2009 Honda Pilot Touring 4dr SUV 4WD w/Nav (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Looked at the Toyota Highlander and Mazda CX-9, which simply did not stand up to the size and features of the 2009 remodeled Pilot. Bought the Pilot in September of 2008, and have been very happy so far with no problems. Towed a tent camper trailer without any problems -- hardly knew the trailer was behind us -- did not have any issues with sway.
Very smooth driving with good visibility over the hood. Enjoy the hands-free bluetooth feature -- the clarity on phone calls is superb. Also enjoy the dual front zone climate control. Love the dash-mounted shifter which frees up storage room between the front seats.
Road noise level is above average. The voice recognition system can be frustrating at times. Even with the Touring model, you still need to buy a tow kit consisting of the ball, extension mount and locking pin ($150). Considering the cost of the Touring model, it should come with this standard.
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