Honda, as well as most of the other Japanese automakers, has had a rough go of it this past year. An earthquake, tsunami and numerous recalls, have stunned not only long-time die-hard fans, but those contemplating a first time purchase. With that said, Honda still builds some sweet rides, one of them being the Pilot SUV.
The 8-passenger Pilot, first introduced in 2003, carries forward in its second iteration with a minor freshening for the 2012 model year.
The Pilot gets a slightly revised front fascia, a few tweaks to the interior and a little goose in the MPG department.
One nice feature that Katy families will like is the 2nd and 3rd row seats that fold flat with the rear cargo area, creating a cavernous, minivan-like hauler for things as big as refrigerators.
Honda’s 3.4-liter, 250 HP, V-6 powers the front wheels through a 5-speed automatic transmission and gets 18 MPG-city and 25-highway.
With no less than 4 trim levels, there’s bound to be one that fits what you’re looking for.
Pricing begins at $28,620 for the Pilot LX.
If you like conservative styling, then here’s your sign.
Engine: 3.4-liter V-6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Highest MPG City: 18
Highest MPG Highway: 25
Trim Designations: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring
Base Price: $28,620
What I Liked: Solid feel, powerful V-6 engine
What Needs Improvement: confusing center stack, old school plastiky interior, boxy exterior
Star Rating: 4 out of 5