Honda Pilot Engine
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The Pilot started into production in 2002 and was built in Canada. It is a spin off from the Acura MDX using the same 3.5 liter engine. The demand in America was really great and the 3rd row seat mid-size crossover SUV was just what the automaker needed to build. The Pilot and MDX actually had the same platform as the Odyssey mini-van. We all know the Odyssey jump into the market to compete with the rest of the minivan boom like the Dodge Caravan, Ford Aerostar and others.
The first generation Honda Pilot had a 3.5 SOHC 24 valve VTEC V6 aluminum engine. This was a belt drive engine which helped to keep cost down over a chain drive type engine. It produced 240 hp which propelled it thru the ¼ mile in 15.9 seconds. In 2006 the Pilot got a new front and rear body look with a 244 hp and a drive by wire throttle. The mid-size SUV weighted in a 4400 lbs. and gas mileage averaged about 16 miles per gallon.
In 2009 the Pilot was made larger and offered 4 trim packages. The engine is still a 3.5 V6 VTEC but now produces 250 horsepower at 5700 rpm. The drive train is available in a 2 wheel drive or 4 wheel drive. Both transmissions are 5 speed automatic. The interior is a complete makeover including 3 separate climate control zones, a power tailgate and a floor shifter instead of a column type.
The 2012 Pilot now comes in an all-wheel drive version. It has the latest in Variable Torque management and will engage and adjust according to the where traction is needed. Also, the Pilot now has a manual locking rear differential that will stay engaged until 18 MPH. This is a great add on for an off road vehicle because of the added traction offered.