My Honda Pilot is a WONDERFUL car! I am short - 4'11"- and have had trouble over the last 8 years finding a car that I could see past the hood. The driver's seat raises high enough that this is no longer an issue, plus the squared off front of the car makes it easier to judge how close I am to the object or vehicle in front of me when I am parking. Also my Pilot is very easy to drive and park with the rear back-up monitor. And the mileage is excellent - 22.5 on mixed city/highway driving and 29 mpg on a recent trip. It is also very comfortable, even in the back seat, and has very little road noise. The air conditioner has been quick to cool my Pilot even on 90 degree days in South Texas. I LOVE MY PILOT!!
This vehicle has served my family for 13 years. We've made more trips to FL for spring break than I care to remember. I do relate to the lack of cargo space other reviewers speak of, with two daughters a luggage rack topper and/or a trailer hitch platform was required, but that was only to provide each kid with a entire row of seating to eliminate fighting. I actually installed the tow package myself, as I did with the cross bars for the roof rack. Saved lots of money that way. The trailer hitch came in handy when moving the kids to Purdue dorms and back again. Oh the stories this vehicle could tell. 230,000 miles an no major issues, just maintenance of timing belts every 90k miles.
I have owned Hondas for over 17 years (1st was the 2000 Accord, 2nd the 2009 Pilot and now I have the 2012 Pilot) and once the 8 year Warranty on this Car is over in 2020 I will buy my 3rd Pilot. The best thing I did with my 2012 Pilot was to buy the Honda Care warranty online from a Dealership in Boston which cost me just $1200 for 8 years and 120,000 miles. My car is now at 46K miles and is running without a hitch. The only thing I do is Oil Changes every 6 months. There is no other better SUV than this.