Honda Pilot TrailSport 2023: primer manejo de Jalopnik

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El piloto de Honda ha sufrido una transformación de un transportador suburbano venerable a un explorador todoterreno de servicio liviano. Este cuarto-La generación Pilot tiene una apariencia más dura y áspera, y hay una sustancia legítima para respaldar este estilo. Desde placas protectoras de acero y un neumático de repuesto de tamaño completo hasta un conjunto de ayudas para la conducción todoterreno, el 2023 Honda Pilot TrailSport está equipado con mejoras tangibles que serán útiles para la excursión ocasional fuera de la carretera.

La creciente popularidad de la conducción todoterreno ha llevado a varios fabricantes a ofrecer paquetes de acabado reforzado para sus vehículos. Piense en de subaru Desierto sub marca. Honda anunció su TrailSport nivel de equipamiento a fines de 2021, pero las ofertas iniciales de la compañía fueron en gran parte adiciones cosméticas a la línea de vehículos existente. El nuevo Pilot, por otro lado, ofreció a Honda la oportunidad de hacer de su paquete TrailSport una actualización todoterreno que valiera la pena.

La divulgación completa: Honda me llevó en avión a Phoenix, AZ, luego me llevó dos horas al norte a un centro turístico en el pintoresco y nevado sedona, AZ. Allí, varios otros periodistas y yo pudimos conducir el Pilot TrailSport 2023 a través de lo que podría haber sido un comercial de «Visita Arizona».

No puedo creer que no hice rodar este Pilot por una pared rocosa.

No puedo creer que no hice rodar este Pilot por una pared rocosa.
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El TrailSport tiene el mismo motor V6 de 3.5 litros y transmisión automática de 10 velocidades que todos los otro modelo Honda Pilot 2023. Este motor produce 262 libras-pie de torque además de 285 hp, un aumento de 5 hp con respecto a su predecesor, y la transmisión se puede operar a través de paletas de cambio para control manual. De acuerdo con las clasificaciones de economía de combustible de la EPA, esta iteración del Pilot obtendrá 18 mpg en ciudad y 23 mpg en carretera, similar al Kia Telluride 2022.

A Tough Traverser

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In terms of off-road capabilities, the Pilot TrailSport checks off a lot of firsts for Honda. It’s the company’s first SUV that comes with all-terrain tires from the factory, sporting a set of 265/60R-18 Continental TerrainContact ATs. Those tires wrap around 18-inch wheels with inset spokes to prevent them from getting scraped up off-road. The Pilot also comes with a full-size spare mounted underneath at the rear.

This is also the first Honda SUV equipped with underbody steel skid plates. The two plates protect the oil pan, transmission and gas tank. The front skid plate is 4 millimeters thick, and the gas tank plate is 2.8 mm thick.

A set of steel skid plates used during the Pilot TrailSport’s development. Better to scrape the skid plate than the fuel tank or oil pan.

A set of steel skid plates used during the Pilot TrailSport’s development. Better to scrape the skid plate than the fuel tank or oil pan.
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Don’t get too ambitious, though; these changes don’t turn the Pilot into a purpose-built off-roader. The TrailSport has 8.3 inches of ground clearance, only an inch more than the standard Pilot, resulting in 19.8-degree approach, 19.6-degree breakover and 19-degree departure angles. This’ll make it slightly easier to drive up and over obstacles on dirt paths, but only marginally more so than the base Pilot.

The Novice’s Off-Roader

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The Pilot TrailSport comes standard with several features to make off-roading approachable. The two most prominent of which are TrailMode and TrailWatch.

TrailMode is an off-road torque logic function that manages the power distribution of the all-wheel-drive system. This torque-vectoring technology can send 75 percent of the available power to either of the rear wheels if the opposite tire loses contact with the ground. The remaining 25 percent stays with the non-active wheel to transfer force quickly after regaining traction.

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Helping to keep off-roading smooth, the throttle is easy to modulate and encourages the gradual inputs required for crawling. On top of that, the electronic traction management system is invisible in its operation. There’s great communication through the steering wheel and pedals, helping you judge the level of traction at each wheel.

If you’re not confident about your exact wheel placement, that’s where TrailWatch comes in. TrailWatch is a four-camera system that’ll help you spot obstacles outside of your line of sight. The camera system automatically turns on at speeds below 15 mph when TrailMode is engaged, and uses three low-vantage views and a rendered overhead 360-degree view to convey as much information about your surroundings as possible. This is extremely helpful when navigating tight spaces.

On-Road Impressions and Conclusion

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The 2023 Honda Pilot TrailSport is still very sophisticated on paved surfaces despite its off-road abilities. Driving around Sedona, Arizona, the crossover is smooth and stable and has minimal body roll along winding mountain roads, regardless of how hard I pushed it. Honda’s usual suite of driving aids, including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assist, comes standard, and there’s a new Traffic Sign Recognition system that uses a camera to note roadside signs and project that information onto the Pilot’s head-up display.

The 2023 Honda Pilot TrailSport is currently available at an MSRP of $49,695, which includes a $1,345 destination charge. While avid off-roaders will likely splurge on a more purpose-built off-road vehicle, the Pilot TrailSport is a great SUV for buyers looking to play around with their daily driver on the weekends.

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