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Used Car: 2009 Honda Pilot Review

Review Last Updated: 8/17/12

Redesigned for 2009, the Honda Pilot has a car-like ride, a flexible interior and great safety scores, which makes it a good all-around used crossover for families. However, some rival 2009 midsize SUVs offer more refinement and better performance.

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The three-row 2009 Honda Pilot offers a lot that families need in an SUV. It has a configurable interior that can hold lots of cargo or up to eight people, and its V6 engine provides plenty of power. Its car-like ride also means that the Pilot handles more comfortably and maneuvers more easily than competing truck-based SUVs. Available all-wheel drive means that the Pilot is sure-footed in inclement weather, and it offers more seatbelts than many competitors. The Pilot’s 2009 redesign also means updated interior features when compared with the 2008 model, with a cabin that’s comfortable and functional, if not very upscale. Despite its strengths, it has a mediocre reliability rating, and not all reviewers liked the Pilot’s boxy styling.

The 2009 Honda Pilot comes with a V6 engine that’s paired with either front- or all-wheel drive. While reviewers said the Pilot’s all-wheel drive system provides good grip, it’s not as capable off-road as rugged, truck-based SUVs. Standard features are fairly basic and include six-way manually-adjustable front seats, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel and six-speaker stereo, while higher trims add upgrades like leather upholstery, navigation, a rear-seat DVD system and a nine-speaker stereo with speed-sensitive volume control. If you’re in the market for a practical eight-seat SUV that will spend most of its time on paved roads, the Honda Pilot is a good choice. Otherwise, there are many rivals in the class that are better all-around crossovers.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the Pilot but want better-than-average fuel economy, consider the base four-cylinder 2009 Toyota Highlander. Though the Pilot has more passenger space, the Highlander has a particularly car-like ride and a much stronger reliability score than the Pilot.

The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse is one of the best SUVs in its class, with more cargo space than almost any other 2009 midsize SUV. The Traverse also offers a spacious, comfortable third row, which makes it a better choice if you have adult passengers. The Traverse is also a smart choice thanks to its good safety and reliability scores.

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