CR-V's gas mileage and handling is much better. However, the year-end discounted price was almost the same as CR-V, and one big car in the house wouldn't hurt. Didn't like the look of 2009 Pilot. It's a set of best compromises that we settled on.
It's a Honda - a well-made car at a good price. Big comfortable interior. Feels like sitting in a living room.
road noise is excessive; yes, really. bad sounding audio system. I decided not worth signing up for XM radio!