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The 2012 Honda Pilot SUV receives a major front-end makeover, with more rounded edges, a softer grille and more chrome trim. EX and EX-L trims gain updated audio systems that include a 2GB CD library, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, and streaming audio, while the EX-L gains an 8-inch color Multi-Information Display. All trims see a 1 mpg increase in fuel economy.
The all-new, second-generation 2009 Honda Pilot is bigger and more powerful than its predecessor. It also gets slightly better gas mileage, thanks to updated Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology, which allows its six-cylinder engine to run on four or even three cylinders. Other new available features include Hill Start Assist, tri-zone auto climate control and a rearview mirror camera display.
For many buyers the 2014 Honda Pilot will be the perfect SUV. It's mid-size on the outside, with all the resultant benefits in maneuverability and parking ease, yet with the 8-passenger capacity of full-size models. Factor in proven Honda reliability and customer satisfaction, the pleasurable driving experience, good resale value, its comprehensive offering of features and that it's the most fuel-efficient 8-passenger SUV on the market, and it's very difficult not to like the 2014 Pilot. Its competitors include the Nissan Pathfinder, Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander, all having their own attributes and attractions, but seating only seven passengers and lacking the Pilot's appeal. The 2014 Pilot is a near-ideal choice for reliable and efficient transportation for families and their gear.
By MammA (Fairfax, VA) on Friday, May 20, 2011
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"Bought my 2011 Pilot 3 weeks ago and LOVE it. We are a family of 5 tall people and this car is perfect. Great for carting around our teenage son and his friends. Highly recommend buying this over a Highlander!!!! PROS-huge interior, fits in a normal parking space, great acceleration, ECO engine, plenty of room behind 3rd row(will fit 3 or more sets of football gear), LOTS of storage compartments, easy to fold seats(my 5 y.o. can do it), easy to clean, 360 AC vents, great turning, drives smooth like a car, rear windows roll all the way down CONS-dirt clings to plastic interior trim, rain drips in if window is cracked, driver cup holders could be moved in first slot, glove box too small, would be nice if center row reclined more, all 12V plugs turn off when car is off"
37 people out of 37 found this review helpful
By Goride21 (MO) on Monday, July 11, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive, very versatile, many premium features"
Cons: "not gas friendly at current prices"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I think any bad review here is for those who should have bought a crossover. This is a full size SUV and not a gas sipper! For a full size SUV, it does everything I believe it should, and more. My wife owns a Highlander and immediately tried to take this car over from me. Why? Because it has that little bit of extra room and versatility that you would expect from a larger vehicle that suits a family. It's much tighter than her Highlander, and we have not had one issue compared to about 6 or 7 with the 08 Highlander, including some recalls. It gets about 1 mpg less, but the extra room in the 3rd row is what has paid for itself with us. We can comfortably use that 3rd row which is not honestly realistic with the Highlander. The options on my EX-L pretty much satisfied all on my wishlist. Backup camera, dual power seats, heated seats, accessory plugs, etc. Perfect vehicle. I have owned many cars, and drive an average of two rental cars/week, and I can honestly say this car deserves many accolades. Trading for a new one in a few weeks.!!!!"
17 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By Marc (VA) on Friday, July 12, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "8 comfortable seats, 5000 lb towing capacity"
Cons: "Not free"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought the Pilot EX-L AWD and it has worked out for every demand I have for it. I have 6 kids and everyone has a reasonably comfortable seat with all 8 people in the car with a stroller in the trunk. This includes 2 car seats and a booster. Front passenger leg room is great as I am 6'1"+. The stereo is better than my 06 MDX. The Aux input allows smart phone to switch between GPS and music and phone so the NAV package might sync via Bluetooth but that is a pretty minor perk for several thousand more. The center console is more useable than any other vehicle I have owned. Towing: I pull an 18 ft bow-rider. You can feel it is back there but there are no problems with highway or city handling and I have never slipped on the ramp. Clearance and hitch height is also very good. Seats fold down easily. Extra room in the floor of the trunk. Having the separate flip up back window allows loading and unloading of the trunk without having everything fall out, all over the driveway. So this vehicle pretty much does it all and does it well. No mechanical problems at all, but only 2 years old. When I bought the pricing was a good 8 grand better than the highlander. Reliability ratings pretty much knock this out of the park over everything else with comparable room and gas mileage."
12 people out of 12 found this review helpful