Every 2009 Pilot is powered by a 250-hp, 3.5-liter, aluminum alloy, SOHC, 24-valve i-VTEC engine featuring the latest version of Honda’s advanced Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) system.
5-Speed Automatic Transmission with Grade Logic Control
This transmission uses the engine’s broad torque curve for brisk acceleration, optimal fuel economy and smooth-shifting characteristics. Grade Logic Control improves efficiency under a wide variety of driving conditions, such as uphill/downhill and city-traffic driving. It “knows” when the Pilot is on a hill and automatically holds the engine in a lower gear for better climbing power and increased engine braking when going downhill. This decreases annoying “gear hunting” that can often occur with other automatic transmissions in these situations.
Front and Rear Independent Suspension System
The Pilot’s front suspension combines smooth ride characteristics with excellent steering response and straight-line braking stability. For 2009, the suspension geometry has been improved to reduce impact harshness, a benefit enhanced by a hydraulic bushing that reduces sensitivity to vibration. An aluminum lower arm has been used to reduce unsprung weight and enhance responsiveness.
Hill Start Assist
The Hill Start Assist helps prevent the Pilot from rolling forward or backward when stopped on steep grade. Activated by sensors when the driver’s foot moves from the brake pedal to the accelerator, Hill Start Assist will maintain brake-line pressure for a brief moment when the brake pedal is released, giving the driver time to push the accelerator and resume motion.
Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®)
Powered by the intelligence of i-VTEC® technology, VCM works on the principal that a vehicle only requires a fraction of its power output at cruising speeds. The system electronically deactivates cylinders to reduce fuel consumption. The VCM engine is able to run on 3, 4 or 6 cylinders based on the power requirement. So you get the best of both worlds: V-6 power when accelerating or climbing, as well as the efficiency of a smaller engine when cruising.
Variable Torque Management® 4-Wheel-Drive System (VTM-4®)
The Pilot’s VTM-4® system operates automatically. But when you need to start off in extreme low-traction conditions such as when stopped in mud, on ice or in loose gravel, the thoughtful VTM-4® Lock feature lets you manually lock the rear differential to help get you moving. And it can stay manually locked up to 18 mph.
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