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Honda Pilot Muscles Into Full Sized SUV Fray With Bold Styling

The new Honda Pilot full-sized SUV overcomes a low-key presence in a marketplace teeming with competitors by charging boldly into the breach.

At first sight one is immediately struck not by sheer size of the new Honda Pilot but by the emboldened styling with muscular bulging around the wheel wells, an imposing big front grille, and wraparound complex lighting. Great new colors are really eye-catching including the Diffused Sky Blue Pearl signature hue of the Pilot TrailSport which is near the top of the 12 trim level selection at $49,000.

Honda burnishes its reputation an engine innovator with a new 3.5L 285-hp V-6 mated to 10-speed automatic transmission with choice of either front or all-wheel drive, and towing capacity of 5,000 lb. Even loaded with cargo and passengers this new plant makes the Pilot an energetic street vehicle with off road chops to conquer demanding hill climbs.

Inside the Honda Pilot TrailSport is nicely appointed with comfy sport seating attractively adorned with stitched TrailSport branding. The tech is impressive, with a safety suite and 360 degree surround view cameras that earn the Pilot top IIHS safety ratings.