Video: 2015 Chicago Auto Show's Family Cars

Family cars made a big splash at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. From the show floor, reviewer Kelsey Mays takes us on a tour of the newest special features in family cars. Check out the video for more.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 18, 2015 | Comments (0)

Does The 2016 Honda Pilot Look Too Much Like Other Crossovers?


There's no doubt that Honda did a terrific job in redesigning its family-focused three-row crossover. The new Pilot will go on sale this summer and rejoins a competitive field, including strong-sellers such as the Chevrolet Traverse and Hyundai Santa Fe.

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We were impressed by just how significantly Honda departed from the previous generation's boxy yet unique look. The new styling seems like it will maintain the previous Pilot's standout visibility.

The 2016's design diverges from its past, and it now looks like it has been assimilated into stereotypical suburbia styling. See how closely the 2016 Pilot resembles two of its future competitors.

By David Thomas | February 18, 2015 | Comments (9)

The 2016 Honda Pilot Could Be the Ultimate Family Car


We like to think we know the family-car shopper. Besides our diligence in checking just how well child-safety seats fit in new vehicles, we also happen to be a staff with a lot of kids of various ages at home. That's one of the reasons the redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot, unveiled at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, is so interesting to us.

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To be a great family car — like the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe, winner of's Family Car of the Year — it needs to not only handle all the kids' wants and needs, but also take care of the adults. After all, it's important that Mom or Dad remain sane on even the shortest drives.

By David Thomas | February 16, 2015 | Comments (16)

2016 Honda Pilot Photo Gallery (53 Photos)


Honda's three-row SUV is almost unrecognizable for 2016. Gone are the Pilot's trucky styling and blocky shape; in its place are sleek lines and a stylish face.

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Inside, more family-friendly features should keep the kids happy, and a slew of standard safety features are sure to be a hit with parents. Check out the gallery below; photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 13, 2015 | Comments (31)

2016 Honda Pilot Video

Honda's three-row SUV gets a huge makeover for 2016. reviewer Kelsey Mays highlights the many changes, including sleeker styling outside, a new multimedia system inside and a host of additional family-friendly features.

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The new Pilot will go on sale this summer. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 12, 2015 | Comments (1)

Inside the New 2016 Honda Pilot


There was a moment at the unveiling of the last-generation Honda Pilot during the 2008 North American International Auto Show that stuck with me all these years: The cover came off the truck, and the crowd was silent. Honda executive John Mendel then asked the assembled journalists, "Well, what do you think?" expecting applause - but getting only continued silence. Honda had turned the Pilot from an attractive, wedgelike machine into a big-eyed, upright box. It didn't hurt sales much, with Pilot still selling well, but a recent roundup of three-row crossovers has shown that the Pilot has been soundly passed by the competition in many areas.

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Honda is looking to remedy that with this, the new and thoroughly redone 2016 Pilot, and at first glance it looks like Honda has crafted a winner. Styling is even more appealing than the first-generation Pilot, with a sleekness that wears the smaller CR-V's overall look but with better proportions and heft.

By Aaron Bragman | February 12, 2015 | Comments (5)

2016 Honda Pilot: First Look


Competes with: Hyundai Santa Fe, Dodge Durango, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer

Looks like: A pumped-up Honda CR-V

Drivetrain: 3.5-liter V-6 engine, six-speed or nine-speed automatic transmission, optional all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Summer 2015

Honda's big SUV got a huge styling change when it went from the sleek, angular first-generation model to the boxy, not-so-attractive second-generation model. For 2016, it's coming full circle — the redesigned Pilot got a very stylish update for the 2016 model year.

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The new Pilot is longer than the one it replaces, which increases interior room — something the previous model didn't exactly lack, being one of the few three-row SUVs on the market that could accommodate three child seats across the second row. The field has changed a lot since the Pilot was last redone in 2008, with competitors all having received at least one update in the time the Pilot has soldiered on unchanged, but now the new Pilot has arrived to up Honda's game in this hot-selling segment.

By Aaron Bragman | February 12, 2015 | Comments (8)

2016 Honda Pilot, 2016 Acura RDX to Debut in Chicago


The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is still displaying the industry's newest vehicles, but Honda is already making news for its plans for the next auto show; the automaker will unveil the new Pilot alongside an updated Acura RDX from its luxury arm at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

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Details on the new version of Honda's largest SUV are slim, but the automaker says the eight-passenger 'ute will offer "new technology, advanced safety, class-leading fuel economy and enhanced family utility and versatility." The stocky, blocky family hauler should also get a total exterior makeover. Honda says the new model represents a dramatic shift in design, and the teaser image hints at the 2016 version's sloping roofline and more angular body. It looks like the rear three-quarters of the new Pilot borrows styling from Honda’s smaller SUVs, the CR-V and HR-V.

The 2016 Pilot will meet the public at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12 and go on sale this summer. Acura will also show off an updated RDX in Chicago. The automaker promises that the new compact crossover will be safer and more luxurious as well as offer styling and performance enhancements. Check back with us on Feb. 12 for more details.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 21, 2015 | Comments (6)

Recall Alert: 2001-2006 Honda, Acura Vehicles


Vehicles Affected: An unspecified number of model-year 2001-05 Honda Civic cars; 2003-04 Civic compressed natural gas cars and Element crossovers; 2002-05 CR-V crossovers; 2002-04 Odyssey minivans; 2003-05 Accord cars, Pilot crossovers, Civic Hybrid cars and Acura MDX luxury crossovers; 2005 Acura RL luxury sedans; and 2006 Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks, all originally sold or registered at any time in areas with high absolute humidity, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Saipan, Guam and American Samoa

The Problem: Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and seriously injuring occupants. The action is part of the massive ongoing Takata airbag recall that has affected nearly 7.8 million vehicles and 10 automakers.

The Fix: Honda will begin notifying owners Nov. 24, and dealers will replace the passenger-side airbag inflator for free. Honda said most of the vehicles covered by this formal recall were included in a June 2014 "safety improvement campaign." The automaker said the same repair required in that previous campaign — replacement of the passenger-side frontal airbag inflator — applies to all of the vehicles now included in the formal recall; vehicles in which the passenger-side airbag inflator already was replaced under the previous safety campaign are not included in the recall. Honda said the number of vehicles affected has yet to be determined; a call to the automaker for clarification was not immediately returned.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 7, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Honda Pilot: What's Changed


Most significant changes: New Special Edition model slots between the EX and EX-L

Price change: $200 increase on returning models

On sale: Now

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2014

Once Honda slaps a "Special Edition" label on one of its vehicles, a redesigned model can't be far behind. Honda historically introduces SE models a year or so before it launches a new generation. Because the Pilot's upscale cousin, the Acura MDX, was redesigned for 2014, expect a new version of the Pilot SUV for 2016.

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The Special Edition adds to the EX trim level's equipment with pewter gray aluminum wheels, a power moonroof, satellite radio and a DVD rear entertainment system. SE base prices are $33,120 with front-wheel drive and $34,720 with all-wheel drive, not including the $830 destination charge, or $1,000 more than an EX.

By Rick Popely | June 11, 2014 | Comments (12)

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