2007 Honda Pilot EX 3.5L VTEC from North America
A good effort by Honda, but GM, Jeep and Nissan still make better SUV's
None-car is new.
What I was impressed with most about this SUV is how solid it feels, the doors shut with a nice thud, the interior seems really well put together with almost no hard plastic. The ride is very smooth, which might be bad if this was supposed to be a heavy duty truck-based vehicle, but it's not.
The GPS is great (I mean that, it's a very simple well designed system), although if you turn the headlights on, the screen gets very dark which is nice, unless you like to use your headlights in the daytime. Voice activation is nice, but the backup camera is kind of a gimmick, it's nearly impossible to tell how far you are from objects behind you.
Nice comfortable leather seats, the warmers are a definite plus here in the Pacific northwest. Speaking of seating, a nice feature the Pilot has is a single fold-down 3rd row seat (a design similar to the H2), which is great on the occasional occurrence that you have to take more than 5 passengers.
There are some problems however.
The transmission: Honda should be ashamed for still using a 4 speed transmission in a $35000 SUV. It shifts smooth, but seems to constantly shifting, I would expect the transmissions are probably problematic in these things, and I don't really know if there's a way to prevent it besides maybe using D3 except on the highway.
The engine: I've never been a fan of putting small high-revving car engines in SUV and now I know why, the engine seems under matched for pulling around this fairly large vehicle. If you actually want to go anywhere and not hold up everybody behind you it seems necessary to rev the engine quite a bit just to get moving! It doesn't feel fast at all.
Supposedly the Pilot is an 'ULEV'-Ultra Low Emmissions Vehicle, but I don't know how that's possible considering the EPA ratings are 18/24-about the same as a Buick Enclave which has 30 more horsepower. As far as I know the Enclave isn't an 'ULEV'.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th November, 2007
I believe your Pilot has a five speed. Pilot is also a 2003 era vehicle and when the 2009 comes out you'll be surprised at how it has changed.
The Buick Enclave is just a nicer vehicle than the Honda Pilot, no matter what age you are. The Honda Pilot is barely an SUV, and I can't believe they have the audacity to charge $35,000 for one of these things! That's about $10,000 overpriced.