- suv 190,382
- below average 2,156
- 2,990 great
- Stratford, CT
- 5 years
- below average 2,156 suv 190,382 silver
2003 honda pilot review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. Roomy new suv goes straight to the head of the class. introductionhonda took its own sweet time getting its first family-size suv on the market, but a couple of minutes behind the wheel of the 2003 honda pilot makes it clear that every moment was well spent. the all-new pilot brings honda virtues to a new class of vehicle. The interior packs eight seats into an overall package so short that the epa considers the pilot a compact suv. However, its competition will be the world's midsize suvs. Prices do not include a $460 destination and handling charge. walkaroundthe honda pilot gracefully borrows key styling cues from honda's smaller cr-v sport-utility. The grille and headlights are a careful enlargement of the cr-v's fluid wraparound face, while the body-color moldings give the pilot a more refined and upscale look. the wheel arches are just aggressive enough to offset any impression this is a toy truck, but subtle enough to be consistent with the pilot's likely hangouts in upscale neighborhoods and parking lots. Large honda badges on the grille and liftgate make it clear that honda is proud of the pilot, and expects customers to feel the same way. interiorthe honda pilot packs an amazingly large amount of interior room into its small overall package. Both rows of rear seats split 60/40 to fold. That compares to 80. 1 cubic feet in the gmc envoy, 81. 3 in the ford explorer, and 81. 4 for the toyota highlander, all with the seats folded down. the pilot's front seat is spacious, with two comfortable bucket seats and a versatile center console. The seats give excellent access to all the controls. In a particularly clever move, the largest dial in the center of the instrument panel is the switch to shift the audio controls from front- to rear-seat audio. Unfortunately, this was the only interior feature that did not seem to be fully thought out. Whenever the cell-phone holder was in use, it completely blocked the two cupholders mounted in front of it in the console. However, the console provides plenty of storage space, with a compartment behind the cell-phone holder (where my cell phone actually ended up most of the time), and a covered compartment located on the pilot's centerline provided more storage in the space between the console and the instrument panel. the other instruments and controls will be familiar to anyone who has ever driven a honda. Like the mdx and odyssey, the pilot is a joy in daily use. Everything about the way the suv behaves on the road feels just a little better than was necessary to beat the competition. the 240-horsepower 3. 5-liter v6 is more than adequate to propel the pilot. (curb weight is 4416 pounds for lx, 4439 pounds for ex.) acceleration performance is excellent, particularly in the 40-60 mph passing range that matters most in a quick run to the grocery store or when running late on the way to soccer practice. The pilot outguns the v6-powered toyota highlander by 20 horsepower. More important, the engine produces 245 pounds-feet of torque from 3000 rpm to 5000 rpm. That compares to 222 pounds-feet at 4400 rpm for the v6 highlander. Gm's midsize suvs, the chevrolet trailblazer, gmc envoy and oldsmobile bravada, offer a 4. 2-liter straight-six producing 270 horsepower and 275 pounds-feet of torque, but those truck-based suvs are about 200 pounds heavier than the pilot. the automatic transmission shifts smoothly and precisely, even under hard acceleration. The five-speed electronically controlled automatic benefits from honda's electronic grade logic control system, which monitors throttle position, speed and acceleration to avoid hunting between gears. The steering wheel returns to center comfortably and intuitively for maneuvers in parking lots and tight driveways. ride and handling compares well to the best midsize cars. It is stable at highway speeds, nimble in parking lots, and sufficiently well-damped to run over winter-buckled and pothole-laden urban streets without discomfiting its passengers. The steering wheel transmits road conditions enough to keep the driver informed without jerking the wheel at every pavement disruption. Passengers in the second-row seats found the ride equally comfortable, but the third row suffered somewhat from being right over the rear wheels. unlike many suvs, the pilot has enough sound insulation to prevent bumps in the road from being transmitted to the interior as noise. Given their cavernous interiors, it's not uncommon for suvs to become booming echo chambers on rough roads. Even on michigan's notoriously ragged freeways, the pilot's interior remained quiet enough to carry on a normal conversation. the pilot felt stable and secure in simulated emergency maneuvers carried out in an empty parking lot. The suspension behaved with aplomb under both hard braking and acceleration. The nose does not dive overmuch on sudden deceleration, nor does the pilot squat back on its haunches in a fast start. the anti-lock brakes (abs) performed equally well in simulated panic stops. The brake response is linear, and smooth, providing a reassuring feeling of control even under maximum braking. Pedal feedback from the abs was minimal, removing one possible distraction that a driver really doesn't need in an emergency. The electronic brake distribution system (ebd), designed to reduce braking distances, performed transparently, as it should. Honda expects to sell 80,000 pilots a year. In a world where many suvs take up far more space than their utility justifies, and drink far more gas than their performance merits, the pilot is a breath of fresh air. model lineuplx 27,360) (yf1813ew); ex 29,730) (yf1843ew). assembled inalliston, ontario, canada. options as testedleather seats, rear-seat dvd entertainment system. model testedhonda pilot ex 29,730) (yf1843ew).
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