Honda Pilot Performance
Auto writers describe a drive in the 2007 Honda Pilot favorably and seem impressed with the smooth capabilities of its V6 engine and automatic transmission. As Cars.com notes, "Carlike traits are immediately noticeable, and the vehicle's slightly heavy feel is mixed with considerable overall refinement."
Consumer Guide Automotive says the SUV is "as refined as any rival. Quieter, more solid than most." A great number of auto writers find the 2007 Honda Pilot "easier to drive and maneuver around town" than some of its competitors, as Edmunds says.
Acceleration and Power
Along with front-wheel drive, the 2007 Honda Pilot comes with a 3.5-liter 24-valve single overhead cam (SOHC) i-VTEC V6 engine with 244 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 240 pound-feet of torque. The front-wheel-drive model has variable cylinder management technology for improving fuel efficiency by only using three of the engine's six cylinders during cruising and acceleration. The Environmental Protection Agency rates the 2007 Honda Pilot with front-wheel drive at 16 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon for the highway.
The all-wheel-drive Pilot has the same engine with a 24-valve SOHC VTEC V6. Reviewers like both setups, with Kelley Blue Book describing the V6 as "capable of producing ample low-end torque along with impressive highway response." With all-wheel drive, the Pilot rates 15 miles per gallon in the city and 20 on the highway. Some reviewers, like MSN Autos, blame the Pilot's weight for creating "so-so" fuel economy. However, the MSN Autos reviewer also adds, "the fuel tank has been enlarged to 20.4 gallons from 19.2 gallons, providing a Honda-claimed extra 40 miles of driving range."
All 2007 Honda Pilots have a five-speed automatic transmission with grade logic control, and Consumer Guide Automotive reports that the "transmission's smooth, quick shifts contribute to [the] powertrain's exemplary behavior."
The 2007 Honda Pilot has the capacity to tow up to 4,500 pounds.
Handling and Braking
For supreme steering and suspension, the 2007 Honda Pilot has a unit-body construction with MacPherson struts for front suspension and a multilink rear suspension with trailing arms in the rear. The front-wheel-drive Pilots have a 24-mm front stabilizer bar with a 20-mm stabilizer bar in the rear, while all-wheel-drives have a 23-mm front stabilizer bar and a 20-mm rear stabilizer. About.com: Autos is one of several reviewers to note that with the "sophisticated suspension system handling is excellent for such a large and heavy vehicle."
On the other hand, reviewers' most common concern is that rougher roads can bring out the 2007 Honda Pilot's size. Automobile.com's writer says, "the only time I didn't feel its weight was on the highway where it rides smoothly and quietly, but on pothole-ridden back roads it felt quite clumsy." Edmunds adds, "with a curb weight of more than 2 tons, there is no denying the Pilot's bulk, and some drivers might find it a bit clumsy around corners."
All trims of the 2007 Honda Pilot come with a variable power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system with a steering ratio of 16.9 inches and a turning diameter of 38 feet curb to curb. Pilots also have power-assisted, ventilated anti-lock brakes (11.8 inches in front and 12.3 inches for the rear) with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution. They are aided by vehicle stability assist with traction control, which used to be standard for only EX-L trims but now comes in all models.