Looks can be deceiving; the 2011 Honda Pilot looks like a traditional SUV, but it's more like a tall wagon or minivan in purpose.
Toyota's Highlander is one of its most direct rivals; like the Pilot, the Highlander has a more traditional, squared-off profile, but the Highlander is less overt and ridiculous styling-wise—and less likely to offend.
The Highlander has a nice, soft ride, but it's not nearly as responsive of a performer on the road.
The Ford Flex is another solid rival, with excellent interior comfort and distinctive, boxy styling that's more urban-hip than rugged; equipped with the available EcoBoost V-6, the Flex performs better than the Pilot.
Then there's the Chevrolet Traverse, introduced for 2009; the Traverse is larger than the Flex, with a higher seating position closer to that of traditional SUVs, yet it handles and performs well and has a very well-appointed interior.
The new 2011 Kia Sorento feels nearly as large as the Honda Pilot but offers a base four-cylinder engine, like the Highlander.
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|2011 Honda PilotBrowse Used Listings||2011 Chevrolet TraverseBrowse Used Listings||2011 Ford FlexBrowse Used Listings||2011 Kia SorentoBrowse Used Listings||2011 Toyota HighlanderBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||FWD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|2WD 4-Door LX||FWD 4-Door LS||4-Door SE FWD||2WD 4-Door I4 Base||FWD 4-Door L4 Base (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic||Manual w/OD||Automatic|