2013 Honda Pilot
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Reliability and Style

by from Kansas City on May 12, 2013

After my Acadia's transmission died while on my way to dropping off my three kids, I realized I needed a reliable car. I looked at the Toyota Highlander, Toyota Forerunner, and the Honda Pilot. I must...
After my Acadia's transmission died while on my way to dropping off my three kids, I realized I needed a reliable car. I looked at the Toyota Highlander, Toyota Forerunner, and the Honda Pilot. I must say I went with the Pilot Ex-L, I thought it beat the Highlander and the Forerunner in both style, price and features. With leather and sun-roof, more cargo room, and a usable third row (eight passengers!!!), I paid $4000 less than I would have for the Highlander and $6000 less than the Forerunner. The 2013 is a redesign, and Honda really listened to what people want in terms of a usable and substantial third row; the 2011 I looked at a couple of years ago had a flimsy third row and less cargo space, two very important features for a mom of three. The Pilot has way more cargo room than the other third row SUVs; when you lift the floor in the back, the cargo space is deeper and allows for plenty more room. Also, the third row seats are substantially more comfortable and usable than the Toyota SUVs. The Acadia was comparable. With three kids plus friends and family, I need all the usable space I can get, as well as the ability to SEPARATE my kids so they don't harass each other as easily. As far as the style, I absolutely LOVE the boxy exterior, it looks rugged and less like a minivan than the Toyotas or even the Acadia and the Traverse. It reminds me of a Jeep Patriot, and seems more SUV than crossover. I love the interior storage space, there are plenty of ledges and places to put your phone, sunglasses, mints, gum, wipes, snacks, etc. And the style of the speedometer and fuel gauge, etc has a retro look, which is very appealing to me. It reminded me of the BMW Mini-Cooper when it first came out. Finally, the ride is smooth, I wouldn't say it is the quietest ride, and not the peppiest car, but it does have more pep that the Acadia. And the ECO feature allows you to save on gas mileage if you use it correctly. I am still learning how to do that. Overall I really think the Honda Pilot can't be beat for reliability, features, style and cost.
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one safe vehicle I was the crash test dummy

by from Kansas City, KS on November 19, 2013

I just replaced my beloved 2013 Honda Pilot with a new 2014 Honda Pilot due to a car accident. I was t boned at 45 mph by a Ford F150 truck. I was hit at the drivers seat. All side air bags deployed a...
I just replaced my beloved 2013 Honda Pilot with a new 2014 Honda Pilot due to a car accident. I was t boned at 45 mph by a Ford F150 truck. I was hit at the drivers seat. All side air bags deployed and I walked away with just a bruise from my seat belt. I was hit so hard it knocked my vehicle up onto the side walk. My 2013 had only 12000 miles on it and was totalled by the insurance company. I can say without a doubt this is one safe vehicle. The fit and finish of this vehicle is second to none. This is one quality product. It pulls my small bass boat well at 2700 pounds without feeling it behind the vehicle. I love this vehicle and would recommend it to anyone. Thank you Honda for making a safe vehicle.
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Great SUV

by from Seattle on January 2, 2013

Couple weeks ago I purchased a 2013 pilot EX-L 4WD. The only reason I went with Honda is because of their known reliability but I was quite surprised at how this vehicle performed when I took it acros...
Couple weeks ago I purchased a 2013 pilot EX-L 4WD. The only reason I went with Honda is because of their known reliability but I was quite surprised at how this vehicle performed when I took it across the country. After putting more than 3600 miles on it, I have only good things to say about the car. It is very smooth on the road and handles great in any weather conditions. Pilot is not going to WOW you with it looks, it could use some exterior re-design but it is very practical 8-seater that will provide you and your family with a great reliable and a comfy ride.
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GREAT WONDERFUL

by from NC on December 30, 2012

I purchased my 2013 Honda Pilot Nov 23, 2012...LOVE IT. Went from an Accord to the pilot for room....of course the pilot doesnt get as great gas mileage as the accord...but it makes up in room...and p...
I purchased my 2013 Honda Pilot Nov 23, 2012...LOVE IT. Went from an Accord to the pilot for room....of course the pilot doesnt get as great gas mileage as the accord...but it makes up in room...and performance. Very comfortable ride and style. Love it..glad I made the purchase
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2013 Honda Pilot

