People who frequently find that they need a minivan but want an SUV ought to carefully consider the 2013 Honda Pilot. I say this not because I’m regurgitating a Honda press release touting the Pilot’s 8-passenger seating capacity and generous cargo volume. Rather, I say this because I just put 1,500 miles on a Pilot in the space of one week, ferrying my six-member family to Las Vegas in searing 120-degree heat, to Santa Barbara for a beach day and 4th of July fireworks, and to Disneyland to battle summertime tourist crowds.
With the single exception of mediocre fuel economy, the Pilot performed flawlessly, and I would recommend one without hesitation. Just plan to make frequent stops at gas stations.