Largely unchanged for 2013, the Honda Pilot is a mid-size SUV with seating for eight. The Pilot is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 250 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque. Both FWD and optional 4WD drivetrains are paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission to enable the Pilot to achieve an EPA estimated 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. Available features include power tailgate, lift-up glass hatch, intelligent multi-information display, integrated sun shades, navigation with voice recognition, tri-zone automatic climate control, rear entertainment system, USB audio interface, rearview camera, hands-free phone capabilities, and 60/40 flat folding 2nd/3rd row seats. Safety is comprised of an advanced airbags system, anti-lock braking (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), vehicle stability assist (VSA), traction control (TCS), and tire pressure monitoring (TPMS). The Pilot is backed by a 3-year, 36,000-mile warranty.

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Honda has made Bluetooth HandsFreeLink connectivity a standard feature on all Pilot models for 2013, along with a USB port, a new high-resolution eight-inch Multi-Information Display (i-MID) and a backup camera system. Automatic climate control is also now included at all trim levels. Otherwise, a new exterior color, Obsidian Blue Pearl, replaces Bali Blue Pearl.

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Spacious interior; three rows of seating; reconfigurable seating layout; fuel efficiency; ride and handling; responsive powertrain; styling that goes against the grain

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The Pilot is boxy crossover utility vehicle that's focused around interior passenger space--with three roomy rows of seating--yet it also incorporates just a bit of the ruggedness of traditional SUVs. The Pilot's upright body makes it one of the most useful and versatile in this size class--versus models like the Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder--because its rather low cargo floor and flat-folding seats allow easy loading or combinations of people and gear. According to Honda the Pilot is the most fuel-efficient eight-passenger SUV, and it's one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles with three rows of seating. Towing capability is also better than typical for a crossover; it's rated to tow up to 4,500 pounds.


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