Based on Honda Pilot EX
Honda's midsize Pilot crossover SUV has been redesigned for 2009 and changes include new exterior and interior styling, a new high-end Touring trim level and a more fuel-efficient V-6 engine. The eight-seat Pilot hits dealerships in May 2008 and competes against crossovers like the Toyota Hi... Read Full Report
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NEW YORK -- Honda has a touching TV advertisement for its 2009 Pilot midsize sport-utility vehicle. A father drives in from the suburbs to one of this city's soup kitchens. It appears to be early Thanksgiving or Christmas morning. The streets are damp, empty, cold. The feeling is desolate. The father is accompanied by a preteen son, who assists his dad in unloading big boxes of food. A sou... Read full review for the 2009 Honda Pilot
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Why all the stupid complaints ? This is a great vehicle. Bought used one year ago and its the best vehicle I have ever owned. If you want to get 16 mpg in town and 25 on the highway just let up on the... Read Full Review
Service & Repair
What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.
Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.
Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.
Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).
Free Scheduled Maintenance
Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.