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2014 Honda Pilot Performance

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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.

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

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.

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