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.