2009 Honda Pilot Review | The Truth About Cars

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2009 Honda Pilot

Honda was the first automaker to Americans a car-based SUV with a row of seats. It didn#8217;t matter an Odyssey minivan was more fun to Families wanted a third row the stigma of a minivan or the bulk of a SUV.

The Pilot outsold all midsize car-based SUVs. new competitors piled into the Hyundai Veracruz, GMC Acadia, CX-9 and more. Honda its place at the head of the class. For the model year, Honda has with a fully redesigned

Have they done to reclaim their supremacy?

The original Pilot was a blandly box on wheels. The new Pilot sports a nose, a higher beltline, Hummeresque side windows us not speak ill of the …) and a chrome strip. The formerly cute ute much more like a SUV#8211; except for the clunky (Honda designer Dave says the new design will on you; so can fungus.)

The same, massive aesthetic has been to the Pilot#8217;s interior. The center the center console, and the door all have the chunky forms of a conventional full-size SUV.

If were a Chrysler, we#8217;d be that the interior plastics cheap. Since it#8217;s a we#8217;ll say they look As in cheap. Surfaces display the you#8217;d expect from grade rock-hard polymers, the instrument panel includes far too prominently located cut lines. something nicer? Honda you to pick up an MDX.

Alternatively, you could buy a competitor#8217;s

Like a conventional SUV, the windshield is downright upright. The panel isn#8217;t minivanishly and visibility is excellent. Although the front seats are larger and than those found in Hondas, there#8217;s less support than Hillary affords Barak Obama.

on the downside, the Pilot#8217;s shifter has to the left side of the center It#8217;s an improvement over the old shifter, but the cog swapper#8217;s positioning ideal for anyone who likes to

The new Pilot has all the width of a full-size In terms of length and wheelbase, dimensions have increased by three inches; remaining ten inches shorter than Legroom in the second row is up an inch, row limb accommodation is up nearly two

The second row adjusts a few inches but adults will want it all the way

Humans up to six feet tall can now fit the Pilot#8217;s third row, little room to spare. The seats are positioned above the two rows, providing occupants a pleasantly unobstructed view But the chairs are still too close to the to provide adults with thigh support to prevent Leg Syndrome.

Honda Pilot

The Pilot#8217;s relatively short length also compromises volume. The Honda can carry people or their luggage, but not at the same time. As with the row, you#8217;ll find room elsewhere.

Honda#8217;s an extra six horses for the Pilot#8217;s V6, for a total of 250. The i-VTEC makes the most of what#8217;s stumping-up 253 ft. lbs. of torque. there#8217;s no noticeable difference in Why would there be?

The Pilot#8217;s weight has increased to 4500 (with all wheel-drive). To compensate for the effect on gas consumption, the powerplant now on three or four cylinders cruising. The resulting 16/22 EPA are competitive, but hardly qualify as a selling point.

The Pilot#8217;s automatic five-speed remains. (Most competitors a sixth ratio, which a shorter first gear for acceleration off the line.) The Pilot#8217;s feels a bit firmer than Thanks to improved suspension the Pilot no longer leans a boat through the turns. But the is about as much of a sporting as the [only slightly less Panasonic EP3005 massage

Disappointingly, the Pilot#8217;s new underpinnings deliver markedly improved quality or a vast reduction in levels. If you#8217;re looking for a alternative to premium-branded products, ain#8217;t it.

The new Pilot doesn#8217;t change the the way the original did. There#8217;s not a area in which it excels, in a crowded with excellent Of course, the same could be of the old Pilot, of which Honda quite a few. Much the previous model, the new Pilot is a for those who will only a Toyota or Honda, and want roomier than the Highlander. bunted.

The Pilot#8217;s a base

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