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2016 Honda Pilot Trim Comparison near Arlington, VA

Five Trim Levels. One Hard Decision. Let's Make it Easy.

Midsize SUVs are all the rage with families, primarily because they offer the amenities of a minivan wrapped up in an SUV covering. The 2016 Honda Pilot Trim comparison near Arlington, VA, will help you determine what trim level you and your family need, or just plain old want. Then come on down to Pohanka Honda and take one one a test drive.

Pilot LX

For an entry-level model, there’s quite a lot available on the Pilot LX. It’s powered by a 3.5-liter iVTEC® V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower1 via a 6-speed automatic transmission and can be fired up easily with the push-button start. The tilt/telescopic steering column makes it easy to adjust the wheel no matter your height and the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera2 with guidelines makes backing out a breeze.

If you opt for AWD, you’ll get the Intelligent Variable Torque ManagementTM AWD system, or i-VTM4TM, which works by distributing optimum torque between the front and rear axles, providing the kind of all-weather handling we Virginian’s dream of, thanks to the icy, cold winters. Top it all off with Bluetooth®3, a capless fuel filler, Hill Start Assist, a 5-inch color LCD screen, a 4.2-inch multi-information display, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System4,  and you’re pretty well set with this trim level.

Pilot EX

Next up in the 2016 Honda Pilot trim comparisons near Arlington, VA, is the Pilot EX. If you’re big into telematics systems, this is the trim you’ll want. It comes with HondaLink®5 and an 8-inch display Audio with a touchscreen. It comes with an exterior temperature indicator, smart entry, a remote engine start, LED Daytime Running Lights, and has the option of adding the Honda SensingTM suite of safety and driver-assistive features. Honda SensingTM includes Lane Departure Warning6, Adaptive Cruise Control7, and a Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM8, just to name a few.  

The Pilot EX also comes with Intelligent Traction Management, which nicely complements the i-VTM4TM we were discussing earlier. The coupling provides drivers with different drive mode capabilities in AWD and FWD. The AWD options include Normal, Mud, Sand, and Snow. The FWD drive options are Normal and Snow, which is adequate for most buyers.

Pilot EX-L

The EX-L is the supped up version of the EX. It comes with a one-touch power moonroof and a power tailgate, so loading and unloading are easy on your back. It comes with high-quality leather trimmings and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, as well as heated front seats. Stand-alone available options for the EX-L include a Rear Entertainment System9 and the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System10.

Pilot Touring

The Pilot Touring comes with a different transmission than the other trims, replacing the 6-speed with a 9-speed automatic transmission with Shift-By-Wire that uses paddle shifters. It also gains some girth in the tires, upping to 20-inch alloy wheels. It comes standard with an upgraded Rear Entertainment System9 that uses Blu-ray and the Honda SensingTM suite.

Pilot Elite

The Elite trim adds all of the creature comforts that make car aficionados drool. It adds on a Blind Spot Information System11, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a panoramic roof, and a heated steering wheel. The front seats are perforated, so they’re ventilated and heated and, on this trim, the 2nd-row captain’s chairs are heated, as well.

With any luck this 2016 Honda Pilot trim comparison near Alrington, VA, has helped you sort out which level is best for you. Come on down to Pohanka Honda and take one for a spin! 


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1. 280 hp @ 6000 rpm (SAE net).

2. Always visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up; the rearview camera display does not provide complete information about all conditions and objects at the rear of your vehicle.

3. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license.

4. Depending on use, HondaLink® can transmit to Honda and its providers a vehicle’s location, speed and other operating conditions, information that may be tied to the vehicle identification number (VIN) and can be combined to create a track of a vehicle. Check the HondaLink website for smartphone compatibility. For a full explanation of HondaLink functionality and Honda’s data use and privacy policy, see

5. For optimal tire wear and performance, tire pressure should be checked regularly with a gauge. Do not rely solely on the monitor system. Please see your Honda dealer for details.

6. LDW only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

7. ACC cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. ACC should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather or on winding roads. ACC only includes a limited braking function; driver remains responsible for slowing or stopping the vehicle to avoid a collision.

8. Depending on the circumstances, CMBS may not go through all the alert stages before initiating the last stage (of collision mitigation). CMBS cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by high interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

9. The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ and DVD Rear Entertainment System are only available separately on EX-L models.

10. The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on EX-L models and standard on Touring and Elite models in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. (Honda HD Digital Traffic service only available in the United States, except Alaska.) Please see your Honda dealer for details.

11. The system is not a substitute for your own visual assessment before changing lanes. BSI may not detect all objects behind or to the side of a vehicle and may not detect a given object; system accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object, and speed. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

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