..and that's saying a lot - this is my 9th vehicle, 4th Honda, and 2nd Honda Pilot. Had my first Pilot ('05 model) for 7 years. Just bought a 2014 EX 4WD. There is NO engine vibration when in the VCM (aka, ECO) mode. Honda has reduced exterior noise considerably from my first Pilot - this one has a very quiet interior. Very smooth engine and transmission - typical Honda. Fantastic amount of interior space and cargo room. Great looking SUV, unlike many of the so-called modern SUVs that look like ugly, glorified station wagons. I love everything about the Pilot. The USB port and bluetooth hands-free link are much appreciated. Thanks Honda!!!
Bold, aggressive look. Cavernous interior. Strong and smooth V6. Cushy ride, soaks up any and all bumps. Extremely comfortable. USB port. Bluetooth. Rear-view camera. Build like a tank, very safe vehicle.
Honda could not improve this vehicle, IMO, aside from giving it better fuel economy. But the current fuel economy numbers are not bad..
2013 Honda Pilot Touring w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
I traded a CRV for this 2013 Honda Pilot 4WD Touring. The Pilot came home and immediately had a moonroof leak that soaked the interior. The drain tubes were disconnected from the factory. That should have been a sign. The MPG never made it to 25 on the highway, and averages
of 15-17 were common in mixed driving over 7000 miles, even with minimal passengers. The VCM was horrible. Sometimes it felt like a bad torque converter, other times it stumbled on flat ground regularly while activating/deactivating cylinders. The only way to tolerate driving it is to drive it in D3, which shouldn't be necessary on a 40K vehicle. We traded back into a Camry SE V6. Honda has VCM troubles.
Eliminate VCM from the V6 Honda. It's useless, and a class action settlement proves that Honda knows it.
2013 Honda Pilot EX-L w/Rear Entertainment 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
When in ECO mode and you encounter a slight grade where there is a light loading on the engine, it vibrates and makes a droning noise.
It does it anywhere from 35mph and up including highway speeds.
It did not do it on my Odyssey in ECO mode.
The shop mechanic first said it was "Normal".
I have had 20+ cars in the last 50 years and this isn't normal.
Then he said this was very typical of the 2013 Pilots.
Honda mad a design change in 2013 and don't apparently don't have a clue how to fix it!
Well....don't look any further.
If you have not owned a Honda (my 5th), you don't know what I mean.
Honda reliability, over all comfort, safety, service, price, ( did I mention reliability & safety) and the best dealers around...it's a no-brainer!
I get a soild 22mpg all the time and get a 25mpg on cruise, level ground, at 65mph.
Beat that anywhere.
You are also riding in the safest vehicle make on the market!
We live were it snows... no worries it performs great!
The 8 passenger capacity will haul the gang in style, without leaving that "one" behind.
Just go and drive the Pilot you will come home with it!
Financing has always beat the others hands down.
Go see for yourself!!
Love the safe feel, the performance, the reliability, the great look, the MPG, the backup camera, the heated mirrors, the 4-wheel drive and of course the competative pricing!
I think this 2014 Pilot is a winner!
No matter which one you choose, it will deliver.
No real improvements for me that haven't been made.
Honda pilot is a great car, roome and comfortable.
To prevent engine vibrations in "eco" mode, which is only happens in cold weather,
use premium fuel in winter and mid grade or regular in summer.
Fill out a full tank with premium fuel and drive 75 mph on Highway with D3 on for about 20 miles and it's gone. Pilot is much beter choise that his rival's Pathfinder and Grand Cherokee, because they aretrue lemon cars with transmission problem's.