This 2013 Honda Pilot video review talks about how it compares to other large crossover SUVs. We discuss fuel economy, price, safety, comfort, interior space, features and cargo space.
The Honda Pilot is one of the best-selling large crossovers. It's also big, dependable and reasonably efficient. But, that doesn't mean it's the best.
The Pilot's main issue is under the hood. It's only available with a 250 horsepower V6 and a five-speed automatic transmission. Neither does its acceleration any favors, and the Pilot generally feels sluggish. On the upside, the EPA estimates 21 mpg combined for a standard front-wheel drive model or 20 mpg combined for all-wheel drive.
Behind the wheel, it can feel cumbersome. The steering is slow, its braking distances are below average and you really get the sensation you're driving a massive vehicle. The Pilot might be a crossover, but it feels more like a truck.
On the other hand, the Honda Pilot definitely has the cushy ride of a crossover and the interior space too. Adults can legitimately fit in all seats and the boxy shape makes the third row feel less claustrophobic than those of many other large crossovers.
Being a box also comes in handy when you're carrying boxes. Its 87 cubic feet of maximum space is technically less than GMC's Acadia and Mazda's CX-9, but the Pilot's shape makes the space it has more useful.
For smaller items, there's also an abundance of storage spaces up front. We especially like the center console bin and the cargo area organizer.
There's an abundance of buttons too, but they're nicely separated. Everything's easy to use, even the voice commands. Programming a destination, for instance, is really quick.
This is a top-of-the-line Honda Pilot Touring that costs about $40,000. It includes leather, a power liftgate and a rear-seat entertainment system. A base Pilot LX costs about $30,000 but still comes with Bluetooth, a rearview camera and tri-zone climate control. In general, the Pilot offers pretty good value.
In crash tests, the government gave it four out of five stars for overall protection, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety pick.
The Honda Pilot does some things well, but several competitors are stronger. The GMC Acadia feels more powerful and refined, the Mazda CX-9 is more agile, and the Ford Flex gives you that boxy cabin without the cumbersome driving experience. There are even more models worth considering as well, so make sure to take the family on a lot of test drives.
For more information, please read the Edmunds Honda Pilot Review.