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2012 Honda Pilot a sleeker look, upgraded better fuel-economy

Posted: Sep 01,

The Honda Pilot has received a of upgrades for the 2012 model along with a new front-end an upgraded interior and a better EPA highway fuel-economy of 24 mpg on two-wheel-drive

On the front, the 2012 Honda gets a three-bar chrome-style while the inside gets new touches around the instrument and a more ergonomic button

For the 2012 model year, the Pilot EX and EX-L get 2 GB (CD-L) and Bluetooth Audio Streaming to those trim levels. The Honda EX-L also a full-color 8-inch intelligent Display for audio and vehicle 2012 Honda Pilot with Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation get subscription-free FM Traffic, a 15 GB audio disk drive memory and a higher-resolution display.

Power comes from a 250-hp V6 but improvements to the engine boost figures.

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The Honda Pilot eight-passenger SUV receives a range of upgrades for 2012 a sleeker front-end design, interior features and an EPA highway economy rating of 25 mpg on two-wheel-drive an increase of 2 mpg compared to 2011

The new styling for the front fascia, its three-bar chrome-style grille, a more sophisticated crossover SUV Interior styling changes on instrument panel refinement and a intuitive button layout. For audio system upgrades on EX and EX-L models include a 2 GB (CD-L) and  Bluetooth® Streaming, along with the of  Bluetooth  HandsFreeLink® to those levels.

Feature upgrades on the EX-L include the addition of a 8-inch intelligent Multi-Information (i-MID) for audio and vehicle Models equipped with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation for 2012 receive subscription-free FM 15 GB audio hard disk memory (HDD), and a higher-resolution

The fuel economy gains for result from combined to the powertrain, chassis and vehicle The 250 horsepower i-VTEC V-6 engine additional measures for friction and improved efficiency. The 2012 becomes quieter with noise insulation and other throughout the vehicle.


The Pilot’s new grille and front replace the prior model’s grille insert with a three-bar horizontal design. multi-reflector halogen headlights and signals contribute to the new look a layout that relocates the signal from an outboard to an inboard position within the housing.

A new front air dam and optimized strakes rectangular air deflector in front of the help reduce frontal and unwanted air turbulence, both of impact fuel economy. out the exterior design changes, EX and above models receive an five-spoke, 18-inch aluminum wheel design (plus compared to the previous model). Touring alloy wheels an exclusive six-spoke design a high-contrast machined surface.

LX models are equipped with styled-steel wheels.

Exterior for 2012 are similar to 2011 identical measurements for width inches), height (71.0 for Pilot LX and 72.7 inches for EX, EX-L and Touring) wheelbase inches) and track (front / rear 67.5 inches). length increases 0.5 inches to inches as a result of the front changes. Ground clearance is the same at 7.97 inches, slightly from 8.00 in the previous model.


styling changes are designed to refinement throughout the cabin also enhancing the intuitive of the controls. The instrument panel a more unified color with less contrast panels. A glossy black panel for audio controls the high-contrast silver panel of the model.

Speedometer and tachometer faces incorporate a new look distinct segments surrounding meter’s perimeter, along white background illumination for driving instead of the previous aqua-blue background illumination. The center stack adds a U-shaped character line and textures to create a layered on the panel. Ideal for phones and players, a larger center pocket is 0.4-inches taller.

A layout for the climate controls some of the buttons with for a more intuitive, easy-to-use design.

The top of the center stack on Pilot model contains a display that varies by Pilot LX and EX models contain a display. Pilot EX-L for 2012 (without navigation) the new i-MID, which provides a platform for integration of vehicle and compatible personal electronics a color LCD screen and intuitive wheel controls.

The Pilot EX-L rearview display appears in the i-MID and guidelines for judging parking The i-MID also shows operation, user-loaded wallpaper as photos, a fuel-economy display and an interface.

Available on Pilot and standard on Touring, the 2012 adopts the latest version of the Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ 2. Now 60 GB of total system memory 15 GB allocated for user media) and recognition for three languages, system uses multiple positioning satellites covering all of the including Alaska and Hawaii, as as Canada and Puerto Rico. Its new FM feature provides free, updates on traffic and incidents, drivers avoid gridlock.

