2016 Honda Pilot long-term road test: handling winter weather | Harold Zeigler Honda Kalamazoo MI
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Date posted: January 3, 2017

2016 Honda Pilot long-term road test: handling winter weather

Our long-term Pilot is safely out of the snow belt now, but its short winter stint in the Great White North was just enough to give it a heavy dose of winter.

Spending the summer and fall months in the Midwest gave our Pilot exposure to kids, dogs, family road trips, and of course, the Home Depot run and Bed, Bath, and Beyond, if there was time.

Before our white family hauler left the Midwest, winter rolled in. We aren’t talking just cold, but snow. Real snow. A legitimate blizzard with measurable snow (over 8 inches then we stopped counting) blasted through Minnesota.

This gave us the perfect opportunity to really test the Pilot’s all-wheel-drive system.

Today the question is: how does the 2016 Honda Pilot handle winter weather when it gets nasty outside?

The setup

The Pilot’s powered by a horizontally-mounted 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 which sends power to all four wheels. While front-wheel drive is standard, we opted for all-wheel drive, which, in normal driving sends most of the power to the front wheels. Of course, it can automatically send power to the rear when necessary.

Like most crossover SUVs, the Pilot’s all-wheel-drive system has modes. Honda calls its system Intelligent Traction Management, and it has four modes: Normal; Snow; Mud; and Sand. Each mode changes various powertrain calibrations including the drive-by-wire setup, all-wheel-drive system, transmission, electronic stability control and traction control systems.

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Source: thecarconnection.com

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