"Bought an EX-L Metallic (dark gray) with gray leather. It's my wife's car. I tried to convince her to go upscale this time around. We drove an MDX and an RX-350 in addition to the Pilot. At the end of the process she just couldn't convince herself that the Acura or the Lexus were $10K nicer, so we went with the Pilot. I wasn’t wild about it, but hey, it’s her car and after three months, I have to say that she made the right call. The Pilot is comfortable and quiet and it handles as well as any SUV I've ever driven. Given that we've only had it for three months, the five stars on reliability are based on my previous experience with Hondas and the fact that even after a few months, I haven't been able to find a single flaw with fit and finish or materials. The first long drive was a 1200 mile trip from Houston to Lubbock and back. I got about 21 MPG, but I’m a fairly heavy-footed driver and kept the cruise control at around 75 miles per hour most of the way. I doubt that I’ll ever see the EPA 23 from the sticker, but given the size of the Pilot and my driving style, 21 isn’t too bad and it’ll probably marginally improve with more break-in. The XM radio and the iPod auxiliary jack were greatly appreciated during long west Texas stretches where you can’t get much conventional radio reception. Before buying, I read every one of the KBB consumer reviews and numerous reviews from other sources, including Consumer Reports. Most of the negatives pointed out in those reviews are, for my wife and I anyway, nits. Road noise: It’s not quite as quiet as my Avalon, but name me an SUV that is – not sure what to make of the comments CR made about this, because they simply don’t match my experience. Busy button-filled center stack: So it took me a couple more days to get to the point that I could punch the button I wanted without taking my eyes off the road. Mileage: Come on, it’s a big SUV – if mileage is your highest priority you don’t want an SUV of any sort, period. It’s still early days, but so far, this one seems to be up there with the best cars we’ve ever owned.."
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