Honda Pilot – Overview – CarGurus

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The Honda Pilot full-size SUV debuted in 2003 as a replacement for the Passport. At the time, Honda was in the of establishing itself in the SUV market with its own vehicles, as the Passport was a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo. only other SUV was the compact which was loosely based on the

The larger Pilot quickly a foothold in the marketplace, thanks to its cabin and three rows of which could accommodate up to passengers. Add a capable V6 powerplant, fuel economy, and Honda’s for quality and reliability, and it’s to see why the Pilot quickly became a hit buyers, selling more 100,000 units during its year in production.

Honda from several resources creating the Pilot, including the sedan and the Acura MDX luxury-oriented SUV, which itself was on the Odyssey minivan. The Pilot a comfortable, car-like ride good handling, although its design and braking performance live up to the standards set by its competitors, to reviewers. However, thanks to its frame and body, the Pilot adequately for light off-road use and

Currently in the midst of its second the Pilot comes in base LX, EX, upper-class EX-L, and top-of-the-line trims for 2011. All feature a front-wheel-drive configuration, though can add four-wheel drive (4WD) at trim level. Power for all comes from a 250-hp, V6 matched with a five-speed transmission.

Fuel economy check in at 17/23 mpg for FWD trims and for 4WD trims.

In recent years, the has faced stiff competition such category challengers as the Flex, Nissan Murano, Highlander, Mazda CX-9, Traverse, and Buick Enclave. The competes well in areas seating capacity and exterior and has regularly made Car and Driver’s list of Best SUVs. But are less impressed with the performance and interior design.

In areas, such as pricing and economy, the Pilot ranks in the of its automotive segment.

As it enters the decade of the 21st century, the shows some signs of since its current design back to 2008. As a result, have slumped in the past few However, prospective buyers can a mid-generation refresh, possibly for

While the Pilot’s mechanics won’t change much, can expect to see some updates to the design and interior components in an to goose sales.

Model History

Honda was one of the automakers to the market with a crossover SUV with three of seating. When the Pilot it helped define a new automotive aimed squarely at the needs of buyers who required plenty of and cargo options, yet were for something other than a or top-heavy SUV.

While SUVs at the time sat on truck the Pilot rode on a platform from the Acura MDX and the Honda as well as the Honda Accord. It a unibody design and a suspension to provide responsive handling and a car-like ride.

Initially the sat on a 106.3-inch wheelbase, with an length of 188 inches. Despite for up to eight passengers, the third-row seat offered minimal making it a tight fit for most The second row provided plentiful for all but the tallest adults, however.

The seat split 60/40, and rows could be folded to expand cargo space, topped out at 90.3 cubic With the second row up and in place, space checked in at 48.7 feet. The Pilot’s width inches) allowed it to carry up to four feet wide.

Honda initially offered the in LX and EX trim levels. Both well-equipped with such features as cruise control, a system with rear and power windows and door The EX added automatic climate a power-adjustable driver’s seat, entry, and a multifunction steering An EX-L trim added a upholstery package to the EX trim

Options available only for the trim included navigation and a DVD system.

The first-generation Pilot its engine from the Acura The 3.5-liter aluminum-alloy V6 engine 240 hp and linked to a five-speed automatic. The V6 the Pilot from 0-60 in 7.6 and managed fuel economy of 16/22 mpg for FWD trims and 15/20 for 4WD

Towing capacity topped out at pounds. Owners could add Variable Torque Management 4WD as an option. The system sent to all four wheels when it slippage, but defaulted to front-wheel-drive during normal driving

Safety features for the first-generation included dual-stage front and antilock brakes with brakeforce distribution. The Pilot five out of five stars in front and side crash conducted by the NHTSA, and received a top of Good from the IIHS.

In 2004, Honda added front seats as a standard for EX-L trims, and in 2005, the boosted horsepower for the Pilot’s V6 engine to 255 hp.

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For 2006, the Pilot a mid-generation refresh, which a number of exterior updates. revised the Pilot’s front and grille, and redesigned the headlights and Interior updates included a new cluster and center console. In Honda updated the 4WD system to it more fuel efficient, and variable valve management to the V6 which shut down of the six cylinders when cruising to fuel economy.

As a result, the EPA fuel economy numbers of mpg for the updated V6.

The second-generation Pilot in 2008 with a more appearance, which drew reviews. Some liked the bulkier look, while preferred the softer, more lines of the previous generation. design features included a hood line, a tall grille, and larger 17-inch

The wheelbase and overall length by nearly 3 inches each, to and 190.9 inches, respectively.

added a new top-of-the-line Touring for 2008 and equipped the Pilot a new 250-hp, 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 from the Accord. In addition, strengthened the Pilot’s body to rigidity, and reduced the Pilot’s ratio to improve maneuverability, it more sedan-like.

Used Versions

For 2010, Blue Book awarded the with its Best Resale Award in the Full-Size Utility category. The award spotlights that are expected to have the resale value five after purchase.

Although the focuses on the Pilot’s resale in the future, it also provides an of the resale values of past As a result, prospective buyers can to pay a premium price for used However, given the Pilot’s sales over the past few buyers might be able to some good values in a vehicle.

First-generation Pilots probably make the best for prospective buyers. They equipped with many features currently available on new including cruise control, a system with vents for passengers, and power windows and locks, as well as antilock front side airbags, and second- and third-row seats. As an bonus, many reviewers the exterior styling of the first-generation over the second generation, debuted in 2008.

Honda boosted horsepower for the V6 engine to 255 hp in 2005, so buyers who better performance might to focus on vehicles built that year forward. A refresh in 2006 resulted in fuel economy for the V6, so owners who a premium on this aspect seek out trims built in or after.

The second-generation Pilot a more rugged exterior which drew mixed However, some buyers find it appealing. In addition, the Pilot grew in length, in more interior space, more legroom in the rear which many found in first-generation trims.

Honda tweaked the Pilot’s turning with the second generation, in better handling and maneuverability in spaces such as parking

Buyers seeking luxury-oriented will want to look for trims from the first or Touring trims from the generation, both of which standard with leather In addition, some high-end will come equipped optional navigation or DVD entertainment However, Honda was unable to the Pilot with both systems, since the dashboard room to accommodate equipment and for both a navigation and a DVD system.

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