Fair legroom, good fuel economy, great cargo space
Hard cabin plastics, no low-range gear, dull styling
The Pilot is Honda's midsize 4x4 offering, and their largest offering at this time. The facelifted-for-2012 SUV attempts to move slightly upscale with its available luxury options. The new look features a new standard grille, new front and rear bumpers, and optional new wheels, along with a few other cabin additions. The Pilot can seat eight people at a pinch. The standard 3.5-litre V6 engine features Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) which allows it to operate on half the cylinders when power is not needed, improving fuel economy. Also standard is a basic 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 features include cloth upholstery, fog lights, roof rails, cruise control, tri-zone auto a/c, 7-speaker CD/MP3 stereo with USB/AUX ports, auto headlights, rear parking sensors, split-folding rear seats and 17-inch alloy wheels. The top Touring model can be had with leather upholstery, 10-speaker stereo with hard-drive navigation, rear DVD entertainment, rear camera, rear sun blinds, powered front seats, sunroof and 18-inch alloy wheels. Standard safety features include ABS, traction control, stability control, front-side airbags and curtain airbags.