Drivers could only find this SUV design previously on the 'Elite' variant of the Pilot. Image Source: In Car Trends

Though the Pilot 2017 does not mark a shift in direction for one of Honda’s signature SUVs, the latest iteration of the crossover will include a feature that its predecessors did not, integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

An article from Honda’s newsroom broke the news while announcing that the vehicle would also contain a new touchscreen that’s fingerprint resistant and that new colors would come for the interior palette.

The award-winning three-row received recent recognition as one of the Best Family Cars by websites such as KBB.com, Parents Magazine, and Edmunds.com.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto seamlessly connect your smartphone to your car

Both CarPlay and Auto offer the possibility for a user to mirror their phone’s screen into their cars built-in touch display, which also transfers all of the phone’s functionalities to the car.

CarPlay allows drivers to use Maps, Siri, make calls and send text, and play music, all of it by using the controls on the screen or voice commands with the aid of a button found on the steering wheel.

Android Auto does the same thing, with almost all of the same functionalities, except (of course) for Siri. To use it you need a phone running Lollipop 5.0 or higher.

A look inside the interior of the 2017 Honda Pilot SUV. Image Source: Car Design
A look at the interior of the 2017 Honda Pilot SUV. Image Source: Car Design

An impressive variety of models from brands like Chevrolet and Ford, Audi and Accura, have already added this function to a huge number of sedans, compacts, and SUVs.

New interior palette with White Diamond Pearl, and a new touchscreen

The article announced the availability of a black interior on all trims of the White Diamond Pearl external coating. Drivers could only find this interior previously on the ‘Elite’ variant of the Pilot. The car’s 8″ Display Audio touchscreen also received a new coating to guard it against fingerprints and light glare.

Updated prices for the Pilot 2017

Starting price for a Honda Pilot 2017 LX is now at $30,595 for a model with a two-wheel drive (2WD) transmission. Models with all-wheel drive (AWD) all cost a total of $1,800 more on the starting price.

For the EX family of models, which offers the widest range, the standard variant of the trim is at $33,030, with some additions available. Drivers can also add AWD for $1,800 and Honda Sensing technology for $1,000.

The bigger EX-L maintains all of these previous additions with a standard model beginning at $36,455. Users can add Navi Technology to it for a thousand dollars more, and a Rear Entertainment System (RES) with wireless headsets for $1,600.

The more expensive models, Touring and Elite, start at $41,670 (2WD) and $47,070 (AWD), respectively.

Source: Honda News

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