4 Things You Should Know About the Pilot: Honda’s Large SUV Line

The newest model in Honda’s large SUV line is here! The 2021 Honda Pilot is one of the most well-designed and functionally sound family-style SUVs available on the market. With a number of improvements over the 2020 model, including several safety features and an increased compatibility with inclement weather, this Honda SUV is the perfect choice for your brand new family car.

1. An Exterior Designed With Style and Functionality in Mind

Just because you need a full size SUV to fit your entire family into, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t arrive at the party in style! The exterior of the 2021 Honda Pilot is both rugged and refined in its design. The front grille features an aggressive chrome layout that accentuates the headlights, which have automatic-on/off functionality.

The aerodynamic design of the exterior works hand-in-hand with our EarthDreams engine and weight-saving chassis to create a fuel-efficient driving experience. The 2021 Pilot uses striking 20-inch alloy wheels, and the taillights feature distinct LED accents.

The new Pilot Special Edition sports all of the aforementioned features while also including some of its own. It has beautiful black wheels (as opposed to silver) and roof rails that allow you to carry all kinds of stuff on top. In addition, it comes with a wireless cell phone charger and a hands-free powered tailgate.

2. A Refined Interior at Every Level

The Pilot isn’t our largest SUV just for the sake of being large. The interior of the cabin has spacious seating for not six, not seven, but eight people! A large family, plus a couple of friends can all ride in style and in complete comfort. Plush leather seats ensure that everybody, not just the front riders, enjoy a first-class experience.

Sometimes, hearing people who are all the way in the back can be difficult without resorting to shouting back and forth, which is why the Pilot is equipped with a built-in CabinTalk PA system. Other features of the cabin include tri-zone climate control, a panoramic roof, heated front seats, and a rear entertainment system.

The cargo capacity can be increased by folding either the third or both the third and second row of seats down, leading to a whopping 109 cubic feet of cargo space. In addition, the Pilot has been designed to be compatible with a number of accessories that can cater to your individual needs.

3. Extremely Capable in Almost Any Environment

This road-ready SUV is equipped to take you and your family on any kind of adventure, utilizing a state-of-the-art 9-speed automatic transmission and an array of other sophisticated features. The 2021 Honda Pilot has been tested extensively at the Automotive Enviro Testing (AET) facility in Baudette, Minnesota, which is home to some of the most severe weather conditions in the United States.

An Intelligent Traction Management system helps to improve handling across a number of terrains, including snow, mud, and sand. The Pilot is an all-wheel-drive model, guaranteeing you complete control of the vehicle, no matter what the conditions are.

4. Equipped with State-of-the-Art Safety Features

When driving your automobile, especially if you have your entire family with you, safety is the number one priority. The 2021 Honda Pilot has been designed with safety in mind; it is equipped with several state-of-the-art safety features that will give you better peace of mind while you’re on the road than ever before.

Every Pilot comes with the Honda SensingⓇ Suite, an array of safety and driver-assistance technologies designed to give you the best possible driving experience

Lane Keeping Assistance System

The Lane Keeping Assistance System* (LKAS) makes micro-adjustments when your hands are on the steering wheel that keep your vehicle perfectly centered in your current lane. It is perfect for those long highway car drives.

*LKAS only assists driver in maintaining proper lane position when lane markings are identified without a turn signal in use and can only apply mild steering torque to assist. LKAS may not detect all lane markings; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

Collision Mitigation Braking System

The Collision Mitigation Braking System* (CMBS) is an advanced safety technology that can bring your automobile to a complete stop by automatically applying brake pressure when the on-board computer determines that a head-on collision is unavoidable.

*CMBS cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. System designed to mitigate crash forces. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

Road Departure Mitigation

Road Departure Mitigation* (RDM) can detect if you cross over lane lines without signaling. It can provide steering assistance to help you return to your lane or provide braking to help you keep from leaving the roadway entirely.

*Road Departure Mitigation only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use and can apply mild steering torque to assist driver in maintaining proper lane position and/or brake pressure to slow the vehicle’s departure from a detected lane. RDM may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control* (ACC) helps you to maintain a preset distance from the car in front of you while driving on the highway. If the vehicle in front of you slows down, then your car will do so as well in order to maintain the correct distance.

*ACC cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. ACC should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather or on winding roads. ACC only includes a limited braking function. Driver remains responsible for slowing or stopping the vehicle to avoid a collision.

