2016 Honda Pilot: Does it Cost a Pot of Gold?
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on January 15, 2016
On a recent weekend, my wife's friend was visiting our house. She noticed the long-term 2016 Honda Pilot parked in the driveway and asked a few questions that concluded with, "How much does it cost?"
I actually didn't know our test vehicle's exact price at the time, but told her that it was likely around $45,000 (actual price: $47,320.) I was expecting her to say something along the lines of "Geez, that's pretty expensive," but instead she replied, "Oh, well that's reasonable."
I was a bit surprised at first, but then I remembered what she drives: a 2014 Mercedes-Benz ML350.
It's interesting to me how perception influences one's view on whether something is thought of as expensive. A few weeks ago, my colleague Ed Hellwig wrote an update noting how our decked-out Pilot might be a little too nice for his tastes. Yet as I learned later, my wife's friend's interest in the Pilot actually stemmed from her desire for a less expensive car than her ML-Class. In her case, even a top-of-the-line Pilot Elite would be noticeably less expensive.
You can get a more objective viewpoint by comparing vehicles within a particular class. And yet the reality is that the mid-$40,000s is pretty much what you can expect to pay for a loaded-up three-row crossover these days.
We (the Edmunds crew) like testing well-equipped vehicles (such as our Pilot Elite) as it gives us the opportunity to report on all of the available features. But I'm curious — if you were buying a large three-row crossover SUV like a Pilot, what do you think your budget would be?
Would you be fine getting a top model or is there a sweet-spot?
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor