Features galore are standard on the 2009 Honda Pilot; options include some of the latest high-tech equipment, but many are available only on the most expensive models.
The Detroit News reports that standard features on the 2009 Honda Pilot include "a flip-up glass hatch on the back door; integrated tow hitch; hill start assist; four car-seat latches,” as well as a “tilt and telescopic steering wheel.” Motor Trend adds that the Pilot has a “superbly redesigned center console that provides twice the capacity of any competitor's, multiple bins, supersize cupholders, [and] 12V powerpoints.”
However, many sources note that Bluetooth, a power tailgate, and navigation systems are only available on the most expensive EX-L and Touring models. Cars.com lays out the case against Honda’s packaging of options: “Rather than being optional equipment that you can add to any trim level, many popular features are limited to more expensive trims.” Features like a power moonroof and a DVD entertainment system are “only available on the top two trims, EX-L and Touring.” The Touring model is also the only Pilot that gets a USB port that teams up with Apple’s iPod to integrate your music library with the crossover’s sound system.
“While this feature-allocation strategy may be fine for buyers looking for a higher-end Pilot,” Cars.com adds, “it doesn't serve budget-minded buyers who aren't eager to step up to a higher trim level just to get one feature they're interested in.” BusinessWeek points out that the Touring edition “will sell for about $40,000, making it the most expensive Pilot ever.”