Mention Honda and your first thoughts are likely of the Accord, Civic, CR-V, or maybe the Odyssey. You don't think of a seven-seat crossover at all. Well, Honda would like you to think of them when the thought of a seven-seat crossover passes your mind with the 2013 Pilot.

The Pilot is very much a utilitarian crossover in its design. Honda must have given their designers a straight-line and told them that's all you get to design with. We have to say we're impressed with the design since it looks like a proper SUV with squared-off edges, embellished wheel wells, and large windows. The interior follows the same philosophy as the exterior with loads of storage throughout and controls that are well-marked. The Pilot offers seating for up to seven people and provides up to 87 cubic feet of cargo space when the second and third row seats are folded.

Powering the Pilot is a 3.5L i-VTEC V6 with 250 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission and your choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. EPA rates the 2013 Pilot at 18 City/25 Highway/21 Combined for the front-wheel drive model and 17 City/24 Highway/20 Combined for the all-wheel drive model.

Pricing for the 2013 Honda Pilot starts at $29,520 for the LX 2WD model and climbs up to $41,270 for the EX-L w/ Navi and Rear Entertainment System 4WD model. Competitors to the Pilot include the Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Toyota Highlander.



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