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2012 Honda Pilot Overview (See Available Styles)

A mainstay in the three-row crossover segment, the 2012 Honda Pilot gets a few changes inside and out that should help it to appeal to car shoppers even more.

For 2012, the Pilot did not get a redesign as much as it was refreshed and the nip/tuck gives it a new face and some upgraded interior features. It all starts with a new three-bar grille, bumper, and headlights which change the entire front of the Pilot, which retains the boxy and upright stance of its predecessor.  Exterior options include 18-inch alloy wheels (17-inch wheels come standard), roof rails, and fog lights. A power liftgate, which makes loading and unloading the Pilot’s 87 cubic feet of cargo space (with both rows folded) easier, is also available.

Under the hood of every 2012 Pilot you’ll find a 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that pumps out 253 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic is the only transmission option, and front-wheel drive is standard while a four-wheel drive system is available. The Pilot’s V-6 features Variable Cylinder Management technology, which works by activating and deactivating cylinders as they’re needed to improve fuel economy. EPA estimated fuel economy ratings check in at 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway for FWD versions (opting for 4WD drops each of those numbers by one).

The Pilot also gets a few interior changes and upgrades for 2012, including a reorganized center console and dash with new gauges/buttons. Strides have also been made in the tech department; Bluetooth® streaming audio is now available and the optional navigation system adds traffic information, 15 GB of music storage, and an improved screen. The 2012 Pilot also adds as an option Honda’s i-MID (intelligent Multi-Information Display), which is displayed on an 8-inch screen above the center console. i-MID relays important information about the Pilot to the driver, such as fuel economy, Bluetooth® updates, and audio settings. You can even upload photos into i-MID and use them as the wallpaper for the system. The navigation system and rear view camera share this display.

Standard features on the 2012 Pilot include air conditioning, power windows and locks, auxiliary audio input jack, and remote keyless entry. Further options include a power moonroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, USB audio interface, satellite radio, leather upholstery, and heated/powered front seats.

The Pilot’s standard safety features include antilock brakes, electronic stability system with traction control, side curtain airbags for all three rows, and active front head restraints.

Honda has taken a proven winning formula and simply made it better with the 2012 Pilot.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 17 - 18 MPG
  • Highway: 24 - 25 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

58 of 66 (87%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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