2013 Honda Pilot Review

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The 2013 Honda Pilot looks tough and truck-like from the outside, yet inside it's one of the better family haulers.

The Honda Pilot has chosen to go against the current with today's crossover segment styling. While other three-row family wagons like the Chevrolet Traverse, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander have become sleeker, more rakish models over time, the Pilot has become boxier and more SUV-like.

Though the Pilot might have a more rugged look, it's still a crossover tried and true, with a standout interior package and an excellent drivetrain, though we have nits to pick with its fit and finish, and features and equipment.

Especially if you're a household that eschews minivans yet needs a roomy interior, and three rows of seating, the 2013 Pilot remains one of the best picks. The overtly boxy body yields an especially roomy interior, as well as great versatility for busy weekend-hauling needs. Yet with a carlike unibody design, bolstered structurally with some of the benefits of an SUV, the Pilot is able to draw from the best of both worlds.

A five-speed automatic transmission is paired with the familiar 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 in the Pilot, and it altogether keeps with Honda's smooth, responsive, and sweet-sounding reputation for these powertrains. EPA highway ratings are now up to 25 mpg, making it one of the most fuel-efficient three-row vehicles.

Once you get past the initial surprise of the tall driving position, you'll find handling to be reasonably crisp, with good maneuverability. Ride quality is on the firm side, but the optional four-wheel-drive (actually all-wheel drive) system has a Lock mode and is a champ in deep snow or mud. Four-wheel-drive models can tow up to 4,500 pounds.

The Pilot has for years been a top safety achiever, and it includes side-curtain bags cover all three rows, along with the usual roster of security items. For 2013, a rearview camera system is standard on all models and helps with visibility, which can be an issue in the blocky, tall Pilot.

The 2013 Honda Pilot remains offered in four different trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. All four are offered in 2WD or 4WD, but beyond that you need to ante up to one of the top two trims in order to get a lot of the more desirable options and convenience features.

We recommend the more affordable LX and EX models, as they're a better value and don't overlap in pricing with some luxury vehicles, as top-of-the-line Limited models do. They include rear air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control, and a seven-speaker sound system. Leather upholstery, a Bluetooth hands-free interface, USB/iPod connectivity, a power tailgate, and a navigation system all remain only available on the EX-L and Touring--a serious impediment to broader sales success.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016
2017 Honda Pilot Touring 2WD

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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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Saturday, 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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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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