NEW FOR 2012:

– Interior and exterior styling upgrades
– Improved fuel economy
– Upgraded audio and available navigation systems
– Exterior colours: Dark Amber Metallic added; Mocha Metallic discontinued

For 2012, the Honda Pilot undergoes minor changes. The exterior styling is sleeker and more aerodynamic, while the interior includes a revised instrument cluster, upgraded materials and a simplified centre stack. The audio and navigation systems are also upgraded.

The Pilot uses a 3.5-litre V6 engine that uses Variable Cylinder management (VCM) to run in six-, three- or four-cylinder mode, depending on power requirements, for increased fuel efficiency. All trim lines use a five-speed automatic transmission. The base LX model is available in front-wheel drive; it can be optioned to the all-wheel drive system used on all other models. The AWD system runs primarily in front-wheel but delivers power to the rear wheels upon acceleration, when it detects wheel slip, or when it is manually put into “lock” mode by the driver at speeds below 30 km/h.

Features on the LX models include 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear air conditioning, automatic headlamps, 60/40 split-folding second- and third-row seats, heated mirrors, cruise control, power windows, rear cargo net, keyless entry, CD/MP3 stereo, variable intermittent wipers, intermittent rear wiper, tinted glass, roof rails, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, integrated trailer hitch, and tire pressure monitoring system.

The EX adds tri-zone automatic climate control, security system, body-colour door handles and mirrors, fog lights, conversation mirror, exterior temperature gauge, six-CD stereo with steering wheel-mounted audio controls, eight-way power driver’s seat, and heated front seats.

The EX-L adds reverse camera with rearview mirror display, power sunroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, XM Satellite Radio, leather-wrapped steering wheel, four-way power passenger seat, and leather upholstery.

The EX-L RES adds a DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system.

The Touring adds Bluetooth connectivity, trailer connection wiring, front and rear parking sensors, power tailgate, 115-volt outlet, navigation system, rearview camera, two-position driver’s side memory, premium six-CD stereo with USB connection, and heated second-row outboard seats.

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