2009 Honda Pilot – Test drive and new SUV review – 2009 Honda Pilot Sport Utility Vehicle

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Honda has a long of doing things their own Typically, the design of an 8-passenger SUV with a ladder frame and a big V8 Not Honda: When they the first Honda Pilot, used car-style unibody resulting in an 8-passenger SUV that less — and therefore less fuel — most of its rivals.

Since 2003, the year the original Pilot made its several automakers have that same approach, and the is now littered with what we large crossovers.

The punchline is while the Pilot was radical spawn a host of imitators, research found that actually wanted something like a traditional SUV. may march to the beat of their own but they also know it’s time to change — so while the new-for-2009 uses the same design it’s also a greatly vehicle, with radical including a bigger body and butch styling.

Let’s talk about the The squared-off lines are clearly from the Honda Element. is a good thing, at least you walk around to the front. you’ll find a big silver and goggle-eyed headlamps reminiscent of the old Sidekick, which I think are silly adornments on an otherwise vehicle.

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In the Seat

Pilot Touring

The high dashboard and tall, hood make the new Pilot quite a bit larger than the old The upside is that the cabin much, much roomier; the is that it’s hard for people like me (I’m to see over the hood, even the height-adjustable driver’s seat all the way up. I found the Pilot tricky to through crowded parking though other journalists who are than I am — and that’s much all of them — had a easier time.

The new Pilot is one of the few three-row SUVs to a third row big enough for adults, getting back there particularly easy. The extra space comes at the expense of comfort, which isn’t as as some of the Pilot’s smaller With all seats in place, the offers a healthy 18 cubic of luggage space plus a bin below the floor.

2nd and 3rd row seats can be flat, but the floor has a slight that can cause cargo to or roll to the back.

Honda Pilot

The Pilot is available in LX, EX, EX-L and trim levels. The LX comes all the basic creature comforts, front and rear air conditioning. The EX more niceties like a camera, while the EX-L leather seats and other

But a rear-seat DVD player isn’t in the LX and EX models, and a navigation system is offered on the top-of-the-line Touring

On the Road

For 2009, the Pilot an improved version of last 3.8 liter V6. Power has risen to 250 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque, gives the Pilot more enough oomph. Despite its size, fuel economy is up by 8% the old Pilot; EPA estimates are 16 mpg city/22 mpg for four-wheel-drive Pilots, 17/23 for Pilots. The increase is due largely to the new of Honda’s Variable Cylinder (VCM) system.

While the old VCM system could three of the engine’s six cylinders power demands were the new-gen VCM allows the Pilot’s to run on 3, 4 or 6 cylinders for even more The system is completely transparent the only way you’ll know working is to compare fuel-economy with friends who own smaller, SUVs.

One of Honda’s design was to make the Pilot a better off-road. I got a chance to take the on a lengthy but fairly gentle course. It won’t do the Baja but if you do need to venture off the beaten (or path, chances are the all-wheel-drive will take you as far as you need to go.

On paved roads, the new Pilot’s is much smoother and steadier that of the old Pilot, though still a fair amount of noise at highway speeds. The is surprisingly soft, but the Pilot is and easy to control in sudden and panic stops. Towing is 3,500 lbs for front-drive Pilots and lbs for four-wheel-drive models, and all Pilots with a Class III tow hitch

Journey’s End

Is this Pilot in the right direction?

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