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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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|Build & Price|
2013 Honda Pilot$27,999 | 16,810 mi
2013 Honda Pilot$33,839 | 26,563 mi
2013 Honda Pilot$35,000 | 6,143 mi
2013 Honda Pilot$35,000 | 5,564 mi
2013 Honda Pilot$35,922 | 16,293 mi
2013 Honda Pilot$35,999 | 6,228 mi
2012 Honda Pilot$31,000 | 16,662 mi
2011 Honda Pilot$23,995 | 78,731 mi
2011 Honda Pilot$25,997 | 49,249 mi
2011 Honda Pilot$26,570 | 40,912 mi
2011 Honda Pilot$26,888 | 49,989 mi
2011 Honda Pilot$27,999 | 76,005 mi
2010 Honda Pilot$23,995 | 66,059 mi
2010 Honda Pilot$25,995 | 53,431 mi
2009 Honda Pilot$16,971 | 120,928 mi
2009 Honda Pilot$18,530 | 92,153 mi
2009 Honda Pilot$24,888 | 60,841 mi
2008 Honda Pilot$14,995 | 121,237 mi
2008 Honda Pilot$19,496 | 77,203 mi
2007 Honda Pilot$10,995 | 117,276 mi
2006 Honda Pilot$13,484 | 114,987 mi
2006 Honda Pilot$15,674 | 134,178 mi
2005 Honda Pilot$9,488 | 180,017 mi
2005 Honda Pilot$12,495 | 125,782 mi
2004 Honda Pilot$7,995 | 167,588 mi
2004 Honda Pilot$9,989 | 243,221 mi
2003 Honda Pilot$7,986 | 238,385 mi
2003 Honda Pilot$9,470 | 114,278 mi
Usable third-row seat with vast amount of space, but size can be unwieldy and in-car tech doesn't set new standards
Better off-road skills than many crossovers with lots of optional technology, but basic controls are complicated and price can escalate quickly
Extremely refined driving characteristics with maneuverable size, but third-row is tight and cargo space is limited with it in place
Unique optional V8 adds towing ability and has refined interior, but fuel economy isn't as good as others and standard V6 has a lot of mass to move