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8.0
/ 10
On Performance
BASE INVOICE
$25,665
BASE MSRP
$28,320
On Performance
A responsive, smooth powertrain and surprisingly confident handling make the 2011 Honda Pilot a better on-road performer than its appearance might suggest.
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A lack of low-end torque from the V6 makes the 2010 Honda Pilot feel rather flat-footed off the line.
Edmunds

there’s still some torque steer when accelerating vigorously out of corners
Car and Driver

Acceleration feels adequate for the type of vehicle this is
Autoblog

not a truck...but it'll tow a boat or a trailer of ATVs on a family adventure
Edmunds' Inside Line

Power is adequate for most situations
MSN Autos

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. 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.

Conclusion

A responsive, smooth powertrain and surprisingly confident handling make the 2011 Honda Pilot a better on-road performer than its appearance might suggest.

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