The base 2008 Honda Pilot has enough standard features to satisfy most; more expensive versions load up on all kinds of electronic extravagances.
The Pilot is available in four trim levels: VP, SE, EX, and EX-L. Standard equipment includes, but is not limited to: power windows and locks, manual front and rear air conditioning, remote keyless entry, machined alloy wheels, XM Satellite Radio, six-disc in-dash CD player, tilt steering wheel with audio controls, and cruise control.
Edmunds notes that stepping up to the EX brings a power-adjustable driver's seat, auto climate control, and HomeLink but not satellite radio. The SE slots between the EX and EX-L, and it's equipped with cloth seats, a sunroof, satellite radio, the DVD entertainment system, and a 115-volt power outlet on the front console. The EX-L adds leather, a sunroof, satellite radio, heated front seats, and either navigation or a DVD entertainment system, "but you can't get both." Mother Proof also mentions there’s no auxiliary jack for an iPod.
ConsumerGuide has mixed feelings about the navigation system, which "is easier to learn and use than most, but its screen is small and the driver must stretch to reach the main toggle control."
Some reviews read by TheCarConnection.com are not fond of the tailgate, which lacks an opening glass partition, and the seat warmers that may not be powerful enough for everyone.