Best Bet
(4.3) 52 reviews
MSRP: $7,656$18,572
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 19-20
Engine: 250-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: 4x4
Seats: 8
2009 Honda Pilot

Our Take on the 2009 Honda Pilot

Our Take

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

What We Don't Like

  • White-faced gauges
  • Knob-based navigation system
  • Popular features only available on higher trims

Notable Features

  • Seats eight
  • V-6 with cylinder deactivation
  • Standard stability system
  • Slab-sided looks
  • New high-end Touring trim

8 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.