BY H. THROTTLE
The 2020 Honda Pilot is exceptional and an all-around home-run all-wheel drive SUV. The final assembly is in Lincoln, Alabama with engine and transmission made in the U.S.A. They have assembled a masterpiece of a quality vehicle that is awesome to drive and loaded with the latest navigation, technology and safety features.
The appearance of this model is menacing with a total black appearance looking like a highway patrol vehicle. The exterior is called “crystal black” and the interior is black as well. The all-weather tires are mounted on all black rims.
Besides the powerful appearance the Pilot boasts a 3.5L, V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower with variable cylinder management for fuel economy that averages 22 mpg.
The Honda has a push button transmission for park, reverse and drive that with nine-speeds controlled by steering wheel paddle shifters. Unless wanting one of the nine-speeds— the drive range handles the entire drive easily. When in the mountains passing, or descending, the wide choice of gears eliminates riding the brakes down Floyd Hill, and fast accelerations going uphill.
The vehicle appearance attains road respect and the vehicles rates a perfect five-star safety rating. Air bags all-around and three- row side curtain airbags provide additional rear passenger safety. The third seats fold down to make for a large cargo space suitable for snow boards, skis and luggage.
Winter features include heated and ventilated front seats and steering wheel. The key fob provides remote engine start to warm up the vehicle on a cold morning. LED fog lights and heated power outside door mirrors with turn indicators.
The technology is advanced with collision mitigation control that includes braking prior to striking a forward object. Lane assist and road depart mitigation add to the perfect safety score.
A ten-way driver’s seat affords comfort with the smooth ride and drive listening to Sirius XM radio on the ten-speaker system. The Apple Car Play handles smart phone calls for hand’s free phone usage while driving.
Honda has hit a homerun with this popular Pilot, and this is the premium black edition that comes with a manufacturer’s price of $49,620. Watch for sales and year end discounts on other models that may not have all of the features on this black premium edition. The basic engine, transmission, and overall drive make this Honda line an outstanding consumer choice.
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