2005 Honda PilotHonda Pilot Owner - Austin, TX01/03/2012
There are only two things wrong with a 2005 Honda Pilot. One is that the engine uses a rubber timing belt, so belt maintenance is required. The 2005 CR-V has cam chains, so I am not sure why Honda kept this design. The other is the fuel economy, which at about 20 MPG is only fair for a Honda. Sure, its a big-ish car, moving over 4000 pounds, and the newer models use variable displacement engines to try and get around that weight, but it would have been nice to have all that tech in the 2005: it is hardly new.
Everything else about the car is a superlative. Quiet. Easy to drive. Comfortable. Room for eight. Great visibility. The 2005 body design predates all the weird Transformer angles of the next Pilot body style, and the square International Harvester shape of the current 2012 version, making it among the nicest looking SUV's out there.
Bought this care a little over a year ago and I seem to like it more every day. At first I thought it was a little too big and boxy, but now I've really come to appreciate how versatile this car is. To me its the best combination of features and functionality for a family vehicle that has room for 6 (the back seat is much bigger than the Highlander) without being overly big and heavy like some of the American makes it competes with. We have the Limited Edition, with heated, electronically adjusting seats, navigation, rear window turning indicators and PARK ASSIST - this is really handy for getting it into the garage and into tight parking spaces. Get it if you plan on keeping the car a long time.
The height of the vehicle gives you a commanding view, and it handles quite well for something this big. The engine is good - maybe a bit underpowered, but it also gets decent gas mileage.
Great family vehidle!
2006 Honda Pilot
2006 Honda PilotHondalover - Virginia07/05/2008
We have had our Pilot for about 5 weeks, we absolutely love it. We get pretty good gas mileage, we have not taken a long trip yet, but can't wait to. I love setting the a/c on auto, my grandkids love sitting on the third row seats they can see out the large rear windows and it is so easy to load them in their car seats, because the second row seats slide up and out of the way with the touch of a button. The Pilot is our 3rd Honda. My family is very fond of Hondas and 3of 4 of us own at least one!
Vehicles with third-row seating have plenty of features for nearly every type of driver. For families that need a great family-friendly vehicle, SUVs, crossovers, and minivans with third-row seats give passengers roomy interiors and still have enough power to haul plenty of vacation equipment or moving supplies.