Used Car: 2013 Honda Pilot Review
Test drivers said the 2013 Honda Pilot rides comfortably but disliked its low-rent cabin materials and lackluster handling.
Most automotive critics reported that while the 2013 Honda Pilot doesn’t feel particularly fast, its V6 engine has sufficient power for most situations. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard. A front-wheel drive Pilot returns an EPA-estimated 18/25 mpg city/highway, which is slightly better than that of rivals. While a handful of reviewers said the Pilot rides comfortably, several found its handling to be ponderous. Some noted that the brake pedal offers decent feedback, while others reported that it feels mushy.
Several critics commented that the 2013 Honda Pilot's cabin is awash in cheap, hard plastic, though others liked its straightforward, highly functional design that features lots of small-item storage cubbies. Reviewers generally found the Pilot's cabin and seats spacious. Some said the third row is more spacious than some rivals' third rows, though several added that the seating position is quite low. The 2013 Pilot offers 87 cubic feet of cargo space, which is typical for the class, though less than what class leaders like the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse offer. The Pilot comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port and a rearview camera. Available features include leather seats, a rear-seat entertainment system and navigation. Reviewers were pleased that the Pilot's center-stack controls are intuitively arranged and that the navigation system is straightforward to operate.
Other SUVs to Consider
According to reviewers, the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse has composed handling, a comfortable ride and an attractive cabin. The Traverse has one of the largest cargo holds in the class, and reviewers agreed that its third row of seats is spacious enough for adults to sit comfortably.
The 2013 Mazda CX-9 is one of the most engaging and best-handling SUVs in the class, according to test drivers. They liked the CX-9's handsome interior, and the CX-9 also holds more cargo than the Pilot.