2009 Honda Pilot
There are 8 user reviews for the Touring 4WD 5-Spd AT w/ DVD trim shown below
- Price, standard options, useability, functionality...
- NAV's "uni-controller", only one DVD screen, no heated rear seating, and could use more tow-powe
Purchased As New
Wow, this is my 15th or 16th car I've bought. I love to drive and I love functionality. Most cars I can figure out all the "ins-and-outs" prior to leaving the lot. My new Pilot, holy-cow, I'm still learning all the nice surprises almost every day! I've compared two other vehicles with this; the 2009 MDX and 2010 RX350. While the MDX and RX are superior in luxury and comfort, daily functionality, std options, and useability in the end won me over. The MDX w/o the RES but with the Tech pkg was $40,200! My Pilot w/NAV & RES 4WD Touring was $36,000! I've had other Honda Nav sys and they were so so. This new NAV's voice control is better. The "uni-controller" is AWEFULL! I've had previous Honda's touch screen and they were better! (BTW, be carefiul NOT to insert new NAV DVD into older NAV systems... if u do "Google" for a fix to revert back to the old NAVI DVD.) My intention for towing is another car so the 4500lb max cuts very close. The MDX has 500lb extra tow capacity, though you have to pay an additional $1200 for it installed. Gas is good. If you compare this to a mini-van, a TOL Subaru, or another small SUV/Crossover, it is on par. I have 200 miles on it now and average 15mpg (mostly city with A/C on). In my experience, all new cars get less than the published rate, but gradually gets better as the care hits around 10k and hits max gas performance around 30k. ROOMY! Most leg/head room of any on par third row seating! 2nd row also adjusts but does not recline. Bluetooth awesome! DVD system is awesome. Comes with three headphone jacks (each with separate volume cntrl) and two WIRELESS headsets! iPod Touch plugs right in (though no video supported from Touch). Even supports plain USB memory sticks with MP3/WMAs! Power seats for passenger! (don't know if it supports bluetooth wireless music...) All rear seats fold flat in 60/40 config. Oh, rear storage is great, has a lift-and-stow with a built in net for 30lb storage! Has two small compartment glove-box" like storage in rear too. Backup and forward parking sensors are AWESOME! They really work! The display also shows where the obstcles are. One bad thing about the sensor in the front, and that is it does not sense directly in front, only the front corners. Has built in digital compass, tire pressure sensor, and live fuel economy between the gages! On other models, you have to choose the NAV map or the live fuel econ! Wow, I'm rambling. In short, this is great SUV, limited in towing capacity. The controls (so many buttons...) are a bit complex. Two things of the NAV I do not like in comparision to other Hondas. The "uni-controller" vice touch screen, and the the way you put current location into an address book. Touch screen allows you to just touch the location then enter the location name. The new NAV, well it takes 3-5 minutes to do. Lastly, some Honda dealers will jack up the price on the 4WD Touring model. 6/7 dealers around me did exactly that. One dealer asked for sticker price! If you run into this problem, go with the MDX. You will not be disapointed unless you really need the 8th seat! lol.
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