I agree sadly. It really does. MDX not even close and I think they should have at least done that. I worry about the new gen two Ridge, I have a bad feeling that it's going to be quite plain Jane with a flat narrower style appearance.I didn't think it looked like "all the rest"(SUVs) so much as it looks an awful lot like a minivan with standard doors!
GM tried the same thing the other way around with the Chevy Uplander & Pontiac Montana. Lengthen the nose on a minivan in order to make it look like an SUV.I didn't think it looked like "all the rest"(SUVs) so much as it looks an awful lot like a minivan with standard doors!
Actually, the cargo area in CRV has not changed much in a decade to now.They probably push those people who want a smaller SUV towards the CRV now that it has grown so huge. The HRV takes over for the original CRV.
Nothing wrong with the Pilot's looks, IMO. Looks modern, sleek, and upscale. Definitely not the look you want for a truck that already has an image problem. Sadly, they'll probably just chop the rear, put a truck bed on it and call it a day to keep "brand identity."
You can't go by that -- journalists flog their test vehicles.You can catch the mpg for their test pilot at the 3:14 mark (14.7mpg); hopefully from extended idling during the shoot. If the RL2 is using the same 3.5L V6, we may want to reevaluate our expectations for improved efficiency. Then again, here's another recent video of the new pilot on a track where they appear to be getting 24.6, so that's encouraging.
You can catch the mpg for their test pilot at the 3:14 mark (14.7mpg); hopefully from extended idling during the shoot. If the RL2 is using the same 3.5L V6, we may want to reevaluate our expectations for improved efficiency. Then again, here's another recent video of the new pilot on a track where they appear to be getting 24.6, so that's encouraging.
Mud or Sand setting? ok but how about a useful tow mode dial that can switch the vehicle to handle towing. As far as increased mpg from the transmission I have my doubts as you already mentioned. This kind of stuff takes a few years to develop and the Pilot is apparently coming in June to some lots with a 6 or 9 speed that is outdated or perhaps minimal for mpg? Doesn't sound like a thought out a plan to me.What will interest me most when the info embargo is lifted from the Pilot on May 20 will be the specs for the two transmission options and the mpgs. It will be interesting to see if the 9AT (ZF) shows any gains in fuel efficiency over the 6AT. From what Joe has said about Honda's frustrations (recalls, software issues) with the ZF9, and from the 2016 MDX specs for both ATs, it seems doubtful there will be any better mileage with the 9AT. This has to be pushing Honda to bring their own 10AT into production ASAP to stay competitive as well as meet new CAFE regs. Supposedly, the next gen RL will initially have a 6AT/9AT option spread by trim level similar to the new Pilot. Hence, the timeline for phasing a new Honda 10AT into the MDX/Pilot/RL lineup will have real implications for potential buyers like me who don't plan to buy a Gen2 RL right away.
Also of major interest to me will be more info on how well the new iVTM4 and terrain-select systems work in the 2016 Pilot. I noticed a "Snow" button in the video but didn't see the "Mud" or "Sand" settings that Joe suggested would grace the next gen RL. And I'm also wondering if terrain-select will only be available on 9AT-equipped Pilots and RLs.