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needlessly complex center stack
Car and Driver
center stack is littered with small buttons that take awhile to get used to
There's even a storage box integrated into the driver side of the cargo area, while another 2.8 cubic feet of storage has been created beneath the cargo floor.
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automatic cabin humidity control that prevents window fogging
The 2013 Honda Pilot remains offered in four different trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. All four are offered in 2WD or 4WD, but beyond that you need to ante up to one of the top two trims in order to get a lot of the more desirable options and convenience features.
Leather upholstery, a Bluetooth hands-free interface, USB/iPod connectivity, a power tailgate, and a navigation system all remain only available on the EX-L and Touring. And the way that infotainment is configured in the Pilot, to get a USB input you need to select the navigation system--and likely buy one of the more expensive Pilots on the lot.
Last year Honda brought to the Pilot the i-MID, which includes a color LCD screen at the top of the instrument panel, showing trip computer and audio functions. A set of enhanced steering-wheel controls were also included, and for 2013 a rear-view camera system is also included.
If you can do without some of those extras, the base Honda Pilot LX models are well-enough equipped to make comfortable family vehicles for most; they include rear air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control, and a seven-speaker sound system. At the top of the lineup, the Pilot Touring includes a host of tech features, such as a nav system, a rearview camera, a Bluetooth hands-free interface, a USB audio plug, backup sensors, and available rear DVD entertainment. There's 15 GB of media storage included with the navigation system.
There are some exciting features and options available on the Pilot, but many are only offered on much pricier EX-L or Touring models.