2009 Honda Pilot EX-L Review, Take 2

Posted on 04. Aug, 2008 by in Auto News

Growing up, I thought it was hideous Porsche 911. His bug eyes and lumpy lines surprised if the designer had accidentally knocked modeling his drawing table and put the splatter. This idea persisted until I drove a. Some 130 mph later, when I. The 911 most beautiful automobile form on Earth Driving the all-new 2009 Honda Pilot EX-L triggered sorta kinda the same kind of perception realignment. Call it Zen and the art of "difficult" design.

That's not to say I hated the new pilots at first sight. The effete minivan-ish look of the first generation CUV needed beefing up more than anorexic bodybuilders. So I was ready for something radical. And boy, did I get it. The new pilot grill "features" a thick chrome-double-D rotated 90-degrees to the right, an affectation that is more Transformers than transformative. The pilot, the rear end showing the classic SUV look fridge on wheels, easy with the new Liberty (trapezoidal wheel arches sans) confused. Taken as a whole, is the new pilot as the big-boned girl that people can not decide whether to an ugly duckling or the next "it" girl (I'm looking at you Scarlet Johansson) is.

The pilot may not have turned just as Honda's chief designer Dave Marek determined, but the view certainly projected greater solidity and presence than its predecessor. Stylistically, the new pilot are going back to a simpler time went on, when real men (and their wives) SUVs joke-ish. If you think that the new Toyota runs Highlander as a current example of Japanese design wrong of American tastes looks, and that futuristic CUV like the Ford Edge and Mazda CX-9 look more at home on the cover of Journey album than wallow U.S. highways, they found male pilot simplicity a step in the right direction. If not, not.

The pilot of the internal boundaries are free from the pseudo-luxury pretexts that plague almost every other car on the road. Apart from the cowhide seats and steering wheel fitted over all surfaces of easy-to-clean durable plastic are shaped. These are not poor quality brittle polymers disguised as chrome or wood, but proud of durable materials, which should serve to know that their primary role for chaotic families with children.

Pilots front seats are comfortable and supportive enough for non-track trekking. The second and third rows are little more than padded benches that fold flat. Kids are cool, but the Geneva Convention expressly forbids adults from extended tours of duty. Parents who avoid not pony up for the Touring Edition with satellite navigation still smushed tikes and trikes on the pilot rearview mirror backup camera with a display conveniently located in the rearview mirror.

When I tested a gene A pilot about two months ago I was of how bad it drove and handled shocked. The crossover that was once the standard for SUV driving dynamics thoroughly outclassed by the rest of the industry. Especially noteworthy: The four-wheel independent suspension equipped, front wheel drive (FWD) trucklet tendency to crab-walk their way over bumps.

The '09 Pilot dynamics now boast contemporary car-like excellence. Suburban soccer moms and dads can now carry children to school, get groceries, commuting to work without wrestling with the tiller. The basic pilot torque to control the tendency to be introduced when Honda all-wheel drive (mpg in the persecution) deleted has not been eliminated. But drivers are unlikely to push the engine over 4800 rpm, where the twist raged with the FWD model steering wheel. At 5500 rpm, the power steering, the steering torque and all feeling increases counteract blacks out.

As expected, Honda said its engineers to get to the pilot's performance, while squeezing more fuel out of the box. The '09 Pilot is powered by a new 3.5-liter 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine, which is good for a reasonable (ie, faint praise) 250hp and 253 lb-ft of torque is power. The slight increase in performance of the new truck offsets additional 84 pounds. (About two percent more), hold the PS-to-weight ratio is almost identical to its predecessor. Drive in the real world, someone is not with the old pilots see no difference.

The engine features Honda's Variable Cylinder Management system improved (so far only on the FWD Pilots). While making the resulting 17/22 mpg might cringe Civic driver, according to the fine folks at the EPA, the system delivers up to seven percent less fuel in the city and 10 percent on the highway. At least the bump removed a psychological barrier for re-upping Pilots.

The Honda Pilot can not hardcore towing or off-road 'free-running skills machine, but it can do both in a limited capacity. It is best to just think of the pilot, as a slightly larger eight-person version of excellent Honda CR-V. Solid as a rock. Safe. Unpretentious. Practical. Reliable. Zen for families, who appreciate the finer points of basic transportation.