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250-hp, 3.5-Liter, 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 Engine
Every 2012 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, optimized fuel economy[1] 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.

[1] 18 city/25 hwy/21 combined mpg rating for 2WD models and 17 city/24 hwy/20 combined mpg rating for 4WD models. Based on 2012 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
The Pilot has always been known for its excellent handling. Rigid unit-body structure provides great performance in both bending and torsional rigidity. The fully independent suspension delivers road-carving precision.
Hill Start Assist
Hill Start Assist prevents the Pilot from rolling forward or backward when stopped on a 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 principle that a vehicle only requires a fraction of its power output at cruising speeds. The system electronically deactivates cylinders to reduce fuel consumption[1]. 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.

[1] 18 city/25 hwy/21 combined mpg rating for 2WD models and 17 city/24 hwy/20 combined mpg rating for 4WD models. Based on 2012 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
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.