The Honda Pilot is an efficient blend of practicality and good looks. It rides and handles well with a solid feel, and has plenty of room for passengers and cargo. It accelerates strongly yet averages over 20 mpg in every-day traffic. The V6 uses only 3 cylinders under light load, yielding about 25 mpg on the highway. Reliability after one year and 12,000 miles has been perfect.
This is an excellent city vehicle, easy to handle with a tight turning circle, good outward visibility, and well-positioned seating and mirrors. The large cargo area easily handles bicycles and large boxes. The V6 provides easy freeway and grade-climbing acceleration.
The standard Goodyear tires generate considerable road noise, uncomfortably so at highway speeds. The radio lighting is extremely bright even with the radio off and does not dim with the dashboard lights, at night the radio lighting is quite distracting.
I love this SUV but I'm going to tell you the few things that I didn't like. There's not a key lock on the tailgate. You have to always use the remote to open. It feels like a big car, which means you have it's not as nimble as I would like. There's a lot of windnoise when the crossbars are installed. The driver's side window has an automatic roll up mechanism which seems like a safety hazard to me.
This car really offers a lot of content and features for the price. I love the ability to seat 8 people, even if the back seat is a little tight. I am very surprised at how much I enjoy this car and highly recommend it for someone that needs to seat more than 5 and does not want a minivan. The gas mileage around town is better than my Pathfinder. The driving decision for buying the Honda was based on the massive amount of space it provided, plus the Honda reputation for quality.
Seating capacity, ability for the engine to run on 3 cylinders.
I had been considering smaller SUVs (CRV, RAV-4, CX-7) when I dicovered Honda was selling Pilots at the same price of these lesser vehicles. Hello! With almost $7,000 off of MSRP, this was an easy decision. I'm a city boy so the FWD-only option was attractive. Honda builds great cars, this is one more example.
I love everything about this SUV!
Better tires would help handling and road noise. Driver's seat could use a little more for/aft travel. Tilt steering wheel could use a little more upward travel.