The last Honda “Truck” standing
At this point in time, with Ridgeline pulled out of production until 2016, Honda Pilot is the last remaining light truck in American Honda’s lineup that has retained some “Real” off-road driving capability, heavy load hauling-towing capacity and manual differential lockers.
In-fact Honda has pushed 2016 Pilot to the next level in all-terrain and foul weather viability through an upgrade of its all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. Recently while attend the “Honda Dream Garage" event In Lake San Marcos, California, Honda-Torque News was treated to a demonstration of Honda’s latest generation Intelligent Variable Torque Management ™ i-VTM AWD.
We head for the hills
After taking the front passenger and rear seat position for this demonstration, we learned how this push button activated variable-road-surface drive mode adjust the vehicle’s distribution of torque (torque-vectoring) to the wheel where it’s needed most.
Honda shared with us that Pilot has been tested in all-weather and road conditions, from scalding Saudi-desert heat to sub-zero Minnesota testing grounds winter conditions, and Siberian mud-fest, “Where the hell is the pavement? road conditions.
Honda-Torque News reported on the release of the totally redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot Elite; featuring a 280 horsepower, 9 speed, Honda Watch ™ equipped, direct injected i-VTEV V6, from the proving grounds in Tennessee. But it’s a bit flat in the Heartland; we wished to see Pilot perform a bit, off of the pavement.
Mud, snow, sand, no worries
Well, seeing is believing. The following video demonstrates 2016 Pilot’s traction capability while climbing a 28% sandy grade from a standing start.
Honda retains the “truck” in 2016 Pilot, for those that wish to use Pilot for more than just a safe and comfortable family hauler. Let’s go!