2012 Honda Pilot Performance

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The Pilot's already impressive powertrain performance gets a little better for 2012. The 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 carries over, as does the five-speed automatic, but with . The V-6 definitely isn't the most powerful engine in this class, but combined with the automatic 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 2012 Honda Pilot performs much better than its boxy exterior might suggest.

A carlike unibody design, surprisingly, is what underpins the Pilot, but it's been bolstered structurally with some of the benefits of an SUV so it's able to draw from the best of both worlds. The Pilot tends to ride a little firm, but it's great at powering through deep snow or mud thanks to a true Lock mode for the available four-wheel-drive (actually all-wheel drive) system.

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