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By Cars.com Staff
June 1, 2010
Vehicle Overview Honda's midsize Pilot crossover SUV was redesigned in 2009 and has seen only minor changes since. The Pilot seats eight and competes with crossovers like the Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9 and GMC Acadia.
New for 2011 There are no significant changes for 2011.
Exterior The Pilot is boxy and upright from most angles. The front end features rectangular headlights that border a six-sided grille. Exterior features include:
Optional roof rails
Optional fog lights
Optional body-colored side mirrors and door handles
Interior The Pilot seats eight in three standard rows of seats. Standard features include air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and a CD stereo with an MP3 jack. Optional features include automatic air conditioning, a backseat entertainment system, sunshades for the second-row side windows, a six-CD audio system and a USB port for connecting an iPod to the stereo. Other interior features include:
Optional satellite-linked navigation system includes 10-speaker premium audio system
Load-supporting cargo net (20-pound maximum cargo weight) optional
Optional heated front seats and leather-trimmed seating
Optional Bluetooth, a power tailgate, and corner and backup sensors
Optional rearview camera and premium audio system
Optional rear entertainment system available
Under the Hood All Pilots are powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 250 horsepower and 253 pounds-feet of torque. The engine drives a five-speed automatic transmission and uses Honda's Variable Cylinder Management technology to maximize fuel economy. Mechanical features and specifications include:
Two-wheel-drive Pilots get estimated 17/23 mpg city/highway
Four-wheel-drive versions get an estimated 16/22 mpg
Heavy-duty radiator, transmission cooler and Class III trailer hitch are standard
Two-wheel-drive Pilots can tow 3,500 pounds; four-wheel-drive models can pull 4,500 pounds
Safety Standard safety features include:
All-disc antilock brakes
Electronic stability system
Side-impact airbags for front seats
Side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats
Active front head restraints
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