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Honda Pilot: Good as Used, Better as New

Used Honda Pilot

Used Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot defined the true mark of what a midsize crossover SUVs during its initial release. With its top of the line fuel efficiency rates, V6 power, easy maneuverability, maximum seating capacity of eight, spaciously comfortable and versatile interior, the Pilot was the perfect vehicle that obliterated the minivan stigma that most consumers have.

Since most of the other car makers need to compete with Honda in this segment, most of them have released their own versions of the Pilot. Honda, on the other hand, retorted by providing a full revamp to the already marketable crossover; however, these efforts resulted a second generation Pilot that is wide of the mark. It tried to sustain its attributes of giving the occupants as much space in its interior, but the redesign also entailed less maneuverability than you would expect. With all of its few shortcomings, though, a used Honda Pilot is definitely worth considering.

Present Generation Honda Pilot

Available in either a front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the latest Honda Pilot generation is offered in four trim levels, namely: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. The Pilot's third row offers spacious that could fit even full-sized adults with decent spare room. Its boxy shape also allows it to provide an 87 cubic feet storage which means the Pilot can handle more than the typical load that families need out of a crossover SUV.

Regardless of trim, the Pilot packs a 3.5-liter V6 that spits out 250 horses and is capable of producing 254 pound-feet of torque mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, which is the only available transmission. The LX trim comes with a Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an iPod/USB audio interface and a rearview camera. The EX, on the other hand, kicks up the features with its inclusion of 18-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, power driver seat, and satellite radio. Even higher among the trims, the EX-L includes upgrades such as a power liftgate, sunroof, heated front seats and leather upholstery. The highest among the trim, the Touring model, includes a rear entertainment system, a 10-speaker sound system, and a navigation system as standard features.

Most reviews commends the Honda Pilot's comfortable ride as well as its spaciously adult-friendly interior. Other than this plentiful cargo space, this vehicle is also well-engineered in such a way that it would provide room for smaller cargo items. Its relatively high fuel efficiency rate also contributes to its advantage. Its setbacks include its lack of agility as compared to its high-end competitions, while its sluggish steering and heavy handling makes you question your driving abilities. Despite these, however, the Pilot still makes as a viable option for a large crossover SUV, although looking at other cars in this segment may also lead you to what you really need.

Used Pilot Models

The Honda Pilot was originally introduced to the market during 2003 for its first generation, making it one of the primary midsize crossover SUVs in the market that offers a third row seat. It packs a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a five-speed automatic transmission (which has been the only option for a power source), whipping out 240 horses. It was offered in all-wheel drive from 2003 until 2005. After which, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions were made available.

The Pilot originally came in three trim levels, namely: LX, EX and EX-L. The base trim, LX provided a decent array of convenient features, while the EX ups the ante with more premium features such as automatic climate control and power driver seat. The EX-L tops the trims with its leather seating and optional rear-seat entertainment system or navigation system. Clever as they are, Honda only allows you to order one of the options as you can't have both the nav and entertainment systems together.

Minor changes were inculcated to the exterior design of the Pilot for its 2006 model year. Horsepower ratings flunked to 244 horses as a result of adoption of revised SAE certification procedures. Fortunately, though, the performance of this vehicle remained unchanged. Front-seat side airbags were a normal standard feature among Honda SUVs, but the 2006 revamp saw the inclusion of a three-row side curtain airbag system that includes a rollover sensor. Stability control was also made standard among all Pilots of the said model year. The LX trim was substituted with the Value Package trim in its final year model, alongside with the introduction of the new SE trim which outranked the EX with its additional DVD player and sunroof.

Reviews praise the Honda Pilot with its fluid ride and good handling for a midsize SUV. Most critics also appreciated its well-thought of instrumentation and interior materials" quality, which are both trademarks of Honda. However, while it offered a maximum of eight-passenger seating, most adults would find the third row a bit uncomfortable. To offset this, Honda has provided ample cargo capacity that is more than sufficient to carry normal family loads.

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