The Honda Pilot is a crossover SUV that can seat up to eight passengers. As is typically the case with Honda vehicles, the Pilot provides a high-quality ride that is equal parts stable and comfortable.
Front-wheel drive was available in 2006 when the Pilot received a mild refresh before it was redesigned in 2009. In the second generation, the Honda Pilot appealed to families that wanted to have a minivan that did not look like a minivan. Completely revamped for 2016, the latest Pilot sheds its original exterior styling for a sleeker, more car-like look not seen often with mid-size SUVs.
The Honda Pilot offers decent acceleration, with a smooth ride and respectable handling. It's also a fuel-efficient vehicle great for drivers who need to take their families to a wide variety of places. All Honda Pilots are equipped with three rows of seating, ensuring plenty of interior space for seven or eight passengers. The Pilot is great for big families.
The Honda Pilot's early generation models came equipped with many standard features currently available on new Pilots. Additionally, most changes are either cosmetic or minor, so used car buyers should look at what features they put a premium on and research which model year the feature was rolled out onto all Honda Pilots. Those seeking better performance may want to look at 2005 models which have a higher horsepower than Honda Pilots prior to it.
The most recent Honda Pilot has been upgraded to include a 3.5L V6 engine backed up by a 6-speed automatic on base models and a 9-speed automatic on upper trims. All-wheel drive is optional.