The 2012 Honda Pilot is an eight-passenger SUV that features an EPA highway fuel economy rating on two-wheel-drive modes. As compared to 2011 models, the increase is of 2 mpg.
Fuel-efficiency enhancements include the application of engine friction-reduction technologies including a plateau-honed engine block, low-friction piston treatments, ion-plated oil rings and a load-variable alternator.
The appearance of the SUV is more sophisticated due to the restyled front fascia that integrates a three-bar chrome-style grille. The interior is enhanced by an instrument panel refinement together with a more intuitive button layout. A glossy black center panel for audio controls replaces the high-contrast silver panel of the previous model. A simplified layout for the climate controls replaces some of the buttons with dials for a more intuitive, easy-to-use overall design. Enhanced body seam sealing around the unit-body connection points, and re-tuned rear suspension sub-frame mounts, result in lower noise levels in the passenger cabin. The top of the center stack on each Pilot model contains a unique display that varies by model. The frontal area and unwanted aur turbulence are reduced by optimized strakes together with a new front air dam.
The cargo area has a hidden storage that provides 2.8 cu-ft. of additional space and can combine with the above floor storage area by securing the hinged cover against the seatback.
The changes of the exterior design focus on an all-new five-spoke, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheel design, while the measurements are identical to 2011 model, providing a 78.5 inches width, a height of 71.0 inches or Pilot LX and 72.7 inches for Pilot EX, EX-L and Touring, a 109.2 inches wheelbase and track front 67.7 / rear 67.5 inches. The amount of crash energy that reaches the passenger compartment is reduced by the Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACETM) body structure, while additional safety equipment comprises three-row side curtain airbags featuring a rollover sensor, driver's and front passenger's side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System, active front seat head restraints and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist.
The car model is powered by an advanced all-aluminum engine which boasts "intelligent" Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control technology with Variable Cylinder Management, thus allowing the operation in six-cylinder mode for power and four- or three-cylinder modes in order to obtain more efficiency.
Four model choices are available for the 2012 Pilot, embodied by Pilot LX, EX, EX-L and Touring, each of them being available in either 2-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive configuration.
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