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.)
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.