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2010 Honda Pilot vs. Its Competition

2010 Honda Pilot

The 2010 Honda Pilot looks like a traditional SUV, but it's more like a tall wagon or minivan in purpose.

Toyota's Highlander is one of its most direct rivals; like the Pilot, the Highlander has a more traditional, squared-off profile, but the Highlander is less overt and ridiculous styling-wise—and less likely to offend.

The Highlander has a nice, soft ride, but it's not nearly as responsive of a performer on the road.

The new Ford Flex is another new rival, with excellent interior comfort and distinctive, boxy styling that's more urban-hip than rugged.

Then there's the Chevrolet Traverse, introduced for 2009; the Traverse is larger than the Flex, with a higher seating position closer to that of traditional SUVs, yet it handles and performs well and has a very well-appointed interior.

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Quick Specs
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If you can deal with its overwrought styling, the 2010 Honda Pilot is an excellent family vehicle, with the space and comfort of a minivan and good overall performance.
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The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse is an Acadia/Enclave/Outlook wearing different duds.
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The 2009 Ford Flex is one of the most stylish new crossovers, with great passenger room and more features than some minivans.
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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   
$27,895$29,215$28,550$27,500
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door LS4-Door SE FWDFWD 4-Door Base (Natl)
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
8877
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2010 Honda Pilot vs. 2009 Chevrolet Traverse2010 Honda Pilot vs. 2009 Ford Flex2010 Honda Pilot vs. 2008 Toyota Highlander