The drive can store thousands of of music, which is accessible by voice commands using the By Voice™ feature. Additionally, Pilot models with feature a multi-view rear (wide view, normal and top-down view), with the displayed on the navigation screen for parking help when in

Adding to the comfort level of the Pilot is a reduction in noise, and harshness (NVH). Enhanced seam sealing around the connection points, and re-tuned suspension sub-frame mounts, in lower noise levels in the cabin. Other specific NVH include body-seam sealants to air leaks, enhanced pillar revised insulation materials and windshield glass on all models.

The features a lift-up glass for convenient access to the rearmost area. The model’s 18.0 of cargo space behind the row matches or exceeds the trunk of a typical large sedan and can items as large as a mid-size or a folded stroller. For maximum space, the second and third fold flat into the to create 87.0 cubic of storage capacity, while providing sufficient width for items.

The cargo area has a storage well that 2.8 cu-ft. of additional space and can with the above floor area by securing the hinged against the seatback. The Pilot also provides a load-supporting net (20 lbs. maximum weight) to subdivide the rear cargo

Key interior dimensions are identical to the Pilot model, including headroom (40.0 in. for Pilot LX and EX, in. for moonroof-equipped Pilot EX-L and second-row headroom (39.8 and rear headroom (38.2 legroom (front 41.4 in. 38.5 in. and third-row 32.1 Passenger volumes are likewise (153.7 cu-ft. for Pilot LX and EX, cu-ft. for Pilot EX-L and as are cargo volumes (87.0 total, 47.7 cu-ft. second-row seats, and 18.0 behind third-row seats).

Safety technology includes the Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) structure that helps the amount of crash energy the passenger compartment and can enhance collision compatibility. Additional equipment includes three-row curtain airbags with a sensor, driver’s and front side airbags with Occupant Position Detection (OPDS), active front head restraints and anti-lock with electronic brake and brake assist.

Vehicle Assist™ (VSA®), commonly to as Electronic Stability Control, is on all models. The 2012 Pilot meets new federal regulations taller rear head

Honda has targeted the new Pilot to best-in-class safety ratings, a NHTSA 5-Star Overall Score, and a TOP SAFETY PICK from the Insurance Institute for Safety (IIHS) reflecting the new procedures for Front Offset, Impact Collision Evaluation Roof Crush and Head tests.


Power from an advanced 24-valve, engine with “intelligent” Valve Timing and Lift Control (i-VTEC) technology Variable Cylinder Management The VCM system allows the V-6 engine to in six-cylinder mode for power and or three-cylinder modes for efficiency. economy improves for 2012 an EPA-estimated 1  city/highway/combined fuel of 17/24/20 mpg on 4-wheel-drive models and mpg on 2-wheel-drive models.

Representing a increase in City, a 2-mpg in Highway and a 2-mpg increase in this gives the 2012 2WD the highest fuel economy of any SUV and the Pilot 4WD the highest fuel for any mid-size 4WD SUV.

Fuel-efficiency include the application of engine technologies including a plateau-honed block, low-friction piston ion-plated oil rings and a load-variable The use of dual-electrode spark plugs, low-friction oil and low-friction automatic fluid contribute to higher The VCM operation range has also expanded.

The 5-speed automatic transmission Grade Logic Control to maintain the most appropriate when going uphill or thereby avoiding gear The available VTM-4 system on 4WD models adds fully 4-wheel-drive capability. VTM-4 seamless, “decision-free” application of when needed, a key benefit to conventional systems. The system provides a “lock mode” – when in first or second up to 18 mph and activated by a button on the instrument – that can deliver the maximum-possible transfer to the rear wheels to aid in from extremely low traction or conditions.


The suspension is a independent system with MacPherson strut and rear with trailing arm designs contribute to responsive driving for an SUV. The 109.2-inch wheelbase a smooth ride. A tight diameter of 37.9 feet maneuverability in tight parking

Chassis improvements that improve fuel economy a variable-displacement power steering low-rolling-resistance tires, and low-drag ventilated and rear disc Improved aerodynamics, the front splash shields and inner and reduced frontal area contribute to improved fuel

Models and Features

As with the model year, the 2012 is available in four model (Pilot LX, EX, EX-L and Touring), and is offered in either 2-wheel-drive or configuration.

