We drove every midsize SUV there was available and it came down to the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot.
The Toyota drove better, more like a car, but it only seated 7 people.
The Honda was closer to real 4WD (still not real but close) and seated 8...a real 8 full sized adults.
Some that seated 7 really only seated 5 adults and 2 kids in the 3rd row.
In the end we needed the full 8 seats and while the interior does not have much style to it, it is functional.
I wish I would have waited another year as Bluetooth became a standard interior feature that was only available on the Touring in 2010.
Other than that this is a great midsize SUV to own.