In this review...
- Safety Features
- Pros & Cons
1. Honda Pilot 2018 Philippines: Introduction
At present, Honda has the Brio and Brio Amaze to compete in entry-level market, the Mobilio, BR-V and CR-V in 7-seat segment and the HR-V in compact crossover range. Even in luxury and executive vehicle world, the Japanese marque has put their belief in the Odyssey.
Foraying into large crossover SUV realm in the country, Honda has decided to serve its all-new Pilot as flagship which is allegedly born to square off against the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Mitsubishi Pajero and Ford Explorer.
Honda has decided to serve its all-new Pilot as flagship
The Honda Pilot, in the Philippines, is now in its third-generation. Thanks to the myriad of upgrades from generation to generation, the latest Pilot is exactly a good offering for all sorts of reasons. Due to its goodness, it is certain that many of you are currently wondering about this hot SUV.
For this reason, Philkotse.com will bring you our full-scale Honda Pilot 2018 Review with a view to making you acquaint with the current-generation Honda Pilot. Before getting started, keep in mind that this review will solely focus on the Honda Pilot 2018 EXL as it’s the only option in our shores.
The All-New Honda Pilot
2. Honda Pilot 2018 Philippines: Exterior
At first glance, the Honda Pilot 2018 exterior definitely draws the crowd in and gives you a lasting impression. It is the form that makes the Pilot striking.
Compared to the previous two generations which looked like two-box SUVs, the new Pilot fairly resembles a bigger version of the CR-V when featuring more aerodynamic in appearance.
The Pilot 2018 exterior definitely draws the crowd in and gives you a lasting impression
The SUV comes with a more modern front fascia
In detail, the SUV comes with a more modern front fascia which is adorned by iconic Honda’s grille and headlights arrangement. Speaking of the lighting, the projector headlights go LED and so do signature daytime running lights.
Shaper curves and bold aerodynamic lines are also flowing through its body
Moving backwards, the greenhouse car is a bit more continuous and the windshield is more raked. Sharper curves and bold aerodynamic lines are also flowing through its body. A glass printed antenna, swapped back taillights and 18-inch aluminum also further glamorize the Pilot.
Moving backwards, the greenhouse car is a bit more continuous and the windshield is more raked
By and large, with the new body language, the 2018 Pilot is much sleeker and sportier, giving it a head-turning presence.
By and large, the 2018 Pilot is much sleeker and sportier
Concerning the dimensions, the Pilot measures 4,941 mm x 2,296 mm x 1,773 mm (L x W x H). Despite being shorter in height than the outgoing model, the wheelbase is stretched to 2,820 mm that promises to make more room for the cabin.
The ground clearance of 185 mm is also satisfactory and permits the car to maintain smooth ride on tough roads.
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3. Honda Pilot 2018 Philippines: Interior
The Honda Pilot 2018 interior, without a doubt, is more upscale than its predecessor's. It has been thoroughly reworked to become more inviting, eye-catching and functional as well.
The new Pilot interior is more upscale than its predecessor's
Item by item, the dashboard is outstanding in the cockpit with a more premium shape. The multi-function leather steering wheel looks lavish, mounting nearby a new set of anolog gauges with a digital speedometer and a large multi-information display.
Entertainment system is comprised of an 8-inch touch screen audio system with iPod, iPhone and Bluetooth connectivity. On top of that, passengers at the back are also kept entertained with DVD player for drop-down DVD screen.
Entertainment system is comprised of an 8-inch touch screen audio system with iPod, iPhone and Bluetooth connectivity
Passengers at the back are also kept entertained with DVD player for drop-down DVD screen
As for convenience features, the center console now holds a T-bar shifter sided by dual cup holders. Many other large bins are still in car to store more stuff.
In addition to that, joining the long list of in-car amenities are a triple-zone automatic airconditioning system, power door locks and windows, and informative instrument binnacle.
The big size allows the Pilot to store more things and people
Only by pressing one touch button, the second row seats could be easily folded and slided
The big size allows the Pilot to store more things and people. A commodiate cabin can house up to 8 adults in comfort. Passengers will be completely supported by 4-way adjustable power leather seats. Only by pressing one touch button, the second row seats could be easily folded and slided to help you access the third row.
Again with a touch of button, the tailgate will open to let you load cargo in. Normally, the Pilot has got a trunk capacity of 305 liters but with seats down, a larger volume of 827 liters would be created.
With seats down, a larger volume of 827 liters would be created
4. Honda Pilot 2018 Review: Performance
“Confidence inspiring performance” is what Honda depicts its largest SUV. Thanks to a new Earth Dreams Technology Direct Injection 3.5-liter V6 i-VTEC mill, let’s go anywhere you please with the Pilot.
In fact, this potent engine is able to generate 284 hp at 6,200 rpm and 353 Nm of peak torque at 5,000 rpm.
Coupled with a 6-speed automatic gearbox and the Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) all-wheel drive system, the new Honda Pilot 2018 EXL is actually fun to drive.
