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Take a longer test drive!!
17 of 37 people found this review helpful
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By larabie1967
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2012 Honda Pilot SUV EX-L 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Have a 2012 Pilot for 6 Months bought brand new . The seats are extremely hard and an inch shorter than my jeep , the lumbar does not retract far enough , can't shut the middle vents off , accidently knocked it out of gear changing the radio dial, sunroof blow directly on your head , very loud over bumps and on highway, can't open one or all the windows without a very loud noise that sounds like it will blow your eardrums out ! Radio / heat controls Not at all easy to control , inside of front tires wearing badly after 12000 miles, 4 adults cant fit comfortably , vibration in the front end . the wiper, and light controls are hidden behind the str wheel , Can't wait to get rid of it !!!!!


Best Features

None !!


Worst Features

Improve the seat comfort, move the shifter to a safe spot ,easy to knock out of gear , Could KILL someone who knocks it out of gear changing the radio in an intersection !! Its loud on the highway !! Dont know how to improve this , Improve legroom, Make the fan shut off with one switch. The radio/heat controls are WAY more complicated than the could be !! Computer controls should ease operation not complicate it !! Add scan/ Tune to steering wheel radio controls , Add shutoffs to middle vents , why this isn't here is stupid, improve air resistance at sunroof, plastic door jams are Impossible to clean !! Can't clean inside of wheels . Front arm rest is curved and short why is this ????


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round 3 12,000miles
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By twowhldoug1
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2012 Honda Pilot SUV EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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We have taken the pilot to N J and then to disney world.We now have over 12k miles.The pilot has good maners on the interstate.and is comfy on long trips.The mileage seems to average 25.6 or better.I drafted an 18 whlr for a 100 miles and got 27.8 but thats another story.Only things we have found are the audio sys when using a flash drive is unpredictable(songs will repeat come up diff order etc.)And when hot in traffic if you turn right hard then step on gas will 5out of 6 times hesitate before going,will also do same if you leave a light and have to let off gas then get back in it.Over all we are very happy with pilot as compared to Nissan.Wife has hard time backing in driveway at night.


Best Features

roomy interior,comfy seats.Also like how it behaves at speed on the interstate.Even in the rain it is very predictable.


Worst Features

Heated side mirrors on all models(our nissans had them).Also would really like the option of self dimming side mirrors for extented night driving.


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Transmission/ECO Managment Shuttering Vibration
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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By rcookster
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2012 Honda Pilot SUV EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Have had my 2012 Pilot 2 months. When driving at constant speed the ECO Variable Management system seems to keep transmission from downshifting appropriately and you can feel a vibration/rough driving until you accelerate or cancel the cruise control. First service had it checked. Tech said it seemed to be a problem but did not throw a code. He called Honda Tech line. Told that they have complaints about this, but it was just characteristic of the 2012 Pilot. Today I went to the Dealer and drove another 2012 Pilot. Yep, it did it too.Thought I would work out a trade of my new 2012 for a 2013, but..you guessed it, the 2013 did it too! Beware -Honda definitely has an engineering issue here!!


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Sturdy and Capable
29 of 45 people found this review helpful
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By jaybou
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2012 Honda Pilot SUV EX-L 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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We look for utilities in SUVs, and Pilot stood out the most among other 3-row seat SUVs we looked at. It offers a solid ride, with the not-so-new-tech yet proven quality engine, the VCM for fuel efficiency, and a very spacious interior which seats 8 passengers comfortably. The last point was very important to us. When test-drove a Toyota Highlander, we found that the 2nd-row middle seat was not quite a full seat (removable). We find the ride to be very smooth (Listen with a grain of salt to those critics who say Pilot has a sluggish acceleration. The Pilot is probably not meant for them anyway who frequently test drive and might even own sports cars. It's perfectly fine for family use.)


Best Features

Built quality, Interior quietness (not sure why some complains about noisiness), Spaciousness, Firmness, Safety rating, Lots of storage space, Smooth engine, Power lift gate, 8" iMid information screen with rearview camera, Heated leather seats, 8 passenger seating. iPhone integration via Bluetooth. This trim level offers a very comprehensive set of features that make our driving experience comfortable and enjoyable.


Worst Features

I find it odd that the music file format such as MP3 is not compatible. You would actually have to insert a purchased CD (with .WAV format) to upload songs to the internal 2GB hard drive. Purely from aesthetic stand-point (and it's a minor thing), roof-rails should come as a standard. I think a Pilot would look much nicer with the rails.


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3rd Pilot, and loving it
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By audi40
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2012 Honda Pilot SUV Touring 4dr SUV 4WD w/Nav, Rear Entertainment (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Having owned both'03 and '07 Pilot EXL's, my wife thought she wanted something "more luxurious" this time around. Took an Infiniti JX for a day-long test drive and was "luke warm" to it. Then drove an MDX which we both thought she would end up with - while she really liked the looks and handling, she didn't like that it lacked the interior space and storage of her previous Pilots (also didn't like the big swath of fake wood trim accross the dash). Last stop was to test drive a Pilot Touring model and purchased it that same day. Loved all the features in the Touring model and for 10% off MSRP, couldn't beat the value. 2 months and 1,500+ miles later, no problems and loving the new Pilot!


Best Features

Touring model features: NAV, RES, upgraded 650w sound system (great!); 2nd row sun shades; memory seat settings for each driver (key dependent and automatically adjusts for each driver); power tailgate (not necessary, but nice feature). Integrated tow hitch (had to add this to our previous 2 Pilots). ECO mode (cylinder deactivation) and improved fuel economy compared to our '07 Pilot (2 mpg+ better and seems to be improving as we break it in). Interior space and comfort (front seats have nice bolstering).


Worst Features

Maybe a little more horsepower, but certainly adequate for daily use.


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