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2013 Honda Pilot

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2013 Honda Pilot Review

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Vehicle Overview

The 2013 Honda Pilot three-row crossover offers abundant interior room, as well as the peace of mind that comes with being an IIHS Top Safety Pick. A 3.5-liter V-6 engine powers the Honda Pilot, delivering 250 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 18/25 mpg city/highway. The 2013 Honda Pilot also has the capacity to tow up to 4,500 pounds, and is available in four models: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring.

The interior features a new 8-inch infotainment screen, and a center cluster that, despite a revision a couple years ago, still has too many buttons that leave it feeling cheap. Unlike others in the segment, the third row is capable of seating taller passengers, as the roof line provides ample headroom, though legroom isn't as spacious as it could be. With both back rows folded, interior cargo room increases to its full 87 cubic feet, and even with the third row seats in use the Pilot offers a slight cargo advantage thanks to its width.

Standard features on the 2013 Honda Pilot include automatic headlights, power accessories, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, 60/40-split second and third row seats, Bluetooth, rearview camera, and 8-inch infotainment display. The EX model adds foglights, heated mirrors on the all-wheel drive models, and an eight-way power driver seat with two-way power lumbar adjustment. The EX-L offers leather upholstery, sunroof, power liftgate, heated front seats, and satellite radio. A rear seat entertainment system and voice-activated navigation are also available. The Touring model adds the EX-L optional features, as well as roof rails, parking sensors, driver seat memory functions, and a 10-speaker premium audio system.

New for 2013

The 2013 Honda Pilot sees minor changes, including new HandsFreeLink Bluetooth and rearview camera. A new 8-inch standard infotainment screen has also been added. The new exterior paint color Obsidian Blue Pearl replaces Bali Blue Pearl.

You'll Like:

  • Fuel economy
  • Drives and handles well
  • Three-row seating

You Won't Like:

  • Exterior styling
  • Interior materials
  • Can get pricey

Key Competitors:

  • Ford Explorer
  • Mazda CX-9
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Toyota 4Runner

See the New 2015 Pilot.

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