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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-21-2017, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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Pilot EXL 2017 Acceleration

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New to the forum as well SUV in general. I got my pilot last month and have put around 1000 miles on it. My driving is around 90% city and 10% freeway, most of the time with stop and go traffic.
What I've noticed is that my pilot accelerates really slow, revving upward to 3000 rpm from a stop and I can clearly hear the engine revving up and pulling. And sometimes it feels like the car struggle to accelerate smoothly. I was expecting the car to be a little more quite and better acceleration. So I just wanted to see if this is normal behavior and how yours compare. Thank you.
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Is the Econ mode on? Do you see a little green tree on your dash?
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no, it is not on. I've tried it with econ on and off. The difference that I observed was that with the ECON off I feel the engine turning quick but the car doesn't really accelerate. With ECON on, it feels like the engine revs less but it feels more control and less noise coming from the engine.
I came from an acura tl 12 yrs old and it was better at accelerating. Never had an SUV before, so it feels really weird as if something is flipping and not clicking to actually pull the car forward.
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See if you can get the engine to rev above 4000 rpm.

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thank you for the suggestion. Will try it. What should I observe with this test? Is it to break in the engine?
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Nothing to do with break-in.

At higher rpm the i-VTEC system switches to a higher-lift, longer-duration intake cam profile to generate increased engine power.
The change should be obvious.

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no, it is not on. I've tried it with econ on and off. The difference that I observed was that with the ECON off I feel the engine turning quick but the car doesn't really accelerate. With ECON on, it feels like the engine revs less but it feels more control and less noise coming from the engine.
I came from an acura tl 12 yrs old and it was better at accelerating. Never had an SUV before, so it feels really weird as if something is flipping and not clicking to actually pull the car forward.
Just my 2 cents ... Compared to my Accord v6, I find the Pilot noticeably faster. I would speculate that the Pilot is faster than your TL as well though by a narrower margin.

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Just my 2 cents ... Compared to my Accord v6, I find the Pilot noticeably faster. I would speculate that the Pilot is faster than your TL as well though by a narrower margin.
We are both running on ZF9 trannys with ratios for good pick up. Don't think the 6 speed is as quick. Shouldn't be a dog though.. def faster than most of the competition.

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My EXL is a beast with Econ off. Never had to floor the gas pedal. I have to pay extra attention to speed limit.
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That just does not sound normal to me. I would have someone at the service dept at your dealer take a drive with you to check it out. I agree with Npbk, as my 2016 with Econ off takes off very quickly with just a nudge of the gas pedal. My driving is also about 90% around town.
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Only had our Pilot for two weeks and haven't noticed any slow accelerations. Even my wife (main driver) that hardly knows much about cars actually just mentioned to me on how the Pilot (Elite 9-speed) seems to take off faster compared to her old Odyssey V6 6-speed.
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thanks all for the reply. I think I notice this issue most during traffic where I constantly have to stop and go. The engine seems to drag and there's apparent noise coming from it to pull forward. I'll have it checked at the dealer to be safe.
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Test drive another one and see if there is a difference. Also, have someone from the dealership drive yours with you to see if driving style is contributing. Switch drivers half way and notice the difference.

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My wife was used to driving our CR-V which also had Econ. Now in the Pilot, she seems to use the same amount of accelerator pressure on the Pilot instead of gauging by sound and movement and I have to constantly remind her of having a lead foot for all the jackrabbit starts. The Pilot is definitely no slouch, even in Econ.

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That just does not sound normal to me. I would have someone at the service dept at your dealer take a drive with you to check it out. I agree with Npbk, as my 2016 with Econ off takes off very quickly with just a nudge of the gas pedal. My driving is also about 90% around town.

Agree that something sounds wrong. I might have a lead foot (too many years driving emergency vehicles), even with Econ on, my EX-L AWD is first off the line without much effort at all.

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