 9AT $47,470 19/26/22

The Honda Pilot’s roomy cargo area provides a high level of utility without compromising third-row space. Getting in and out of the third-row is easy as well thanks to a large entryway and available one-touch slide and fold second-row seat. The 2018 Honda Pilot further bolsters its family-oriented user friendliness by way of advanced in-vehicle connectivity, such as Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration.

Along with the majority of Honda’s lineup, the 2018 Pilot can be equipped with the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, which is available as a standalone option on EX and EX-L trims and standard on Touring and Elite trims. Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW). Additional safety and driver-assistive features on the 2018 Pilot include a standard multi-angle rearview camera and available blind spot information (BSI) with Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, respectively.

Honda Pilot was designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., in Los Angeles and Ohio. The Pilot and its V6 engine are produced exclusively by Honda Mfg. of Alabama plant in Lincoln, Alabama, using a mix of domestic and globally-sourced parts.

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About Honda 
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2016, more than 95% of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally-sourced parts.

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1. MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $975 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
2. Peak power: 280 HP @ 6000 RPM (SAE net), peak torque: 262 ft-lb (355 Nm) @ 4700 RPM (SAE net)
3. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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