2011 Honda Pilot Touring

Wow, no wonder this Pilot is so well equipped: It's $41K! But, hey, for that you get retracting sunshades for the rear-seat side windows. It just might be worth it. All kidding aside, even though this generation of the Pilot is approaching the middle of its life cycle (and it wasn't that different from its predecessor to being with), it is aging well, and it still feels so SOLID. Especially so for a vehicle that is built on a car-derived platform, albeit one that clearly has been heavily modified for SUV duty.

With only about 1000 miles on the odometer, though, it's distressing to see that one of the struts on the power hatch door is balking at times, preventing the hatch from closing. Sometimes it works fine, sometimes it doesn't. Not what we expect from a new Honda.

The Pilot's powertrain lags some of the competition, since the V-6 produces only 250 hp and is mated to a five-speed automatic; newer competitors have six-speeds and more power. That said, I didn't find engine power to be an issue, even when I loaded 600 lb of water-softener salt into the cargo hold.

The interior is roomy, functional, and ergonomically sound. I especially appreciate all the storage areas: big bins in and around the center console, three sizable trays carved into the instrument panel in front of the front-seat passenger, and sizable door bins-all very useful.
Joe DeMatio

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