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STYLING | 7 out of 10
aggressive grille and slab sides, just at the moment when America is turning against big SUVs with a vengeance
bolder front end...that doesn’t look as awkward in person as it does in some of the photos
Car and Driver
rather barn like shape
tries hard to look more like a utility and less like a minivan
Edmunds' Inside Line
hearkens back to old Toyota Land Cruisers or Land Rovers
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.
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.
The 2012 Honda Pilot is against-the-grain boxy--in mostly a good way, though some might think the details are a little overwrought.