2013 Honda Pilot vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

While the 2013 Honda Pilot looks tough and trail-ready from the outside, you can't read it too literally as that's not what it is on the inside.

It's really more of a direct rival to the Toyota Highlander; like the Pilot, the Highlander has a more traditional look, though it's less overt.

The Highlander has a nice, soft ride, but it's not nearly as responsive of a performer on the road; however it also has interior trims and materials that are a bit disappointing.

Several Ford models are rivals to the Pilot.

The Ford Flex is one of our editors' top picks; it has excellent interior comfort and distinctive, boxy styling that's more urban-hip than rugged.

The Flex also performs much better than the Pilot with its EcoBoost V-6 option.

The other Ford model that's an alternative to the Pilot is the Explorer, which has more of the traditional trail look though the Explorer has also gone modern and more comfort-oriented--with advanced MyFord Touch infotainment inside.

The Chevrolet 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.

One other worthwhile alternative is the Kia Sorento, which like the Highlander offers a more fuel-efficient four-cylinder choice but feels somewhat smaller than the Pilot, probably due to its more curvaceous body.

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Quick Specs
The 2013 Honda Pilot looks tough and truck-like from the outside, yet inside it's one of the better family haulers.
The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse hits a sweet spot for SUV replacers, with none of the flamboyance of a real SUV and more practical gas mileage and interior space.
The Ford Explorer trades some trail-riding and towing for on-road driving lessons, and comes out fluent.
With an unmistakable design, strong performance, and a roomy, comfortable interior, the 2013 Ford Flex proves that three-row crossovers don't have to be boring.
It's an easy call among crossovers: the 2013 Kia Sorento has the right features, the right fuel economy, and the right size.
No matter which facet or dimension you measure--except excitement--the 2013 Toyota Highlander offers competent performance, great space, and good value.
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