2009 Honda Pilot Review

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Honda Pilot

2009 Honda Pilot

2009 Honda Pilot

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2009 Honda

When the Honda Pilot as a 2003 model halfway 2002, the Pilot gave a solid presence in the mid-sized SUV market. Generation one had a successful run, but time, market and customer expectations march on. So generation two has made its entrance for year 2009.

Completely 2009 Honda Pilot is enough larger to provide interior space while fitting into the mid-size Its car-like unibody structure is more rigid, and more of passengers, with easier Power is up a bit, but using less fuel, thanks to use of Honda’s Variable Cylinder (VCM(tm)) system.

And the lineup has to include a premium model, the in addition to the entry-level Honda LX, value-leader Honda Pilot EX, and Honda Pilot EX-L. All a 250-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 matched to a five-speed automatic transmission, and are in front-wheel drive or all-wheel trim, with AWD being Torque On Demand automatic system.

The automotive market, the crossover and SUV part, has changed than a little since Or, for that matter, since the new Pilot‘s debut last summer. Last record fuel prices followed by last fall’s disasters.

Even before that, — including crossovers were showing signs of less than trendy. But they are fashionable or not, like the Honda Pilot the needs, not just the wants, of of people. SUVs (which now means crossover for the majority of are chosen over minivans not for fashion reasons, but because are better-suited to inclement conditions and a adventurous lifestyle.

Although the has no pretension to being a rugged it is better-suited to ski vacations or camping involving poorly-maintained forest than a minivan.

Honda its Honda Pilot its biggest-ever to appeal to active families, and it may cut sibling rivalries with the interior space and easier to the third row, which is than in most mid-size or SUVs, if not as spacious as that of a like the Honda Odyssey. since the most common are expected to be young and small, it work fine, and maybe help keep the peace. the sunglasses holder above the rear-view mirror becomes a mirror for monitoring passengers it’s partially opened.)

also another market to consider, and that is called luxury. Hence the new Touring at the top of the lineup. Existing Honda owners wanted to see something upscale, so now they have it.

Compared to the other models, the gets fancier exterior upgraded interior equipment including audio and navigation a power tailgate, and a front and rear sonar sensing The Pilot’s emphasis, according to is on packaging and function. meaning not to on toes over at the Acura whose cousin MDX has more of an on style and performance.

That a week with the new Honda showed it to not only have packaging and multi-role functionality, but to plenty of performance as well. just enough larger before to add comfort and carrying without growing too large, and the passengers get treated like human beings, not afterthoughts. The liftgate glass, while not new in the is a welcome new Pilot convenience

Fuel economy is reasonable for a four-wheel drive vehicle; I got 17 out of each gallon of unleaded

2009 HONDA PILOT If it’s only an inch and wider, and 2.9 inches longer on 2.9 inches more wheelbase, why the new Pilot look so much than its predecessor? Perhaps because of the boxier, more SUV, styling, bolder grille, and chiseled lines. many competing crossovers try to their nature and look car-like, Honda has done the

It’s not overdone, and the skid in front is, knowing Honda in engineering, more likely to help airflow and reduce as to prevent rock damage on the But this is a potential kid-hauler doesn’t loudly proclaim on board.

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2009 HONDA COMFORT: Comfort is what owners and potential owners Honda they wanted, and get it. If the interior design is decidedly — relatively plain, no hint of artificial wood to be — it’s pleasant, and are those of us who don’t see the point of that was last wood back in the Carboniferous Period. comfort is first-rate, with yet instantly comfortable padding and covering.

Head and leg room is good, even in the third and each part of the second row can be fore or aft as needed. With a split to both rear cargo vs. people configurations The front buckets are power-adjustable, and the steering wheel is manually-adjustable for tilt and reach. It also has and auxiliary audio controls, and the for the trip computer. The instrument is stylish, but not at the expense of function.

The instruments are readily visible and important is backlit at night. The system display is large and control is, as has become customary in products recently, by means of a button with a rotary If this is a nod to complex German it’s a definite improvement as it is and intuitive in use.

It controls the and car information systems (including PDA like calendar, calculator, and book) while the audio and systems have their own traditional interfaces. The AM/FM/XM/6CD(mp3 and audio system sounds and has both a minijack and USB port for music players.

Storage power points, and vents are located in the cabin, and there is storage space under the floor as the space-saver tire is outside, underneath. The power is useful if a bit gimmicky, but the separately-opening is convenient for quick bag stowage.

HONDA PILOT SAFETY: takes safety seriously and all its vehicles to be as safe as possible. So an Compatibility Engineering(tm) front is used in front to maximize protection and minimize under- or during collisions. Full protection is standard, front, side, and head curtain, front passenger occupant

Four-wheel antilock disc with Brake Assist and brake-force distribution ensure consistent stops, and Vehicle Assist (VSA) with control keeps the Pilot in uncertain circumstances.

2009 PILOT RIDE AND HANDLING: Not does the 2009 Pilot’s unibody structure increase safety, it also heralds in ride and handling. Which exactly deficient in the original. is as always, fully independent MacPherson struts in front and a system in the rear.

It’s near-perfectly, with excellent of road irregularities and minimal motion. There is no hiding its mass, but for a medium-large crossover the is quick on its feet. Road and noise are minimal.

2009 PILOT PERFORMANCE: Improved efficiency, low emissions, a broad band, and low maintenance were key of the Pilot drivetrain team. the 3.5-liter V6 engine is basically the as used previously, and it has the same ULEV-2 emissions rating, it has a of and changes that add power and

Compression is up to 10.5:1 from 10, on regular unleaded, and 4WD models get a magnesium intake manifold and noise-control engine mounts. importantly, the latest iteration of Variable Cylinder Management intimately tied into the variable valve lift and system, is used to deactivate two or cylinders as power needs

Meaning that while at a steady speed and low throttle, as as half the engine’s cylinders be using fuel. At that a green eco lights up on the dash, the driver to save fuel by the light on. Dr. Pavlov would be

Of course, firing on all six and moving fuel consumption is commensurate power production. Which at 250 (at 5700 rpm) and 253 lb-ft of (at 4800) is more than adequate and can merge the Pilot traffic or tackle steep with ease. The VTM-4 four-wheel drive system in familiar front-wheel drive most of the time, and sends to the rear wheels as needed for

CONCLUSIONS: Honda emphasizes and function in the new second-generation Pilot, it a versatile and comfortable vehicle.

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