What’s the Benefit?
Having access to multiple drive modes helps enable Pilot drivers to maintain traction, stability and driving confidence in a wide variety of conditions—with the ease of just pushing a toggle switch on the center console.
The characteristics of several systems can be altered when different modes are selected, including the throttle, transmission, idle stop, VCM, steering, brakes and AWD if equipped. The number of drive modes available depends on the trim and drivetrain; the mode selected appears in the Driver Information Interface (DII) or Digital Instrument Cluster (DIC).
Pilot LX and Sport trims as well as the 2WD EX-L and Touring offer five modes:
Normal mode provides the best balance between responsiveness, efficiency and comfort.
ECON mode smooths the throttle response to enhance fuel efficiency.
Sport mode quickens throttle response, holds lower transmission gears for stronger acceleration and increases steering feel.
Snow mode optimizes stability on slippery surfaces with dampened throttle response and 2nd-gear starts.
Tow mode holds lower gears for better responsiveness, increases steering feel and deactivates the rear parking sensors if equipped.
The Pilot TrailSport, Elite and AWD versions of the EX-L and Touring add two more modes:
In Trail mode, the throttle response and shift mapping are calibrated for low-speed trails, the AWD and brake systems are modulated for greater obstacle capability, the TrailWatch™ feature of the Multi-View Camera System (MVCS) on TrailSport and Elite is automatically activated, and the Trail Torque Logic of the TrailSport AWD system is engaged as well.
Sand mode enhances performance on dunes and during beach driving by optimizing the throttle response, shifting, braking and AWD system for those conditions.