Honda Experimental Tour 2022: More Effective Than Revolution – Road Test

Honda Experimental Tour 2022: More Effective Than Revolution – Road Test


yes Honda pilot aging. Arriving in 2016 for this third generation, it celebrated a seven-year anniversary in 2022. While other vehicles in the unit have been redesigned, such as the Toyota Highlander or Chevrolet Traverse, others have recently landed, such as the Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade. or the ascension of the Subaru. Does the big Honda still have what it needs to stand up or is its age compatible with it? The one-week trial enabled me to see better.

Old-fashioned style

I will not use half of this text to talk about the image of a Honda Pilot because I am sure no one buys it for its image. Already in 2016, the Honda Pilot looked like an elevated van, not the best since the 2020 upgrade. If the grille is more reliable than ever, other design features are not deceptive: short and angled hats, flat. windshield and raised back do not allow for space of torment. Faced with the competition of the most liquid and modern style, Pilots are relatively slow.

However, reasonable qualities exist. LED lights are strong and wide, the build quality is convincing – unlike Honda’s latest products – and the glass area is generous. Roof rails are common, but cross rails are optional for less than $ 400, which is cheaper than a 2,272-pound (5,000-pound) tow truck that can cost around $ 2. $ 700.

Already, by 2022, the number of Honda test units is limited, according to the manufacturer’s website. Clearly, the high price did not deter consumers from buying it. For the original Sport version, you have to pay around $ 49,000, while for the seven-seat Touring version I ran, the bill is $ 59,000 because of the voluntary color cost of $ 300. It is expensive compared to other designs, such as the Subaru Ascent or Hyundai Palisade.

A living space that focuses on work

As an exterior design, no one will be overlooked by the appearance of the interior. Performance comes first: all controls are well positioned, within easy access. Even the weather controls, which are generally located at the very bottom of the dashboard, are placed at the bottom of the screen for quick and easy handling. The main thing is also controlled by an 8-inch infotainment system, set very high.

At the asking price, the 8-inch screen has no space. Not that it is not functional or easy to consult, on the contrary, but it should be increased by at least 50% in order to remain competitive. It is one thing for an instrument that will not attract anyone, but that will remain easy to read and consult.

Permits are adequate up front. The central console continues to be used very rarely in the unit: the hand-mounted parts on the seats provide a large opening for the console, which is well used. How about a lot of storage space at the doors, the real property of a family-oriented car.

The front seats are comfortable. Their design is beautiful and reminiscent of German seats with a sturdy seat that is never too comfortable. Another thing that signifies is the quality of the finish. All equipment is of good quality, rigidly assembled and a sense of durability comes from the passenger compartment. This feature is more convincing than what we get with the Subaru Ascent, Ford Explorer or Toyota Highlander.

Children’s place

The Honda Pilot is an eight-seat car, with the exception of the seven versions of the Touring and Black Edition, which offer second-class captain seats instead of a full bench seat. These seats slide and their backrest can be adjusted, as well as include a folding armrest. They bend over by pressing the easily accessible button to open access to the third row of seats, which is also quite comfortable. It is set at a reasonable height and although it does not provide much support, the space is generous. Suitable for allowing passengers to watch video via a 10.2-inch folding screen.

What’s even more amazing inside the Pilot is the living space. Some of the competitors are great, but the Pilot remains the most spacious. 524 liters are available behind the third row, 1,583 liters behind the second column and 3,092 liters behind the first column. Great in practice.

Known device

It is still a good old expected 3.5 liter, direct injection, cylinder-off V6 that sits under the hood, delivering 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. This process remains competitive, although some competitors prefer 4-turbo cylinder services. ZF’s native nine-speed automatic transmission still exists, as does the i-VTM4 cog.

What a joy to be back on the wheel of a car with this powerful train. The power of the mechanics is very good as well as the smoothness of the transmission. What else can we say about the efficiency of an all-wheel drive that contributes to holding the road even on a dry pavement and its vector performance of the rear torque. The only complaint I can make is with the automatic transmission, which is very slow in the downfall when the need for power arises. Removing the “Eco” mode gives a little impression to the mechanics.

The Pilot handle is not good, but like any other car, it delivers. Body movements are quickly controlled because of the wide range of wheels, wide tracks and strong suspension. The steering is still slow, giving the impression that you have nothing in your hands, but it is fast and straightforward, which makes it easier to control the car. Add to all the best looks from all sides and you will find a car that is easy to drive, easy to live with and inspiring.

Fuel consumption was 11.1 liters per 100 kilometers, which seems fair to me under the circumstances.

Conclusion

Although Honda pilot neither revolutionary, nor particularly modern in its presentation or services, continues to do very well what it has to do: transport people comfortably, reliably, low maintenance costs and with high efficiency. Although we look forward to the upcoming update, we continue to recommend it for all the features mentioned earlier.

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