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2009 Honda Pilot vs. Its Competition

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The three-row, seven-passenger 2009 Honda Pilot has some tough competition in the crossover segment.

GM has four vehicles in the class, but the Pilot’s most direct competition from GM might be the Saturn Outlook, which has a squared-off shape, an import-friendly dealer experience, and lots of available options.

Toyota’s Highlander is a three-row vehicle now, but its soft handling is noticeably inferior to the Pilot’s, though it does come in a Hybrid edition.

The new Ford Flex is an intriguing crossover with MINI Cooper-esque styling, three rows of seating, and plenty of high-end features that aren’t limited to its most expensive models.

2009 Honda Pilot2009 Honda Pilot2009 Ford Flex2009 Ford Flex2009 Saturn Outlook2009 Saturn Outlook2008 Toyota Highlander 4WD 4-door Limited (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View2008 Toyota Highlander
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The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
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The 2009 Ford Flex is one of the most stylish new crossovers, with great passenger room and more features than some minivans.
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The attractive 2009 Saturn Outlook is a large, comfortable utility vehicle built with families in mind.
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Most Americans prefer mushy white bread, and the 2008 Toyota Highlander is a larger, high-quality "loaf" that will satisfy most every consumer.
MSRP From   
$27,695Browse Used Listings$28,550Browse Used Listings$30,625Browse Used Listings$27,500Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
2WD 4-Door LX4-Door SE FWDFWD 4-Door XEFWD 4-Door Base (Natl)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
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