2016 Honda Pilot vs. 2015 Honda Pilot

2015 2016 Honda Pilot Clifton

Learn what was changed for the 2016 Honda Pilot to help decide whether you want to buy a new or used model. The 2016 Pilot actually saw a reasonable number of updates, making it well worth going with the newer version of this family-friendly SUV.

Honda Pilot Weight

As a three-row crossover SUV, it makes sense that the Honda Pilot would weigh a fair amount. Honda was able to drop 300 pounds from this model’s weight for the 2016 model year. This leads to improved handling and fuel efficiency.

2016 Honda Pilot Styling Updates

The styling of the 2015 Pilot was fine, but most Clifton drivers will appreciate the modern appearance of the 2016 version. It looks completely different. While the 2015 model favored brawniness and utilitarianism, the 2016 Pilot is much more stylish.

The interior styling also got a significant refresh with the rounded center control stack and odd shape housing on the infotainment system gone. Now the Pilot has a more traditional feel and is more spacious with higher-quality materials. In terms of styling, it will come down to personal preference as to whether you like the 2015 or 2016 Pilot better, but most drivers will prefer the newer version.

Engine and Efficiency

If you just look at the engine size of the 2015 and 2016 Honda Pilot, the information can be misleading. Both model years have a 3.5-liter V6 engine, but the version in the 2016 Pilot is more powerful by 30 horses and 9 pound-feet and works with new transmissions. The 2015 Pilot’s 5-speed automatic is gone. The new 6-speed and 9-speed automatics both improve fuel economy. Now the Pilot can get up to 20 mpg* in the city and 27* on the highway. This is 2 and 3 more mpg than last year, respectively.

To finish comparing the 2015 and 2016 Honda Pilot, visit Garden State Honda. While at our Clifton and Passaic, New Jersey, dealership, you can see the differences in person and get a better idea as to which styling you prefer.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.