Honda's full-size SUV, the Pilot, got fully redone last year. It gets a third-row seat, and Honda claims capacity for eight passengers.
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Styling is very simple, with squared body sections and this hexagon bar over the grille.
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The Pilot is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6, Honda's largest engine. It includes technologies such as cylinder deactivation to save fuel, but even with that our average economy fell short of the EPA range.
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The rear pillars are wide on the new Pilot's body style, making the cargo area appear as a separate section of the vehicle.
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With unibody construction and an independent suspension, the Pilot drives more like a car than a truck, yet Honda claims full towing capability.
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The third-row seats are usable, although not the easiest to access. With those seats down, the cargo area becomes cavernous.
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The interior of the Pilot has also been restyled, and has borrowed interface elements from Acura. Unfortunately, that means too many buttons.
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The steering wheel is a nice design, with well-integrated buttons.
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Although no sports car, the white gauges are a nice touch. The small monochrome display shows trip and phone system information.
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The shifter for the five-speed automatic sticks out of the dashboard, but the ergonomics are good.
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With the rear-seat entertainment system, the stack gets a DVD player in addition to the six-disc CD changer.
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The navigation system is a little old. The maps are stored on DVD, and it doesn't benefit from newer features such as traffic or weather.
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Honda still has Zagat listings in its navigation system, a nice feature if you want to locate a good restaurant.
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XM satellite radio is included with the Pilot, along with a CD changer capable of playing MP3 tracks.
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An iPod port was an unexpected surprise in the Pilot.
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The rear-seat entertainment system is capable of playing video, music, or using external sources, such as a video game.
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A rear-view camera and sonar distance warning help when parking.
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