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2012 Honda Pilot
2012 Honda Pilot
Available Price Range $14,253-$27,281 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 20-21 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2012 Honda Pilot

Our Take

Honda's midsize Pilot crossover is available in front- or four-wheel-drive form and has been modestly restyled for 2012. All trim levels have a 3.5-liter V-6 that features fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation technology. The Pilot seats eight and competes with crossovers like the Toyota Highla... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • White-faced gauges
  • Firm ride
  • Few options on lower trims
  • Boxy styling

Notable Features

  • Restyled front end
  • Seats eight
  • Available Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Upgraded optional navigation system
  • V-6 with cylinder deactivation technology
  • Five-speed automatic


Our Expert Reviews

So many times I hear a fellow mom say, "Well, I really need a third row …," and I think to myself, Why? Oftentimes, the third row in an SUV or crossover seems like an afterthought. It's either too small to transport people or too difficult to get the kids into it. There's also the problem of the third row hogging all the cargo space; what's the point of a road trip with ... Read full review for the 2012 Honda Pilot

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Love the 2012 Pilot

by Rj Pilot from Modesto, CA on February 11, 2012

I’ve had my 2012 Honda Pilot Touring 4WD for about a month. My main alternatives were Dodge Durango, and Chevy Traverse/ Buick Enclave. They are all about equal as far as power and road feel. The Hond... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


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.

Roadside Assistance

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.

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