Keep in mind that those pix were setup on a test track by Honda and all the obstacles were 'designed' as marketing demos. They know what the Pilot can and can not handle. When off-roading out in the wilds, things will not be so predictable. Be really careful out there.
When I go out with the TTORA club, we see all sorts of weekend warriors in their SUVs, stuck in relatively simple obstacles. Usually because they don't know how to approach properly, second because they think they are driving Bigfoot. Our tow strap gets plenty of use :31:
Medium Duty Off-Road Capability
After careful study of the SUV buyer's off-road needs and desires, Honda designers determined that a medium-duty level of off-road capability was most consistent with the expectations and real-world needs of the typical SUV user. Offering higher levels of off-road performance would require undesirable compromises in other critical areas of vehicle performance, including on-road driving refinement, fuel efficiency, interior packaging, and ease of vehicle entry and exit.
In order to define what constituted an acceptable level of off-roadability, engineers visited nine off-road parks in California, Nevada, Kentucky, North Carolina and Michigan. From this investigation, fourteen critical off-road performance criteria were defined and duplicated at two specially designed off-road test courses adjacent to Honda R&D's North American development headquarters in Ohio. The test course obstacles developed to ensure a high-level of durability and performance in typical SUV off-road excursions are:
30-degree dirt hill;
Embedded log course;
Sand drag strip;
Ground contact course (ground clearance test);
Frame twister (body rigidity test);
Power hop hill (23-degree slope with rippled surface);
Gravel road; and
Resulting design upgrades included a deeper oil pan; a heavy-duty air filter to remove dust from the engine's air supply; strengthened tow hooks to handle heavier loads; additional waterproofing; and throttle linkage calibrated for more sensitive control over engine output at low speeds.
The Pilot's critical off-road performance capabilities include:
Climbing a 31-degree paved slope with a two-passenger load;
Eight (8) inches of ground clearance;
28-degree approach angle;
21-degree departure angle;
21-degree breakover angle; and
Climbing a 28-degree dirt slope from a standing stop.
In real-world testing of the Pilot versus its major competitors, Honda engineers determined that while some competitors may offer greater capabilities in one or two areas - such as hill climbing capability or ground clearance - the Pilot provided the best overall balance of off-road capabilities while maintaining a high level of comfort and stability in the kinds of environments the average SUV driver would typically encounter.