2019 Honda Pilot Elite & 2018 Honda Civic Coupe Touring
Honda class versus a Honda classic.
By Davio Rodriguez
Today, Honda is associated with reliable, quality automobiles after getting their start with motorized bicycles in post-WWII Japan. Recent success in the family-sized SUV and two-door car markets comes from design updates to their Pilot and Civic Coupe models. Back in 2016, the Pilot’s exterior was reworked, shifting into a sleeker, sophisticated look that starkly contrasted with the outgoing 2015 model. A similar transformation transpired with this year’s Pilot, which embodies a more aggressive and eye-catching style. In this same sense, the Civic Coupe’s newest 2018 model also had a makeover—adopting a more proportionate, aero-dynamic design. Honda feels these new changes will recapture the imagination of the American consumer.
The 2019 Honda Pilot Elite Styled as “the modern family SUV,” the Pilot keeps comfort and convenience at its core. It’s the most spacious SUV in its class, seating eight and boasting 50 percent more interior space than other Honda SUVs. The exterior design has something to prove as well—the Pilot’s angular front fascia and the sweeping Formula One-esque side curvatures take clear inspiration from its European contemporaries.
The base model comes with an impressive suite of amenities—push-button start, multi-angle rearview camera, and the Honda Sensing system (including the innovative Collision Mitigation Braking System, which hits the brakes before an unavoidable crash). For those who need more, the Elite offers an endless supply of features: panoramic moonroof/sunroof perforated leather seating, and standard all-wheel drive; technologically-beefier features like Intelligent Traction Management and smart-phone integration software (no more AUX cord struggles); and hands-free cargo access with an under-the-bumper nudge of a foot.
The Elite’s 280-horsepower engine features a combined fuel economy of 22 MPG (two MPG above the competitive average). With superior size, economy, and features, this is Honda’s greatest contribution to the SUV market today.
The 2018 Civic Coupe Touring Honda’s legendary design philosophy is realized through the Civic Coupe—dependable, efficient, and (most importantly) safe. Not only in regards to physical safety (in which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives five stars), but financial security as well. Kelley Blue Book and MotorWeek both awarded the Coupe their 2018 small car category awards because of its outstanding price, efficiency, and resale value.
Truthfully, it’s the perfect starter car for a kid off to college—inexpensive, safe and fun. The base trim’s amenities make this model economically attractive. Notable features include 16-inch alloy wheels, a 12.4-gallon fuel tank, a 158-horse-power, six-speed manual transmission engine and a combined fuel economy of 32 MPG.
The Touring is a fun joyride of a car for a fraction of the price. Equipped with a 174-horse power 1.5L Turbo engine and a combined fuel economy of 35 MPG, it’s the ideal combination of fun and frugal. Leather adorns everything inside, from the seats to the shift knob, and is brought to a shine by the interior illumination. However, the Tour-ing shares only a few features with the Pilot, all of which reside in the Pilot’s lower two trim tiers. It should be noted that the best goodies are offered only by the Pilot Elite, including the panoramic sunroof, Intelligent Traction Management, and a wireless phone charger. A 2019 model has yet to be announced, although it is expected later this year.
To test drive one of the models reviewed here, visit Rick Case Honda, 15700 Rick Case Honda Way, Davie, 954-388-1035; rickcasehonda.com.