by from CT on January 15, 2013

My wife and I are very pleased with our Pilot purchase. It was between the traverse, CX9 and pilot. Between standard options, price and reliability it was a no brainer. The only downfall is the interi...
My wife and I are very pleased with our Pilot purchase. It was between the traverse, CX9 and pilot. Between standard options, price and reliability it was a no brainer. The only downfall is the interior styling, outdated and very plasticity feel.
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Great SUV

by from Saratoga, NY on January 1, 2013

The pilot is well designed and extremely comfortable. After comparing to all others in its class I felt the Pilot is the best value for the money. My only negative comment is that I fell it may be a l...
The pilot is well designed and extremely comfortable. After comparing to all others in its class I felt the Pilot is the best value for the money. My only negative comment is that I fell it may be a little underpowered thus affecting the gas mileage.
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Best alternative to a minivan for comparable cost

by from Upstate, ny on January 2, 2013

As a family that has 3 kids and needs the 3rd row, this car has everything we need. Extremely comfortable, great standard features, super roomy and at the right price. Strongly recommend to anyone loo...
As a family that has 3 kids and needs the 3rd row, this car has everything we need. Extremely comfortable, great standard features, super roomy and at the right price. Strongly recommend to anyone looking for a 3rd row SUV.
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Quality Vehicle

by from NE WI on September 2, 2013

Really like the Pilot Touring. The navigation works well, is easy to use and I like the location of the scrolling / selection buttons for the menu. Great storage throughout the interior with large spa...
Really like the Pilot Touring. The navigation works well, is easy to use and I like the location of the scrolling / selection buttons for the menu. Great storage throughout the interior with large spaces right next to the driver and nice storage in each of the doors. The rear seats fold very easily which is (ahhhhhh) nice. And the stereo has a little kick to it. Driving is pleasant as the truck is very smooth going down the road and exudes feelings of safety and confidence through handling. You do have to step on it to get the Pilot to move. While it is safe to say no one will mistake this of a sports SUV due to the feeling of the engine, the power feeling is smooth and mostly adequate when you ask. Overall, a quality riding truck with good utility. Thanks Honda for sticking with the traditional styling.
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INCREDIBLE CAR

by from Scottsdale, AZ on August 5, 2013

I have always owned Mercedes and Cadillac thinking the features and comfort had to be better since they were considerably more expensive. I was totally mistaken. The comfort and features in my new Hon...
I have always owned Mercedes and Cadillac thinking the features and comfort had to be better since they were considerably more expensive. I was totally mistaken. The comfort and features in my new Honda Pilot surpassed both in every category. I took it on a long trip to break it in and the seats were the most comfortable seats I have ever been not to mention it was incredibly quiet! Wonderful Car.
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Most reliable car

by from los angeles on March 20, 2013

Initially when i searched online for price, it was out of my budget. So decided to go with Base model KIA Sorento (heard from friends that its cheaper with more features, 10 years basic waranty). When...
Initially when i searched online for price, it was out of my budget. So decided to go with Base model KIA Sorento (heard from friends that its cheaper with more features, 10 years basic waranty). When i test drive KIA Sorento 7 seater, the 3rd row is purely for kids, so its really not a 7 seater. 7 Seater KIA is charged little more, plus i wanted back up camera which comes in as a package which costs 2k. All in all it was coming to 26.5k + Tax + DMV => ~30k. Then I wanted to give a try with Nissan and infact Nissan has good name compared to KIA and the real 7 seater was infact was coming little lesser than KIA. Since i reached to Nissan, I visited Honda and test drive Pilot (base model has backup camera + bluetooth) with price negotiated to $27.5k. I visted Toyota which was next to Nissan and Honda dealers. Toyota sales rep was so rude I can say...he asked which car are you looking for, I said Highlander. He asked, will you buy now, I said let me test drive, he said he is busy come tomorrow. I said Thank you very much... Next saturday went to Honda and brought Pilot with onroad price for $31.5k !!!
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