The Pilot runs a new Earth Dreams Technology Direct Injection 3.5-liter V6 i-VTEC engine
In particular, Honda’s signature Eearth Dreams 6-speed transmission with dynamic torque-vectpromg capacity well combined with a traction control system enables the SUV to effortlessly overcome sand, mud and even snow. And undoubtedly, moving this car in city is just a piece of cake.
Despite a bigger size, the 2018 Pilot is easier to maneuver than the previous Pilot. In order to help you pass crowded streets in Metro Manila with ease, the Honda Pilot, surely has its own essential characteristic, including cross traffic alert and cameras system.
Despite a bigger size, the 2018 Pilot is easier to maneuver than the previous Pilot
Fuel economy is truly worth noticing when our SUV only consumes 5.4 km/L at around 20 km/h in city roads and 12.5 km/L on the highway.
Concerning driving and handling, from the driver’s seat, it seems that you’re behind the Accord’s wheel. Sight lines are good and there is no blind spot at all. The steering is light but responsive. Because of the portly and soft suspension system, minute corrections are needed when pushed.
That said, it accidentally brings more feelings of driving a real SUV: agile, predictable and safe.
The Pilot can tow bulky and heavy goods
For the most part, the Honda Pilot can be regarded as the most fierce player that can push back coutless contenders in its class, even the Ford Explorer, in aspects of undulating cracks and mitigating.
Notably, the 6-speed automatic transmission successfully fulfills its job of selecting the most appropriate gear in all road conditions, allowing you to easily tow bulky and heavy goods on hilly roads.
5. Honda Pilot 2018 Philippines: Safety Features
One of the best qualities in the Honda Pilot is the up-to-the-minute Honda’s all round safety system: Honda Sensing®. This is a new suite of niceties which will keep you safe at all times. Along with a handful of standard features such as:
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
- Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
- Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
- Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM)
- Blind Spot Information (BSI)
- Hill Start Assist (HSA)
The Honda Sensing® also adds:
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
- Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
- Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
6. Honda Pilot 2018 Price in the Philippines
Admittedly, a price tag of ₱3,385,000 is a little steep. It is even nearly half a million pesos expensive than the Ford Explore which is the current best-selling model in mid and large crossover SUV segment.
In truth, the story doesn’t end at the Pilot only. Most of Hondas are also pricier than other rivals in the same segment. Nonetheless, you might not know that it’s a viable strategy from Honda that truly helps the brand build its reputation up, to be more exclusive and valuable, concretely. So, considering this then put the Pilot on your wishlist.
|Honda Pilot 3.5 EX-L AT 2018||₱3,385,000|
7. Honda Pilot 2018 Specs in the Philippines
|Name||Honda Pilot 3.5 EX-L AT|
|Vehicle Classification||Luxury Crossover SUV|
|Ground Clearance||185 mm|
|Turning Circle||11.4 m|
|Number of Doors||5|
|Number of Seats||8|
|Trunk Capacity||305 L|
|Max Cargo||827 L|
|Suspension & Tires|
|Front Suspension||Independent, MacPherson Strut|
|Rear Suspension||Independent, Multi-link|
|Front Brakes||Vented Disc|
|Tires||Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport AS 245/60 R 18 V (f & r)|
|Engine & Performance|
|Engine Size||3.5 L|
|Number of Cylinders||6|
|Number of Valves||24|
|Transmission Category||6-Speed Automatic|
|Power Train||All-Wheel Drive|
|Max Output||284 hp @ 6,200 rpm|
|Max Torque||353 Nm @ 5,000 rpm|
|Fuel Delivery||Direct Injection|
|Fuel Capacity||74 L|
|Fuel / Min. Octane||Gasoline / 91~|
|Observed Fuel Economy / Average Speed||
|Cruise Control||Yes, Adaptive|
|Headlights LED||Yes, with Daytime Running Lights|
|Fog Lamps||Yes, Front|
|Steering Wheel Adjustment||Tilt/Telescopic|
|Steering Wheel Material||Leather|
|Seating Adjustment||Power, Front (w/ Driver Memory)|
|Folding Rear Seat||
|Power Mirrors||Yes, with Fold|
|Power Door Locks||Yes|
|Steering Wheel Controls||Yes|
8. Honda Pilot 2018 Review: Pros & Cons
|Honda Pilot 2018 Review: Pros & Cons|
9. Honda Pilot 2018 Review: Verdict
Everything considered, from the modern design, spacious cabin to excellent performance, the Honda Pilot 2018 Philippines is a winning vehicle. In the current market, the Pilot is still one of the most favorite family vehicles in the Philippines.
Though it’s not absolutely perfect, especially when it comes to price, we still heartily recommend checking out the Pilot if you’re shopping for a large three-row crossover.
All things considered, the 2018 Honda Pilot is a winning vehicle
Finally, we’re keeping alive the hope that our Honda Pilot 2018 Review has helped you fill in the gaps in your knowledge of the latest Pilot.