2003 Honda Pilot Consumer Review: Solid and powerful, but pricey

2003 Honda Pilot - Consumer Review

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EX 4dr SUV (3.5L V6 4x4 5-speed Automatic w/ Leather)

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Solid and powerful, but pricey
By DanJ on


2003 Honda Pilot EX 4WD 4dr SUV w/ Leather (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


I was surprised that the exterior looks
more muscular and athletic than the
most photos show. It has a more
masculine look than the Highlander. The
Pilot EX interior wasn't as attractive
as the Highlander Limited - and the
dealer-installed faux wood is about
$600 extra. Still, the interior was
comfortable - although perhaps more
designed for a larger-framed person
than is the Toyota. It was very roomy
inside for a mid-sized - with the 2nd &
3rd row flat, the storage space was

Best Features

I value the width for preventing rollover as well as the expected crash test worthiness. Acceleration was strong, but the engine was very quiet during all but hard acceleration. Considering the fuel efficiency, the power generated is wonderful.

Worst Features

Interior should be more attractive - dash suffers by comparison to the Highlander Ltd. A trim person will find the seats and armrests are designed to cradle a heavier person. I am ordering, but supply and demand prevent the ability to negotiate a more favorable selling price.
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