March 19, 2019
Pros: Gas filler on driver's side. 6 CD changer. Rear window opens independent of lift gate. Gear shift isn't (quite) on the center console. Emergency brake is on the floor. (not on the center console) Very comfortable. A lot of amenities.
Cons: Rear view mirror is a little low. If you're over six foot, you'll do a lot of ducking to see on coming traffic to your right. Wind shield is a bit too slanted making the A-posts a little too far forward, which also blocks your view left and right just a tad at intersections and such.
Center console could have been designed better. Why hide cup holders??? and why are they so low??? a lot of small storage compartments instead of at least one larger one. Odometers, temp, and door ajar, indicator is a small LCD screen behind the steering wheel. There's a big LED screen on the dash they could have used!! Don't understand that one at all. Didn't really want a back up camera. The picture is in the rear view mirror which is more intuitive but still not as good as turning around and looking with your own eyes. And a sun/moon roof is always useless. (Why put a hole in a perfectly good roof?) The CD player and climate controls take a little getting used to. Especially when some buttons have indicator lights on them and others have an indicator on the LED screen. Taking your eyes off the road even longer to look twice- once for the button and then up to the screen to see what's being done. For all the design faults, it was still the best of what's out there. Yes, other SUVs were even worse. I would definitely recommend a Honda Pilot. Big enough for most uses, just be aware of its short comings. --- This site mandates a rating for value for money. Well, that depends on what you paid, doesn't it. This site mandates a primary use for the car. The choices are awful. "Day to day driving" would have been my choice. I don't "commute", I'm not "transporting family", Not "off roading". I may tow a small boat from time to time but its not the primary use. So I was left with "having fun". Horrible choices.