| What's Hot |
Seats eight, holds 4x8 sheets of plywood
Refined road manners, package
Cylinder deactivation feature boosts mileage
| What's Not |
No lower-cost FWD model
Less torque than V-8 competitors
With a 15-horsepower increase for 2005, the only real news for 2006 is the Variable Cylinder Management system.
Can leather make you safer? In the Pilot it can, since the stability-control system comes standard on the top-of-the-line, leather-clad EX-L model. The base LX is quite stripped-down, with steel wheels, no smoked glass (a telltale sign of a base-model SUV), and even no outside temperature gauge. For many, the midgrade EX is probably just right. As with all Hondas, options are grouped in trim levels, and only a few minor dealer items are available individually.
Others to Consider
Ford Explorer,Nissan Pathfinder,Toyota 4Runner