2014 Honda Pilot vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Don't judge this book by its cover; the 2014 Honda Pilot may look tough on the outside, but it's more of a family hauler than an off-roader.

Instead, it competes with cars like the Toyota Highlander, which has a smooth, gentle ride, but isn't nearly as engaging on the road.

The Ford Flex is one of our top picks–it has an upscale, comfortable interior and a legitimately enjoyable driving experience with the turbocharged V-6.

The Ford Explorer is another comfortable option that looks tougher than it actually is–but it has more available technology inside than the Pilot.

The Chevrolet Traverse is larger even than the Flex, with a tall, SUV-like seating position and a well-appointed interior.

The Kia Sorento is a value leader in this category, but it feels a little smaller than the Pilot, due to its curvaceous body.

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Quick Specs
Despite the 2014 Honda Pilot's truck-like exterior, it's one of more practical and family-friendly models on of the market today.
The 2014 Chevrolet Traverse offers up all the practicality, space, and features that will make a big family happy--provided you prefer an understated style.
The 2014 Ford Explorer does build on its heritage, but on-road fluency and passenger comfort are clearly at center stage.
Boring isn't in its vocabulary: the 2014 Ford Flex makes owning a family wagon a statement of style.
The 2014 Kia Sorento gets a quick fix for its minor flaws: they brighten the cabin and soften the ride.
The 2014 Toyota Highlander covers familiar territory, without straying too far into Adventure Land.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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