2012 Honda Pilot Consumer Review: Sturdy and Capable

2012 Honda Pilot - Consumer Review

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

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Sturdy and Capable
By jaybou on


2012 Honda Pilot EX-L 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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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By jaybou
on 09/29/12 20:14 PM (PDT)

The average MPG after 1000 miles is 21.5. This vehicle does not require the use of premium gasoline. We are still loving the vehicle.

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By tiggerificslh
on 09/22/12 14:39 PM (PDT)

I own this car. Advertised mpg 20/24. Actual 14/17. I always fill with premium gas and don't have a lead foot. Have had it checked by a dealer once already, nothing "wrong" with the car. BUYER BEWARE!

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