The winner of this year’s HGTV Dream Home receives not only a beautifully remodeled house but $250,000 in cash and a new vehicle to park in their driveway. HGTV partnered with Honda to make that shiny, new car a 2017 Honda Pilot Elite.
The 2017 HGTV Dream Home is located in St. Simons Island, Georgia and is the kind of place people really do dream of owning one day. It’s an incredible, 3,200-square-foot house with an open design, modern appliances, and a pool shaped like the great state of Georgia. Interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn wanted it to be the perfect home for an active family. Honda chose the 2017 Pilot Elite as the companion vehicle to the Dream Home since it’s built to be the ultimate family vehicle.
Last year saw a complete redesign for the Pilot to make it a more modern and stylish SUV with all the amenities families love. Choose from five different trim levels starting with the base LX at $30,595 and moving all the way up to the luxurious Elite, which comes in at $47,070. The winner of the HGTV Dream Home will receive the Elite model as a part of their prize.
The Pilot has room for up to eight passengers and is no longer the boxy, bulky SUV of old. It now looks a lot like the Honda CR-V crossover and Honda Odyssey minivan. It’s more rounded, softer, and more appealing than prior versions. Inside, the improvements are even more dramatic.
The interior boasts lots of cargo space and quality interior trims. The front seats are comfortable and highly adjustable so even smaller drivers can get a perfect view. The middle row seats three adults or, for the first time, there are two captain’s chairs with a pass through for easy access to the 60/40 flat-folding third row.
No one likes the third row in a vehicle unless you’re a kid looking to get as far away from the adults as possible. You’ve probably witnessed a kid cartwheeling over the second row leaving dirty little shoe prints on the roof in their wake. Your roof stands a better chance of remaining dirt-free in the Pilot.
There’s easy access to the third row thanks to a second row that slides forward at the press of a button. It can even be done one-handed while you wrangle a child with the other arm. It leaves enough space for kids to step through to the back and there’s even enough room for adults to fit, too. Head and leg room for adults is comfortable, but it’s still best left to the little ones.
There’s are cupholders enough to accommodate the whole neighborhood and ample room should the choice shift from people to cargo. There’s 18.5 cubic feet behind the third row, 55.9 cubic feet behind the second row, and 109 cubic feet behind the first row. Even fully loaded with people, there’s still room behind that third row for whatever your family needs to haul along for the day.
The Pilot Elite has an eight-inch high-resolution touchscreen display with navigation as well as a 540-watt, 10-speaker audio system with HD radio, SiriusXM radio, and Pandora. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are new this year so smartphone integration is seamless and the kids get a rear seat entertainment system with Blu-Ray so long trips are easier for everyone.
A 3.5-liter V6 engine with 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft. of torque gives the Pilot plenty of power. This is paired to a six-speed automatic in base models while the Touring and Elite feature a new nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The nine-speed was a little rough. During hard acceleration, it tended to hesitate while it tried to figure out which gear was best and then surged when it made its choice.
It’s slightly jarring, but happens rarely enough that it’s not a huge issue nor one that overrides the perks of those higher trims. There are several nice benefits to that new nine-speed transmission to make the choice even easier. The gear shift configuration features a row of buttons rather than a shift lever so the space is cleaner and more open and there’s a Sport mode for a more aggressive throttle response.
The Honda Pilot has the latest safety features, many standard even on the base model. A multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines and electronic brake distribution are standard across the line while lane departure warning, forward collision warning, road departure mitigation system, and collision mitigation braking system are available only on higher trims.
The 2017 Honda Pilot offers the safety, flexibility, and style busy family life demands. If you win this year’s HGTV Dream Home giveaway, then you’ll be lucky enough to find this attractive SUV parked in your driveway.