Fair legroom, decent fuel economy, great cargo space
Hard cabin plastics, no low-range gear, ugly
The Pilot is Honda's midsize 4WD replacement for the MR-V. The new-for-2009 SUV increases a bit in size while attempting to move slightly upscale with its available luxury options. An all-new look features slab-sided styling, and a weird new standard grille which can be replaced by an optional better-looking grille. The longer wheelbase adds second-row and third-row legroom as well as additional cargo space. It can supposedly seat eight people. New to the Pilot is Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) which allows the 3.5-litre V6 engine to operate on half the cylinders when power is not needed, improving fuel economy. Also standard is a 5-speed automatic. Based on the same platform as the Odyssey minivan, the Pilot claims to be an off-roader, but only succeeds moderately, with an all-wheel-drive system that can lock itself in a 50:50 front/rear power split, but with no low-range gearing. Standard safety features include ABS, traction control, stability control, front-side airbags and curtain airbags. A power tailgate, front and rear obstacle detection, rear-view camera, side-mirror indicators, leather upholstery, side-steps, power-adjustable front seats and sunroof are all optional.
Some reports of vibrations, possibly due to warped rotors. Few random reports of loose interior trim bits, dead battery, faulty parking sensors, non-working remote locking and other minor issues, but none seem common.