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needlessly complex center stack
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center stack is littered with small buttons that take awhile to get used to
There's even a storage box integrated into the driver side of the cargo area, while another 2.8 cubic feet of storage has been created beneath the cargo floor.
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automatic cabin humidity control that prevents window fogging
The 2012 Honda Pilot is offered in four different trim levels—LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring, each of which is offered in 2WD or 4WD—but to get all the features you like, you might end up having go with one of the upper trims.
You'll have to step up to the EX-L and Touring to get upgraded leather upholstery and other tech features like Bluetooth, USB/iPod connectivity, a power tailgate, or a navigation system. In fact, you have to get the navigation system in order to have a USB input.
Base 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.
Across the model line, from a feature standpoint, the big news for 2012 is top-and-center on the dash; Honda has brought the information screen it terms i-MID—a color LCD screen that shows trip computer and audio functions up more in the line of sight. It also includes enhanced steering-wheel controls. Also for 2012, the navigation system has been updated and includes 15 GB of media storage.
You'll need to step up to EX-L or Touring trims to get upgraded leather upholstery. That said, base 2012 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, backup sensors, and available rear DVD entertainment.
The 2012 Honda Pilot offers some exciting features and options, but you'll have to move to EX-L or Touring models (and spend a lot more) to get some of them.