The 2012 Pilot gets a refreshed front end, which includes a new three bar grille. Honda claims that the new grille gives the 2012 Pilot a “more sophisticated crossover SUV appearance.” The interior updates mainly focus on the instrument panel, which includes a more intuitive button layout.
Under the hood the 250-hp 3.5L V6 gets refinements that improve its fuel economy, giving the 2WD Pilot the title of “the highest fuel economy of any 8-passenger SUV.” The 4WD Pilot is now has the highest fuel economy for any mid-size 4WD SUV. The 4WD Pilot gets 17/24 mpg, while the 2WD gets 18/25 mpg. It was thought that the Pilot would get a new six-speed automatic, but instead the Pilot is keeping its five-speed.
The 2012 Pilot starts at $28,470.