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2012 Honda Pilot Consumer Reviews

4.5
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Love the 2012 Pilot

by 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...
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 Honda’s ride is excellent, extremely smooth and quiet. The Honda has the best roominess and visibility of all the competition. I took a group of co-workers to lunch and it handled the load (8 men total, averaging 200 lbs. each) surprisingly well. Looks-wise, I wouldn’t say it’s lovely, just good, and definitely not ugly duckling, like the 2011. (I would not have considered the 2011 Pilot.) Honda recently updated the looks and interior control arrangement and it makes a huge difference. The minivan-style shifter on the instrument panel takes some getting used to, but allows a nice storage area in the console. The overall control layout is good. Mileage has been good at about 19 average in mixed city and rural highway. I was getting 16.5-17 in my 2001 Acura MDX. I had also looked at the 2011 Acura MDX, but was not happy with the comparative lack of roominess and visibility. (If Acura had made the second row adjustable like the Honda, it would have helped a lot. I didn’t actually test drive one.) Likes: Mileage, excellent ride, quiet, outward visibility, roominess, lots of storage areas, good engine power, stereo system, rear-view camera, Bluetooth phone system, general ease of use, rear window shades, sharp turning radius, uses regular gas, bright head lights. Minuses (not really dislikes): Cargo area is sloped, could use even better mileage, smallish sunroof, could use better brakes.
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Auto Pilot

by from Midland, Mi. on October 23, 2012

This is the second Pilot I have owned and is even better than my previous. Seating is so comfortable and cabin is more spacious. I have grown children and that is the reason that I bought a pilot to b...
This is the second Pilot I have owned and is even better than my previous. Seating is so comfortable and cabin is more spacious. I have grown children and that is the reason that I bought a pilot to begin with. We like to attend functions together and can travel together in the same vehicle, comfortably. I really love the back hatch door that opens with the touch of a button--it is great when my hands are full--even our dog loves the door opening "just for him." The car maneuvers very well and eventhough it has all that room inside, fits into parking very well. I am a true Pilot person.
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Good solid SUV

by from Faith, NC on September 13, 2012

Purchased 2012 Pilot EX 4WD after driving Highlander, Explorer, Durango, Pathfinder, and Sequoia. Pilot ticked all our boxes. Though everyone has an opinion, it is silly to say the car is uncomfortabl...
Purchased 2012 Pilot EX 4WD after driving Highlander, Explorer, Durango, Pathfinder, and Sequoia. Pilot ticked all our boxes. Though everyone has an opinion, it is silly to say the car is uncomfortable or underpowered or too loud on the freeway as these are only true if compared to a different type vehicle. The Pilot was as or more quiet than all the other vehicles we drove, the seats were as or more comfortable, and accelaeration is completely adequate. This is a very good travel vehicle. But it also does the other jobs well. If you need to use the third seat while stopping by for groceries and then, after while, pick up a load of plywood...well...there are not many SUVs that will do that, be comfortable, quiet, and get reasonable gas mileage. We average 20.7 to work and back and have recieved as high as 25.8 while on a highway only trip. There is no perfect vehicle but this one deserves consideration if your in the market for this type vehicle.
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2012 Pilot EX is great

by from kansas city, mo on October 18, 2012

We purchased our 2012 pilot about a month ago to replace our sedan. We have two children, both in car seats, and one 110lb akita. We usually travel to see family 1 or 2 weekends per month on a 600 mi ...
We purchased our 2012 pilot about a month ago to replace our sedan. We have two children, both in car seats, and one 110lb akita. We usually travel to see family 1 or 2 weekends per month on a 600 mi round trip. We used to take the 2006 chevy tahoe before getting the pilot, but the tahoe gets 15-17 mpg and has over 100K miles, so we needed an alternative. The interior set-up is great and 2 adults, 2 car seats, the dog, and our luggage fit comfortably! We actually love the more rugged boxy exterior styling. Some SUVs look for like Minivans that SUVs. We chose the pilot over the traverse and acadia (this is our first honda). The pilot mechanisms (seat folding and sliding) all seemed to work more easily than the GM vehicles. Also the pilot has a locking differential and slightly higher ground clearance and I do have to go off road now and then. Driving the pilot you can feel a little underpowered every once in a while, but for the purpose of this vehicle I would not want more power in lieu of better gas mileage. The honda pilot would be the perfect SUV if is was 2"-4" longer, had slightly more power (while maintaining gas mileage). I believe extra length would take the interior passenger and cargo space from good to great and a longer wheel base would take the highway ride to the next level. Our family is very happy with the honda pilot.
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Declining quality compared to earlier hondas

