The Honda Pilot is impressively geared up to keep you and yours safe. As evidence of this, the Pilot has earned the highest possible government safety rating for the 2017 model year for its exceptional crashworthiness. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the 2017 Pilot an overall safety rating of 5 stars, and the Pilot has further received a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety—the highest ranking that organization gives to automobiles.
Included among the Pilot’s features are various safety offerings that come standard. They include:
Advanced Airbag System: The Honda Pilot’s cutting-edge airbag system includes smart features such as SmartVent front side airbags, which are designed to detect occupants riding in the front passenger seat and deploy in a way that reduces risk to smaller passengers. Three-row side curtain airbags with rollover sensors are designed to determine the rate and roll of rollover accidents and then deploy accordingly.
ACE Body Structure: Honda’s advanced compatibility engineering (ACE) body structure is featured onboard all new Honda models, including the Pilot. This advanced body design absorbs and deflects frontal collision energy and also helps reduce the amount of force that is transferred into the cabin of the vehicle. ACE body structure can even help more evenly distribute the transference of crash energy to other vehicles involved in an accident.
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: A multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines comes standard onboard the Pilot and is activated when the vehicle is shifted into reverse. This is an especially helpful feature in the three-row Pilot, giving drivers a clear view of any obstacles behind them that couldn’t otherwise be seen as they operate in reverse. Three different angles can be displayed by this camera system: normal, top-down, and wide.
Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control: Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control further comes standard for the Honda Pilot, helping enhance control while the vehicle is accelerating, cornering, braking, and maneuvering. This system also helps reduce dangerous understeer and oversteer, and it delivers brake force independently to the individual wheels while managing the ignition, throttle, and fuel systems, keeping the Pilot safely in its intended path of travel.
The Honda Pilot also features advanced driver-assist technologies that are offered in the higher trim levels. These available features include:
Honda LaneWatch: The Honda LaneWatch blind-spot display system, standard in all but the base model, employs a camera integrated into the passenger-side exterior mirror to deliver live images of the right-hand lane adjacent to the Pilot. When the right-hand turn signal is deployed, Honda LaneWatch goes into action, showing drivers whether it is safe to change lanes or turn right.
Collision Mitigation Braking System: A Collision Mitigation Braking System works in concert with Forward Collision Warning. This system keeps tabs on the traffic conditions ahead of the Pilot and alerts the driver if a possible collision is detected. If the system senses an unavoidable crash, autonomous braking can be applied to help reduce the severity of the impact or even prevent the crash.
Road Departure Mitigation System: The Road Departure Mitigation System is designed to identify road markings and will go into action if it senses that the Pilot is about to unintentionally leave its lane. If the Pilot starts to leave its designated travel lane without proper turn signal activation, the system is able to apply steering torque and braking power to bring the Pilot back into its correct path.
Blind Spot Monitoring System with Cross Traffic Monitor: The Blind Spot Monitoring System found onboard the Honda Pilot uses sensors in the rear bumper to warn drivers when an approaching vehicle is detected in the blind spot. An accompanying feature, the Cross Traffic Monitor, further warns the driver if a vehicle is approaching from the side while the Pilot is being operated in reverse.