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STYLING | 7 out of 10
is beginning to feel a bit dated
Car and Driver
a clean look
“This one manages not to look like a minivan”
In a world where so many bland SUVs look alike, the bland 2008 Honda Pilot looks an awful lot like a lot of other bland SUVs.
The Pilot has changed little since its 2003 introduction, save for a slight nose job in 2006. Cars.com points out “despite some headlight and grille changes for 2006, the overall appearance is practically the same as when the model made its debut.” They add the 2008 Pilot, which uses only "modest bodyside cladding," offers "a clean look." Its "hood slopes down to a wide grille flanked by wraparound headlights," and all trims "now have body-colored bumpers, bodyside moldings, door handles and side mirrors." Edmunds says “this one manages not to look like a minivan,” but adds that the Pilot is “starting to look its age.” Automobile remarks “its appearance (styling would be too strong a word) lacks character.” Mother Proof observes “while there are no sharp, boxy edges, it’s not all soft and curvy, either. It looks competent and useful, which is how a car should be.” Car and Driver sums it up when it calls the look “anonymous.”
The inside decoration isn't quite so yawn-inducing, and the layout is practical, flexible, and logical. Edmunds feels “the design is getting long in the tooth and looks dated compared to newer crossovers,” though. Cars.com agrees, saying, “The Pilot's need of updating is evident in its interior. Though respectable, the materials aren't as rich as those of some fresher competitors.” Despite those concerns, all the switches, dials, and indicators work with precision and a tactile satisfaction. The column-mounted shift lever can get silly at times (it's easy to pull it down too far, and in Low, it knocks some drivers' knees), but other than that, any criticism of the Honda Pilot’s interior is more nitpick than harsh criticism.
Though the overall design feels dated, the 2008 Honda Pilot's still a clean-looking crossover that has just enough SUV in its shape to be interesting.