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Belle Vernon Beauty in a Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot

Originally released in 2003, the Honda Pilot full-size crossover SUV was initially meant to be a substitute for the Honda Passport. During that time, Honda was still under the struggle of making a name for itself in the SUV segment since the Passport was a clear relaunch of the Isuzu Rodeo. Quite short of entries in this class, Honda's only other performer in the SUV segment was the compact CR-V which was largely an adaptation of the Civic. Despite these, however, the Honda Pilot didn't take much time to gain solid supporters in the market due to its promising three row seating and its spacious cabin which accommodates a maximum of eight passengers. More to that, the addition of a competitive V6 power source and reputable fuel efficiency rates matched with Honda's trademark of high reliability and quality has enabled the Pilot to become an immediate hit with car buyers, selling above 100,000 units during its second production year.

As it steps in the more current and modern era of the 21st century, the Pilot shows a few indications of its age evident to its current generation's design that looks like that of the 2000s. Due to this, sales have plummeted over the past years. However, being the clever car maker that is Honda, loyal buyers can expect a refreshment amid its generation. The Pilot's mechanics will most likely be unchanged, maybe some small revisions here and there, but consumers can expect improvement on its interior components and exterior styling as an effort to pull up its sales.

Honda Pilot's History

Honda should be given credit for being the first automaker in the industry to introduce a full-size crossover SUV that offers three rows of seats. The Pilot marked Honda's contribution in giving birth to a new vehicle classùa successful attempt to provide the buyers" needs of maximum passenger seating and cargo capacity without having to resort to a snug minivan or a top-heavy SUV. While much of the SUVs around the market nestled on top of trucklike platforms, the Pilot sat on a platform that was much similar to the Honda Odyssey and Acura MDX. It presented the vehicle in a unibody design and a refined suspension designed to provide more responsive handling and a comfy ride like that of a car.

Original trim levels were named LX and EX trims. Both trim levels came with standard features such as climate control system with rear vents, a cruise control and power windows and door locks. The EX, being the higher trim, includes additional a power-adjustable driver's seat, automatic climate control, keyless entry and a multifunctional steering wheel.

Honda provided an additional trim, the top-of-the-line Touring trim level in 2008 which packed the Pilot with a powerful 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 (which it adopted from the Accord), capable of spitting out a whopping 250 horses. More to this, Honda further reinforced its body to upgrade rigor, and even improved the vehicle's maneuverability to give it a more car-like driving feel.

Used Pilot Models

Initial generations of the Honda Pilot should make the best options for potential car buyers. Most, if not all, of these Pilots came standard with a lot of modern features that are currently found on the newer versions of the Pilot. Such features include a climate-control system with rear-seat passenger vents, cruise control and door locks power windows. Standard safety features are also among the wide array of equipment which offers front side airbags, antilock brakes and a 60/40-split seats for its second and third rows. As an additional perk, most reviewers prefer the exterior design of the first generation Pilots as compared to the second generation ones, which were released in 2008.

The succeeding Pilots, considered its second generation, provided a more edgy exterior styling, which resulted to mixed feelings from both its critics and supporters alike. Although, to some, the new look was still visually appealing. Other than that, the second generation Pilot also put on additional length, providing more interior room, which meant additional space for the rear seats which was lacking from the first generation trim levels. Honda also refined the Pilot's turning ration in its second generation allowing the vehicle to offer better maneuverability and handling in tight alleys and parking spaces.

If you are one of those buyers who are after the luxury experience that a vehicle offers, then the EX-L trim of the first generation is what would suit you. Considering the second generation Pilots as entries, the Touring trim of the said generation would also be a viable choice, especially with its standard leather upholstery. More to that, some higher end trim levels offer luxury options such as a DVD entertainment system or a navigation system. A drawback, however, is found in these optional features as you cannot have both of them at the same time.

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