New Car Overview of the 2006 Honda Pilot Mid-Size Sport Utility Vehicle
Description: Mid-Size Sport Utility Vehicle
Base MSRP Range: $26,995 - $35,245
Invoice Price Range: $24,294 - $31,707
Where built: Canada, USA
Honda's mid-size SUV scores an update for 2006 with many new standard features aboard plus the option of a two-wheel-drive (2WD) version with the V6 engine using Honda's variable cylinder management (VCM) to trim the number of cylinders firing when a power boost is not required. Other Pilot issues carry a smart AWD system that's permanently engaged and directing the engine's muscle to all wheels to maintain traction.
Standard powertrain is Honda's 3.5-liter V6 with output this year of 244 hp.
Safety equipment increases with all trims stocking frontal and side air bags this year plus curtain-style air bags for three rows of seats. Pilot's cabin capacity extends to eight in an arrangement with twin buckets on the first row, a bench for three on the second row and a third bench for three children. Sporty new wheels mount on LX and EX trims.