2011 Honda Pilot

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2011 Honda Pilot Review

Leader of its class

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In a Nutshell
The 2011 Honda Pilot is an eight-passenger, three-row crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) that comes with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Equipped with a 3.5 liter V-6 250 horsepower engine paired to a 5-speed automatic transmission, the Pilot is a best of class champion. With four grade levels, ranging from the base LX to the Touring, every trim has remote entry, power windows and doors, a lift-up glass hatch, and a tilt-telescoping steering wheel. The Touring trim offers luxurious amenities, including power seats, a rear lift gate, a moon roof, and comfortable seating in the interior. Navigation systems are available for the EX or higher.

The Honda Pilot is equipped with a rigid, durable, steel unibody coupled with front and rear independent suspension. Amazingly responsive with smooth handling, the Pilot's interior volume is very generous, and it has a split folding back seat in the second row. Safety systems and equipment are standard. The Honda Pilot offers good fuel economy, but most are impressed with its creature comforts. EPA fuel economy rating is in the 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway range.

New for 2011

The Honda Pilot remains unchanged for the 2011 except for expanded availability of the satellite-linked navigation system on the EX-L model.

Essentials

Engine: 3.5L V-6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Body Style: Crossover SUV
Trims: LX Sport Utility, EX Sport Utility, EX-L Sport Utility, Touring Sport Utility

On the Outside

All Honda Pilots come with auto on/off halogen headlights, splash guards, and rear privacy glass. EX and Touring models get roof rails, alloy wheels, fog lights, body colored door handles, and side mirrors with turn signal duplicators.

From the Inside

Except for too many buttons on the center console, ergonomics on the Honda Pilot are generally superior. Storage options and interior volume are impressive (87 cubic-feet with second and third rows folded), while rear seat entertainment is optional on all trims.

Driving Performance

The 2011 Honda Pilot is equipped with a 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 coupled to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Front and all-wheel drive configurations are available for all trims. The Pilot offers a commendable, sure-footed driving experience due to unibody construction and independent suspension.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety systems on the Pilot include three point seat belts for all passengers and traction/stability control. Outboard passengers are protected by side curtain airbags, while the driver and front passenger get dual stage front and front side airbags.

Gas Mileage

FWD: 17 mpg city/23 mpg hwy
AWD: 16 mpg city/22 mpg hwy

Plusses

  • Great handling
  • Spacious interior
  • Multiple storage options

Minuses

  • Only one powertrain
  • Limited towing capability

Rating

Leader of its class

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