2012 Honda Pilot Fuel Economy

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The 2012 Honda Pilot really isn't all that great of a pick for shoppers looking to green their footprint. A number of other mid-size crossovers in the same class as the Pilot now offer a more economical base four-cylinder engine; but the Pilot only gets a V-6—and still not a particularly fuel-efficient one, at that.

A cylinder-deactivation system helps the V-6 cut fuel consumption while coasting or cruising, but it seems to be the new six-speed automatic transmission introduced this year that makes the biggest difference—now placing EPA ratings at 17 mpg city, 24 highway with four-wheel drive.

Also, the front-wheel-drive model earns a more impressive highway rating of 25 mpg—making it the most fuel-efficient three-row eight-passenger vehicle, according to Honda.

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