Well, to be fair, the Pilot is just a utilitarian soccer mom grocery-getter, and shouldn't be compared to real utility vehicles made by Jeep, Nissan, or GM.
The 2007 Pilot my review was about has a 4 speed automatic transmission, unless the shift indicator missed the fifth gear. There's D, D3, 2 and L.
I drove a Honda with a five speed auto and it did not have an indicator for D4.
Now that I actually looked it up, you're right, it does have a 5 speed, my mistake. I'm also discovering a few other things that Honda overlooked in this car, mainly being the interior may not have been as well made as I thought. The other day I noticed that the crack between the top of the glove box lid and the rest of the dash was about half an inch on one side, and almost none on the other. I opened and closed it again, but it's the same. Not a big deal, but I hope there aren't any other mistakes that I haven't noticed.
I have a 2007 Honda Pilot and my gas mileage in town is just awful - 13.5 at best...
It is overpriced..
The interior scratches easily (the plastic) nothing like my Tahoe - no comparison..
I really thought (from all I read) that I would get much better in town driving... Would never buy another Honda... If I had known I would have purchased something larger!!!
Our 2007 Pilot is a big disappointment. It is our first Honda vehicle and LAST.
Poor poor mileage (highway and town, 11 on highway, so you can imagine town mpg).
Road noise is overwhelming and headlights poor. I have complained to the dealership, their response this is the way it is and normal.
Overall my wife and I are disappointed as this was a 44K vehicle. Based on our experience, GM and Ford as all other manufactures have nothing to worry about, because if this Pilot is a sample of Honda's best, they will soon remove themselves from the car market, and for sure from the SUV market. I definitely would NOT buy another or recommend.
Is the previous commenter familiar with the auto market? Honda is going to leave the market? You mean GM and Chrysler will (with Ford a close second). Wait, they already did and now owned by the U.S. Government. And Honda increases its profits, even in down times.
Honda makes the best cars, with Toyota a close second. Period. Anyone who defends domestic cars (even though they are probably not even made in the U.S.) has never driven a Honda or Toyota. If they did, I guarantee they would never go back. In fact, the majority of the U.S. has proven me right.
7th February, 23:59 needs to catch up on current events. Ford and Hyundai were the ONLY car companies to increase their market share this past year. Yes, at the expense of slipping sales at Honda and Toyota. Now that Toyota has been exposed for making shoddy death-traps that the government had to force them to recall, I suppose there will be die-hard fans who will simply beat the drum harder and deny loudly what has been apparent for years. The Japanese no longer represent the pinnacle of quality.
I agree with you 100%, as I've never once had a single issue with any of my Honda's. Not even my 500,000 mile '76 Civic. However, it is entirely possible, even for Honda, to build a lemon. It just happens. With so many cars being built, there's bound to be a mistake in one or two of 'em. It's just like the domestics, where one or two of them actually work. Just a fluke.
That being said, one of my worst vehicles was a Toyota Corolla. It was a '73 though, I'm sure they have improved since.
Honda, Toyota, Subaru, Volvo, and I guess I would now even have to include Hyundai will be the dominant vehicles from now till the next century.
I used to run only GM, then I had window won't roll up problems, idler arm problems, wheel bearing problems, wheel hubs, heater AC not working right, mud in the radiator, rear window defrost clips, and last but not least, brakes like candy, all before 100k.
So let me just say this I went to Subaru and Honda, and I no longer spend my Saturday wrenching, or waiting at the dealership for repairs to be finished because there are none.
Love the Foreign, I mean no mostly domestic, but foreign designed cars that I have. I think all you haters out there should just keep driving that other car, especially when I drive by and wave.
Oh and do some research - Car and Driver, Forbes, Consumer Reports, and JD Power. See what they say about these super vehicles. Them's the facts guys/gals.
I DID do the research. J.D. powers ranks Cadillac the number one car in quality in the world, followed by no.2 Porsche. Third place goes to Buick, and 4th, 5th and 6th to Lincoln, Mercury and Ford respectively. Consumer Reports has rated the Ford Fusion higher in reliability than the Accord and (now disgraced) Camry since 2007. Car and Driver for the past DECADE has chosen a THIRD of it's "10 Best Cars" from GM. Motor Trend chose the Ford Taurus as "Car of the Year". Yes, by ALL MEANS, do some research!!
I think you have the wrong forum when you are talking about a Fusion, Cadillac, and Camry. I might be wrong, but neither of these are a SUV. Oh, and the Ridgeline and Pilot were just voted one of the most versatile vehicles in the world to own. Love Honda.