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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Honda Pilot

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Expert's Rating

5.0Excellent

MPG 18 City / 25 Highway
Pros
  • Smooth highway ride
  • Good handling for SUV
  • Refined transmission
Cons
  • Questionable instrument cluster design
  • Awkward navigation controls
  • Boxy front end design
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The Pilot is a good solution for people who want lots of standard features and need to seat up to eight.

Introduction

The Honda Pilot remains a popular choice in the midsize crossover segment because it meets the needs of many buyers: carrying lots of cargo or passengers in something that's reasonably efficient and not a minivan. Honda's reputation earns it a secure spot on most shopping lists, as does standard seating for eight.

All Honda Pilots come with a 253-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and five-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available.

Remarkably well equipped for a base model, the LX gets 17-inch wheels, power windows, keyless entry, power mirrors, cruise control, automatic headlamps, split-folding second-and third-row seats, tri-zone climate control, a backup camera, Bluetooth with iPod connectivity, a seven-speaker audio system and Honda's i-MID infotainment system.

The EX adds 18-inch alloy wheels and a power driver's seat. The EX-L, meanwhile, adds leather seats, heated front seats, a power sunroof, a satellite radio, a power liftgate, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The EX-L also has optional DVD rear entertainment and navigation systems.

Finally, the Touring model adds features like a 10-speaker audio system, navigation and DVD entertainment systems, roof rails, a hard disk music storage system, and parking sensors.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Honda Pilot
Starting price
$19,759

2013 Honda Pilot EX

Recommended for: Buyers interested in alloy wheels and a power driver's seat

The EX adds niceties like 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, a security system, fog lights, body-colored side mirrors, and a 10-way power driver's seat. Opting for the all-wheel drive system also adds heated side mirrors.

2013 Honda Pilot
Starting price
$19,759

2013 Honda Pilot EX-L

Recommended for: Buyers who want access to more luxury

The EX-L starts to make the Pilot more luxurious for people who demand comfort in their crossover. The L stands for leather, so the EX-L adds leather upholstery. It also features heated front seats, a moonroof, a power tailgate, an upgraded tire pressure monitoring system, a four-way power passenger's seat, and a SiriusXM satellite radio. DVD entertainment and navigation systems are optional. The DVD system includes a 110-volt outlet in the second row; the navigation system includes XM traffic, a compass, a more sophisticated backup camera, a high-resolution screen, a subwoofer, a 15GB hard drive for music storage, and a Song By Voice feature.

2013 Honda Pilot
Starting price
$19,759

2013 Honda Pilot LX

Recommended for: Shoppers interested in lots of space and essential features

Even though it's the base model, the LX includes lots of features buyer might not expect to be standard: keyless entry, power mirrors, a tri-zone automatic climate control and 17-inch steel wheels. In addition, there's Bluetooth phone control with streaming Internet radio to a seven-speaker audio system; Honda's i-MID system; and a USB input for iPods. The eight-inch screen for i-MID also houses a standard backup camera, an feature unusual even for luxury crossovers.

2013 Honda Pilot
Starting price
$19,759

2013 Honda Pilot Touring

Recommended for: Buyers who want luxury in their family hauler

The Touring model is the best-equipped Pilot and adds numerous desirable features. These include a rear DVD entertainment system; a navigation system with XM traffic; a compass; a more sophisticated backup camera; a high-resolution screen; a subwoofer; a 15GB hard drive for music storage; a Song By Voice feature; power-folding side mirrors that are controlled with memory settings that also manage the driver's seat; a trailer harness; and a 650-watt 10-speaker audio system.

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