2016 Honda Pilot slims down its boxy design for a more family-friendly focus

The largest Honda model gets a makeover for the 2016 model year. The new Pilot is 3.5 inches longer than before, almost 2 inches of which is in the longer wheelbase. The footprint is larger, but the Pilot is also about an inch shorter vertically than the 2015 model, thanks to slightly reduced ground clearance. This, combined with the SUV’s new, more athletic sheetmetal makes the Pilot look significantly smaller and more approachable. The old Pilot looked like a square-shouldered Hummer with a Honda badge; the new Pilot looks streamlined, more muscular, and, well, sort of like a Toyota Highlander from some angles. Considering its target demographic, I suppose that last bit is OK.

The lower ride height also makes climbing into and out of the Pilot less of an acrobatic affair. Kids, especially, should have an easier time getting into the third row, thanks to a redesigned folding and sliding second row with a more easily reachable release button.

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