2009 Honda Pilot vs. Its Competition

2009 Honda Pilot
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The three-row, seven-passenger 2009 Honda Pilot has some tough competition in the crossover segment.

GM has four vehicles in the class, but the Pilot’s most direct competition from GM might be the Saturn Outlook, which has a squared-off shape, an import-friendly dealer experience, and lots of available options.

Toyota’s Highlander is a three-row vehicle now, but its soft handling is noticeably inferior to the Pilot’s, though it does come in a Hybrid edition.

The new Ford Flex is an intriguing crossover with MINI Cooper-esque styling, three rows of seating, and plenty of high-end features that aren’t limited to its most expensive models.

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Quick Specs
The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
The 2009 Ford Flex is one of the most stylish new crossovers, with great passenger room and more features than some minivans.
The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the same room and amenities that the nonhybrid Highlander does, only with better fuel economy and the badge of honor that comes with driving something that's trying to be green.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class  
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
2WD 4-Door LX4-Door SE FWDFWD 4-Door Base (Natl)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door4 Door4 Door
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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