Reliable, Practical, but Boring
By RyGuy on
2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV 4WD w/Rear Entertainment (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Very Comfortable and spacious. Definitely the best SUV for a family, because you can fit 3 people in both the middle and back rows. The reason we bought this vehicle is because we have two kids in car seats and my wife wanted to be able to sit in the back with them. This is the only SUV we could find that has the LATCH system in the middle seat. So we can put the two car seats together, and my wife can sit on the end. The reason this is handy is so that if others needed to access the third row, you wouldn't have to remove a car seat. That would be a pain! The third row seat is also actually quite spacious for adults. Great family car. The only thing is that it's kinda boring to drive.
The best thing about this car is that you can put child car seats in all three seats in the middle row, AND also one in back. Great for kids. Also love that you can fit 8 people. It's nice that it has 4 wheel drive. It's basically as handy as a minivan but the 4 wheel drive puts it over the top.
The performance is sluggish. Engine needs more power. Transmission hesitates when accelerating. Gas mileage so far is sub par for having a complex cylindrical shut off system. Averaging about 18 in the city and 20 on the highway. Got better with my Nissan Xterra. Add some excitement please.