Quality over aesthetics
By welshguy on
2008 Honda Pilot Special Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
With 4 months and 3,000 miles now logged I feel I can offer some insight. With the Honda nameplate you obviously are getting a quality vehicle. I'm planning on getting 10 years/110,000 miles out of it and then handing down to my son in elementary school for college use. I did lots of research beforehand and wanted the optional 3rd row w/out having a huge vehicle. Bingo! My colleagues piled in for a trip with the 6' 1" guy choosing to sit in the way back. He said he was comfortable...but he didn't look it. They all commented on how much bigger it looked and felt inside than what they thought it would be. I upgraded from a Jeep Gr. Cherokee, and this is hands-down far superior.
Firm ride and handling-much less truck- like than you'd expect. Some people complained about seat comfort, but I think it's great feeling of safety with keds in the car (loaded w/ airbags-and very solid) Entertainment system and conversation mirror are great for trips w/ the kids
Road noise esp. w/ sunroof open. Gas mileage. Gear shifter in awkward location. Radio max volume is lacking. Need more mix and match accessories instead of having to choose a model based on the few you want. Climate control makes noise behind the dash- it sounds like squirrels on a metal wheel