The Honda Pilot arrived on the scene in 2003, before we started referring to crossovers as crossovers. Instead of body-on-frame design and four-wheel drive, the Pilot had unibody construction and all-wheel drive. This mattered little to Pilot buyers, who didn’t need off-road prowess—they wanted Honda reliability, good traction and seating for up to eight.
A second generation with more truck-like styling appeared in 2009. Its squared-off lines defy the industry trend to curvaceous styling, but also provide more usable interior space.