by from Easton, PA on September 16, 2013

I have had my 2012 for 1.5 years now and 25,000 miles later. No major issues to date that left me stranded, getting the AC noise hopefully fixed this friday and warped rotors already. What is concerni...
I have had my 2012 for 1.5 years now and 25,000 miles later. No major issues to date that left me stranded, getting the AC noise hopefully fixed this friday and warped rotors already. What is concerning is the vibration at 70mph. I would be cautious when buying this car, there is something going on here with the cylinder deactivation system. My car was fine till around 23k and then all of a sudden I have vibration coming from the front into the steering wheel and car. Its not alot but can tell its from the engine. Set the car at cruise 70mph on flat road, let it start to climb uphill slowly in eco mode and you will feel the vibration. Favorite Features Tons and tons of space. Love the storage area in the cargo floor. I keep all my towing supplies in there, a small tool set, an air pump and more! Tons of cup holders for long drives and also the spaces to put things is great. I had looked at a 4 runner and really prefered that style however it had no place to put anything. Seats I believe are more comfortable than the current highlander. Suggested Improvements Need armrests without edges, would be nice to have a nice padded arm rest. Better cruise control unit that keeps you at the set speed and does not vary up and down. Toyota's never did this. HD radio standard.
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It's Awesome!

by from Chicago ill on January 4, 2012

Read alot of rewiews and did alot of test driving before choosing our 2012 Pilot EXL. I put adults in the third row, gas milage is great. The new screen that displays the radio and backup camera is hu...
Read alot of rewiews and did alot of test driving before choosing our 2012 Pilot EXL. I put adults in the third row, gas milage is great. The new screen that displays the radio and backup camera is huge! Just go check one out. I'm 6'6" and there is plenty of room behind me for adults. Rides a lot smoother than alot of the competition.
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LOVE

by from Barnwell County South Carolina on February 5, 2012

Love the style, comfort and ride. Good gas mileage is a plus. The roominess is fantastic. Love the back up camera, making reverse driving much simplier. The only little negative is the sound system co...
Love the style, comfort and ride. Good gas mileage is a plus. The roominess is fantastic. Love the back up camera, making reverse driving much simplier. The only little negative is the sound system could be a little better.
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Car is just okay

by from Ballwin, mo on January 29, 2012

Traded a 2010 highlander in for 2012 pilot touring. Car is okay. Power is not as good as highlander. Back seat is a little tight. Road noise is bad. Nothing special so far.
Traded a 2010 highlander in for 2012 pilot touring. Car is okay. Power is not as good as highlander. Back seat is a little tight. Road noise is bad. Nothing special so far.
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Safest Car for a Family

by from Atlanta, GA on October 26, 2012

This my second Honda Pilot, and my 4th Honda. I have been very happy with all of them, 2000 Accord, 2004 Honda Pilot, 2007 Honda Cr-V, and this 2012 Honda Pilot. I have the EX-L model, and it is loade...
This my second Honda Pilot, and my 4th Honda. I have been very happy with all of them, 2000 Accord, 2004 Honda Pilot, 2007 Honda Cr-V, and this 2012 Honda Pilot. I have the EX-L model, and it is loaded with features that I love, I loved my 04 Pilot, but this one drives even better, and it is quit. The best part of this Pilot though I found out on the Saturday before Labor Day, I was towing a pop-up camper with my Pilot, and we had just merged on to the Highway when the caper started to sway because it was really windy, a tractor trailer passed, and the Pilot stared to fishtail, but the VSA helped us avoid a rollover, but we slid sideways and hit a guard rail head on at 45 MPH. The Pilot did is job, and my family walked away from the accident without any injuries, not even a cut. The police officer said if we hadn't been driving a car with the VSA system we would have rolled over. The front end looked like a mess, but I camper was ok. If it had not been for that 2012 Pilot and its VSA system I don't think we would be alive. If you need a car that can protect your family in the real world, the Pilot is the answer. I now have the exact same Pilot, same color and trim, and I wouldn't trade it for the world.
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IMO,Great SUV in all areas.

by from Charlotte, NC on January 19, 2012

Very Smooth ride, easy controls and has all the features you need. More seating(8)and more room then others in its class, better pricing then Highlander in same catagory, MPG is not as bad as it looks...
Very Smooth ride, easy controls and has all the features you need. More seating(8)and more room then others in its class, better pricing then Highlander in same catagory, MPG is not as bad as it looks if you drive easy on the pedal. Navigation is easy to use and love the custom wallpaper on screen. Very good height for all sizes. I found that it has just almost as much room and width as former Yukon but much shorter. Styling is design to stay neutral for a long time. Best feature is the safety rating. Another factor is the low expense of ownership. !8" tires not 20"s and the overall value for resale is holding very strong. Touring4X4 is a nice ride.
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