Upgrade to the New Honda Pilot Today!

Before you go and purchase that Nissan Armada, Toyota Highlander, Ford Expedition, or Chevrolet Tahoe, make sure you head to your local Honda dealership and check out the 2021 Honda Pilot. Its superior capabilities and extensive suite of features make it the premier choice for large family-sized SUVs.

If you live in Wichita, Kansas and are in the market for a new high-quality automobile, then visit Scholfield Honda and take a look at our extensive selection of both new and pre-owned cars. Let’s get your deal started today!

How to Disinfect Your Car During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic showing no signs of slowing down and people beginning to socialize more and more, the importance of disinfecting and sanitizing high-traffic and high-touch areas is only increasing. 

If you have recently had any passengers in your car who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive for the coronavirus, then you would do well to clean and disinfect the interior surfaces of your car.

However, thoroughly cleaning the inside of your car can be a time-consuming and difficult task, which is why Scholfield Honda has created this guide to help you disinfect your car interiors as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

Bring Out the Vacuum

If you happen to find yourself in the less-than-uncommon predicament of not having cleaned your car in a long time (don’t worry, we’ve all been there!), then you should probably bust out the vacuum cleaner before you do anything else. Just make sure to wear gloves and a mask if you’re worried that there may actually be COVID germs in your car.

While vacuuming won’t necessarily kill the virus, sucking up all those gross dust balls, debris piles, and dirt clods that have been accumulating for the last few years will make it much easier to sanitize all the different surfaces of your car. Plus, what’s the point of cleaning your car if you’re not really cleaning it? Trust us, you’ll be glad you vacuumed when it’s all said and done. 

Sanitize All Surfaces

Now comes the most important part. The sanitization of frequently touched surfaces is what will most likely take up the most time during your disinfection process. One of the most effective ways to kill the virus is to use simple soap and water and scrub down key touch points. The areas you will definitely want to hit include the following.

  • Steering wheel
  • Exterior and interior door handles
  • Start button (if your car has one)
  • Rear view mirror
  • HVAC vents
  • Gear selector
  • Emergency brake
  • Turn signal, windshield wiper, and headlight levers
  • Knobs and buttons on the center console
  • Seat belts and belt buckles
  • Cupholders
  • Lock/unlock switches and window controls

While you’re at it, you might as well clean your keys and keyfobs. Who knows what’s accumulated on those things?

The Dos and Don’ts

Of course, when it comes to cleaning your car, especially the interior, you want to make sure that you’re not using cleaning agents and other cleaning supplies that can damage the different surfaces in your car. For example, if your car has leather seats or any other leather upholstery, then you don’t want to use alcohol to clean them.

Cleaning leather interiors with alcohol can cause them to become discolored and more easily damaged in the future. Your best bet for cleaning leather is to use soap and water first, then follow that up with a mild leather conditioner.

When it comes to the other surfaces of your car, you can use isopropyl alcohol and a soft microfiber cloth to wipe things down and get rid of any germs. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), solutions that contain more than 70% alcohol are effective at killing the virus.

Do NOT Use the Following

You should not use bleach, hydrogen peroxide, benzine, thinners, or any other cleaners that are considered harsh and abrasive. These types of chemicals will damage the upholstery and other interior surfaces of your car.

You should also avoid ammonia-based cleaners when disinfecting the screen on your center console (assuming your car has one). Ammonia can damage the anti-glare and anti-fingerprint coatings.

Once your car is all nice and squeaky clean, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly and maybe even take a shower. If any particles containing the virus got on you, then you’re going to want to wash it off immediately. Also, consider keeping a bottle of hand sanitizer in your car for future use.

If you would rather not disinfect your own car, then consider taking it to a professional cleaner. Beginning in October, Scholfield Honda will be providing cleaning and disinfecting services for those looking to eliminate any trace remnants of the virus in their car.

Our experts will kill the mold, mildew, and other odor-causing organisms inside your vehicle, leaving it smelling fresh and clean! The service includes a vacuuming, interior cleaning using EPA and USDA approved disinfectant, a car wash, and a thorough window cleaning. Sanitize your ride for only $29.99!

Or, if you need any other work done on your Honda, such as an oil change, engine repair, or if you just need to replace some individual parts, then take a look at all of the different services we provide!