2009 Honda Pilot Review

Posted on 06. Jun, 2008 by in Auto News

Honda was the first car manufacturer to offer Americans a car-based SUV with a third row of seats. It did not matter that an Odyssey minivan was more fun to drive. Families wanted a third row, without the stigma of a minivan or the mass of a conventional SUV. The pilot sold all other midsize car-based SUVs. Then new competitors in the segment accumulated: Hyundai Veracruz, GMC Acadia, Mazda CX-9 and more. Honda lost his place at the head of the class. For the 2009 model year, Honda has responded with an all-new Pilot. Have they done enough to regain its supremacy?

The original pilot was a mild harmless box on wheels. The new Pilot sport a bulky nose, a higher beltline, more Hummeresque side windows (let's not bad from the dead) and a chrome rear strip. The formerly cute ute looks a lot more like a traditional SUV with the exception of the chunky grille. (Honda designer Dave Marek says the new design will grow on you, it can mushroom.)

The same, massive aesthetic of the pilot has been applied inside. The center console, center console and door panels have all the chunky shapes typical of a traditional full-size SUV.

If this were a Chrysler, we would say that the interior plastics look cheap. Since it's a Honda, we will say that they look "affordable." As in cheap. Surfaces show the glamor you would expect levels of budget rock hard polymers, while the instrument panel contains too many prominently situated intersections. Want something better? Honda invites you to pick up an MDX. Alternatively, you could buy a competitor's product.

Like a conventional SUV, the pilot of the windshield is almost upright. The dashboard is not minivanishly deep and visibility is excellent. Although the pilot the front seats bigger and cushier than those can be found in Honda's smaller, there is less lateral support than Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama has. Also on the downside, the pilot moved the shift lever on the left side of the center console. It is an improvement over the old column shifter, but the cog swapper positioning is not ideal for anyone who wants to go.

The new pilot has all relative of a full-size SUV. In terms of both length and wheelbase dimensions were increased by about three inches, remaining about four inches shorter than the competition. Legroom in the second row is an inch, third row accommodation body is nearly two inches. The second line fits a few inches forward and backward, but even adults will want it all the way back.

People up to six feet tall can now fit in the pilot, the third line, with little room to spare. The Wayback seats are arranged above the first two rows, providing occupant according to a pleasant visibility forward. But the chairs are still too close to the ground to prevent adults with enough thigh support from Restless Leg Syndrome.

The pilots relatively short external length also affects the cargo volume. Can carry the Honda eight people or their luggage, but not both at the same time. As with the third line, you will find more space elsewhere.

Honda is an additional six horses for the pilots 3.5-liter V6 backed, for a total of 250 The i-VTEC system makes the most of what is there, stumping up 253 ft. lbs. Torque. Unfortunately, there is no noticeable difference in performance. Why should it be? The pilot has increased curb weight 4500 pounds. (With all-wheel drive). In order for the booklet effect balance on gas consumption, the engine now runs on three or four cylinders while driving. The resulting 16/22 EPA numbers are competitive, but hardly qualifies as a unique selling point.

The pilot remains the automatic five-speed transmission. (Most competitors have a sixth ratio, which allows a shorter first gear for stronger acceleration off the line.) The pilot of the steering feels a bit more solid than before. Thanks to improved suspension tuning, the pilot does not bend more like a boat through the corners. But the not-so-cute-ute is about as much of a sporting machine as only slightly less expensive Panasonic EP3005 massage chair.

Disappointing, says the pilot of the new foundations do not provide significantly improved handling and a dramatic reduction in noise. If you are looking for a bargain-Basment alternative to premium brand products, this is not.

The new pilot does not change the game, like the original. There is not a single area in which it excels, in a crowded field with excellent products. Of course the same could be said of the old pilot, of which Honda sold several. Similar to the previous model, the new Pilot is a vehicle for those who will only consider a Toyota or Honda, and want a little more spacious than the Highlander. Honda bunted. The pilot is a base hit.