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2012 Honda Pilot Styling

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For 2012, Honda has given the Pilot what amounts to a mid-cycle refresh, doing away with the oddly framed grille introduced in 2009 and instead substituting a more tasteful grille that we see, simply, as a more vertical take on the brand's passenger-car front ends.

Overall, though, Honda appears to be running in the opposite direction, style-wise, than the rest of the industry. And that could be a good or bad thing, depending on your taste. Back at its last redesign, for 2009, the Pilot became even more macho, creased, and imposing, with a chunky look that we liked, other than garish grille, so we'll consider that a victory.

The 2012 Honda Pilot is against-the-grain boxy--in mostly a good way, though some might think the details are a little overwrought.

Inside the Pilot, controls can feel a little cluttered, and the themes are a little gimmicky and overwrought, but it does continue the theme from the exterior--chunky, macho, and more upright than the cabins of most other crossovers.

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