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STYLING | 7 out of 10
aggressive grille and slab sides, just at the moment when America is turning against big SUVs with a vengeance
bolder front end...that doesn’t look as awkward in person as it does in some of the photos
Car and Driver
rather barn like shape
tries hard to look more like a utility and less like a minivan
hearkens back to old Toyota Land Cruisers or Land Rovers
While the rest of the industry pushes its crossovers in the direction of curves and smoother lines, the boxy and brash 2014 Honda Pilot continues in the opposite direction. That makes the Pilot look refreshingly different than the rest of the options on today's market, and its simple, rectangular design almost feels comparatively ageless–as if it'll outdate itself less quickly than the competition.
We don't necessarily love some of the added chrome bits on the current Pilot, as they may feel a little overwrought to shoppers looking for a more conservatively-styled vehicle. Last year, Honda tried to tone down some of that in a mid-cycle refresh--especially the oddly framed grille, subbing in a more tasteful grille that we see fitting in much better with the look that Honda's been giving its passenger cars in front.
Inside the Pilot, the look is different, for sure, but it's anything but traditional and simple. The very upright instrument panel can feel cluttered, and it feels a bit gimmicky--either overwrought or busy. That said, the interior trim and instrument-panel design do continue the chunky, somewhat macho look of the exterior, though the dash is rendered in lots of hard plastic.
The Pilot has some SUV pretensions in its boxy shape; the cockpit is rendered in plasticky plastics.