2013 Honda Pilot
2012 Vehicle Information
2013 Vehicle Information

The Rugged Honda Pilot Offers Versatility and Comfort


The Honda Pilot first debuted for the 2003 model year. Since then, the Pilot has been a great choice for Frankfort drivers looking for a vehicle that can move seven or eight passengers in comfort and still offer admirable all-terrain capability. Whether you’re looking for a 2013 model or you’d rather find a used Pilot, we can help you out at Community Honda in Orland Park. Here are the highlights of the ten-year history of the Pilot to help you decide which model to drive.

The First Generation

The first generation of the Honda Pilot was produced as a 2003 model starting in 2002. The Pilot started out with the same basic formula of three rows of seats, optional four-wheel drive, and a powerful V6 engine.

From 2003 to 2008, the Pilot was equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine that was rated at 240 hp and 242 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission was a five-speed automatic. Properly equipped could tow 3,500 pounds.

The Second Generation

The second generation of the Pilot began with the 2009 model year. It featured a 3.5L V6 engine that cranked out 250 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque. The transmission in both front- and all-wheel drive versions was a five-speed automatic. Both the interior and exterior were dramatically updated, too; the outside was more angular and truck-like, with a bold new chrome grille, while the inside got many new amenities, including automatic tri-zone climate control, memory functions for the driver’s seat, a power tailgate, and more.

The Current Model

While the Pilot is still in its second generation, it did receive a refresh for 2012. This included a new grille, front fascia, and alloy wheels. Also in the new Pilot are tech features like an LCD control panel, USB connection, Bluetooth connectivity, and rearview camera.

Visit Community Honda

Come drive the current 2013 Honda Pilot or a pre-owned model at our dealership. This excellent vehicle offers ample space, strong off-road capability, and distinctive style. If our recommendation doesn’t persuade you to drive a Pilot, then ask Car and Driver: the Pilot was that magazine’s Best Large SUV for six years running from 2003 to 2008.

If you’re coming from Frankfort, Community Honda is only fifteen minutes to the northeast — you’ll find us at 8340 West 159th Street in Orland Park. Come visit us today; even if the Pilot isn’t what you’re looking for, we’re confident that one of our vehicles will be just right.