Tack into the Olathe, KS Winter Behind the Wheel of a New, All-Wheel Drive-Equipped 2017 Honda Pilot
The Honda mid-size SUV returns for its third generation sporting no shortage of advanced features and technologies for the highway cruise and heading off the beaten path. Surely, it’s built at the height of rugged durability, showcasing an Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) construction. Plus, you can count on safety tech like Vehicle Stability and Hill Start Assist to maintain an even keel while delivering on the ability to ascend uneven terrain.
But what about when it comes to fending off some of the worst effects of our east Kansas elements while navigating the slings and arrows of Kansas City-area driving fortune? The new Honda Pilot boasts more than just the charge of a 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter, 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC® V6 engine to cut through the thick of it.
The highlight of the new Pilot from Honda remains its energetic Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD System, an all-wheel drivetrain optional throughout the Pilot line and standard in Pilot Elite. It’s proactive, delivering the complement of the SUV’s 262 pound-feet of torque to the wheels ideally suited to pulling power in a variety of conditions. On that note, Intelligent Traction Management, a function available on Pilot EX and higher, provides two-wheel-drive optimization standard for snow in EX, EX-L, and Touring, adding sand and mud adaptability, otherwise available, as standard in Pilot Elite. That means prospects abound for going almost anywhere, and during the worst showing from Mother Nature.
From there, riding out winter’s a breeze. It all starts with creature comforts in abundance. Heated front seats in Pilot EX-L and Touring ascend to those perforated and ventilated in Pilot Elite, the last appearing with equally accommodating second-row captain’s chairs. Factor in the Pilot Elite’s heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and your drive takes on a pleasure-cruise touch. Honda Pilot likewise brings to bear to that end features like a nine-speed auto transmission with Shift-By-Wire, making gear changes near effortless – that is, when you’re not taking care of it from the convenience of “ten and two” thanks to upper-trim steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Plus, standard and available driver-assist features present throughout the Honda Pilot gamut to tow the line on safety along the way, helping you avoid collisions, keep eyes on other drivers, remain on course with helpful feedback, stay at a safe distance from obstacles, and more.
Winter is coming. You’d best be prepared. How better to enjoy it than from the driver’s seat of a new Honda Pilot here in Olathe? Take the short drive over the proverbial river and through the woods to visit us here at Frank Ancona Honda. Our 1000 North Rogers Road showroom and its friendly cadre of Honda aficionados would be delighted to set you up for a spin. Stop by and see us today!