2011 Honda Pilot Review

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If you can get past the garish grille and overwrought look, the 2011 Honda Pilot is a fine family vehicle, with minivan-like interior space and decent performance.

The Pilot is Honda's mid-size crossover utility vehicle, offering a rugged look combined with a very passenger-friendly package and surprisingly good on-the-road performance.

Honda appears to be running in the opposite direction, style-wise, than the rest of the industry—which could be a good or bad thing, depending on your taste. The evidence: Honda gave the Pilot a complete redesign for 2009, but while other models have become softer and more carlike, the Pilot became even more macho, creased, and imposing, with a chunky look and an almost incredibly garish framed chrome grille that's either a macho masterpiece or a little embarrassing (we go with the latter). Interior themes are also a bit gimmicky and overwrought in a chunky, macho aesthetic..

The 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that powers the 2011 Honda Pilot isn't exceptionally fast with the smooth-shifting five-speed automatic, but it has a pleasant, responsive, and refined feel and is sweet-sounding. A cylinder-deactivation system is there to help cut fuel consumption while coasting or cruising, yet the Pilot is quite thirsty, with EPA ratings of just 16 mpg city, 22 highway with four-wheel drive. Handling is much better than the tall silhouette suggests, and once you get past the initial surprise of the tall driving position, you'll find handling to be reasonably crisp, with good maneuverability.

The 2011 Honda Pilot has a carlike unibody design, bolstered structurally with some of the benefits of an SUV, so it's able to draw from the best of both worlds. Ride quality is a little firm, but with the optional four-wheel-drive (actually all-wheel drive) system, which has a Lock mode, the Pilot is great for getting through deep snow, mud, and the like. Four-wheel-drive models can tow up to 4,500 pounds.

Inside, the Pilot is as roomy and functional as ever; it's one of few vehicles this size to have a third row that's spacious enough for adults (though headroom is tight in the far back). Front seats are generously sized and excellent for long road trips, while the second-row seats slide fore and aft for easy access to the third row or to get just the right balance of legroom between rows. The second and third rows split 60/40 and fold forward.

From a practicality standpoint, the interior of the 2011 Honda Pilot interior brims with cubbies, holders, and bins for accoutrements of all sorts. Oddly, the chunky, oversized aesthetic doesn't carry over to instrument-panel controls, which come across as cluttered, and the hard-plastic surfaces used throughout the dash are disappointing.

The Pilot is available in four different trim levels—LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring—each of which is offered in 2WD or 4WD. The EX-L and Touring get upgraded leather upholstery. Base 2011 Honda Pilot LX models come with rear air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control, and a seven-speaker sound system, while the top-of-the-line Touring includes a host of tech features, such as a nav system, a rearview camera, a Bluetooth hands-free interface, a USB audio plug, backup sensors, and available rear DVD entertainment. The availability of the navigation system has been expanded to EX-L models for 2011.
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April 28, 2015
For 2011 Honda Pilot

I'd buy another.

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From the beginning the car has been rock solid. Change the oil and good to go. Had an issue with the sunroof that was taken care. The most trouble free car I've ever owned.
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April 16, 2015
For 2011 Honda Pilot

Best vehicle of the 17 that I've owned!

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A great vehicle that with Honda's DNA is a absolutely outstanding.:-)
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April 13, 2015
For 2011 Honda Pilot

The Family Survivalist

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My family purchased a 2011 Honda Pilot Touring which at the time was the highest trim level you could get. Its easy to clean. Has and excellent tv infotainment center. Theres so much more that is capable in... + More »
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November 26, 2016
2017 Honda Pilot Touring 2WD

Love My Honda Pilot

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I have had a few Honda's and each one I purchase surprises me that it could be even BETTER. I absolutely love my Pilot Touring with all the bells and whistles. Thank You Honda
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February 11, 2017
2016 Honda Pilot 2WD 4-Door LX

Water leaking into the care

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The worst mistake I ever made. I have a Honda pilot 2016 LX model, this is my second Honda car. The experience with this car is horrible. Recently, I noticed the water leaking into the car. During the rain in... + More »
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February 10, 2017
2016 Honda Pilot AWD 4-Door EX-L w/Honda Sensing

Nice SUV, The Infotainment System Sucks

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The 2016 Honda Pilot EX-L with Honda Sensing drives great and is a very quick, comfortable ride. The Honda Sensing works well and has prevented two accidents already. The infotainment system is very poorly... + More »
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December 7, 2016
For 2016 Honda Pilot

Good for family and travels

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Safe car and convenient. This car is not only recognized in US but in other Latin American countries.
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June 18, 2016
2016 Honda Pilot AWD 4-Door Touring w/RES & Navi

Love it, Love it ; my kind of SUV!!

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Excellent ride and equipment very complete. Compare to many others, lots of room inside. Gas millage is not so bad either .Remote engine start is standard, which we don't see in the majority of other makes.
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December 20, 2015
2016 Honda Pilot AWD 4-Door Elite w/RES & Navi

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

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I purchased my 2016 Honda Pilot Elite in late October 2015 for $50,000+ out the door. The Good: I was very impress with the redesign and all the safety features that were standard on the Elite trim. I was also... + More »
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December 17, 2015
2016 Honda Pilot AWD 4-Door EX-L w/Navi

It is a mess.

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I went to the factory to buy only noise in the room the day after. It is a mess.
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