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2012 Honda Pilot vs. Its Competition

 
2012 Honda Pilot 2WD 4-door EX-L Angular Front Exterior View
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The 2012 Honda Pilot looks more like a tough, truck-like SUV, but it's more like a tall wagon or minivan.

Its most direct rival is definitely the Toyota Highlander; 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, and one of our editors' top picks; it has excellent interior comfort and distinctive, boxy styling that's more urban-hip than rugged.

And with the available EcoBoost V-6, the Flex performs better than the Pilot.

The Chevrolet 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.

Another worthy entry, the Kia Sorento, feels slightly smaller than the Honda Pilot—mostly due to a more curvaceous body—and like the Highlander, it offers a more fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine choice.

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Don't let the macho-boxy look intimidate you; the Honda Pilot makes a lot of sense for large families—especially with improved mileage and a most tasteful front-end design for 2012.
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One of the best big crossovers for families needing seven-passenger capability, the 2012 Chevy Traverse is spacious and safe, though unexciting.
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One of our top-rated vehicles, the 2012 Ford Flex has real distinction, along with top-shelf turbo power, great seats and great features.
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With the right size, the right gas-mileage numbers, and the right standard features, the 2012 Kia Sorento is an easy recommendation in the crossover class.
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The 2012 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid to roomy, three-row family crossover wagons what the Camry is to mid-size sedans: comfortable, safe, and full-featured—but more than a little bland.
MSRP From    
$28,620$29,660$29,465$21,250$28,240
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WDSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door LS4-Door SE FWD2WD 4-Door I4 BaseFWD 4-Door I4 (Natl)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
88757
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sport Utility4 DoorWagon4 Door4 Door
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticManualAutomatic
 
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