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8.0
/ 10
On Performance
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$29,670
On Performance
Ride and handling are still a Pilot strong point, and its big V-6 is strong and smooth.
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PERFORMANCE | 8 out of 10

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A lack of low-end torque from the V6 makes the 2010 Honda Pilot feel rather flat-footed off the line.
Edmunds

there’s still some torque steer when accelerating vigorously out of corners
Car and Driver

Acceleration feels adequate for the type of vehicle this is
Autoblog

not a truck...but it'll tow a boat or a trailer of ATVs on a family adventure
Edmunds' Inside Line

Power is adequate for most situations
MSN Autos

There's only one powertrain available in the 2014 Pilot: a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 250 horsepower, paired with a five-speed automatic. Both front- and four-wheel-drive models are available.

The V-6 is one of the smoothest, sweetest-sounding, most pleasant powertrains in its segment, even if it's not the standout for power and torque that it once was. The transmission can feel a little unsure of itself under lighter loads, but it's smoother and quicker if you decide that you need to move rapidly.

The Pilot does have quite a bit more durability built in than the typical car, though, and it is a good choice for those looking to get to a trailhead on the weekends. The four-wheel-drive system (actually all-wheel drive) does include a Lock mode for mud or deep snow. Structurally, the Pilot's structure borrows some of the benefits of a body-on-frame SUV but has a modern unibody design. And that contributes to its good ride quality and crisp response.

With a rather tall driving position, you might expect the Pilot to be a little clumsy compared to those lower, more wagon-like utility vehicles. But it's not at all; handling is quite responsive, and the straightforward exterior is easy to maneuver in parking garages or on tighter city streets.

 

Conclusion

Ride and handling are still a Pilot strong point, and its big V-6 is strong and smooth.

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