Honda Pilot Review: Solid Crossover, Solid Choice

I love the Honda Pilot. I always have. In fact, I will admit to secretly coveting my friend’s Honda Pilot. This article offers a very fair and honest review of the Honda Pilot, but, of course, the positive qualities win the day!

 

According the article: “The Pilot has considerable competition, but remains a good buy. It’s good to excellent in practically every category and has the Honda’s good name and resale value going for it as well.”

 

I was surprised to learn the Honda Pilot is a midsize crossover SUV. I mean, it’s just so…beefy. The article described it well by saying it looks like the Honda Pilot rests on a truck frame (it doesn’t really). I also didn’t realize that it has three rows of seats! Why is that big deal to me? Because my husband refuses to buy a minivan, so perhaps he could be persuaded to drive a more masculine vehicle like the Honda Pilot that also seats eight.

 

“The Honda Pilot is one of the most popular vehicles in its class,” said Tod McLaughlin, general manager of Apple Valley Honda dealership in Wenatchee. “It seats eight and can also haul a good size trailer or boat. You don’t get very many midsize crossovers that can do all of that with the comfort and features of the Honda Pilot.”

 

According the article: “All four Pilot models share the same engine, a 3.5-liter, V6 that produces 250 horsepower and has 253 pound-feet of torque…The Pilot goes 0-60 in 9.1 seconds…The towing capacity is 3,500 pounds with the two-wheel drive and increases to 4,500 in four-wheel mode.”

The article gets a little critical of the Honda Pilot saying that the third row of seats is better sized for children than adults, but really, what adult wants to sit in the third row anyway? And who regularly transports eight adults?

 

While the Honda Pilot does not have any off-road features, it is car-like in all the right places, including drive and gas-mileage.  “The Pilot possesses some car-like qualities, so it continues to deliver a comfortable ride on most road surfaces. The Pilot scores near the top in many safety aspects. Gas mileage has increased the past few years and now averages 18-25 mpg.”

 

For your opportunity to test drive the roomy and envy-inspiring Honda Pilot, head to Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda dealership!

 

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