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Pros: Nearly every option you could ever want is included.
Cons: I did not feel that the Pilot represented a good value at MSRP, as compared to other vehicles out there. Throw in the $2 - 6,000 premium over MSRP being asked by every dealer, and the Pilot is priced at near luxury SUV levels -- and it can't compete.
Advice: If value and money mean nothing to you, you will be happy with this vehicle. If features, quality, capability and cost are all part of your decision-making process, you will probably want to look elsewhere.Smooth V6 puts out 240HP, but as they say, 'There's no such thing as too much horsepower.' In the case of the Pilot, this is true. While the engine is respectable, though hardly best in class, the Pilot is a large heavy beast and the engine is simply overwhelmed at times. The supension is good (better than it's twin the MDX, I've heard) and city driving is comfortable. At freeway speeds the engine strains somewhat, and shifting while tackling steep hills is problematic at best.
Pros: The size inside vs. how small it looks outside
Cons: The CR-V'ish looking front end
Advice: Don't pay more than 'sticker' and enjoy the rideI have test driven the Pilot twice and couldn't wait to buy one. I have mine on order, it will be here in Oct. '02 and I don't think I've been more excited about driving a vehicle. Both test drives proved the Pilot to have a rock solid feel, great stability, and could an engine be anymore quiet?
Pros: Full time four wheel drive
Cons: The body style
Advice: Compare the interior room and quality to the competitors.The Pilot handles well and is very quiet. The turning radius for this type of vehicle is outstanding and stability in a turn seems to measure up also. The Pilot accelerates well from a stop and brakes smooth. All of the controls are close and handy for use by the driver. The view from the drivers seat is pretty clear because of the large windshield. The seats are very comfortable and easily adjustable. Although the looks aren't 'bad', they doen't reach aout and make you take notice.
Pros: The interior spaciousness
Cons: The pricey accessories, ie towing hitch/upgraded coolers pkg.
Advice: You've got to drive it and then go drive the competitionI have 500 miles on an EX-L model; took a 270 mile r/t jaunt to Tucson three days after buying it. Highway handling is impressive for an SUV. Acceleration and passing were no problem (75mph); ride and interior noise were car-like. I went to Tucson to bring my son home from college and managed to load up the Pilot fairly well. The ride back with the extra load and passenger was no different than going down solo. Gas mileage for the r/t was 19 mpg; impressive compared to the Yukon XL we'd traded! Overall fit and finish is very good; materials are first rate. The interior of this vehicle is so much roomier than the exterior would lead you to believe; the middle row comes close to that of the Yukon and the third row is actually habitable for three people. The neat thing about the third row is its ability to fold completely flat without having to remove seats. Great little storage compartments/nooks. At the EX-L trim level, there are only 2 options: a DVD entertainment system or an in-dash Nav system, but not both. The standard equipment list for this trim level is impressive at 31K. Try getting this on an Eddie Bauer Explorer, Envoy XL SLT, or Trailblazer LT and check out their list prices! This SUV is similar to an Acura MDX, same drive train/engine/chassis; just less money. Great value, this Honda Pilot! Just don't try dickering on the list price - yet!
Pros: Space. Space in second row, space in thrid row, and carrying space.
Cons: Center consol Basket. I throw everything in there and I DON'T like a messy interior!
Advice: Shop around. Dealer mark-up can be avoided. I rate it as an excellent buy.Moved up from a CR-V. With only 1500 miles, engine is not broken in and I would rate performance better than adequate, but not outstanding. Has a solid, heavy feel, goes where directed with little fuss. Revs at 75MPH only 2000RPM. Mileage around town at 16-16.5 MPG and highway at 21.5-22 at full highway speeds, I would expect posted speeds would result in 2-3 miles per gallon higher, Gas mileage is increasing as engine breaks in. I expect it to easily meet the EPA figures of 17 city and 22 highway for most drivers.
Cons: Had to pay sticker-But worth it
Advice: Drive it and you'll be hooked. There is nothing that compares.From the moment I sat in the Pilot, I knew it was the vehicle I wanted. After the test drive I simply said, 'I'll take it'. I was blown away at the comfort and styling. It's got plenty of get up and go. Sitting in it you can feel the quality. Those Pilot engineers didn't forget anything!
Pros: It can run on Regular gas
Advice: If you can afford it get it but the thing is that for a few thousand extra you could have the Lexus RX300 or you gould get the Acura MDXOk when I was first looked at the thing I was scared because I really dont like to be up high but after I got in it I was amazed to see that I loved it what I really liked was how the ride felt it felt as smooth as a car but the thing is that it costs 37,000 loaded and the CRV loaded is 27,000. I hate the price but it is worth it Every thing in it is real fancy and I bet once anyone gets into it they will be hooked It is about as big as the dodge durrango I loved the SUV The thing is that I hated is that you cant buy one w/ a moon roof because the acura MDX has one and they didn't want the pilot to have one