Pilot LX

Standard and convenience features on the Pilot LX a front and rear air conditioning with air-filtration system, entry with simplified tilt and telescope steering cruise control, power with auto-up/down driver’s and window, power door and locks, AM/FM/CD stereo with seven speakers a subwoofer and Radio Data (RDS), trip computer, tinted glass, integrated III towing receiver, and more. For the Pilot LX adds AAC audio playback capability from discs to the CD player.

Pilot EX


Additional Pilot features include leather-trimmed surfaces, heated front 4-way power front seat, one-touch power an automatic-dimming rearview mirror and the of either the Honda Satellite-Linked System™ 2  or the Honda DVD Rear System with a 9-inch The addition of either the navigation or the system also adds a power outlet.

New for 2012 is the addition of a power to the Pilot EX-L, a USB Audio and an intelligent Multi-Information Display with QVGA resolution. The includes a rearview camera iPod album artwork and a user-loadable wallpaper function.

EX-L with Navigation

The EX-L with Navigation an upgraded navigation system higher VGA resolution replacing the QVGA display and an internal drive that replaces the model’s DVD-based system. New include FM Traffic, Song by rearview camera with a display and a Multi-Information Display in the of the gauge cluster.


The top-of-the-line Pilot Touring the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation 2  with rearview camera, a Audio System with 10 Bluetooth  HandsFreeLink 4  and Streaming (with selected the Honda DVD Rear Entertainment two-position memory seats, rails, corner and backup side-mirror integrated turn and more.

Colors available for include Alabaster Silver Bali Blue Pearl, Black Pearl, Dark Pearl, Polished Metal Taffeta White, White Pearl, new Dark Amber (replaces Mocha Metallic) and new White (Pilot Touring). and leather interior color which are matched to selected colors, include beige, or gray.

Awards and Accolades

building initial quality to providing fun-to-drive character lasting durability and reliability, the carries forward the essential DNA defines all Honda vehicles. traits have previously the Pilot multiple awards, “Best Value of the Year” IntelliChoice,’s “Most SUV,” and it was named one of Kelley Book’s “Top 50 Most Cars.” The Honda brand has won the “Best Retained Award” for Non-Luxury Brands.

The is assembled from domestic and sourced parts at Honda of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama. RD Americas designed and developed the in Raymond, Ohio, and Torrance, The 2012 model became for sale on August 31.

2012 Feature Change Summary

front fascia, grille and

New 18-inch aluminum wheels styled steel on Pilot LX)

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interior materials and revised panel with new center layout

Acoustic windshield (previously exclusive to Pilot and Touring)

Upgraded audio and navigation systems

Improved fuel economy (+1 mpg City/+2 mpg mpg Combined)

Pilot LX adds:

AAC file playback from discs to the CD player

Pilot EX or replaces:

18-inch aluminum and P235/60R18 all-season tires

HandsFreeLink and  Bluetooth streaming

2 GB CD Library (CD-L)

EX-L adds or replaces:


Intelligent Multi-Information (i-MID) with QVGA (includes backup camera album artwork display and wallpaper function)

USB Audio

Pilot EX-L with adds or replaces:

Upgraded system with higher VGA and 60-GB hard drive 15 GB audio hard drive and FM Traffic

Song by Voice™

rearview camera with display

Basic Specs:

3.5-liter 24-valve SOHC V-6

Horsepower: 250 hp @ 5,700 rpm

Torque: 253 @ 4,800 rpm

EPA-estimated1 fuel City/Hwy/Comb. 17/24/20 (4WD), (2WD)

Seating capacity: 8

volume: 153.7 cu-ft.

volume: 18.0 cu-ft. 87.0 cu-ft. (maximum)

capacity: 4,500 lbs. 2,000 lbs. (2WD) 3

airbags: Driver’s and front-passenger’s multiple-threshold front airbags; and front passenger’s side with passenger-side Occupant Detection System (OPDS); and side-curtain airbags with sensor

Standard Vehicle Assist™ (VSA®) and an Anti-lock System (ABS) with Brake Distribution and Brake

— By: Omar Rana

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